Day 30 of 56: Masks

Let’s talk about masks!

I spent a lot of money on masks today

Today I spent about $70 on masks. I bought a total of 4 from two different companies, both of which are donating a mask for every one sold. One company is based in Texas, more on them later, and the other right here in Central Oregon.

The Central OR company didn’t offer any sort of choice, they’re making them out of leftover scraps. Whatever, support local business. Chose one “male color” so we’ll see when it arrives what the pattern is.

The Texas company had some great designs. I’m legitimately excited for these to come in.

While I would love to save the suspense for two or three weeks from now when I get them in and can upload pictures, here’s the product images for the ones I bought!

Jazzy 90s Mask
BSOD Mask
Yes I Would Mask

As a child of the 90’s I am excited for the first one that is the pattern of the cups from school.

As an IT professional, I can’t wait for the other two. When I go to help someone with their computer over the next few months, I can’t wait to be instantly labeled as the IT guy. There will be no guessing who I am or what I’m there for.

I bought four so that when I get back to work I can wear one a day. Hang it up on a hook so I can take it off at my desk and then safely put it back on when I need to leave the building. Not sure how we’re going to operate until a vaccine is found, I’m going to guess one person in the office per week to prevent contamination. We’ll see. Only 26 days to find out, right? Right.

Plus, these were all advertised as washable, so with these four I can wash them and reuse within a couple days.

The other masks I bought

I bought some face covers (10 pack) a while ago on Amazon. I wore three of them on Tuesday (or Wednesday? I can’t be bothered to look at past posts). Yesterday I figured I’d wash them all, so I threw them into the washer on hot. Hot water + lots of soap = clean and sanitary, yes?!

Well, these coverings are single-layer jersey tee material. Single. Layer. Tee-shirt. Material.

If you’re better at laundry than me, you know where this is headed. They turned into little tee-shirt rolls. And when I tried one on today, turns out they all shrunk.

Long story short, that was a waste of $20.

I don’t have an iron, so I need to find a way to get them flattened out again. Open to suggestions. Since they’re only one layer, I’m thinking about cutting up half of them and hand-sewing two together. They’ll be better than nothing. Maybe I can get an iron on Amazon? I need to go to the store in the next couple days, so I need to figure something out with what I have right now. Don’t want to go back to the handkerchief.

Thoughts on masks in the US

The US is so weird. Like, Asian countries for whatever reason I can associate wearing masks in public. To me, that’s a social norm. In the US, I can’t see that becoming the norm. I think it needs to be the norm until a vaccine is found for the bug, but it’s just weird to think that we’ll have to mask it up.

I’m not opposed, especially since I can still flaunt my nerdiness and I’m all about prevention. It’s just weird. I’m going to protect myself and others as much as I can. From what I’ve read, this isn’t something I want for myself and definitely not others.

I’m going to wear a mask when in public, and I hope that the majority of people will, too. Even if it seems superfluous, if it helps at all then it’s worth it.

Reflections

I slept in until like 1pm. Went to bed last night at midnight, today was to catch up on sleep and just check-out in general.

Lots of YouTube videos, started with JennaMarbles and then somehow moved onto Julien and then JennaJulien. Considering getting some tofu, because some of the videos Julien posted looked amazing and I’m not opposed at all to vegan and gluten-free.

Two slices of pizza for food all day, no chili dogs like I planned.

Played a bunch of Killing Floor 2, I love me some zombie shooters. Then some Apex. We didn’t do very well, but we had fun and that’s all that matters.

Bought a domain for my sister, and am now starting to get that set up so she can blog. I’ll promo her site once it’s all set up.

Okay, it’s late, I have a lot of work to do still even thought I’ve been up for less than 12 hours, and I want to go to bed.

Stay safe, y’all.

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