A new supermarket opened near us in May. A Wegmans. I had been in a couple of their suburban stores, they have a cult following, and found them interesting, but not worth traveling 10 miles out of my way for. The new one is a mile from home as the Eagle flies. I have been a couple of times. They have a lot of specialty items, not things you would buy every week, but things I might want for a special occasion. A nice cheese department, but no beaver cheese.
Work remains busy - it always will be - after I retire I will be able to write about what I do. I did have a swoon moment recently when an NPR reporter registered for a program I was producing (National Public Radio.) If I am quoted by NPR, I can die knowing my work was noticed by people who think.
The USA is lifting the requirement of a negative Covid test to board a plane for the United States. One of my colleagues was in Scotland for a conference, boarding a plane for the return flight about 12 hours before the change took place. Oh well. The pre-departure tests in Iceland cost me $53 each. If this change sticks, maybe I will start to think about more adventure. Spain and Portugal are high on my list of need to sees.
Google cloud stores a backup of my photo archive (I use a redundant system with two clouds and two physical drives.) A couple of weeks ago there was an message that their computer had put together a draft book of photos from my recent trip, and if I wanted I could edit, and even order a printed version. It was good, I think I only made one change and I ordered a printed copy. A couple of days later there was a message that it had shipped. It was handed over to FedEx and took 8 days to travel here from North Carolina. If there was an easy way to comment to them I would say, "If they had handed it to a drunk monkey riding a bicycle, it would have gotten here faster." I hate FedEx.
When we returned home I ordered a high quality printed book from Zuno of the Iceland highlights. I have printed a couple of photo album books with them, they do really high quality work. What their website didn't say when I ordered it was that their printing is done in China, and China shut down the city the printing facility is in for 2-months. It had been closed for over a month when I placed the order and there was no clear communication that the order would be delayed indefinitely. They processed payment promptly. I am still waiting.