But I did stop at Taco Bell on the way back to get a burrito for dinner. There was plenty of stuff here I could have fixed, but I'd rather have mediocre fast food prepared by an asymptomatic kid infected with the corona virus. I really, really don't enjoy cooking, even in the microwave.
Then on the way home I noticed Venus in the west. This was well after sunset, since I got a late start going out. I can't see any stars in the washed out sky of the mini-metropolis, but Venus, being a planet, gets really bright. Saturn is supposed to be pretty bright now, too, but it rises very late and I'd have to get up (or still be awake) before dawn to see it rising in the east. On March 18, one hour before sunrise, Jupiter, Mars, and the waning crescent moon will be very close together in the east, with Saturn a little bit farther down toward the horizon. That would be an interesting sight, but I'll probably be dead from the virus by then since I can't remember not to rub my eyes, which have been uncommonly itchy lately.
Tomorrow being Friday I'm tempted to make a stab at going somewhere on the bus, depending on how much energy I have. I know I was planning on staying in more while we are in pandemic preparation mode, but I find the prospect of boredom worse than the prospect of a miserable death, especially since the latter is pretty much an inevitability sooner or later anyway. Why not take a shot at getting it over with sooner? Plus staying in virtually eliminates the chance of a much quicker death from being mowed down by a careless motorist while walking across, or even along, one of Chico's many pedestrian-hostile streets. Reducing boredom by tempting fate. Sounds like a win/win.