It’s the weekend! I have a four-day weekend this weekend, due to my work schedule, which is awesome, but the staying at home part is not as awesome. Originally, in life-before-COVID days, I was supposed to be taking a long weekend trip, but I guess you folks will just have to put up with me instead.
Other than that, I’ll just be reading, writing, cleaning, organizing, doing yard work and hopefully doing a hike or two. I have been watching the Channel Islands National Park, Georgia Aquarium and Monterey Bay Aquarium live cams when I need a little relaxation. I swear when this is all over, I’m going to travel every weekend for weeks and never get tired of it!
I put on jeans this week. The kind of denim that isn’t super-stretchy even, and I was so excited that they aren’t tight! I have felt like I’ve been doing pretty well staying in shape, because I have been taking long walks most evenings and being really good about getting my steps in, but jeans were a test. I passed! It was literally the first time I have worn real pants since March 23.
Yesterday after work my friend Shelley and I went for a long walk on a different route than we normally take. We checked out the old Georgia Pacific property in town; it is finally being redeveloped. The Port purchased the property in January 2005, and some of GP’s operations there continued until 2007, when GP finally closed for good. Political infighting left the redevelopment languishing for years after that. In the last three years or so, it has finally gotten moving, with old buildings being demolished, and roads, a bike pump track and a park being built. One old building has been redeveloped, but is currently closed due to COVID. In the years to come, additional mixed use buildings will be built and old GP buildings converted, a combination of light industrial, retail and residential space. I love that they have saved some of the old industrial features of the site, and they stand proudly as architectural salvage and a reminder of the history of our city.
I hope you all have a wonderful weekend, and remember those who fought and died for our freedoms.