It’s the weekend! Which often in the Pacific Northwest means rain, and today is no different. We did have thunder and lightning to go with the downpour though, a rarity for us!
I can’t complain too much – we had sunny gorgeous weather for the last several days, and I did have a chance to sit on the deck with a book a couple of times, as well as to go on some long evening walks in the sun. I guess that just means that I need to work on some indoor things today.
Our Governor finally loosened the restrictions on case count that will allow my county to move into Phase 2 of reopening. County officials still have to submit the application and be approved by the state, but we now meet the criteria. Some non-essential businesses will be allowed to re-open with strict protocols in place. It is a start. My own work is phasing back into having more people on site, but it will still be a while before I’m in the office with any regularity. Cora appreciates that I will still be home most of the time!
And! Some camping will be reopening! There may be hope for some summer recreation and travel yet! Being stuck at home for the last two and a half months is taking its toll, so I’m so happy that we will finally be able to get out more.
Hearts all over Washington State were broken this evening. “Stay at Home” is extended until May 4. 32 more days of staying home, at a minimum. UGH…
Don’t get me wrong, I don’t disagree that it is necessary, but ugh all the same. I was feeling kind of mopey today anyway. So let’s explore some things I’ve learned about staying home in the time of COVID…
I use more toilet paper. I’m currently mapping this, but I think I am going through a roll a week. I didn’t hoard, but I did buy 1 package last time I could find some, so I have about 19 rolls. That will last me a while!
I run the dishwasher way more often. It’s all that eating at home. I’m tired of eating at home by the way.
COVID is stressful. I’m safe at home, but I’m on the front line of decision-making for how to keep my essential government organization safe. I am back to my stress-induced 3 am insomnia wake up call. Ugh.
You can’t make everybody happy (see #3).
I never knew it was possible to obsess so much about having to clear my throat. Was that cough “dry”?!?!?!?!?!?
Working 40 hours a week from home does give me more time at home to get things done in my non-work hours, but that doesn’t mean I will!
I’m really grateful that I had my surgery in December, before all elective surgery got canceled.
Even introverts crave time with people.
Putting on nice clothes doesn’t really have an impact on my mood. But taking a shower does! The last time I did laundry, I washed and folded exactly one pair of work slacks from the Board meeting I attended almost two weeks ago; since then the Governor has ruled that all public meetings must be conducted remotely. I can’t say I’m disappointed!
Coraline enjoys busting in on video meetings!
Western Washington University Sculpture
Daffodils on an empty college campus
No one to see the cherry blossoms
I like to get out for a walk each day or do some yard work; thankfully I’m only a short walk away from a college campus that is eerily empty… I’m praying that our efforts are working to flatten the curve and save lives. I’m heartbroken for the people who have lost their lives, and lost loved ones. I hope that sooner rather than later, we are able to move on from this. Meanwhile, I’ll keep doing my part.
This sweet girl is always asking for breakfast first thing in the morning as soon as she knows I’m awake. But she also wants attention and sits on my lap in bed, so I feel guilty getting up to give her breakfast. You just can’t win.
Today is National Pet Day. I guess that’s a thing! So I’ll celebrate.
Cora is one of the sweeties kitties ever – to humans. She can be a bit of a bully to other cats. But she loves to snuggle at night, and loves to comfort her people with licks. She loves to sit in her puff next to the computer when I’m writing. She also loves to eat – man does she ever love to eat. That’s why she is a little – ahem – round…
What can be said about 2018? It was an unforgettable year.
I’m incredibly grateful for my friends and family who care about me, but I also had to do some letting go of people who weren’t the friends I thought they were.
I also had the amazing opportunity to go on a monumental several-month road trip of the United States. Despite never having traveled alone for more than a week, I packed up my car and set out entirely alone. I stayed with some friends and family along the way, but the majority of my nights were camping by myself. Not only did I get to see some of the amazing scenery and history this country has to offer, but I also got to prove to myself that I can travel solo and have a great time in my own company.
And last, but certainly not least, I got over 15,000 annual views on this blog. My current figure is 15,098, which is more than 1,000 more views than I received last year. I must be doing something interesting! Thank you to all of you who read.
Without further ado, here’s the recap:
Paula and I went on a girls’ weekend at Mount Rainier on President’s Day weekend. We went out on snowshoes, drank wine, did puzzles and had a fabulous weekend of girl bonding. It was so much fun!
I was so excited I could do a high ponytail!
My 31 year old horse Biz has been good. My vet decided to go a conservative route last winter and not pull one of his damaged canine teeth, but instead another one broke; it has since healed. He is doing well with his remaining three incisor teeth and a daily painkiller.
In March, I did my first 15k Hot Chocolate Run in Seattle with Katy and Katie. The weather was cold, but the company was good!
At the Expo
At the end of March, I had the opportunity to join my friend Lelani, her daughter Laura and Laura’s friend Brenna, on a 6 day road trip down to San Francisco and back. We camped, saw the San Francisco sights, and did some wine tasting in Santa Rosa.
Me with the Golden Gate Bridge
Paula, Brandon, and Joel and I spent Memorial Day weekend in Walla Walla wine country again. We did some shopping, soaked up the sun at the pool, and relaxed for a few days.
In June, Oliver went to be with the angels. His cancer had progressed, and it just wasn’t fair for him anymore. I still miss him terribly.
Oliver and I on our last day
Taryn, Brandon, Brent and I took a two week trip to London in late June and early July. It was my first overseas trip since 2006, and we did and saw so much!
Taryn and Me with the bow of the Cutty Sark
I left my job in July to fulfill a dream of mine. I converted my car with a bed and storage, and traveled the United States for four months seeing the sights. Since I was on the road so long, this trip probably deserves slots 8-30 in this review. I learned that I could do it, and had an amazing experience, and hope to be able to do it again at some point. That is such an incredible understatement too.
I spent a week in September visiting family and going to my cousin’s wedding. It was great to see everybody and catch up on life with my aunts, uncles and cousins.
My former boss, mentor and friend, Larry, died in mid-December. He played an important role in my life and my career since I met him in 2001, and I will miss him terribly.
I am hopeful that 2019 will reveal itself to be a good year, with new beginnings and continued love from my friends and family. May all your lives be blessed as well.