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COVID Diaries: Day 247

It’s the weekend!  But really, that has limited meaning in the new lock down.  Days are really divided into, did I work today, or did I not work today?  Today I did not work, so that’s how I know it is the weekend.

The Governor’s new cliche phrase is, “It’s ok to not be ok…”  I wonder how many other people find this annoying, given that he experiences none of the hardships that others are facing.  Realistically I’m doing fine, as I have a job that I can do from home, but that makes it all the more lonely.  I feel just a little bit lost, as if there’s nothing filling the space of this big house.  I’m sure I’m not the only one who feels this way.

I joined a virtual race that lasts throughout the winter – The Bend to Whistler Challenge.  You have six months to walk, run or bike 700 miles.  Since October 1, I’ve made it over 250 miles, all the way from Bend to Portland, Oregon, so that feels like an accomplishment!  I am lucky in the fact that the Pacific Northwest has weather you can be outside in all year long, as long as you don’t mind getting wet.

I started a new puzzle, and have made some progress, but it is a hard one! Rosie the Riveter!

I also put up the Christmas tree and decorated it with the usual eclectic mix of lights and ornaments.  No one will ever accuse me of having the Martha Stewart home.  There’s a little Mexican folk nativity in one of the boxes somewhere that I couldn’t locate, and it’s making me kind of sad.  I might just leave Christmas up until the pandemic is over, or at least until it is still light out at 8 pm.  That seems like a fair compromise.

I was lucky to find toilet paper at the grocery store before the new round of panic buying started.  And canned tomatoes, because those were sold out for months last time!  And my Cheetos addiction continues…

I treated myself to a wine advent calendar. I blogged about seeing it a couple weeks ago, and yes indeed I went back to get it.  I’ll diligently try to blog about each wine when I have them in December.  The good news is a girlfriend of mine also got one and we committed to nightly video chats to sample our wines.

I also splurged and purchased a subscription box.  At least if I have to stay home all the time again, I should have goodies to look forward to in the mail…  Supposedly it should ship within 7-10 days.  It’s my reward for all the fall leaf raking I’ve been doing…

How is it in your area?  Are you locked down again?

 

COVID Diaries: Day 242

Just like that, starting tomorrow at midnight, we are locked down again…

No more:

  • Indoor gatherings
  • Indoor dining
  • Museums
  • Bowling
  • Indoor zoos
  • And… No Thanksgiving outside of your own house…

That’s all well and good if you have a family at home, but what a draconian measure for those who live alone…  I know an awful lot of people who live alone, even if you don’t, everybody has COVID fatigue.  Let me just say, I’m thinking there are going to be an awful lot of covert Thanksgivings this year…  Happy holidays!

 

 

 

COVID Diaries: Day 94

Hard to believe it’s been over 3 months of being mostly locked down.

I continue doing my long walks, sometimes with a friend and sometimes alone, and I hiked last Sunday.

I have been venturing out more into the world of indoor spaces – I went for cocktails with friends last weekend, and a late lunch after the Sunday hike.  Restaurants – what a concept!

Besides that, I have just been working – the pace has been a bit grueling as I have one less-than-pleasant project that seems to just be getting bigger by the day.  I am still enjoying my schedule of having every other Friday off – it is nice to have that extra day even if I’m not really going anywhere on those long weekends.  Hopefully that will change soon!

COVID Diaries: Day 81

Day 81.  81 days since I’ve been working from home, and not seeing people in real life much.  81 days since thrift shops, restaurants, events, travel, camping, and pretty much anything that brings me joy has been canceled or closed.  81 days – I could have gone around the world and been back home with a day to spare – according to that book at least…

We finally got notice on Friday that our county was approved for Phase 2 – a limited reopening…  Dog groomers, hairstylists, retail and restaurants at limited capacity.  Some places reopened Friday or Saturday – some are waiting a little while, just to see.  Camping is open, but smaller communities still don’t want you to come visit.  People are angry, and they have every right to be, about a number of issues.  With all the protests around the country, I wouldn’t be surprised if COVID case counts go up dramatically this week.  Will that mean a new round of closures?

In the last 81 days, life has gone on, as it always does, but not always in the best of ways.  My horse died in March.  My relationship ended in April.  A close friend of mine died suddenly in May (not of COVID-19).  I’ll admit it, I’m sad.  I’m lonely.  I’m tired of not being able to go do much.  I have been feeling a writer’s block lately, even though I want to write.  There are only so many books, puzzles, and yard work you can do before you are just sick of it, and want something new.  I’ve been going for a lot of long walks, but my routes are feeling monotonous too.

My heart is screaming for a vacation.  The beach, the desert, the mountains, the countryside… Anything but a city…  I’m trying to be patient.  I’m trying to appreciate the fact that I’m saving money, saving vacation time, and making great progress towards my goal of early retirement.  This too, shall pass…  When this is all over, I have some catching up to do!

COVID Diaries: Day 65

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.

 

COVID Diaries: Day 56

While many of us are languishing under the continuing stay at home order – trying to perfect sourdough starter, gaining the COVID 15, tiring of Zoom meetings, and getting more and more sad that we may never be able to use all those accrued air miles, it is important to remember that not everyone is disappointed that we are all stuck at home.

Cora is ecstatic that her mama is around all day everyday, and is doing her utmost to ensure that dinner arrives early each day.  She has some interesting tactics…  She is gradually rolling back her perception of when dinner should be served…  Today she began bugging me at 2:34 pm!

Please enjoy this montage of photos of Cora begging for a meal…

COVID Diaries: Day 49

I have one more day of my work-from-home workweek and then I get a three day weekend!  To stay home.  But at least the weather is going to be sunny and warm!  I’m planning to work on cleaning the winter gunk off the deck in the mornings and lay on the deck with a book and some wine in the afternoon!

This evening I ventured out for the periodic shopping trip for me and mom.  Mom wanted peach yogurts, but they only had three so I got her a strawberry one.  Apparently strawberry yogurt is terrible so I am now the proud owner of one strawberry yogurt.  The caramel praline ice cream will work in place of regular caramel though…  There’s always something she wants that sends me up and down the aisle at least 5 times searching; this time it was a package of fun-sized candies.  She is probably cursing me right now as she reads this – giving away her secrets!

My neighbor dug up and divided their Shasta Daisies and put some clumps out by the mailboxes, so I lugged a big clump home, divided it up into sections and planted it in a few spots around the yard.  It was hard work digging holes, but maybe I’ll have some new flowers at the end of the summer!  This is me having a rest after all the digging…

And finally, it’s about time to do another evening walk up to the University to catch the sunset.  It’s been a bit…  This photo is from last week, but the sky was so pretty I had to share!

I hope you are all having a good week!  What’s keeping you sane?

 

Stay at Home Forever…

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…

  1. 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!
  2. I run the dishwasher way more often.  It’s all that eating at home.  I’m tired of eating at home by the way.
  3. 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.
  4. You can’t make everybody happy (see #3).
  5. I never knew it was possible to obsess so much about having to clear my throat.  Was that cough “dry”?!?!?!?!?!?
  6. 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!
  7. I’m really grateful that I had my surgery in December, before all elective surgery got canceled.
  8. Even introverts crave time with people.
  9. 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!
  10. Coraline enjoys busting in on video meetings!

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.

 

Wish I Could See the Tulips

So many of us are staying home, and let’s face it, it is sad that so many social events have been canceled.  It can get lonely…  A local pride and joy each spring, the Tulip Festival, will instead be beautiful blooms of millions of tulips, with very few people to see them.

Here’s a photo from the 2019 Tulip Festival, in case you need a little pick me up for your stay at home life…

Stay safe everybody!