birthday

Staying Home

Wow, life sure got kind of crazy and scary all of a sudden, huh?

I’ve been monitoring the covid-19 situation since Seattle because the epicenter in Kirkland was minutes from where my best friend lives and of course it spread to Seattle, where my family was. My 98 year old grandma lives in a nursing home in Seattle, too, so that of course is on my mind. Thankfully they have shut down all visitation.

I have basically been home all weekend “social distancing“. No gym. No swimming. I went to the grocery store at 8pm Saturday night to avoid crowds and just get normal essentials.

I already had a decent supply of stuff in my pantry to get us through a few weeks if need be. Having grown up with grandparents who grew up during the Depression that mentality definitely got ingrained in me. Always Be Prepared. You just never know.

And amidst all of this, it snowed!

My work has mandated a work from home (for those that can) until further notice policy, which is good news. And Michael’s work did it a few days before mine. We are both lucky that we have that option. A lot of people don’t and that is absolutely heartbreaking. I am so devastated for the people whose lives are going to be ruined by this crisis (lost jobs, lost wages, lost everything…).

Work is weird. I work in a place that serves the public and some departments are considered “essential” so it makes it hard planning on whether or not to close. I am glad my specific job can be done 90% from home (and I already worked from home once a week so I had everything set up and ready–a lot of people are scrambling now to try and get it going on short notice).

Portland is shutting down most things. Libraries and a lot of businesses are closed.

It’s been really hard not getting sucked in the social media loop and getting more and more anxious. And getting angry at people not takin this seriously and going out to bars and restaurants and clubs…seeing people smashed into a club in Nashville and New Orleans over the weekend made me really angry and scared.

I am considered one of the people who need to be careful. I have asthma. I also have a history of pneumonia. I was hospitalized 20 years ago with pneumonia and almost died, so it is a very scary thing for me.

Saturday I did weights and a kettlebell workout and then ran on the treadmill in our basement gym. Thankful to have that option! It wasn’t the best workout but it was better than no workout.

Sunday afternoon we went for a hike in Mary S. Young Park in West Linn. We’ve never been before and it’s a fantastic park with lots of dog-friendly and kid-friendly trails. It was the PERFECT remedy to being cooped up in the house all weekend.

I’ve cancelled Logan’s Batman Birthday party for next weekend. It was both an easy and a hard decision to take. I am bummed out and disappointed on behalf of Logan but my hope is that we can just post-pone it a few months and then have it then. πŸ™

Things are scary right now. We all need to be careful and STAY HOME. Protect our neighbors. Protect our loved ones that have compromised health. And stay SANE!

Happy Birthday from Hawaii!

We left rainy Portland for 8 days in Hawaii! We planned this last year and booked the house on the Big Island with my parents and brother and his wife. It was the first time we’ve all gone on vacation together. I was really looking forward to this.

A bit of a whirlwind! Logan did pretty good for his first time traveling on an airplane. A friend drove us to the airport and we got through TSA ok (with a toddler!) and had a quick breakfast and then boarded the plane. Logan’s favorite part was the people mover in the airport. πŸ™‚


The flight was pretty good. Logan played with toys, colored, watched a movie, took a nap. He only got fussy at the very end when we were about 40 minutes from landing in Kona.


Getting our car was kind of a nightmare. There was only one person working and the line took FOREVER. And Logan was ready to get some energy out! But we got our car, got a quick snack and then arrived at the rental house and met up with my parents. 


My mom and I got some groceries. The fruit in Kona is AMAZING! The avocados were spectacular and HUGE too.

Then we made burgers at the house, got settled in the house and went to bed. It was a gorgeous day in Hawaii but we were all SUPER tired. We tried to keep Logan up later so he could adjust a little to the time but he kind of burned out. We all slept super good but were up at 4am. OUCH. I was going to be a LONG day.

The house we rented was amazing! Big enough for 7 people to be comfortable. There was a master bedroom (for us) with a master bath and walk in closet. There was another bedroom with a queen (my brother and his wife got that one) and a bedroom with two twin beds. Then another bedroom with a queen downstairs where my parents slept. There was a huge lanai with a view of the trees and ocean and the backyard had a hot tub, fire pit and an outdoor shower.

Day Two My birthday! Hello 40! 


It got kind of a rough start. We were all up early, Logan was out of sorts. The time change was hard. Being out of his routine was hard. He had a ton of extra energy and things were just HARD. 


We went to the Kona Farmer’s Market first. We got a bunch of fresh fruit! SO GOOD! And some souvenirs. Logan got a turtle luggage tag as a souvenir and his very first wallet. πŸ™‚ I got a dress, Michael got a Hawaiian shirt and we got a few souvenirs. Then we walked to the small beach across from the Farmer’s Market. 


After that we got lunch at Da Poke Shack! Michael and I have thought about that poke for like 7 YEARS!!!!!! And we finally got to have it again and it was just as amazing as we remembered it!


Then we went to the beach– Spencer Beach. It was SUPER nice! Perfect for kids. There was a park, nice beach, not too big waves… I got to swim some laps in the ocean and it was HEAVENLY!


For my birthday we made taco salads at the house and then the family surprised me with a huge chocolate ganache birthday cake from Costco and it was so so good. It took us three days to eat that huge cake. πŸ˜‰

What a great way to celebrate!