Longer Weekend

In the last year it’s definitely been hard to get excited about weekends or long weekends. Pre-pandemic we’d impatiently countdown the holidays and weekends. Now? Every day is pretty much the same. Weekends are pretty much just like a Wednesday. The only difference is that on nice weekends (i.e. not pouring rain) we try and get outside for a hike as a family.

Saturday we went to Orenco Woods Nature Park. It’s out in Hillsboro, so quite a trek for us. But I’m glad we went.

There were lots of super cool things for kids! A sandbox, swings, climbing structure (Logan got to the top!), bridges, paths, lots of “art”.

It was chilly but not rainy. Logan got the wiggles out running around the paths. There were a bunch of them, little trails and some nature preserve areas (those areas were not for dogs).

The art was so cool! Logan had so much fun exploring. The climbing web was by far his favorite thing there. He didn’t want to leave the park. Often times when we go hiking he loses steam around the 1.5 mile mark and starts whining about going home. But this park was such a hit we practically had to drag him to the car. 😉

When we got home I baked a loaf of sourdough. I am so happy we have a new oven and I can get back to baking bread! My favorite recipe is great and the bread turns out fantastic.

Monday was a holiday, and one that is a little bittersweet with all of the awful racial things that have been happening in our country. And I took Tuesday off because it was my birthday. Another rather bittersweet day. Last year we were in Hawaii on an amazing trip for my birthday.

Monday I took Logan to Fanno Creek Trail in Tigard. It was super cool! We parked at the Garden Home Rec Center and picked up the trail there (behind the playground). I guess the whole thing is 4.5 miles long and it’s ADA accessible (paved) the whole way. A great trail for kids.

It was a really cool trail through neighborhoods. The trail was wide enough for people to be safe. There were bridges, we saw a bunny and a creek. I think the trail is pretty long but we did 1 mile or so and then turned around. Michael’s mom joined us (Michael was working). It was a nice outing!

And then we came home and I tried my hand at making ciabatta bread for the first time. It was a very slow, easy weekend, not much going on but it felt nice at the same time.

2021

For New Year’s Eve Michael and I bought an oven. 🙂

Ours has been going for almost a year, but hasn’t “died” entirely. Thankfully we can sort of use it for certain things. The stove still works. Thank goodness we got an AirFryer for Christmas! Anyways. A home warranty was part of our house sale so we had a repairman come out, tell us it’s broken and they don’t make the part anymore…Long story short. It took over a month of waiting for the warranty company to approve us some $$ to buy a new one. We found a great one on sale on NYE so that was our big finale of 2020. LOL

Dinner was good. Michael smoked cornish game hens on the Traeger (again, no oven…)

I made green beans and cornbread stuffing on the side. It was delicious.

New Year’s Day: First hike of the year!

2020: What can you say? We survived. We were very fortunate in that we did not lose our house. We did not get Covid. We did not lose anyone close to us to Covid. While Michael lost his job, he did get two others (thankfully) and we were both able to work from home since March. I know a lot of people aren’t that lucky and I am truly thankful for that.

I am also thankful that all three of my animals are doing ok. Stevie was touch and go, but he’s great now. Maya is 16 and declining, but she’s ok RIGHT NOW. I am SO grateful I was able to be home 100% during this time because had I not been, I would not have been able to see that Stevie was super sick and I fear I would have come home from work to something awful. 🙁 But being home all the time gave me the opportunity to know immediately something wasn’t right.

Our trip to Hawaii for my birthday in January was obviously the highlight of the year. And one of the last times we saw family, traveled, etc. Hawaii was so amazing and it’s really one of the main things that got me through this year. Thinking about Hawaii and the beaches and all the fun stuff we did.

I did a lot of stuff in 2020. I painted our bedroom, Logan’s bedroom. I built a garden. Bella and I walked 420 miles (averaging 8.1 miles a week) according to my Garmin. 😀 Bella and I explored all over our neighborhood and it was really the highlight of a dark year.

I ran 166 miles. I biked 325 miles. I MISSED SWIMMING SO MUCH during the lockdown. But in October I got to start up again and swim for a month and a half before it shut down again.

I gained about 10 pounds. YAY. Whatever, I am working on it. More on that later.

I have been doing A LOT of work on myself emotionally/mentally this year. I found some pretty amazing podcasts to keep my company on my long walks and they’ve given me some insight and things to think about. (The Homecoming Podcast with Dr. Thema and Food Psych).

Goals for 2021: Simple goals.

Drink more water. (Like, be very conscious of it because I am terrible at drinking water!)

Read 90 Books.

Do yoga more often.

Go on family walks.

That’s about it. What about you?