Celebrating and Lockdown

Like half of the nation, we did a little celebrating recently. It was a long, tortured week of refreshing social media and news sites and then that Saturday morning while I was working out I read the news.

I absolutely LOVED all the videos of people happy and celebrating. The sense of relief was wonderful. That night we celebrated as a family, including Logan so he learns about civic duty and voting and speaking your mind. After all, he had “voted” with us a month ago! ๐Ÿ˜‰

I got a balloon at the dollar store (mostly for Logan). We opened a bottle of local Oregon bubbly. I got a piece of special cake at the store that we all shared.

Logan got to drink his apple juice from a REAL cup. LOL He loved it. And CHEERS!

We watched the speeches, it was very very emotional.

Then Friday the 13th the governor of Oregon announced we are going into another lockdown. Portland is closed for 4 weeks, the rest of Oregon is 2 weeks, but I imagine it will go on a little bit longer. I got the news a little early and went to the grocery store before the noon press conference. For weeks now I’ve been slowly buying a little bit of extra stuff at the grocery store. Mostly things like lentils, beans, pasta, basically stuff that could live on the shelf for a bit. But this time I bought essentials like veggies, milk, eggs etc.

I’ve basically been in “lockdown” in a way since March. I’ve worked from home this whole time, which I am happy I have a job that I can do that. I know it’s a privilege. I go into the office once a month or so to do some stuff, but basically home this whole time.

So it won’t be a huge adjustment this time. Not like March. Saturday I went swimming, probably for the last time for the next month. Which I am bummed about. I understand and I think the lockdown is VERY necessary. But I just got back to the pool after 7 MONTHS. Oh well.

This lockdown will be a little harder for sure. The weather had turned rainy and gross here so less outdoor time like in March. ๐Ÿ™

As for the holidays…Thanksgiving is cancelled so we will be doing our own thing at home. Not sure what we will do yet. I am thinking maybe Michael’s mac n’ cheese and a ham or smoked chicken.

Logan is SUPER excited about Christmas. We decided to put up a few decorations early. ๐Ÿ™‚

So that’s about it for now. Hope everyone is staying safe! Wear a mask. Stay home. Be safe.

Author: Lisa Eirene

About Lisa Eirene Lisa lost 110 pounds through calorie counting and exercise. She swims, bikes, runs, hikes and is enjoying life in Portland, Oregon. Her weight loss story has been featured in First Magazine, Yahoo Health, Woman's Day and Glamour.com.

8 thoughts on “Celebrating and Lockdown”

  1. Love the cake! So sad that you all have to do another lockdown. The cases are just rising at an alarming pace. Our governor probably wonโ€™t announce a lockdown. Here in Florida he wants everything open and telling everyone to come on down to Florida. People just need to wear their mask. We also cancelled Thanksgiving.

    1. Thank you!
      I am sorry about Florida. It’s a shame that ALL states won’t just shut down. Even if it’s for 2 or 3 weeks, it could help SO much. Hospitals everywhere are full. It’s super scary!

  2. What a beautiful cake!

    I have ended up with two totally unexpected surgeries this year. (More unexpected than the virus actually.)

    March, sinus surgery, the day before we shut down here. My husband started working from home, then, still is. My youngest finished college spring semester from home. My middleโ€™s move out of state was postponed, so she was still here and working. (So at least I had help.)

    Youngest did get to move back to her college town for her summer engineering coop and fall semester.

    Fast forward to October, rotator cuff surgery. Now in week 8 of recovery, with a long way to go.

    And my (adult) kids are all in the process of moving home.

    Our middle one is still here, has been working this whole time. My youngest will move home this weekend and be here until at least middle of January (assuming they go back for spring semester). My oldest and his wife are in limbo, both working remotely, were getting ready to get married and move out of their state when this all hit. So everything in storage, they have been in her hometown for a few months, and they are coming here in December until they move (indefinitely).

    We never downsized. Still in 5 bedrooms and 3 full baths. Thank goodness!

    I too have been stocking up. And someone gave me a freezer which I have packed to the top.

    I got all my routine medical stuff done in July and August when our numbers were better, thank goodness. I now go to PT at 7am Monday when almost no one is there and it was closed all weekend, which feels safer.

    We had some outside renovation work done this summer too. And I did massive gardening all summer. So between that and surgery recoveries, my year has progressed.

    1. I am sorry to hear about all of that! It’s a lot of stuff. I am glad your kids are happy you still have room for them, even if downsizing was something you really wanted to do. I am thankfully that we have a large enough house now that the three of us can have our own “space” if we need it. Our last house was very small and it would have been VERY hard in lockdown.

      I feel so bad for everyone that had to cancel their weddings, or are having other big life events that they can’t celebrate with loved ones. ๐Ÿ™

      I am jealous of your freezer. That was something we considered getting!!

      1. It is a small chest freezer. Perfect size to store extras without going overboard. I had a chest freezer that was twice the size and got rid of it (not realizing of course) two summers ago. But honestly, I prefer the smaller one. I keep mostly frozen veggies in it.

        1. Yes, we had a cancelled wedding. But no one was very upset about it in the end. And they will put $$$ toward house if they ever get to settle down somewhere. Even the limbo is not bothering them very much. They saw her family, will quarantine/test and then see us. We have not seen them in almost a year. And they are saving a massive amount of $$$ in rent too.

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