Random Updates & Puppy Pics

My work has mandated that everyone who is non-essential work from home. No end date. The governor has ordered all bars and restaurants in Oregon close (except for takeout/delivery).

My coworkers:

We have a home gym with weights and kettlebells and a treadmill. We also have a bike trainer, if need be. I decided to go for a REAL bike ride (for the first time in years). It was cold but sunny.

It was nice being on the bike after so long! I will try and do it a few times a week. And if weather holds up, I will run outside, too. I’m hoping Michael and I can start up doing yoga again. It’s better than nothing when I can’t go to the gym.

Recently I started a part time job with Furever Family petsitting. It was going to be about 10 hours a week or so. Obviously that’s kind of on hold right now. People are cancelling vacations and not going anywhere so they are cancelling their pet sitting/dog walking bookings.

Amy (owner of Furever Family) is AMAZING. We started using her almost 7 years ago! When we got Bella! A friend recommended her. Her business was kind of new back then. She used to be a 911 Operator and needed a change (as you can imagine). And it just so happened she was seriously the dog whisperer. She was SO good with Bella. Bella LOVES her. Amy helped so much with Bella’s socialization and training. And Amy was there when Yggdrasil was dying and I needed extra care for him. She even was there when we said goodbye. 🙁

I am super happy to be part of the team now. I’ve done some training for a few weeks. It’s kind of the best job. You get to play with kitties and puppies and go for dog walks. It’s awesome!

So since the world is a scary, crazy place right now and everyone is probably at their max anxiety (I know I am!), here are some of my favorite pictures from my training so far:

It’s cool because Amy is a vet tech, too, so she’s trained to give medicine and fluids to animals that need it. She gets a lot of referrals from vets.

Obviously my job is on hold right now. A lot of people are cancelling trips. It’s going to be hard for a while.

If you are in the Portland area, check her out! She does other pet services, too.

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. 🙁

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!