biking

Day 57, or something?

Last week felt like a rough week, mentally. I think we were all struggling. And so many friends were, too. It was week 7 (I think??) of being home. I think, for me, it was starting to wear on me. The constant togetherness. The uncertainty of when things will open up again. The fear of things opening up too soon. The sad news from Georgia. The frustrating politics. The seeming disregard for public health and safety with the protests…

Friday I decided to take a half day off from work. I had a holiday day I needed to use some time from and the weather was nice. I needed a mental break.

So I worked for a few hours in the morning and then went for a bike ride by myself. It was 80 degrees here in Portland, sunny and beautiful. It was also windy, which was unfortunate on the bike! But I still enjoyed it!

I did part of the 205 bike trail and then the trail ended and I did some of the highway out towards Mount Hood (not ideal) and then picked up the trail again and did a loop on bike trails back home.

Despite the beautiful day, I didn’t see a lot of people out! Just a few other bikers. It was such a nice break. I felt really good on the bike, too. Going out for small rides once a week since this started has really helped. I didn’t have low back fatigue or shoulder/neck pain like I have had before, so that means I am getting back to conditioning!

The ride was hilly at times. And I was getting hungry and thirsty (I only brought 1 water bottle, next time I’ll bring more) so I didn’t end up doing 15 miles like I wanted to.

I’m still happy with my ride! I got home and then took a bath in the jacuzzi tub with some sparkling water, relaxing and decompressing, then Logan woke up from his nap and we went out to Lake Oswego for a nature walk as a family. It was a nice little afternoon.

(Not sure if I mentioned that Logan got a quarantine haircut a few weeks ago…that did not go well. So Michael had to fix it. LOL)

It felt silly to take a “vacation day” when we are in quarantine and can’t go anywhere but in the end it turned out to be just what I needed. A mental break, a break from responsibilities, some alone time, some sunshine…

Mother’s Day Weekend

My parents came down to visit for the weekend. On Saturday they watched Logan for us while we went to a Celebration of Life for a family friend who passed away recently. It was a really nice service.

My parents had a blast taking care of Logan. He was excited to see them, too, and to show off his new biking skills. πŸ˜‰

Then on Sunday we had a mother’s day lunch at our house. Michael’s mom and stepdad came over and Michael’s brother Doug brought tulips for all the moms. It was very sweet. <3

Unfortunately, I ended up with a stomach bug Saturday so that kind of ruined my Mother’s Day. πŸ™ Michael and my mom did all the food prep and cooking. I didn’t want to risk infecting anyone. Michael made a frittata:

It was pretty good. If we make it again I’d put some cheese on top. πŸ™‚ This is the recipe:

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On the side we had fruit salad and a Trader Joe’s kale and broccoli salad mix. I felt really bad that the lunch didn’t go quite as I planned because I got sick. Such a bummer! But the food turned out really well and we all sat outside on the deck in the gorgeous summery weather.

Dessert was the Trader Joe’s Key Lime Pie. I’ve never bought it before–SO GOOD! It was smaller than I was expecting but it turned out to be the perfect size for the lunch.

We opened Mother’s Day cards and gifts. Logan made me a card and this present at daycare:

How cute is that? πŸ˜€

Despite being sick for most of the weekend, it was nice seeing family and spending time together. I’m really looking forward to more meal outside on our deck. Happy Mother’s day!