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! 😉

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. 🙁

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. 🙂

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

Playing Hooky & Celebrating

On Friday I took a vacation day at work and we played hooky! It was a planned hooky…It was our friend Shawna’s 40th Birthday and she planned a day of wine tasting to celebrate with friends and family. Her parents were visiting from California.

So I took Logan to daycare, went to the gym, and then Michael and I drove out to the Gorge to meet up with everyone!

The first stop was at AniChe Cellars in Underwood, WA, just across the bridge from Hood River. Ironically, it was about a mile away from the little house we rented last 4th of July and we had no idea there was a cute winery nearby!

I really liked this winery. Shawna was a member so we all got complimentary tastings. Yay! And we got a tasting plate that paired with each wine tasting. It was different kinds of dried fruits, cheese and chocolate.

My cousin Anna, her husband, her sister Carrie and their parents came, too, plus some friends.

I ended up buying a bottle of the “Lizzy” (Southern Rhône styled blend of 62% Marsanne and 38% Roussanne). From their website: This dry wine elicits a more complex palate of chamomile, dried herbs, honeysuckle, beeswax and green tea. Enjoy with fresh fig, salty proscuitto, and baked chicken with Provencal herbs.

I liked how crisp and slightly sweet it was.

I also bought a bottle of “Be Holden” (a blend of Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, and Merlot, from the Horse Heaven Hills and Rattlesnake Hills).  Bold quince and blackberry followed by rich vanilla, tobacco and spice. YUM!

I loved that they named all their wines references literary greats. After the tasting we ended up buying a bottle of red and white to share with everyone outside. It was a drizzly, cold day in the Gorge but the firepit area was covered and the firepit was warm. So we all hung out and snacked on the pimento cheese, crackers and the sheeps cheese Michael and I brought.

Then it was time to hit the next place. Michael and I made a pit stop at a random taco truck. He got a small burrito and I got a street taco. It was really good! We will definitely stop there again in the future.

The next stop was Syncline. We used to be members there but suspended it last fall. I hope to start up again in the future. It’s a great place for the summer. It definitely looked different in the winter! No hammocks, corn hole, bistro tables…but there was a great fire pit!

It was raining a bit. But somehow it wasn’t miserable. It was just fun hanging out by the fire, doing our tastings, chatting, celebrating Shawna.

There weren’t a lot of people there, either, so it was quiet and peaceful.

Shawna brought a bunch of cheese, bread, crackers, fruit and Anna brought an amazing pasta salad. I did half a tasting but we were short on time and had to leave to get back to Portland in time to pick up the munchkin from daycare. Hugs and well wishes and then we went home. The rest of the group was going to head to another place and then out to dinner.

It was an excellent day. PLUS, Michael and I were kinda celebrating, too, because….HE GOT A JOB!!! As you can guess, we are SUPER excited and relieved. I might tell you guys in the future where, because it’s pretty awesome. 😉

It’s a contract-to-hire type of thing. So hopefully like at his last place, it was a 30 Day contract and then they hired him permanently. We’re crossing our fingers for this time.

We picked Logan up from daycare and the other big news: we converted his crib to a “big boy” bed by taking one side off. He’s been successfully climbing out his crib for a few weeks now. It was definitely time!

So that was our exciting weekend! How was yours?