Seattle

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. πŸ™

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!

Road Trip & Updates

We had a busy weekend. We drove to Seattle Saturday morning for my grandma’s 98th birthday party. Unfortunately the drive was not fun! It took us 4.5 hours (usually takes 3 hours). Traffic was not great and Logan did NOT sleep at all! He usually takes a nap on car rides. So that wasn’t exactly fun. But we got to Seattle and celebrated my Grandma’s birthday.

She loves Bingo so we had a bingo party!

It was fun and Grammy cleaned up! She won the jackpot. πŸ™‚

There was cake and presents and then we went back to my parent’s house for dinner. My dad and Michael got burgers from a place near the house and my mom and I got cobb salads.

Sunday we drove home. It was slightly better…Logan slept for about an hour but then was awake the rest of the drive and squirmy. I think he’s at an age right now where long car rides are not ideal! Nothing we tried kept him busy or occupied and he got fussy and whiny. So I think we’ll refrain from long drives until he’s a bit older!

We got home with enough time to unpack and do laundry and I went swimming. But other than that, not much of a weekend! A lot of car!

Now for an update: I’ve been doing keto since mid-November, maybe the 12 or 13th? I forget the exact date I started up again. I’ve been 90% “good” on the diet. I took a one day break for Thanksgiving and I plan on taking Christmas Day off from the diet. But other than that, I am doing my best to stay on the plan.

I’ve lost 6 pounds so far!