I feel like I say “wow” about 100 times a day right now. Also, “this is crazy.” I know we’re all trying to get used to this and at times, it’s pretty scary. I try to avoid talking about anything to do with the news on this blog, but this is unavoidable. The weirdest part for me is that I already work from home (and have for about 10 years) so I know what that’s all about, but being told to stay home is a completely different situation. I also live with two people who work in grocery stores so there’s that. And George hasn’t had a day off in 14 days. As a result, I am staying home, except for when I go for a walk every day. I miss swimming so much though, that I keep looking at buying a swim spa. Some people hoard food, some people want to buy weird sh*t.

Anyway, I thought I should get a bit caught up on here. Last month, I went to Cabo with a bunch of friends. I stayed at the same place George and I stayed at a couple of years ago and it’s just incredible.

That’s our backyard and the house is also pretty dang nice. We had seven adults and six kids staying there. Definitely not the ratio of adults to kids that I prefer, but at least none of the kids were mine. The house is huge and I had a bedroom suite that my entire house could fit in. Here’s a video tour of the entire house.

One night, we all packed into the minivan to go to dinner. There were 13 of us in the one car. Definitely not social distancing. Every adult had a kid on their lap, except the driver. Mia and I were in the waaaaay back. #notsafe

The next weekend (over leap day), my sister and I flew to Los Angeles to see Oprah!! I can’t even begin to tell you how awesome it was.

Oh yeah, and we got to see J-Lo too!

And yes, this was the event where Oprah fell. Oh and Rita Wilson was also in the audience that day. It was about a week before she tested positive for COVID-19. Ugh.

BUT, it was so great to be able to go away for the weekend with my sister. It’s been way too long. And we also got to meet up with my dad, too!

They both hated that I wanted to take pictures, but now, I’m so happy I did!

Now I’m home for a while (along with the rest of the world, I hope – Spring Breakers, go the f*ck home!). Fortunately, I’m still working and my workload is only going to increase. The way my job works is that when the economy tanks, there is more work. I’m not complaining, I’m thankful, so thankful for this. My heart goes out to everyone who isn’t working and can’t work and I hope that they get some relief soon.

In this time of uncertainty, not only to I want to buy a swim spa, but I also want to adopt all the dogs! I haven’t…yet. Instead, I borrowed one of my sister’s dog for a few days. Her name is Bailey and she’s been on the blog before. She’s a puggle and she’s always stressed out because she’s looking for her brain.

But we love having her around and she’s a good little walking companion.

I think you’re all caught up now. Today, my schedule consists of a 10-hour date with a puzzle while watching 10 hours of tv, a walk, and an hour of news (that’s all I allow myself to watch). Hope I can get everything done!

Stay safe, wash your hands, and stay home.

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A Long Distance Relationship

As you know, I’ve been dating J for about two and a half years now and while he technically lives in Portland, he’s really not here that much. He travels all over the world a lot of the time (sometimes I meet up with him) and then he occasionally comes back to Portland for a few weeks. This has been kind of frustrating for me, but I decided to look at the situation in a different way and that’s helped a lot. I just consider us in a long distance relationship and now my expectations are so much different! Like most things, it’s all about perspective.

The truth is, I like it when he’s gone. I can do my own thing, make whatever plans I want and not have to even consider including him or working around his schedule. Like a total psycho, I just wanted him to want to be with me all the time, even though I don’t really want that. Ugh, and that’s what therapy’s for. Anyway, relationships are hard, and weird, and different for everyone.

In the meantime, J and I stay connected through the magical world of the internet! I took a screen shot of us during one of our recent conversations:

It really doesn’t get any sexier than that! Filters are so amazing and hilarious these days.

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Some Fun Stuff

First, thank you so much for all your comments and texts about my last post. It really means the world to me. I still miss Biff so much, but it’s getting easier. I guess I just didn’t realize how close we were or how much he was a part of my life until he was gone. And that’s been hard. Anyway, thank you. And thanks so much to a couple of my best human friends who donated to Best Friends Animal Society on my behalf. It’s comforting to know that some animals will be helped as a result of this.

Ok, so on to the fun stuff! A couple of weeks ago, I volunteered to help Kennedy’s class during her Chinese New Year performance. Kennedy goes to a Chinese charter school and every year they have a performance (and yes, Kennedy is learning Mandarin…she’s about a million times smarter than the rest of us). The parents are supposed to volunteer a certain amount of hours each year. Because my sister (Kennedy’s mom) is legally blind there are a lot of volunteer things she can’t participate in so I try to volunteer whenever I can. I attended the performance last year so I kind of knew what was going on. One of the volunteer options this year was as a “class usher.” When I read the description, I thought it would be more accurate to call it “stage mom.” So, of course, I signed up.

As “stage mom” it was my job to help the teachers get the students from the audience to the stage and then back to the audience after the performance. Easy-peasy, right? Well, not really. Getting a bunch of first graders to even just follow each other was a like figuring out Brexit. Herding cats also comes to mind. And then, to keep them quiet backstage was pretty much impossible. OMFG. But I still managed to get some pictures!

Yes, the teachers gave each kid a fan. Trying to get them not to f*ck around with them backstage was a nightmare. I’m surprised they weren’t all broken before they went out.

But I had a great view of the performance!

Overall it was fun and I didn’t lose any kids! #winning

The second fun thing going on is that I decided to try out masters synchronized swimming! I think I mentioned before that I was a synchronized swimmer as a kid (from 8 to 13) and that I loved it. I’ve gotten back into swimming in the last few years, but I’ve gotten a bit bored. Not surprisingly, swimming 66 lengths (1 mile) a few times a week can become a bit monotonous. Over the summer, I contacted the team at my gym and I got some of the details about the program. And last week, I went to two practices! I was so nervous and scared and excited. The good news…I’m a good swimmer, I can tread water for 90 minutes, and I still know some synchronized swimming! Everyone on the team is so nice and they were thrilled (or appeared to be) that I wanted to join. I’ll let you know when we’re going to the Olympics. Oh and I’ll post some pictures if/when I’m brave enough to take them!

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