School, Meditation, a Walk, and a Film Festival!

After doing a lot of nothing for many months, this last week has been pretty dang busy! First, on Monday, Kennedy came over for the day and I monitored all the school stuff.

I don’t know how you parents and teachers are doing this every day because it was exhausting. I thought I’d be able to get my own stuff done while she was in “class” but that didn’t happen either because by the time I was settled in, she was done with class and asking me to review her assignments. Whoa. I think it was a good break for Kennedy and her parents so we’ll definitely do it again. This also means that Kennedy is now in our quarantine bubble, which is so nice because I finally got to hug her again!!!

Then on Friday, Ken came over again to spend the night when her parents went out of town! We went down the Portland Film Festival to check out the step-and-repeat and to visit J and George (both volunteers).

George gave her a little boost for the photos!

While we were there, Ken ate a Voodoo donut and saw a protest! She really had a true Portland experience. Oops.

The next morning, it looked like we’d been out partying all night! My hair is a disaster.

I’m trying to grow it out and it’s taking most of my willpower not to just shave it all off every day. I’ve really loved my short hair, but it’s been like this for more than a year and it’s time to change it…again. Anyway, we’ll see if I can get it passed the mullet stage and into the “bob” stage. Ugh.

I started doing guided meditations (on the Calm app) a few months ago and I’m really enjoying it! I thought it would be good for Kennedy to do one with me. I normally just do the daily meditation that’s about 10 minutes long and has a different focus each day. The subject yesterday was “Unstuck.” I didn’t think anything of it and just started it with Ken. When the guide started talking about getting “unstuck” it was in reference to relationships and work. I’m sure seven year old Kennedy found it very helpful. Regardless, she sat through the entire session, with her eyes closed, just breathing. I was impressed and it was pretty cool.

After re-centering ourselves for the day, we headed out for a walk. I have a new walk now that I’m living in the city and I really like it. More importantly, Ken made it the entire 5.3 miles complaining most of the way with enthusiasm!

We played a game where we got points for finding “Black Lives Matter” signs – she loves to see them – and that helped keep her going. #blacklivesmatter She also enjoying pointing out apartments where she thought we could live as neighbors and where we could have 100 dogs. #welovedogs

When we got home, we gave my dad a call and he asked Kennedy to write a Christmas list for him. I’ve never seen her so focused and excited.

She insisted on typing it out so that it was neat and she asked for things like a virtual reality headset and a phone. Seriously?! She’s seven. I’m surprised she didn’t ask for a car.

After being greedy and pretty much asking for the moon, I thought it was time for Kennedy to see me do one of the most important things in life – VOTE!

She even read through the voting pamphlet while I completed my ballot. She’s getting to be such a great reader, I really love it! Needless to say, I had a great time with my little niece and I can’t wait for her to come over again.

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Another Birthday!

And today, it’s my birthday! And what a weird one, right? As many of you who’ve had birthdays in the last eight months know, birthdays aren’t the same. But before I get to my birthday I have to share a couple of pics from the weekend. I went for a walk with one of my best friends and I’m totally in love with her dog, Pippa.

OMG, she is such a pretty girl. Lazy, but pretty. She doesn’t go on walks with us because she doesn’t like to walk very far and will just lie down and refuse to move. And it’s pretty impossible to get her 120 pound body up once she’s down. #quarantine15

On our walk we saw this beautiful mural on the street:

It was huge (and difficult to get a picture of) and so impressive! When we walked by someone else had a ladder with them so they could get a better picture from higher off the ground. It was really incredible.

Oh and one more thing before I talk about today – my gym opened its pools last week! We have to reserve a lane and we can’t take showers (well, we can, but only to rinse) so I go home in my wet bathing suit every time, but it was magical. I was the first one in the pool on opening day and the gym posted a story of me (and the other swimmers) swimming on Instagram.

While it felt like I was swimming through cement and my arms were tired after about four lengths, it was so good to be back in the pool. And masters synchro started back again too (I felt like I was drowning), and it was awesome. We all have to wear masks on deck and social distance in the water, but it’s really not too bad and it was so fun to be back.

As you probably guessed, I started my birthday off by swimming so f*cking early this morning. I thought I’d swim early so I wouldn’t feel bad about lying around all day eating cake. Which is exactly what I’ve done! Last week, I decided that I wanted to bake a cake for my birthday. A layer cake, which, for whatever reason, I’ve never done. I found a recipe for a Vegan Biscoff Cake that looked great so I thought I’d give it a try. And it was a success!

It wasn’t the most neat or perfect cake, but I think it was pretty good for a first try! And I ate about a million pounds of frosting and felt like I was going to die sick. I watched all of the episodes of The Vow and started watching Love Life (both on HBOMax), took two or three naps, ate a cupcake that J got for me and then contemplated throwing all the cake away. Instead I had a great idea and sent a text to one of my best friends and eating partners, George! I told him I had leftover cake and he drove right over to pick it up! LOL.

Old habits die hard, right? Well, G was thrilled to take 3/4 of a cake home with him and I’m so happy J and I won’t eat the rest of it tonight/tomorrow.

Needless to say, I had a great day, didn’t do anything but bake and eat and I loved it! Happy Birthday to me!

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A Birthday, So Much Smoke, and I Moved!

It’s been over a month since I’ve posted and wow, so much has happened. First, on our way home from Salishan last month, we stopped at my sister’s for a socially distanced 70th birthday party for my mom! We think it was the first time we’d all gotten together since some time in 2019! We’d all seen each other individually, but this was our first family thing in a LONG time! And we had good reason to celebrate!

And the kids are growing up too fast.

We all stayed in our family pods, wore masks and ordered individual meals so it was definitely a different family experience, but it worked and we had a great time celebrating.

Then a few weeks ago, the smoke rolled into Portland. So much smoke. I know you probably all saw the apocalyptic pictures of Portland (and the rest of the West Coast), but it was worse than those pictures could even show. You really couldn’t breathe outside. And as bad as the smoke was here, it was nothing compared to the people and animals who lost everything in the fires. Just devastating. I had so many friends who had to evacuate or were waiting for evacuation orders and that was just terrifying and sad. We were lucky and our families were all in safe areas. Even better was that J and I escaped the city for a few days to go to Salt Lake City (the closest city that had good air quality).

After not being able to see the sky in Portland, it was amazing to see blue skies in SLC and even walk outside! We drove out to the Great Salt Lake one afternoon and it was beautiful (even though the smoke had started to reach SLC too).

In that photo it looks like the water is right where the grass ends, but it’s not. We had to walk for about 10 minutes to actually reach the water from that point. So weird. And the “sand” was hard and white (I’m assuming from the salt).

It was really peaceful and pretty out there. There were hardly any people too, which is always nice.

When we got back to Portland, it was time for me to move! That’s right, I finally moved! I’m no longer living with George and I’ve finally moved in with J. George is still living in the house, though, and we keep in touch all the time. I think it was really good for us to live together again (as weird as that seems), and it gave George and J a chance to get to know each other. To be honest, though, it was still pretty sad to move out of the house (even though I’m so excited to be with J), and almost like breaking up with G again. Ugh. We both know it’s for the best and that it probably wasn’t the healthiest to continue to live together, but it still sucked. Oh, but before I moved out, we made sure we got the outdoor decor in line at the house:

LOL at G. He’s always ready for (and wants you to take) a picture.

So I’ve gone from living in the suburbs to living in downtown Portland (in the Pearl). For those of you outside the Portland-area, I know it looks like Portland is burning down from protests, but the protests are really isolated to about two blocks and they aren’t really near where we are. City living is different, though, and you really have to wear a mask any time you leave because there are just so many more people around (#wearamask). But I have to say that I’m just loving all the windows and light in our new place.

My desk sits next to these windows so it’s a great view all day long. A lot of people watching, but more importantly, DOG WATCHING! #ilovedogs

Oh and one last thing! Swimming starts back up next week and I can’t even begin to tell you how excited I am to get back in the water. It’s been over seven months since I’ve been in the pool. Isn’t it amazing how it can feel like no time has passed and that we’ve been doing this for ten years simultaneously? #wtf #2020

#blacklivesmatter

#vote

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