The West Coast is on fire. It's been more than a week of very smokey air in Seattle from all the wildfires. We're "lucky" since it's even worse in Oregon and California. I can't even begin to imagine what it would feel like to have to leave your house because you were in danger from… Continue reading A quarantine on top of quarantine
She came riding by on her horse with a little grey dog running alongside of them. "Wow, good for you! You're an athlete!" she exclaimed. I smiled through my mask and said "Hi" with a wave. "A monster athlete!" she followed up with. I have no idea who this woman was or what prompted her… Continue reading “You’re an athlete!”
As my friend and I chatted, we kept referencing how this wasn't the summer anyone had planned for. She had planned to spend the entire month of August back here in Seattle. (She currently lives in Spain). Now she doesn't even know when her next trip back to visit her parents and friends will be.… Continue reading Not the summer we planned for
I had to go into the office to pick up my work badge the other day. It was my first time back in four months. It was weird because as much as I enjoy working from home (no commute, not having to wear real pants ...) I had a tinge of sadness as I walked… Continue reading An office stuck in time
"Happy Fourth!" she cheerfully exclaimed as she and her partner descended down the mountain. I think I mumbled a quick "Same to you," but I honestly can't remember, nor did I mean it if I did. I was just being polite. It was July Fourth but I didn't think there was anything to celebrate about.… Continue reading It felt different this year
I have seen about five or so hummingbirds siting perched on telephone lines during my time in quarantine. The first time it was while I was getting ready in the morning before going to work (at my dining room table). I was looking out the window and noticed a tiny bird perched on the line… Continue reading Did you notice this pre-COVID?
It seems like a simple, straight-forward question: How are you? But, is it? I'll run into a neighbor while on a walk and we'll exchange "Hello's" and "How are you's?" We smile and reply with some form of, "Oh, hanging in there" or, "Oh, you know, fine." When I'm on a phone meeting with a… Continue reading How are you?
... and we were social distancing! You know what I'm talking about. You're having a conversation with your best friend and you talk about how you visited your parents and you add, "We chatted through the window!" It's not that you doubt that your friend would actually think you had set foot in your parents'… Continue reading Judging everyone, and being judged — while social distancing
A week ago, my mom texted my brother and I and told us not to get her any gifts for Mother's Day. "We need to save, and not be spending money!" she ended the text messaged with. My brother replied: We already got you a gift. Selfless, and often times stubborn — that's my mom.… Continue reading A quarantined mother’s day
Yesterday I was reminded of Natalie's death in a weird way: a Facebook post of friends' wedding anniversary. If I hadn't seen their anniversary post, would I have even remembered? I wasn't sure. And, that made me suddenly feel really sad. I mean, sure, during this pandemic, who is keeping track of the days anyway?… Continue reading Still missing you