Hummingbird
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Did you notice this pre-COVID?

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?

flowers
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How are you?

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?

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When there’s nowhere to run

It's been getting harder to run. No, not like physically hard. I can't enjoy running when I have to be careful at every corner I turn in fear that a dog walker or a kid on a bicycle will be soaring by. I have to meticulously calculate how to pass others when there are two… Continue reading When there’s nowhere to run

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Being social, while in isolation.

I don't know about you, but I haven't felt like I have had any "extra" free time during this stay-at-home order while we try to flatten the curve of COVID-19 cases. For those keeping track, I'm going into my fifth week of working from home and sixth week of not going anywhere "non-essential." There's just… Continue reading Being social, while in isolation.

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Alone, finally.

I looked out the window and it was grey and rainy outside. This was three days ago. Well into my third straight week of being fully remote working at home. I was exhausted. I still had more work to do in the evening. Should I still go on my run before it gets dark? Yes,… Continue reading Alone, finally.

Seattle Freeze
seattle, staying home

Are Seattleites “unfreezing” during this pandemic?

The boy raised his hand quickly to wave at us with a half smile. Bryce and I drove by, and I waved back. I was surprised that this kid who had been playing basketball in the street had 1) moved over for us and 2) waved at us, even if it was brief. We were… Continue reading Are Seattleites “unfreezing” during this pandemic?

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Being grateful – during times of social distancing

Studies/the Internet/my husband have told me that you should mimic your commute to and from work even while working from home. I've been trying to do that. Typically, when I am working at the office, I drive and have about a 10-minute walk from where I park, to the office. Now before I start my… Continue reading Being grateful – during times of social distancing

cherry blossoms
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Spring is still “on”

The one positive of social distancing and staying home is that I have been walking around wayyyy more. I had been training for a marathon but once my May race announced that it had (understandably) canceled the event, I lost motivation to keep training. I'm still running, just not double-digit-mileage runs anymore. I'm running some,… Continue reading Spring is still “on”

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Blocked, and at home 2.0

Wash your hands. Work from home. No large gatherings. Six feet apart. Don't hoard all the toilet paper. Cancel unnecessary personal trips. Don't touch your face. (That last one is harder than it sounds. I never realized I touch my face so often until now). Last week I wrote about the joys of just staying… Continue reading Blocked, and at home 2.0

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Seattle love letter

I wrote my "Seattle love letter" for a content last year to win an annual pass to the Columbia Tower. I'm sharing my love letter this Valentine's day because the words still hold true — and, to hopefully shed some light on why I can't leave this city, my hometown. (P.S., I won the contest!)… Continue reading Seattle love letter