Pacific Northwest

Getting away from people

The one thing that is not lost this summer is hiking. Living in Seattle, there are so many (relatively) nearby mountains and forests to explore. But, hiking has always been a popular outdoor activity among Seattleites (and all the transplants). Now with the pandemic, if you want to avoid other hikers, you either have to… Continue reading Getting away from people

staying home

Not the summer we planned for

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

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Fresh air, sun, mountains — and masks

When we pulled up to the trail head, there were only two other cars. Not bad. We purposely took a day off mid-week in an attempt to avoid crowds on our hike. We also didn't pick a super popular hike to begin with. As we were getting situated and out of the car, another car… Continue reading Fresh air, sun, mountains — and masks

staying home

An office stuck in time

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

staying home

Here, still.

Remember this post? I don't know what happened because June flew by and I only wrote two blog posts the entire month. (At the beginning of Covid, I was churning out at least one post per week). What happened? I'm not sure. I felt like I didn't have anything (important) to say. I've gotten to… Continue reading Here, still.

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Welcome to May — but also losing track of time

Today is the first of May. I have no idea how May has already snuck up on us. Time seems to go by both quickly and slowly during quarantine. I know that the days go by, yet a part of me still feels like it should still be February. I went on a run yesterday… Continue reading Welcome to May — but also losing track of time

Seattle
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Finally meeting my neighbors

Bryce and I moved right before Thanksgiving last year. With the holidays and then being out of town for New Year's in Japan, things were pretty hectic and we were not home a lot. By mid-January, we were still not fully unpacked. We had met two neighbors. I remember asking Bryce if we needed to… Continue reading Finally meeting my neighbors

We Got This Seattle
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Are your parents having a hard time self quarantining, too?

When this all began, I had multiple conversations with my friends about how all of our parents were having a difficult time staying at home -- specifically, our mothers. (At this point, you know when I refer to "this," I am talking about COVID-19, right?) Washington state had not yet mandated the official stay at… Continue reading Are your parents having a hard time self quarantining, too?

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Rain: running gold during coronavirus

My rain dance worked. And, by rain dance, I mean, just writing about it.  This week has brought grey skies and drizzle to my lovely Seattle. This means I can run in peace without waking up before sunrise. Monday I ran in the morning but not super early and there was hardly anyone else around… Continue reading Rain: running gold during coronavirus

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Grocery shopping in the time of COVID

My lunch yesterday consisted of top ramen and frozen vegetables. That's how down-to-nothing my food options at home were. We last went to the grocery store a week-and-a-half ago and are now completely out of fresh vegetables and fruit. I mean, eating just pasta and sauce from a jar for every meal seemed sustainable in… Continue reading Grocery shopping in the time of COVID