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

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The little things

I went on a run Friday morning. I have hardly been running these days, but that is not what I came to write about. As I shuffled my feet, I crossed paths with an older man walking with a camera that had a huge lens slung over his shoulder. He wore a utility vest and… Continue reading The little things

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It felt different this year

"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

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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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How about those COVID dreams?

I know I'm not the only one having COVID nightmares. Or, perhaps just more stressful dreams than normal. Last month I had a dream where I had invited friends and family to a game night, assuming that they understood it would be a virtual game night. However, everyone showed up at my front door —… Continue reading How about those COVID dreams?

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?

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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?

Seattle bunny
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Spring bunny sightings

"Where's Todd?" I asked Bryce as we turned a street corner on our evening walk the other day. You'd think I was talking about a person, but I was not. I've named this one "toddler-sized" bunny as "Todd." This is what quarantine has come down to. I see the (alleged) same bunnies in the same… Continue reading Spring bunny sightings

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Judging everyone, and being judged — while social distancing

... 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

We got this Seattle
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The covid citizens

It's not uncommon for Bryce and I to be out on a walk in our neighborhood and when a car whizzes by us, one of us mutters -- or sometimes yells, depending on our mood -- "Where do you think you're going?" or, "You better be making an essential grocery trip!" If we are really… Continue reading The covid citizens