I think it’s been 2.5 years since I did a ‘lately’ post. December 2017. I was pregnant. Tomorrow, my son will be two!
I’m sitting in my living room with the windows open. It’s Memorial Day. Our celebrations (grilling on the roof and margaritas my dad made) wrapped up around toddler bedtime, but others’ are just getting started. The neighbors across the street are listening to early 90s jams. Right now it’s Closing Time by Semisonic. I’ve also heard Waterfalls by TLC and I Do it For You by Brian Adams. I still know all the lyrics. Crazy.
Also crazy: Covid-19 and the world these days. I am one of the very lucky ones who 1) is still employed; 2) has a spouse that is still employed; 3) has full-time childcare (provided by my parents who have been unexpectedly living with us for 2.5 months now). Our house is full, but we are happy and healthy. My sister had to graduate from her masters program virtually, thousands (millions?) of seniors had to miss their senior proms, and definitely millions of people have lost their jobs. 100,000 people in the US have died. I first became aware of coronavirus on our annual ski trip in late mid-late January. We were in Tahoe, and I believe the death count in China reached 800 while we were there. That feels like forever ago. I can’t imagine the world ever being like it was then.
And yet, this is life. It’s not on hold. I’m still living it, and it’s going by. In the past 2.5 months, Gabriel has learned to ride a balance bike, recognizes all the letters of the alphabet, and counts to four (though he usually skips ‘2’). I can’t speak of as such accomplishments for myself. Let’s see. Dan and I ran a 10K in April since the Sole of the City was cancelled. (We were also supposed to run the Bolder Boulder 10K today.) I hired and onboarded someone at work. I not only survived living under the same roof as my parents for 2.5 months (and who knows how much longer) but rather enjoyed it. So did my husband.
And I’ve continued most of the other things I usually do. Here’s a summary.
Things I’ve been reading:
- The Weight of Ink by Rachel Kadish. Dan’s aunts gave me this for Hannukah (they always give us books). I’m enjoying this a lot, but I had to stop 100 pages in to read….
- I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith. This is our book club book for tomorrow night. I finished it Saturday. I couldn’t remember who had recommended it or how we had settled on it for a book when I started reading it, and I was VERY confused. It’s written about the early 1900s in England. It was enjoyable, but I couldn’t imagine who had suggested we read it. I didn’t know anything about it, and so for all I know it was written last year. I found out after I finished that it was written in 1948, and the author also wrote 101 Dalmations. Both of those facts totally change how I view the book. I’m much more… forgiving now.
- The Baltimore Sun. I finally got a subscription to my local paper. Elections are around the corner, and I wanted that coverage on that and also local coverage on coronavirus.
Things I’ve Been Watching:
- Frankly, I’ve been annoyed hearing about all the people out there who are alone and bored and tapped out on Netflix. I mean, I get it. I really do. I think being alone during this time and not able to socialize as normal would be really hard. My experience has been the opposite though. I am daily, constantly, interacting with more people that normal. I am never alone in my house. I am never alone, period. I’m busier than ever. And I’m certainly not binging Netflix. That said….
- I did find time to watch The Morning Show on Apple TV.
- And Little Fires Everywhere on Hulu.
- And 10-20 minutes of Sesame Street with Gabriel some mornings.
- And I’ve watched a few episodes of Season 4 of Workin’ Moms in the past couple weeks.
- So okay. I’ve made some time.
Fitness I’ve been doing:
- CrossFit. My gym has been awesome and has lent out equipment and continues to program daily workouts. Most of the workouts are with kettlebells or dumbbells, but they also let me borrow a barbell, and I’ve been using that. It’s nice, but not the same. I do it in the driveway, in nearby park, or behind Under Armour on the water. I don’t take as much time to warm up or cool down and really just try to fit it into the shortest amount of time possible.
- Murph. The annual CrossFit (and military) Memorial Day workout. I’d never actually done it before. I did a modified version this morning. We have a pull-up bar in our nearby park that is really rickety so kipping pull-ups aren’t an option, so I did sorta-strict pull-ups for over half of the pull-ups and leg raises for the others. (Sorta strict means that I was doing a lot of singles and using my knees kicking up to give me momentum over the bar.) I also did pushups from my knees for most of the pushups. Anyway, it was fun.
- Running 1-2 days a week. Slowly. Somewhat painfully (both my feet hurt in different ways). But still getting out there.
Hikes I’ve been on:
- A month or so ago, Dan, Gabriel, and I did the Ridge Trail in Patapsco State Park.
- We’ve met Dan’s parents at Patuxent Wildlife Refuge (both the north and south tracts) a few times to pick up Gabriel from them.
- This morning, we met up with friends near Lake Roland and did a walk in the woods with our kiddos.
Things I’ve been listening to:
- These 90s jams are killing it. Gettin Jiggy With It right now. 3am by Matchbox 20 was also in there. Oh, man, wouldn’t be complete without Dave Matthews Band.
- This is Joy and Claire with Joy and Claire, formally of the Girls Gone WOD podcast.
- Make Me Smart with Kai and Molly podcast.
- The Daily podcast… I’ve finally listed to a few episodes, after what feels like years of being advised to.
And yes, I’ve been making sourdough along with everyone else. My bread, as it has for years, turns out tasty, but doesn’t rise as much as I would like. Everyone else is perfecting their sourdough method, and I’ve tried a few different thinks, but mostly just doing what I’ve been doing for over a decade. Nothing new to see here. Oh, and I made this cauliflower tabbouleh (added feta cheese) for our Memorial Day dinner this evening.