FOUR-antine (fourth month in quarantine)

14 Jul

In the US, this pandemic is being (SO) mishandled. It’s embarrassing, sad, detrimental, and fatal.  Here’s a link to an article from the Atlantic which does a better job summarizing what’s going on from another country’s perspective (it’s France).
Anyway, in my world…I’ve just continued to keep careful notes on my day to day life.  “The unexamined life is not worth living”… but is taking notes on everything I do examining it?  Will I be doing this forever?  I don’t know.  It feels like it. This past month has seen me spending lots of time outdoors with friends. And inside, with Molly (on zoom).


June 15th
I got outside with:


The hottest girl on the back of my scooter ❤


Things were looking up, Brittny came over! We scooted all around town, Ricky came to meet us, and THEN we ATE IN A PENNSYLVANIA RESTAURANT FOR OUR FIRST TIME IN OVER 3 MONTHS!  Thai food. WOW, WAS THAT FUN! They told us we had “one hour to eat the food” and Collin loved the limitations. I took awhile to order (I couldn’t help it, the choices were overwhelmingly delicious) and, with a couple of minutes left, Col insisted on Mango sticky rice for dessert (he was right). Thank you again for spoiling us, Ricky!! Love you guys!


June 16th
So much outdoor happiness before…a Molly hang! Our FaceTime chat was a luxurious spa day for our insides; “like a full body soak treatment”.


Forever best friends.


June 17th
Today, I finished Tonya’s book about Guatemala 🙂 I can’t wait to read it again.
Col and I also finished season 5 of Schitt’s Creek and I cashed in on a tickle massage, I’ll never bet anything else.


June 18th


Pandemic legacy (season one). A binge worthy game, to say the least.


June 19th AKA Juneteenth
And then? Green Forest Churrascaria double date with Rachel, Roman, a fiddle leaf fig, and all the meat before 1. They shut down and 2. I become (mostly) vegetarian. This was followed by after dinner drinks at the perfect-for-us (until the end) Dukes.


Full bellies, fuller hearts.


June 20th
Pandemic Legacy is INTENSE!   😂


June 21st
Happy Father’s Day!


I got the inaugural dock jump off of my parents new dock. And, said goodbye to 32. 


The first time these kayaks went onto FL lake.


June 22nd
Celebrating my last day as a 32 year old with yoga / watching my dad’s new watermelon slicer in action.  M&D gave me a thoughtful car and present (333, 3 hearts as one). The BEST workout session with Molly, Michelle and Hannah. I was so happy to meet THE Hannah and have a hang.   At midnight, I talked to Helen: “Good night! It’s our birthday! We are 33!”


June 23rd
I woke up to a gift from Molly: Sore on my birthday!


Happy birthday to me.


June 24th
Veggies and cookie cake for breakfast.  Surprise scooter visit by Emily and Alex! And then a SUPER surprise visit from Katie, Evan, a furry card, and multiple cookies. Like I told you, my birthday wasn’t over.


June 25th


“Let’s meet at 8AM, downstairs, for scooter rides!”



June 26th


It must be Friday: Lunch time with Emily 🙂

Molly’s birthday package got “lost” in the mail 😭  But, I did get to Facetime with her, Emily, Alex, and the scooter parked in the grass (scandalous). We squirted bottles into our mouths and enjoyed lunch. That evening, at Johnny Angels, doowop music, heels (never again), and the Widows club vibe.  Those women certainly know how to lean in to fun and play! (Note to self:  Attention was a by product for them but who cares because they were literally having the most fun in the outdoor room plus helping everyone else around them have fun, too.)


June 27th


And, FaceTimed my parents to share the good news….before indulging in celebratory, nostalgic Pizza Hut.


June 27th
We pre-gamed at the Galleria Mall before attending a very intimate reception where I made a new friend, Korianne. Here are some moments: You can make anything decaf, just blanche it. I should be saving the wax from candles.  Reuse coffee: 200 degrees, crispy, 20 minutes. My memory works best visually.  Desperanza is a website to buy cheap flights to South America. Books can be sent via US mail for close to free. “We’re talking about the Ukrainian President” because, well, we were.


June 28th
I woke up singing the opening number for Pockets. At 9:15am Emily came to hang and clean up the park with Gay for Good. Emily: “I can’t stress enough how this was a volunteer position.”


Great people ❤


Afterwords, it was SO nice to look out the window at the park and know that it was cleaner.
In the afternoon, I cleared my head on a scooter ride, fun! And picked up Allison…who showed me a special spot where Chicken of the Woods was hidden in River View park.  We also brainstormed colors for rHonda. “What color is cool and cute?”  “Light blue. Like on the Argentinian flag.  You’d know it if you saw it.” – Bel.


June 29th

Molly really nailed my birthday presents this year, despite being lost in the mail the first time.  I love the satin and I LOVE THAT WE MATCH! And, not to mention…Monday night workout(s)! Thank you!!  Plus, the hang after.  “The only place Covid isn’t getting better is in the numbers.” – Molly, spittin’ truth bombs out of “violently liberal” California.  That night, I turned the shower on and off 3 times before I remembered to wash behind my ears.

July 3rd
It was a hot, hot, HOT day.
Regression: My job was going to close for one week.

Helen and Victoria’s new house move in day! A FaceTime!  I can’t wait to visit!! 🙂  I also scooted with Emily, she touted me on the back and we ate Chinese food for lunch.


July 4th
Fourth of July and a really fun road trip. Including, the memorable Zack’s farm to table restaurant…where masks weren’t required in defiance of the law.
A cabin in the woods were I got to see….


The newly engaged Rachel on THE DAY SHE GOT ENGAGED!


It was an absolute pleasure to see her, and watch the video of Roman getting on one knee.  CONGRATULATIONS!!

After eating classic chicken from the fire hall we followed it up with ice cream from a food truck.  It was a great hang with my parents plus snuggles from the kittens, pre-fireworks…and we got to watch from their dock.  The gorgeous, long, firework show was bought right to us.


July 5th


Morning, kayak.


July 6th


Telling the charcuterie board to “Say cheese!”


WILL TODAY BE THE LAST AND FINAL GAME OF PANDEMIC SEASON ONE?!! (haha, no.  We plan on loosing this game so that we can set ourselves up for an alley hoop during the last game.  AW, I LOVE THIS SO MUCH, really trying to milk it.)
Today, I ordered new sunglasses, thanks M&D! And, had a Molly hang: We re-lived our Bandera, Texas days adding new realizations: “I’m red white and this is my friend Blue.”  (we even dressed like it). Hot mich ultra = a beer latte. “This makes me want a nice, frothy, hot beer”.  While reading we drank Victory beer (which UNBELIEVABLY we BOTH had) while re-reading about our “victory lap” as in: “We felt like we were doing a victory lap (with lots of slow claps) on the way from Bandera driving back to Austin.”.
Some other gems:  “If that’s true I’m gunna be embarrassed / And it is true and I am embarrassed” – Molly
The specialist moments are with your closest friends, I’m talking to you Blue.


July 7th
“Congratulations and my condolences on finishing pandemic” – Katie.


July 8th
Today, I found out that my bar will close for two more weeks (at least)


July 9th
My final spin in Mouse (or so I thought)…
Katie’s sweet thoughts re: My car being sold: “My wildest dream is that it will be sold to someone who is neighbors with Helen’s car so they can bop around and park next to each other once again in a beautiful reunion!”
Klavon’s ice cream for the first time. And, the season finale of Dead to Me. Followed by… a Molly hang!:

Giving blood is a mitzvah it’s the dictionary definition \ the dic def. | Ex: the dick def of compatible: Molly’s cold and wants to warm her reptile hands on my warm body.
“I wonder what me thinks about that.  Let me ask me.” ❤ ❤ ❤


July 10th
Happy birthday (party) to Emily!!!
First to arrive and last to leave, “the only thing fashionable thing about me is my outfit!”  We had an outdoor hang before the weather started to turn…


“I love twisters.” – Em
“It’s going to blow over.”  – Julie


Reminder to self: When it’s my turn to wash the car…put soap on the roof before it rains. It was a SUPER fun night, with fantastic food, great people, and I love celebrating all things Emily! ❤


July 11th
Today, I felt like I really wanted to travel again.  I re-read some blogs. The one I linked is about Morocco.


July 12th


“Happy birthday, Emily!” – GaTa

We drove to Ohio to meet the famous Uncle Matt and Aunt Jenny!  Then, went through a drive through food fair at the Camden fair ground.  Super Vogue.  We met up, in our cars, got everyone’s order, and all came out the other side for a good, ol’ fashion birthday picnic.  It was delicious. The best blooming onion I have ever had.  Due to Covid, we didn’t get sausage fed to us but…we did bond with Emily’s family.  And I gained a new Aunt and Uncle!  At night, it was my own family zoom and the fantastic “Expecting Amy”, which I HIGHLY recommend. It was INCREDIBLE watching her open up, she’s so tough, strong, relatable, funny, and articulate.


July 13th
And then, sigh, my darling, precious Mouse drove up Canton Ave, the steepest street in the entire USA, as a final hurrah before I sold her.  I wanted to use her clutch for all it was worth.


Selfie with my favorite car.


Except, PLOT TWIST, at the last minute I pulled an audible…and went from selling Mouse to….KEEPING MOUSE!!!! I felt like I had just gotten a new car!  I’M KEEPING MOUSE! (for now!) “We choose joy!”

That evening I had a workout + hang with the girls 🙂  Molly and I appreciated quarantine for improving our long-distance relationship.


This pandemic has reiterated, over and over, friendship matters.
Red, white and,


PS: Victoria (via Helen) introduced me to the 1 Sec Everyday App! I’ve been really liking it. Here’s a link to what my past month looked like, condensed to 60 seconds.

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