2020 Dream vs Reality

2020 started with a little road trip up to Monterey for a few days and then over to stay with friends in Manteca.  It was a nice break while school was out for Lori and before my peak season began.

It was not supposed to be the only trip for me as I had plans to go to Washington for 10 days or so in either May or July.  I was trying to work around my brothers schedule and a friend who usually travels every year.

This year I was also going to take a 200 hour yoga certificate training but decided because of my busy Spring work schedule I would take the one offered this fall, October through December.

Sadly half way through our peak season at work we were sent home.  I started working from home on March 17th for what we hoped would be a couple weeks.  Here it is July 17th, cases are off the charts, things are shutting back down and there is really no end in site.

My trip to Seattle to see friends and family clearly did not happen in May nor July and earlier durring this shut down I thought that I would make it up there this fall instead.  I talked to my friend Vivian who also was planning to travel up and we were going to split a hotel for a couple of weeks.

It is abundantly clear, 4 months into working from home and barely going anywhere (Starbucks drive through is the only consistent place and 90% of my groceries are still being delivered) that I will not make it up to Washington this year and the yoga certificate is off the table as well.

I have thought about the week we went away in January several times this week, as the reality that everything else is obviously not happening.  Also I had already taken time off around Thanksgiving as it is my favorite holiday with family, but who knows if we will even be able to travel that 70 miles to spend time with family by then.

Well I guess the Zoom meeting with friends will have to suffice.

Wrapping up a week


When life is so busy with a road trip and days off that one is not near a computer for days so there is no blogging, the hardest part is figuring out where to start.  So a wrap-up it is.

I took three days off last week.  We don’t get any time off once February starts for several months.  That coupled with Lori being on break between semesters it was the perfect time for a road trip.

My brother was a dear and stayed with the cat and in the house so it didn’t look empty.  With one car in the shop and another on a road trip, five days empty is not a good look for our neighborhood.  (Besides whos gonna feed all those ferals)

We left Wednesday, drove up through Santa Barbara to Monterey.  Went to the museum, stayed in a lovely hotel on the water with a fire place that we built a fire and spent some great down time.

Friday morning we drove over to Manteca to stay with friends.  We went to lunch, spent hours visiting and catching up.  Saturday we went to Sacramento and spent HOURS walking around the Crocker art museum.  I was so impressed with that place.  I want to go back this weekend if it weren’t a 7 hour drive.

Sunday morning we went out to breakfast and then home.  Sunday’s are always iffy in LA traffic but we got home in under 5.5 hours without much delay at all.

Now the week is well underway.  We went grocery shopping yesterday, today was trying to get the rest of the to do list processed, laundry, bedding, yard waste.  Tomorrow food prep, yoga and wash my filthy car from the road trip.

Some of my favorites from the museum….  They never look as good as in person.  I was so surprised by the Georgia O’Keeffe “It was a man and a pot”



and Scene

Vacation is technically over. Mostly meaning I go back to work tomorrow,

My friend Viv flys out in the morning. I have an alarm set fo 3:45 to take her to LAX, get her checked in and to the screening line. (Life as a legally blind person). Everything takes more time and care. Getting into the store, checking out at the cashier. Things we all take for granted like curbs and reading signs.

Today was rather low key. Lori gave up a little bit of time and we all went to breakfast. Then I did laundry and Viv packed. She decided she needed another suitcase to make it easier to pack so we went to Kohl’s and she picked one up.

Tomorrow I get back to my routine. I do like company but am always glad to get back to my normal day to day routine. Including the gym, general chores, not worrying about someone else and our 700 square feet back. Simple things like having the bedroom door wide open allows better air flow. I am truly stuck in my routine and I prefer things that way. Maybe its part of the aging thing.

Viv has been very compact, She is sleeping on one of the fold out crouches but folds it up as a couch everyday and had no issues when I asked that she keep her suitcase behind it so it wasn’t in the way of the office. It actually worked out quite well since she was often going through the bag and the light is better for her to see.

At least its a four day week to work back into that (not so great) part of the routine.

4 of 5

This is day 4 of 5 off in a row. We managed to go grocery shopping yesterday and today I did some weeding. Other then that its been a relaxing kind of time off. Some reading, some streaming and some sleeping and getting over colds.

I didn’t take the time off just to have a cold, but it has worked out that way. My colds generally follow the popular theory of a cold is 7-10 days. Since today is day 7 I figure mid week I am done! Mind over matter if I must.

Tomorrow we have some fun planned with family. Looking forward to that since I have been in the house so much this week.

In other 4 of 5 news…..we haven’t even gotten close to the new kitten. It is very very skittish. It reminds me of my first kitten ever when I was a kid. But this one I have been calling 4 of 5. Because the feral cat supposedly had 5 kittens. We took three to the shelter and then this one shows up right after. It camps out behind the big blue agave in the back yard, it it knows it is super thorny and it is protecting it.