Category: Our Life

H1 & H2 are fully vaccinated!

Havana and Hudson got their 2nd vaccine shot today. They were scheduled to get it yesterday at the Amazon SuperVax site, where they got their 1st shot, but Optimism was selected to be a Seattle Fire Department pop-up vaccine site today so we went there today instead. The kids met the Mayor, Jenny Durkan, who visited for a photo op and TV interviews. Gay was also interviewed by KOMO so she may be on local TV tonight.

Our family is 80% vaccinated, which is herd immunity for our house and even better than Washington State’s current 69% vaccination rate, which is leading the the country in vaccines! Seattle is expected to be the first city in the country to reach 70% vaccinations. That means that the entire state is about to fully re-open earlier than the planned June 30 date! I’m very proud of the kids, the brewery’s role in vaccinating Seattle, our progressive state and city. Update June 9: Seattle did become the first city to vaccinate 70% of residents.

Mayor Durkan at Optimism

And if the day wasn’t great enough, while I was there I saw our newest 10 bourbon barrels that were just delivered and these are from none other than Maker’s Mark, my favorite bourbon distillery.

Got an SYC slip!

After only a couple months on the wait list, I got a slip at the Seattle Yacht Club marina in Portage Bay. That was unexpected, I thought I’d have to wait at least 6 months and probably a year or more.

Insert boat here

After months of not being able to get moorage, I was relieved to find one a few weeks ago and now I have two! This one isn’t covered but the location is much better for us, so I’ll give the other one up.

Havana’s Birthday Party

Havana wanted to have Mira and Hannah over to celebrate her birthday and wanted the house to herself. So Gay, Hudson, Eva and I went to a hotel for the night. All three were tested for Covid with the BinaxNow at-home test and all passed.

Hannah, Havana & Mira

We got home at 11:30am and they said stayed up until 4am or later, they’re not sure, watching movies all night. They will be very tired.

Funny, Mira is wearing a Minor Threat shirt… I was their age when Minor Threat was making music.

We stayed at the new Hyatt Regency hotel (which I learned is the largest hotel in the Pacific Northwest). Thanks to Covid and a mostly empty hotel, I assume, we were upgraded to the Presidential Suite, the largest room in the hotel, which is on the top 45th floor and had a kitchen, dining area and two living rooms. Hudson and Eva’s room was on the 38th floor. It’s not often I get this view of Seattle, it’s amazing to me how much Seattle has grown, and is still growing, in the 24 years I’ve been here.

Looking southeast from our hotel room window

Gay and I had a cocktail in the bar before dinner then we called Hudson and Eva to come down to the Andare restaurant to join us. Also thanks to Covid, there were only 5 other tables in so it felt like we had the place almost to ourselves.

It’s also my half-birthday today, I’m 51½ today!


We got a new toy for the gym today: Hydrow! I did my first row and loved it. It feels very solid and it’s smooth. It’ll be a nice addition to the Peloton bike to give me some variety in cardio workouts. I think the profile looks like a Viking ship too.

The popularity of home gym equipment during the pandemic has famously affected deliveries for Peloton and Tonal that take months to get these days. Hydrow estimated it’d take 4-6 weeks to be delivered when I ordered it, but it was delivered in just 2 weeks — I ordered on April 16th and it’s already here. Now that’s under-promising and over-delivering!

Havana & Hudson’s first day of school

It’s been over a year since schools were closed and today Havana and Hudson went back to school for the first time. They couldn’t go immediately after Spring Break because they had to quarantine and get tested for a week before returning. Havana only gets a couple months being the oldest class in 8th grade before moving on to high school next year. Havana’s school is just a few blocks away so she can walk but Hudson has to be driven and then he takes the city bus home in the afternoon.

It’s great that they get to go back and start to return to normalcy, but they’re both in classes of only 2-3 people and it’s only for a few hours for just two days a week. It’s pretty dumb of Seattle Public Schools because it doesn’t help parents who have to go to work — there’s no school bus service so if the kids can’t walk, they have to either be driven or take city busses, so it’s more of a burden on the people who really need to get their kids to school so they just don’t send them. We have to also answer a Covid questionnaire every morning verifying that they don’t have symptoms.