Category: Our Life

Mother’s Day 2021

For the first time ever, we had a double Mother’s Day celebration. After Hudson’s flag football game in the morning, Jon, Megan & Emmarie came over to celebrate Mother’s Day with us. Jon and I made seafood paella and a salad, with Hudson’s help, and Havana made a delicious cheesecake for dessert.

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.

Preparing for the boat’s arrival

I finally found moorage for the boat! It’s hard to find moorage in Seattle, especially now since boating has become even more popular thanks to Covid social-distancing. I’ve been contacting marinas since the Fall and every marina either has waiting lists that are at least 6 months, and even several years long, and other marinas don’t even bother having a waiting list because they’re so lengthy. To make the moorage situation in Seattle even more difficult, Seattle Parks decided to renovate two of the three marinas they run so those marinas are closed down until October.

I was worried that I’d have to get a trailer, park the boat somewhere and put it in and take it out of the water every time I wanted to use it. I got lucky and found a slip yesterday and even better, it’s covered, so I grabbed it immediately. Renting the slip requires insurance for the boat and I got that today too. All of this is a huge relief to me.

I talked to my Cranchi sales rep and he sent me this photo of the shrink-wrapped boat on a rack at the shipyard in Italy just before it went onto a ship to cross the Atlantic. Thanks to the Evergreen debacle in the Suez Canal, worldwide shipping has slowed down. It was tentatively scheduled to be here on May 15th and is now scheduled to arrive in Seattle on May 23rd. Realistically, it’ll probably be a few days later than that and then it’ll take a few days to get it from the Seattle shipyard to the dock where we receive it.

Palm Spring(s) Break 2021

Our first airplane trip since Mexico in 2019 took us to Palm Springs for Spring Break for the week. We rented an Airbnb with a pool and mostly stayed at the house by the pool, ate dinners outside and did very little else. It was a nice to have a change of scenery and warmer weather.

I was concerned about taking flights during Covid but they were short flights and everyone at the airports and on the planes were very safe, wore masks and everything was contactless.

Before we went to Palm Springs, Seattle was still chilly and I was wearing sweaters. While we were away, Seattle changed to warm weather and it feels like Springtime.