A COVID-19 Birthday

Like many of you have, I am ‘celebrating’ my birthday today in the COVID era.  And, I must admit I miss my usual birthday-related activities:

  • A trip to Vancouver with a walk in Stanley Park, a stop at Granville Island and dinner at CinCin
  • A day in Seattle with breakfast at Ettas and a stroll through the Market
  • A play at the 5th Avenue Theater or a Holiday Pops concert by the Seattle Symphony at Benroya Hall
  • A holiday drink at the Olympic Hotel followed by dinner at Tulio’s.

Now, we don’t do all those things every year, but that is the general list of options.

So, what should we do today? 

We might go to Seattle to get some crab and stop in Burien at Bakery Nouveau for a French style baguette sandwich. Or we could drive to Olympia and pick up some of our favorite coffee. Or watch a movie?????  While all these are fine activities, they don’t feel very festive.

But here is the good news as I celebrate my birthday:

  • I am cancer free and not in treatment during a pandemic (see note below)
  • I am COVID free – to the best of my knowledge
  • I get to hang out with my husband and connect virtually with family and dear chums
  • We’ll find something tasty for dinner, maybe crab? And something lemony for dessert
  • As an older person with underlying health conditions, I hope to be on one of the earlier priority lists for a COVID vaccine.

So, there is a lot to be thankful for even during these strange times. And my fingers are crossed that my favorite birthday activities will still be in the mix in 2021!

So see you on Monday; I’m off to celebrate!


COVID 19 data for King County over the past 14 days (as of 12/2/20))

  • Positive tests: 9152
  • Hospitalizations: 281
  • Deaths: 40

CDC has updated its domestic travel advice in advance of holiday travels. It is worth reading.  The safest thing is not to travel, but if you do so:

If you are traveling, consider getting tested with a viral test 1-3 days before your trip. Also consider getting tested with a viral test 3-5 days after your trip and reduce non-essential activities for a full 7 days after travel, even if your test is negative. If you don’t get tested, consider reducing non-essential activities for 10 days after travel.

Note: On my Instagram travels, I came across #thecancerfashionista.  She is a Multiple Myeloma warrior and is dressing to the nines for her treatments, etc. As a blood cancer survivor, I am so inspired by her!  I sent her a message and she sent me the nicest response.  I was so honored.  Her posts are worth checking out.


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