COVID19 life

Day 67: Back to Reality

May 21, 2020

But first thank you for the birthday love yesterday! It was really as lovely a birthday as one could hope for under current circumstances.

I wasn’t expecting so many amazing gifts but ended up with gourmet chocolate, Jeni’s ice cream, new workout wear, a Sephora gift card, AND flowers!!!

Photo montage below: Modeling bday gift outfit (from Vimmia). Plus another from Lulu (but I have to exchange the pants b/c Josh did not quiiiiite know the right size. He picked great things, though!)

I finished Next Year in Havana and came downstairs at ~5pm . . . and was promptly handed an Old Cuban (champagne / rum cocktail)! RANDOM but soooo perfect!

Bday dinner by Josh: steak Oscar, green beans almandine, rice pilaf. He said he was going for “Old World Fancy”

Mystery flowers (figured out they were from Laura!). No card OR source so I’m glad I figured it out!!

I also had a great time creating (rather spontaneously) a Spotify playlist of songs that have meant something to me throughout life! It’s a little silly but I GREATLY enjoyed it last night. If you’d like to hear/see it — here you go!

Anyway. It was a lovely 4-0. I’m sure that our DC/Virginia trip and the Inn at Little Washington would have been amazing, but hey — now I can continue to look forward to having that adventure in the future! I hope.

I did do some reflection/venting about some work-related challenges. With the concept of wasting time/life fresh on my mind . . . I am going to try to really work on some things that have been tough lately. More on that later perhaps though I will not be able to get much more specific on this public blog!! You will see Crucial Conversations on my book pile though!

And speaking of books – I have a 2020 Books Page now!! It’s up at the menu bar or you can check it out here. It was my fun project for the day yesterday (and yes it really was kind of fun!).


  • Reply Marina May 21, 2020 at 7:23 am

    Happy belated birthday Sarah! Glad it was a good one. I have a birthday coming up in about a month, not really a milestone one but still not going to be like I pictured. I love how music can just take you back to a moment in time and reminds you of who you were back then and what you were feeling. I haven’t kept up with modern music but anything from the late 90s/early 2000s – I can still remember most of the lyrics from the hit songs and what the MTV music videos looked like!

  • Reply Marcia (OrganisingQueen) May 21, 2020 at 9:38 am

    So glad you had a lovely birthday!

    My husband has a milestone one in July. He is introverted but it would be nice to have a small group of friends/ family to celebrate with.

    We’re nearly on a month of level 4 lockdown, so who knows how long this will all last.

  • Reply Melanie Goldsmith May 21, 2020 at 10:20 am

    Hi Sarah! I haven’t commented before but I saw that you were going to be traveling to the DC area for your birthday – specifically The Inn at Little Washington. I live in Arlington just outside DC. Thought I would share that I just saw an article about The Inn at Little Washington and they are thinking about using mannequins in the dining room to allow for social distancing. So you are only missing dining next to some mannequins πŸ™‚ Happy Birthday!

    I must say your blog has been my favorite to follow especially during these unusual times – you have done an amazing job staying real and sharing ups and downs. Thanks for that!

    Take Care!

  • Reply Melissa Lee May 21, 2020 at 12:44 pm

    Thanks for sharing the Spotify playlist! I love the songs on it and it’ll be on repeat for me today. I read Crucial Conversations 6 years ago and it was very helpful at that point in my life. Happy Belated Birthday!

  • Reply Omdg May 21, 2020 at 4:07 pm

    Where did you get that striped t shirt? It’s really cute!

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger May 21, 2020 at 4:44 pm

      Madewell! Love their tees!

  • Reply Beth @ Parent Lightly May 21, 2020 at 4:10 pm

    I love that playlist! I told my kid to shake something like a Polaroid the other day and she looked at my like I was crazy. Which maybe I am at this point. Hope that Crucial Conversations is helpful!! I need to re-read it!

  • Reply Mommy Attorney May 21, 2020 at 4:59 pm

    Am I crazy, or are you holding up 50?!?

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger May 21, 2020 at 5:31 pm

      Oh dear, my middle aged brain cells have already stopped working! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ not sure how that happened though I did screenshot from a video (easier to take self pix!) and maybe I was getting my hands into position πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

  • Reply Liz B. May 21, 2020 at 8:50 pm

    Love this happy post! It seems like you had a lovely 40th birthday despite the weird times. The playlist is fab! I listened to it on my training 10k this morning, and literally LOL when β€œTwo of Hearts” came on! Thanks for spreading your joy. πŸ’›πŸ’›

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger May 21, 2020 at 9:13 pm

      Stacey Q was underrated πŸ˜‚

  • Reply Coco May 21, 2020 at 9:05 pm

    great idea to keep a book page, I’ll do that too.
    Work challenge is challenge, especially when you can’t talk about it publicly and with most of people at work.

  • Reply Natasha May 21, 2020 at 9:16 pm

    Happy Birthday!!!

  • Reply immigrant physician mom looking for financial independence May 26, 2020 at 1:53 pm

    happy birthday Sarah , i loved the T shirt , and dinner, yum.i am 37 at this point , i wonder what will happen for my 40 th . usually my birthdays are blah

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