Newsletter | Nov/Dec 2020
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|In this issue:|
Editor's Note: - Mui Ho
Aloha Quarantine Wedding - Gennifer MuÃ±oz
Qurantine Time - Cameron White
Running my Office during Covid 19 - Darlene Jang
Reminiscence - Joanne Chow Winship
Editor's Note:by Mui Ho | Share #1437
I am very touched by how well many of us are doing and how creative we are while adjusting to this Pandemic.
The highlight story in this newsletter is the wedding of Jennifer MuÃ±oz that took place in Hawaii this last July. We are sad to lose her but very happy to see that she already has her new office set up in this magical island.
We are also excited about our Zoom business meetings and our Zoom virtual retreat this year. Steering committee member Allison Kinst has been most instrumental in setting up all the OWA meetings since the lockdown. The "Zooming" ran very smoothly. It was so well done that we are planning to have more such meetings for our members in this coming year.
OWA Virtual RetreatShare #1445
Aloha Quarantine Weddingby Gennifer MuÃ±oz | Share #1438
My 3 month stay in Hawaii was punctuated in a wonderful way! Our plans for a May 16th big wedding with friends and family were unfortunately postponed, and so we decided to reschedule with a much-abbreviated version of the event on July 7. We were married at sunset on our favorite beach with 20 of our local friends that we’ve gathered over the years since we first spent time together on the island in 2015. Our families attended virtually on Zoom, and even my 94 year old grandma logged on at midnight from Virginia wearing her Hawaiian themed attire. It was not the wedding we originally had in mind, and we missed hugs from our loved ones, but we plan to throw a big party on the Island when things feel safe again. Aloha!
Qurantine Timeby Cameron White | Share #1439
At the time I retired, 4 years ago, the pace of life in business and personal life had gotten so much faster than it used to be 40 years prior, when I was a young professional working in architecture. With the onset of the pandemic, everything slowed down. Now everything is much more open, but I still feel that a more comfortable pace of life is remaining, at least for me. A comfortable pace is much less stressful and more satisfying. You have time to stop for a moment and enjoy the outdoors, and other people.
My husband, Paul Deirup, and I have been mostly staying home since March. We face time often with our daughter in New York and her family, including 2 boys. Having FaceTime get togethers with them is not a great substitute for a hug. I tried to plan a trip to visit them this fall, but it just seems too dangerous. My son and daughter-in-law, in Benicia, are expecting a baby boy in January! We get together with them when we can, in the backyard. Hopefully, soon I’ll be able to at least look at a new baby, if not hold him. I’m glad they’re close by.
My saving grace: keeping busy. I take a lot of dance classes every week, online and in person outdoors.
Running my Office during Covid 19by Darlene Jang | Share #1446
I’ve been on the hunt for more creative pursuits to sustain my studio practice.Â Unfortunately, clients are facing questionable funding and so new work has been put on their back burner.
Working remotely has allowed more flex time.Â I found more time to pursue my own projects.Â I must have redesigned my bathroom three-to-four times and my house expansion through the attic three times. But I'm not ready to invite workers inside the house during this sheltering-in-place. I've also refined house plans for my lot in the Oakland Rockridge area only to learn how dismal the city plan review process is. So once again, I have delayed work on that house.Â
The SIP, wearing a mask, and social distancing have made family connections no fun.Â I miss my daughter's family even though they are less than seven miles away. My grandson is five and my granddaughter is two. We've managed some backyard visits, but now the weather is getting cold. Gosh, I miss their hugs.
I have been SIP with my husband and my rescue dog Snowy, a poodle terrier mix. We try to keep our spirits up with home exercise and yoga. Bruce is able to get out for tennis, and I'm cooking many untried recipes that used to languish deep in the kitchen drawer.Â I recently made wonton! Bruce and I
Reminiscenceby Joanne Chow Winship | Share #1441
My life was taken up (like most architects) with planning for the next project, and not allowing myself to enjoy the moment. Well, the moment is now, and I’m trying to enjoy it, and also act in ways to help others overcome the hurdles of life today. We have been fortunate to live during a time of peace, where elsewhere in the world and here too, there is much suffering.
For now, my companion dog provides immense enjoyment as I rack up 10,000 steps daily while we explore the city and he performs the tricks we’ve practiced. Our next act is a road trip in 2021 to the Midwest through the national parks. We’re looking for someone to ride shotgun. Anyone want to join us?