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Leslie Answers the Cupcakes and Cashmere Post-Quarantine Questionnaire

Looking forward to the light at the end of the tunnel.

This week, I did something that would have been unthinkable just a few months ago: I traveled to L.A. to see the cupcakes and cashmere team for the first time in over a year. Our entire team is vaccinated, so Emily and Geoffrey hosted us for a backyard party to celebrate. This trip marks not only my second trip in a month, but my second trip in a year, with the exception of camping and a visit home. It finally feels like, for vaccinated Americans, the light of concerts, indoor get-togethers, and restaurants may finally be around the corner. In anticipation of more people becoming vaccinated, we thought it would be fun to share questionnaires, starting with this one, reflecting on our time in quarantine—and what life will hopefully look like soon:

An image that embodies where you'd like to be this year? The polaroids above were taken at my bachelorette party in February of 2020, two weeks before L.A.  shut down. I hadn't planned on having a party, but some of my best friends kidnapped me on a Saturday morning for a day of hiking, debauchery in pretty much every bar along Santa Monica Blvd., and a classic slumber party. It was such a perfect, hilarious day and, little did we know, it would be the last time we'd all be together for over a year. While I don't need quite as many margaritas as I had that day, I so look forward to spending time with groups again, renting a house for weekend trips like we used to, and safely visiting crowded bars and concerts.

Where's the first national/international trip you'd like to take? Aside from my trips this month, we're planning on visiting friends in June who recently moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico. As for international travel, we usually go to Guatemala for Christmas every year to see family, so I'd love to be there for the holidays (which is still very much up in the air at the moment). 

What's your indoor post-pandemic fantasy? A great meal, with a good glass of wine, sitting close enough to a first or second date to eavesdrop. Oh, and a Broadway show! I am so excited that Broadway is opening back up in September, and would love to plan a trip to New York in the next year or so to go to a few (I haven't been back since we moved out of the city in 2016). 

Work goals for post-quarantine? More in-person events!

What's one thing you "hated" pre-quarantine that you'd love to do now? I would kill to be at a concert on a weeknight way past my bedtime, waiting for the next band to go on.

Any quarantine habits you plan to apply to post-quarantine? I never worked out at home before quarantine (literally, not once), but now I love the convenience of at-home workouts.

What's a skill you learned in quarantine you plan to continue post-quarantine? I got really into making mask chains for friends over quarantine, which led me to jewelry-making. I love making necklaces and bracelets.

How did you grow and change over COVID, emotionally? I'm a major planner and will plan out days down to the minute and annual goals down to the month. The pandemic was the first time in my life that I was forced to throw out my plan and roll with change more gracefully and pivot my expectations.

Any big travel plans that got canceled during quarantine? Jonah and I were originally planning to take a honeymoon to Norway or Japan after our wedding, which we'd still love to do in the next few years.

Any large event you missed in 2020 that you plan to make up for post-quarantine? Our wedding! We may have a casual party in a year or a few, but haven't made any plans.

Aside from eating indoors and seeing friends, what not-obvious indoor activity do you miss most? Group fitness classes! While I love my Peloton, I miss the energy and socialization that comes from in-person classes. I'm hoping to supplement at-home workouts with in-person yoga or barre, since there are a few studios walking distance from my house.

Are you buying anything in anticipation of post-quarantine? Running shoes! I stopped running early in the pandemic when I didn't feel safe stepping out of our apartment, and never picked it back up. Running clubs in Portland are starting back up this month, so I'm looking forward to lacing up and joining (even if I'm the slowest one there). 

Any concert plans? Jonah and I tentatively bought tickets for the fall to see Lucy Dacus, Beach Bunny, and Tallest Man on Earth. 

What is the one thing you're most excited for in 2021? Setting down our roots in Portland—making more friends, having our neighbors over, and enjoying this city in all of its non-quarantine glory. 

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