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Monday, February 1, 2021

2020 in the Rearview

 1. What did you do in 2020 that you’d never done before?

Went 6 weeks without seeing Kate (okay I had done that before, but not since we met)
Survived a global pandemic (so far!)
Bought a brand new car, without a cosigner
Wore a mask every time I left my house
Got interviewed on a podcast (two actually!)
Handmade all my Christmas Cards (45 individual paintings)
Volunteered to get the vote out with Postcards to Swing States
Went a year without seeing my sister for the first time in my life
Finally figured out why everyone loves macarons so much
Went months and months without going to the movies
Voted for a woman Vice President and watched her win
Got a gold tooth
Felt my empath-ness more than ever in my entire life
Got highlights in my hair
Had a home office in my bedroom for a couple months (do not recommend)
Got my eyebrows tinted and experienced several moments of intense fear as the color processed:



Bonus COVID content: What I missed out on this year:

Celebrating my 40th birthday the way I wanted to
Going to NYC to eat and see shows with my girlfriend
Road tripping to Canada to see dinosaur bones
Seeing my sister and nieces in person even once
Watching my other sister graduate from college

2. Did you keep your New Year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?

I don't really make resolutions at this point.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?

My friend Casey had a little girl with the most amazing hair I've ever seen.

4. Did anyone close to you die?

Thankfully, no. I really thought I was going to lose people to COVID and it didn't happen.

5. What countries did you visit?

Lol none.

6. What would you like to have in 2021 that you lacked in 2020?

A COVID vaccine.

7. What dates from 2020 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?

I mean they're all sort of blurred together.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?

Not having a nervous breakdown?

9. What was your biggest failure?

Nothing I did was a failure in 2020.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?

Nope.

11. What was the best thing you bought?

My Portland Leather purse and my Blueberry (2020 Subaru Impreza). Also, my first watercolors.

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?

Doctors, nurses, first responders, morticians, scientists.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?

That fucking clown-bag we called 45.

14. Where did most of your money go?

Living expenses. Not being able to go anywhere was good for the budget, and I finally started a savings account!

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?

Um. I'm not sure about this one. 

16. What song will always remind you of 2020?

Exile - Taylor Swift
Mother's Daughter - Miley Cyrus
But most of all, WAP - Megan Thee Stallion & Cardi B

17. Compared to this time last year, are you: a) happier or sadder? b) thinner or fatter? c) richer or poorer?

Sadder. So much sadder.

Fatter, probably, but who fucking cares?

Richer

18. What do you wish you’d done more of?

Reading. Volunteering for CTL

19. What do you wish you’d done less of?

Being in my house.

20. How did you spend Christmas?

We spent Christmas day at home. The kids opened a frenzy of gifts, and the entire living room became a pit of gifts, boxes, and paper. Then we all read books.

21. Did you fall in love with 2020?

No.

22. What was your favorite TV program?

The Mandalorian.

23. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?

Derek Chauvin maybe.

24. What was the best book you read?

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

25. What was your greatest musical discovery?

Taylor Swift (renewed)

26. What did you want and get?

A blue car!

27. What did you want and not get?

People to act like they cared about other humans enough to wear a mask.

28. What was your favorite film of 2020?

It's slim pickin' for favorites, but I unexpectedly loved Harley Quinn: Birds of Prey

29. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?

I turned 40 and it was underwhelming. I managed 10 days in a row off work and enjoyed a lot of gin.

31. How would you describe your personal fashion concept of 2020?

Pajamas.

32. What kept you sane?

Scott. Xanax. Minecraft. Painting. Weed. Gin. 

33. What political issue stirred you the most?

Black Lives Matter

34. Who did you miss?

My sister Kira.  

35. Who was the best new person you met?

I didn't meet many people, since we were all in our houses all the time. Virtually, my cousin's fiance Alison.

36. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2020.

Pandemics are not as fun in real life as when you watch a movie about them.

37. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.



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