I saw a couple of posts from other bloggers, highlighting some of their favorite purchases from this crazy year and because sharing is caring, I thought I’d also let you know about things that I bought this year that I don’t regret buying.
1. A desk chair – when it became clear that I’d be working from home for the foreseeable future, not anticipating in my wildest dreams how long it would actually last, I bought a proper desk chair for my corner desk. This one actually looks quite pretty (most desk chairs are rather ugly in my opinion) and it’s probably saved me from developing major back issues this year.
2. 25 lbs bags of rye flour – At the beginning of the quarantine, when things were scarce on the shelves and I had just resorted to baking bread again, I decided to order online and it seemed like a good idea to buy in bulk (especially as rye flour is harder to come by at the store anyway). Now we’re set up for auto-delivery and we just received our third shipment since April.
3. A small area rug – I don’t have a separate office (unfortunately) and work from the corner of our living room. We have hardwood floors that don’t really appreciate a desk chair with wheels, so I had to find a small area rug that would fit into the corner under the desk. At least it’s pretty.
4. A long-sleeve running shirt with thumbholes – if you know me, you know that I love long sleeve shirts with thumbholes (which are harder to find than you’d think), so this purchase made me happier than it probably should have.
5. New running shoes – I’ve been running more in 2020 and every runner knows that buying a new pair of running kicks is always a bitter-sweet moment. It’s sad to retire an old pair of shoes that you’ve grown fond of, but it’s also always exciting to break in a new pair. And so the cycle goes.
6. A new microwave – I wouldn’t usually get excited about an appliance, but since I use the microwave every day and this one is so pretty (and matches my Kitchenaid mixer), it’s been one of the top ten purchases of 2020.
7. A spin bike Sunny SF B-1805 – I’d been taking spin classes at the gym for about a year when the pandemic hit. I ramped up my running schedule over the summer months when I lost access to my gym, but I was dreading the beginning of the darker season because I knew I wouldn’t be able to run outdoors as much. Hence the purchase of a spin bike; probably my favorite purchase of this year. It’s been great to be able to ride any time and take classes (via the Peloton app) with friends.
8. An HR monitor – because I need all the stats. LOL (Since my spin bike is bare-bones and I use a cadence sensor to record my rides via my Garmin watch, the HR monitor was one extra piece of equipment to record stats in the Peloton app.)
9. A metal food grinder + cookie attachment – I previously mentioned that after years of ‘thinking about it’, I finally bought this attachment for my Kitchenaid mixer so that I could make my family’s spritz cookies for Christmas. Usually, my Mom would send me some in her Christmas package, but since that wasn’t possible this year, I had to finally invest in the equipment and make my own. I am so glad I did.
10. Our Christmas tree – I told you the story of our Christmas tree a couple of days ago and it’s really been one of the best purchases of this godforsaken year. It has brought me so much joy. Jon can attest that I’ve been commenting on the tree every single day since we got it. I don’t know what it is about a fake tree with lights and ornaments, but it’s been truly lifting my mood this holiday season.
Share one of your favorite pandemic purchases in the comments (or write your own post, if you have more than one!).