It’s so easy to toss out 2020 as a god-awful year and just try to forget about the whole thing, but I am taking inspiration from my friend Terra today and will be sharing a bunch of random things that I actually didn’t hate in 2020.
Join me in lightening up the mood?
MY MORNING COFFEE
I’ve been slacking a little bit, but if you follow me on Instagram, you’ve probably become quite familiar last year with my Chemex coffeemaker and my mug collection. It’s just been my favorite part of every morning. I used to only make coffee at home on the weekends, but last year, I had the pleasure of the pour-over coffee ritual every single day!
I am (still) not tired of cooking. That doesn’t mean that I don’t wish we could go out to eat and be waited on for a change, but I have not once complained about having to cook for ourselves during this pandemic. I’ve enjoyed – finding and trying – new recipes and adapting them to our liking and we’ve eaten exceptionally well (if I might say so!).
I’ve been basically living in sweat pants and hoodies and it’s been delightful. I think, I wore athleisure 90% of the year and while I wouldn’t mind the occasional occasion to
get dressed up wear real clothes, I’ve been most comfortable.
EARLY MORNING RUNS
When the world shut down, the gyms shut down too, and I was all of a sudden cut off from access to my early morning spin class and a treadmill. Since I didn’t have to leave the house super-early in the morning anymore and my commute to the office disappeared, I took advantage and transitioned to early morning runs (before work) and enjoyed many magical sunrises over the American River. I mean!
My spin bike was one of the best pandemic purchases and I’ve had so much fun riding #separatebuttogether with Tanja these last few months. It’s been a life saver to be able to get on the bike at any time of the day (even if it’s still dark outside, or if it’s cold and rainy) and get a good sweat on.
I mentioned this before; I’ve lived away from my family and friends for many years now, but – for some reason or another – we had only occasionally taken advantage of video calls. That all changed last year when, at the beginning of the pandemic, I suddenly had the “pressing urge” to actually see my family. So, we switched from phone calls to video calls and I now “see” my parents and sister a few times a week. It’s wonderful because I do almost feel like I am actually spending time with them in person. If only virtual hugs felt more real!
I spent a lot of time in our backyard last summer and was just so thankful that we have a private, outdoor space that we were able to enjoy (risk-free from encountering other people).
If you know me, you know that I used to have man, many pen pals when I was younger. With the rise of the Internet – and the emergence of blogs (including mine!) – pen palling was naturally replaced with more immediate forms of communication. But, I did get back into the habit of writing actual handwritten letters more often last year (and yes, I am aware that I still owe some of you a reply!).
HANGING OUT WITH JON
I feel so lucky to be stuck in quarantine with Jon. We were already used to spending a ton of time together at home before the pandemic hit, but we also passed the test of being quarantined together for 11 months (+ counting). We have only minimally gotten onto each other’s nerves (not any more than is normal for any relationship – ha!) and have been doing so well weathering another storm in life together.
VISITING MY GIRAFFE FRIENDS
I only went a few times, but it was nice to visit my giraffe friends in our old neighborhood.
WORKING FROM HOME
I didn’t know this when we went into lockdown and were forced to work remotely, but working from home has been a true blessing. I didn’t realize how much it would slow down my day and how much I would enjoy setting my own schedule. (I mean, I am still keeping roughly the same work schedule as before, but I am much more flexible with my time during the day and I actually get up and take a lunch break.)
I was no stranger to bread baking before the pandemic, but being stuck at home as taken my bread baking skills to new levels. I’ve successfully maintained a sourdough starter (actually two!) for almost a whole year and I’ve been baking (almost) every weekend.
As always, blogging has been a wonderful creative outlet for me. I was temporarily paralyzed at the beginning of the lockdown, thrown off by the situation we all collectively found ourselves in, but it’s been so great to maintain connection and some sort of normalcy to the “outside world” through blogging.
Even though I didn’t read nearly as much as I had anticipated (being stuck at home so much), I will never not love the fact that you can pick up a book and go “travel” in your mind.
I know the holidays were rough for many people last year. It’s my favorite time of the year and even though Jon and I are veterans when it comes to celebrating the holidays alone, last year was a little bit tougher for us, too because we didn’t even have a “choice” if we wanted to travel for Christmas or not. But, I am always hell-bend on making the holiday season as special as possible (and I told you the story about our Christmas tree and how it couldn’t have made me any happier last year) and even though it was just the two of us, we’ll have fond memories of Christmas 2020.
What’s something you didn’t hate in 2020?