Yeah, yeah, we’re well into
January the new year and I will very soon shut up about 2021, but I can’t implement my OWL (“forward”) before I take one last look back and acknowledge the things that didn’t suck in the year that is gone. I am trying to think outside of the box here (because I’ve done sort of a recap of my year already). Thanks for indulging me!
MY MORNING COFFEE OUT OF PRETTY (& NEW) MUGS
New mugs never get old. See what I did there. If you haven’t found out already that I have a soft spot for pretty mugs than you must be a fairly new reader or haven’t paid attention.
COFFEE DATES WITH MY OLD GYM BUDDY
I think I’ve mentioned before that have an old gym-buddy (an older gentleman I befriended at the gym when I was still going there before the pandemic) that I meet for coffee every once in a while. We’ve loosely kept in touch after we stopped going to the gym (two years ago, gasp!) and it’s been delightful to catch up on a regular basis. Have you ever thought about the people that you regularly used to run into and that you haven’t seen anymore since the pandemic started? So odd to think that these people just “disappeared” from our lives.
WORKING FROM HOME
Nope, not tired of it yet. I still wish I had a separate office and didn’t work out of the corner of my living room, but I am also not distracted by kids/pets, so there’s that. Things are starting to move towards a reoccupation of our offices and I am currently contemplating my options: apply for full-time remote work, go into maximum telework status (which means I have to go in on average once a week) or a reduced telework schedule (e.g. 50% work from home, 50% office). I am not quite ready to make the decision, but if you have any advice, I am happy to hear it.
My baking schedule has been going strong through 2021 and I’ve successfully kept not one, but two sourdough starters alive for almost two years now. I currently cannot imagine not pulling a beautiful and heavenly-smelling loaf of bread out of the oven every Sunday.
Enough said. As a scientist and generally left-brained person, vaccines were the only thing that made sense to me and I couldn’t have been more excited to get the first, second, and booster shot. They seemed like the only sure way out of this pandemic. Alas, it hasn’t been that straightforward, but there’s hope.
Blogging has continued to be a wonderful creative outlet for me. When I think about how long I’ve maintained this little corner on the Internet and how much has changed over the years – and how many people have
come blogged and gone – and how much actually hasn’t changed at all – the fun of sharing and finding like-minded people -, I am profoundly thankful for what the Internet has made possible. It’s been fantastic to keep writing here and to forge new connections, and all this to say: I am so happy you’re here.
CALIFORNIA WEATHER (MINUS THE WILDFIRES)
In a year where travel was not really a possibility (at least we felt it wasn’t), I was forever thankful for sunshine, warm temperatures and beautiful blue skies right where I live. The wildfires put a little – okay, a big – damper on our summer, mostly because the air is awful, you’re kept indoors when the only outlet you have is to go for a run or walk, and most importantly, they threaten livelihoods. But I guess no area is spared a climate threat these days. I am still thankful that I live in a beautiful state.
RE-DISCOVERING THE OUTLANDER SERIES
Even though I didn’t read nearly as much as I had anticipated (being stuck at home so much as it was), I picked up the Outlander books again towards the end of 2021 and they’ve re-lit the fire again. The first books came out in 1990’s and there are now nine books total, with the last one being released last year. Since it had been a while since I read the previous books, I wanted to go back and re-read the series before picking up the last one. I am currently on book number 4 and so .
This is kind of an interesting thing, as I usually don’t think of myself as a very competitive person. However, when it comes to competing with myself, it turns out that I thrive on setting new goals and milestones for myself. I ran two (virtual) half marathons last year, I participated in a Power Zone Challenge, I completed a couple of Peloton programs, participated in a few monthly Peloton challenges, and not to forget, I had set a goal at the beginning of the year to complete a 365 Peloton workout streak. What can I say, I like to put these little “check marks” on my workout lists.
WATCHING SCHITT’S CREEK
Jon and I watched a whole Netflix series last year (applause, please!). We’ve both been in a TV watching rut, I feel like I can’t – and don’t really want – to keep up with the latest shows on all the different streaming platforms, so for us to accomplish a whole series within a few months was really something (and it was worth it). We were both looking for something light and entertaining and Schitt’s Creek was just that.
A COUPLE OF STAYCATIONS
I was “forced” to take a couple of weeks of staycation last year, as I was approaching the limit of annual leave hours that I could carry forward into the new year. For someone, who always had to scramble to accrue enough vacation time to take time off when my family visited or to take a longer trip home on a somewhat regular basis, having all these extra leave hours to use to “just stay home” for a week (twice!) was pure luxury and bliss.
What did not suck for you in 2021?