This is going to be a weird year-end recap. Let’s see.
I got to go to Lisbon! Thank god we planned our meetup for January, or my only trip (outside of Louisiana, anyway) in 2020 never would have happened. Also I turned 45 there. (My third birthday meetup since I started at Automattic.)
The boys finished up their season playing soccer for the school team, which ended in winning the championship! I adore this picture of Linus.
Kiki came to visit! Thank god. I’m so glad I got to see her this year at least once. We ate a lot and took a road trip to Alexandria and Natchitoches for Linus’s archery tournament.
Later in the month was Mardi Gras! Where we were probably all spreading COVID like crazy! I made a fun Mardi Gras dress. Maybe I’ll get to wear it again in 2022.
Also I got a new wardrobe from IKEA. I love it.
Well it started out okay. I had raised over $2000 for St. Baldrick’s and I was so ready for my hair chop scheduled for the end of the month. Yeah, that still hasn’t happened. I did get a haircut, but nothing too drastic. (You can still donate, you know!)
I took two days off to spend with Linus and Miles, just like I’d done the year before. We ate lunch and escaped from rooms.
Two days before Oliver and I were supposed to have our day off, I was sitting at soccer practice waiting for the boys when I got a message from the school. It was going to be closed for the next two days because there was a possible connection to a COVID case. You know what happened next.
I mean. I’m pretty sure nothing happened in April.
I baked a lot and got a Peloton. (Absolutely the best decision I made this year, possibly tied with watching Schitt’s Creek later in the year.)
Another slow month. George turned 50. I got him a picture of Ziggy.
We didn’t go to England for our long-awaited trip, that’s for sure.
I made George a shirt for Father’s Day and a dress for myself (to wear where? Nowhere!) and a shirt for myself. Baked some. The boys and I ate outside at our friend’s restaurant – that was our first time out to eat since March. (It’s still the only restaurant we’ve been to.)
Oh things get exciting! Well, a little. We redecorated the boys’ room! It was quite the project.
Ooh that was fun, I wish I’d done that in the original post! (more pics there.)
School started (at home)
I made a coat!
While I made a coat, I binged Schitt’s Creek and now I’m obsessed.
Also I got a haircut for the first time in almost a year.
And I made bread with my sourdough starter.
We evacuated for a hurricane that didn’t happen.
I watched Schitt’s Creek obsessively.
We got a new dishwasher.
Hmm. I watched Schitt’s Creek again? I don’t know. Probably.
We forking voted. And it was a beautiful thing.
We didn’t evacuate for a hurricane and of course lost power for like five days. So we did end up in Baton Rouge after all for Halloween.
Things are looking up! The election. A vaccine is on the way! George got me a new Apple Watch for our 15th anniversary! The boys went back to school for real! Grandee and Larry came for Thanksgiving!
My sweet baby boys became teenagers.
Ziggy turned 6.
I made a cape!
I got a new toilet!
Christmas was lovely!
My oven broke sometime in the middle of the month and I have no idea when it will be fixed, but that will be a 2021 Pam problem.
2020. What can I say? I can’t really complain. None of us got sick (well, except George and Linus got some kind of non-COVID virus or something that exacerbated Linus’s asthma in a very bad way but he’s okay now) and we didn’t lose our jobs (mine got way busier, which was somewhat of a mixed blessing. It was busy enough to keep my mind off things but also somewhat stressful.) I got better at baking. The boys have been truly wonderful throughout this all.
On the other hand, I desperately miss seeing my friends whenever. I am deeply sad the boys missed out on soccer. And of course our trip to England. And the boys’ LSMSA summer camp, which Miles won a scholarship for just days before quarantine started. Sigh.
Bring on 2021. It won’t be normal, but it’ll be better.