2020, don’t let the door hit you on the way out

This is going to be a weird year-end recap. Let’s see.

January

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.

February

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.

March

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!)

Friendship day at the beginning of March. Probably we were all spreading COVID like crazy here too.

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.

The rest of March was a lot of sewing, cooking, and watching movies.

April

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.)

May

Another slow month. George turned 50. I got him a picture of Ziggy.

June

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.)

July

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.)

August

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.

September

We evacuated for a hurricane that didn’t happen.

I watched Schitt’s Creek obsessively.

We got a new dishwasher.

October

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.

November

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!

December

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.

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