1. What did you do in 2020 that you’d never done before? Lived through a global pandemic, have a COVID test, wore a mask anytime I exited my house, held most gatherings outdoors (yay for buying a propane heater!), lunch time walks
2. Did you keep your New Year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year? I'm not a fan of resolutions; I much prefer a word of the year. For 2020 my word was Fire, because I was read to burn some stuff down and see what comes up out of the ashes. If ever a word was relevant! The universe definitely pushed me along in this regard and I feel like I'm really focused on only keeping those things in my life that I want to have here.
For 2021 my word is Flourish. I am looking to be in the best possible place as I head to turning 40 at the end of 2021. After 2020, I definitely know where my priorities lie and I plan to focus on those and then be like Elsa and let the rest go.
3. Did anyone close to you give birth? My niece (I became a great aunt on my birthday!!!) and two of my cousins. I can't wait until I can meet the new littles.
4. Did anyone close to you die? Though not close we lost Aaron's Aunt Ellen, a friend's mother that he has known since kindergarten, my high school best friend lost her brother, we lost one of my former employees, one of my former library volunteers, and one of my fellow Rotary members, plus many other friends have lost people. It is always sad to list these losses, but it is even more horrible in a year that we cannot mourn with our loved ones. Every day I think of those in the US and the world who have lost people due to this horrible virus.
5. What places did you visit? Scottsdale/Phoenix, AZ (Junior League conference), Nashville, TN (Public Library Association conference), and all throughout New York, such as Cooperstown (10th anniversary trip), Clayton (4th of July trip with friends), Storm King Arts Center, and Lake Placid. We also took a lot of weekend drives around Central New York.
6. What would you like to have in 2021 that you lacked in 2020? Normalcy. Big vacations.
7. What dates from 2020 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
March 17th when everything shut down.
May 30th for Julian's amazing 7th birthday parade. We are so blessed to have the family and friends we have.
October 2nd for our 10 year celebration. It wasn't Montreal and Paris, but the Catskills are lovely in the fall.
November 7th when we learned the results of the presidential election.
December 9th when I became a great aunt!
8. What was your biggest achievement of the year? Surviving the year was a big one! Also getting a job at a city library.
9. What was your biggest failure? It was a hard year, so I'm giving myself a lot of grace here. Plus my big failures were mostly just a lot of "I could have done better and had a better attitude." Maybe all the retail therapy?
10. Did you suffer illness or injury? Just the usual sinus infections, luckily
11. What was the best thing you bought? Mortgage refinance (more of an idea than a thing) and propane heater for our porch/deck (portable and an actual thing 😉 )
12. Whose behavior merited celebration? On a personal note, I am so impressed by those I know who stayed on the wagon, got on the wagon, and jumped off the wagon then jumped back on, those who got out of abusive relationships, those who figured out pandemic schooling for their kids, those who lost people close to them and are moving forward despite the inability to mourn properly, and every single person who has come out of this year still standing. On a more general note, the healthcare and frontline workers, everyone who stayed in their house and wore a mask, those who stood up for injustice, those who voted.
13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed? Our government, the people who won't wear a mask, those who continue to vote against their self-interest.
14. Where did most of your money go? Mortgage, food
15. What did you get really, really, really excited about? My trips to Scottsdale and Nashville. Plans for 2021.
16. What songs will always remind you of 2020? Walk Me Home by , I'm Be (500 Miles) from Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist, One Too Many by and Keith Urban, 50 Ways to Say Goodbye from Train, Bang! By AJR
17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
a) happier or sadder? Sadder (it's a sad year)
b) thinner or fatter? thinner
c) richer or poorer? richer
18. What do you wish you’d done more of? Travel, exercise
19. What do you wish you’d done less of? Eat carbs, buy things that weren't actually needed
20. How did you spend Christmas in 2020? Home with Aaron & Julian
21. Did you fall in love in 2020? No
22. What was your favorite TV program? Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist
23. What did you do for your birthday in 2020? Worked during the day, Lights on the Lake and Bangkok take-out at night
24. What was the best book you read? The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett
25. What did you want and get? A job at a city library, more time with Aaron and Julian
26. What did you want and not get? A trip to Montreal and Paris for our anniversary and a trip to Disney to celebrate my mom's 60th birthday.
27. What was your favorite film of this year? Jingle Jangle (we mostly watch old kid movies but there were some new ones, too, this year)
28. Did you make some new friends this year? I was starting to and then the world shut down, but I got closer to some friends.
29.What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying? A functioning federal government.
30. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2020? Leggings and t-shirts/sweatshirts.
31. What kept you sane? Leggings, finding a deeper level of spirituality, friends and family via Zoom/text/Duo/walks in the neighborhood, spin classes (when I felt safe to head to the gym), dreams of travel past and future, contemporary women's fiction book, my virtual programs for the library
32. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most? Dolly Parton
33. What political issue stirred you the most? COVID, the election, Black Lives Matter/anti-racist movement
34. Who did you miss? My family and friends, especially on holidays and birthdays. My Grandpa Acquard and Uncle Brian, like every year now.
35. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2020: I can get through hard things with help from family and friends