Friday, January 1, 2021

Some Words Of Thanks To 2020

Oh, 2020, I don't think there are many who are sad to see you go. To be fair, I don't think it was your FAULT, exactly; you were just in the wrong place at the wrong time. It happens. But you are going to be remembered for the various shit shows that occurred and not for the beautiful moments in between. And there were NICE things that happened this year. REALLY, there were. To prove it, here are ten of them, from me to you, 2020:

1. The KC Chiefs went to the Super Bowl. And won it. I was 9 the last time that happened. 

2. We spent a weekend in February in Fayetteville with my husband's sister and her husband. We stayed in an Airbnb and had a terrific time with our college kids and their friends as well. We had such a great time, in fact, that we all vowed we would do it again a minimum of once a year. Gonna have to wait and see how that plays out for 2021.... 


My SIL, her husband, and I on a cold, wet hike.

3. The university child development center where I work shut down in late March and didn't reopen again until mid-May. While the reason SUCKS (sorry, 2020, nothing personal), I'm not going to lie: it was kind of nice to have all that time off. Did I use it wisely? Not at all. I completely squandered it, with no regrets.

4. Thanks to the shut down, I had enough extra time on my hands that I committed to doing the A to Z Challenge again. 

5. I put my fabulous (cough cough) sewing skills to work and began making facemasks. Since I can only go forwards and backwards on a sewing machine, despite any fancier accoutrements the machine might possess, it was right up my alley to fashion them (need one? hit me up).


My RBG mask.


6. I ate a lot of bread during the coronacation. And cookies. And pizza. And ice cream. It was great while it lasted.

7. Thanks to #6, I got on the stick and lost 35 pounds. It needed to be done long before the bread, the pizza, the cookies, and the ice cream, but coming out of the haze of mindless eating was a slap in the face (truly, I gained less than 10 of those pounds during that time, but I really felt gross).

8. We are a mask-wearing, hand washing, stay home as much as possible family, and it has (thus far) worked in our favor.


My fam.


9. There's a vaccine. There's a VACCINE. THERE'S A VACCINE!!! 2021 is going to get all the credit for it, since that's when most people will get theirs, but it was discovered in 2020. I should be in line to get mine after the medical workers and before the prisoners.

9. I love working with my little nugs. I switched from toddlers to preschoolers this summer, and they are truly night and day (take that however you want - it can be both a positive or a negative, depending on the day or the situation). One of my favorite parts? Every. single. morning. when I walk into the classroom, I am greeted with shouts of "Dillon!" along with a rushing of feet and many little hands and arms hugging me.

10. We lost Ruth Bader Ginsberg this year, and that was rough, 2020, but the nation has elected the first female vice president IN OVER 240 YEARS! 




So thanks, 2020, for the good times. For the gift of forced family time that we might not have enjoyed otherwise, for Zoom calls and binge watching tv. For making us appreciate what a supply chain is and the effects of just one broken link. For getting us outside (where we don't have to wear a mask) and for teaching us to appreciate the little things.

That being said, and I say this with the utmost respect to you, 2020, don't let the door hit you where the Lord split you.

Peace out.

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14 comments:

  1. love it!!!! Happy New Year to you and your family...

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    1. Thanks! Gotta find the thankfuls where you can! Happy new year to y'all and STAY HEALTHY!

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  2. Thank you for sharing your beautiful list. I especially like the photo of your family.

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    1. Thanks, Romi! My daughter insisted we take some family photos Thanksgiving, and I'm so glad she did! They make me happy!

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  3. I love your wrap up of the year 2020!
    Your RBG mask is adorable!
    Here's to a great year ahead, Dyanne.

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    1. Thanks, Pat! I'm praying for a great year ahead and that RBG's legacy lives on! Happy new year to you and Vic!

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  4. SO loving the RBG mask!
    (Which I had to concentrate really hard to not type as RGB, because geek.)
    Happy New Year, you!

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    1. I have to say her name as I type it or I screw it up. I'm happy to make you one if you'd like! Let me know.
      And happy new year! Is there an A to Z Challenge is your future?

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  5. This is an awesome post and you made #1 poster! Congratulations!!

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    1. Thanks! I just figured out that I had two #9s! That means ELEVEN things of thankful! Whoops! Always good to have extra thankfuls!

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  6. Hello, the Mask you made is very pretty. I sat the last UBC out due to personal reasons but hope to do the next one. Taking a trip would be a God send. I am so glad you were able to resume work. My son was off for a while as well but has returned to work before I had to kill one of us. Thank the Lord.

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    1. I'm looking forward to taking some trips and seeing friends and eating in restaurants. Bring on that vaccine! Glad no one had to die :) My husband works from home now ALL THE TIME, and some days....

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  7. ...coronacation"
    excellent wordage... had not heard that used before this.
    Good TToT

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    1. Thanks. Now make it a regular part of your vocabulary.

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