1. What makes this year unforgettable?
Oh 2020. I started working from home on Monday, March 16. I took Friday, March 13 off to travel to Nebraska to visit a college friend. We weren’t sure if the trip was going to keep happening, but the friends we were visiting are a Dr. and a Physicians Assistant, and at that point, we didn’t know travel was frowned upon. We thankfully didn’t have any issues and I am so thankful that we had that time together in person. I wasn’t told I would be working from home until Sunday night the 15th. And in September my office officially terminated our lease. So when people do start going back to work…it will be a bit longer before my company makes an office to go back to.
I am very curious how 2020 will be presented in popular culture as we age. I was talking to some friends who were born in the early 2000s that don’t remember the Y2k mania, and while I was only a 6th grader, I remember some of it. And I wonder if 2020 will fade like Y2k did, or if we will reference it frequently enough that those who didn’t experience it will still know about it.
2. What did you enjoy doing this year?
Getting to know Jeff’s family. While I met them all in 2019, we did spend more time together in 2020, and they are all a lot of fun. I look forward to seeing what other memories we can make in the future.
3. What/who is the one thing/person you’re grateful for?
My family. While they may drive me crazy, they also will support me as I try to figure out what fits best in my life. (This has been my answer every year, and I’m grateful that it can continue to be my answer).
4. What’s your biggest win this year?
Having my gallbladder removed with minimal issues. It was a very weird sensation to know that something wasn’t quite right, but not knowing what exactly was going on. I felt very silly walking into the ER, but once my lab results came back, they said I was doing the right thing.
5. What did you read/watch/listen to that made the most impact this year?
Jeff and I watched Yellowstone and loved it. I am already looking forward to seeing what they do with the characters in Season 4. The scenery especially makes me want to take a trip out west.
6. What did you worry about most and how did it turn out?
I worry about lots of stuff. This year I have worried about how to build better relationships at work, and going virtual has not helped that worry. I’m going to try a little harder to reach out and communicate, but it is hard to read signals via email and instant message.
7. What was your biggest regret and why?
I try my best to maintain friendships, but when the majority of gatherings are screen based this year, some friendships have drifted. My open is in the Spring/Summer I can do more outdoor gatherings in a safe manner to rebuild the lost year.
8. What’s one thing that you changed about yourself?
I quit Orange Theory when covid started, I was tired of being a Richfield member while only going to the Edina and St. Louis Park locations. Given how long the gyms have been closed and/or open with restrictions, I am glad I don’t have that monthly expense. And with not commuting, I’ve used more time walking/running outside.
9. What surprised you the most this year?
How resilient my extended family is. Two different family members have had fairly serious health issues, and we do our best to communicate and be there for each other as our different gifts/skills/resources allow.
10. If you could go back to last January 1, what suggestions would you give your past self?
Good things take time (just like I said the last THREE years). I like things on a schedule, and clearly this year schedules went pretty much out the window.