*Image above via Sarah Bartholomew design. The vignette is major #goalz and has little to do with what follows, but it was too good not to repost.
This year was a year of learning and discovery on every imaginable front. I tried and routinely failed to be a Pinterest mom (and shared the most successful indoor activities here, most of them thanks to the genius of one Myriam Sandler); realized that my children can be happy and fulfilled even without venturing much outside of our apartment for the better part of a year; discovered what it would be like to live without my sense of taste and smell while coping with COVID-19 (not great — I’m so sorry, Claire!); became proficient in making my own fancy cocktails for happy hours at home; figured out how to stick with an exercise routine (main learning: commit to a schedule, block off the time on my calendar, and then pretend like there is simply no option to not go — it’s just part of the architecture of my day and cannot be moved); and published my first installment of fiction. I also made countless personal gaffes and missteps along the way–but here I am, having survived one hundred percent of my bad days and angling for better in 2021.
While it was not news to me, I also remembered why I fell in love with my man in the first place while watching him tend to me when I was unwell, take care of two small children, bring home the bacon, and prop me up in every imaginable way.
Closing out 2020, I have to say I feel tougher — more sisu-bearing — than ever, even in spite of the fluctuations in emotion that come with prolonged separation from my loved ones, and even when I occasionally find myself swallowing, hard, as I observe the unimaginable plight and isolation of others:
I cried, publicly, at the sight of the elderly woman I observed balancing a small cheese pizza on her walker as she slowly made her way into her building on Thanksgiving night.
And shed a tear when I noticed the small parcel outside a neighbor’s door: “Painting Party Kit for One! — Everything you need for a fun night to yourself” emblazoned on the front.
And, of course, the unbearable loss of jobs, livelihoods, and loved ones our neighbors (including several dear friends) have endured this year.
Here’s to a brighter 2021…!
And on a more frivolous circuit — some of my favorite purchasable discoveries this year:
WEMO SMART PLUG — UM, THE BEST THING EVER FOR THE CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTS…”HEY SIRI, TURN ON THE CHRISTMAS TREE” INSTEAD OF SPITTING OUT PINE NEEDLES WHILE CONTORTING INTO A WEIRD FORM BEHIND THE TREE, DODGING MR. MAGPIE’S FANCY SPEAKERS
AUDIOBOOKS IN GENERAL (THEY’VE CHANGED MY DAILY LIFE)
OOLY PAINT STICKS — SO EASY AND FUN FOR EVEN SMALL CHILDREN (HILL IS 18 MONTHS) TO USE
GORILLA GLUE — I’VE SPENT A STRANGELY IMPRESSIVE AMOUNT OF TIME REPAIRING THINGS BROKEN BY OUR CHILDREN THIS YEAR
A SUBSCRIPTION TO BILLIE RAZORS — JUST THE MOST LOVELY INNOVATION…NEVER HAVE TO THINK ABOUT BUYING RAZORS AGAIN
TODDLER UGG BOOTS FOR MINI — NEVER THOUGHT I’D BOOMERANG BACK INTO THE PRO-UGG CATEGORY, BUT THESE ARE WARM, GOOD IN ALL KINDS OF WEATHER, AND EASY FOR HER TO PULL ON
DOVER STICKER BOOKS, WHICH HAVE PAVED THE WAY FOR US TO GET TO SCHOOL ON TIME ABOUT 1/3 OF THE MORNINGS THIS FALL/WINTER
What were your best discoveries this year, whether of the soul-growing or aesthetically-pleasing varieties?
P.P.S. One of my favorite posts ever: golden moments / golden hours.
P.P.P.S. My favorite affordable beauty products.