Every Little Thing's Gonna Be Alright

An end-of-year meme borrowed from bangdrum (apparently I am craving online time today):

1. What did you do in 2020 that you’d never done before.

What everyone else did--lived through the pandemic thus far. Went on disability.

2. Did you keep your New Years’ resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I purposely didn't make any last year, so small win?

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?

4. Did anyone close to you die?
Thankfully, no.

5. What countries did you visit?
Since the world wasn't really open to tourism, we stayed stateside this year, but we planned a May 2021 trip to Malta.

6. What would you like to have in 2021 that you lacked in 2020?
Safety--safe to travel, eat in a restaurant, attend a show, etc.

7. What date from 2020 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
July 23--the day after my birthday, and I hung out with a couple of friends. Additionally, I rescued a baby bird from our kitten and it just stayed in my hands for a couple of minutes while it composed itself. It was magical!

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Tried my hand at abstract art, and learned I don't totally suck at it.

9. What was your biggest failure?
Getting my home decluttered and organized.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
Lupus flare (which I'm still in, but I swear I'm coming out of the flare most days) and a couple of corneal tears/abrasions. Hard to human when you can't open your eyes.

11. What was the best thing you bought?
Renphro heated eye mask/massager and hubs bought a heated massage chair. These two things are the glue keeping me together right now.

12. Whose behavior merited celebration this year?
The majority of the planet who have been wearing masks, washing hands and socially distancing in order to save the lives of our co-workers, friends and family.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
Trump and his cronies.

14. Where did most of your money go?
Gifts! Since I am finally bringing in a small income, I made up for lost time giving gifts this year.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Watching the Bradley Braves win the tournament in St. Louis (incidentally, it was also the last social thing I attended before the world shut down)

16. What song will always remind you of 2020?
Three Little Birds. It's been like a mantra this entire year: "Every little thing's gonna be alright."

17. Compared to this time last year, are you: 

i. happier or sadder? Overall, the same. Scared like the rest of the world is, but also at peace with many things.
ii. thinner or fatter? Same.
iii. richer or poorer? Richer and I know how privileged and lucky I am to say that.

18. What do you wish you’d done more of?

19. What do you wish you’d done less of?
Drinking. After I was let go from my paralegal job in 2016 )for health reasons so I did receive unemployment), I mostly drank my woes away. In March of 2017 (six months after I got fired) I decided I didn't want to live that way, completed a 100-day alcohol-free challenge and changed my drinking habits to be more normal again. This year saw an uptick in alcohol consumption *again*. Clearly, I'm a stress drinker and eater. Sigh.

20. How will you be spending Christmas?
My brother-in-law came over for Italian Christmas Soup and other goodies and watched football with hubs. We v-chatted with my daughter and her fiance. Opened stockings. Hubs and I went simple on gifts this year, so we had more things in our stockings than wrapped gifts, but we were both still pretty spoiled. Made  our big meal during the weekend, as it involved jalapenos, and my bil doesn't do spicy food.

21. How will you be spending New Year’s?
Get Lit Fun Run through the lighted floats at Folepi Park in East Peoria

22. Did you fall in love in 2020?
Perhaps I fell more in love? With hubs, the furbabies, my writing, etc.

23. How many one-night stands?
HA! So, guessing this meme was designed for someone who hasn't been married for 22 years. I had zero.

24. What was your favorite TV program(s)?
Not so much a favorite program, but I discovered Amazon Prime. I love me a good documentary and they have ALL. OF. THEM.

25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?
No. I hate only one person. I still hate him.

26. What was the best book you read?
I can't remember if I read this in 2019 or 2020, but I read an OLD novel for the first time that I fell in absolute love with: The Alchemist by Paolo Cuelho.

27. What was your greatest musical discovery?
The Hu. Mongolian metal for the win!


28. What did you want and get?
Well, I'm still alive and my closest circle of friends & family are all doing well.

29. What did you want and not get?
Publishing contract (then again, I did not work for it, so I don't deserve it...yet.)

30. What was your favorite film of this year?
Y'know, I think it was Judy--the film with Renee Zellweger about the life of Judy Garland. I love music, in case you didn't already know this. Jazz and standards are just one tiny piece of what I love.

31. What did you do on your birthday?
See #7. I also had a small party with 3 other couples inside a restaurant! We had the entire room to ourselves and it was lovely.

32. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
The ability to be social. Perhaps 2021 will see us get back to a semblance of normal.

33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2020?
Pajamas. Sadly, I fall into that particular pandemic camp.

34. What kept you sane?
Video chatting. That and running to the grocery store or pharmacy became the only times I gave a half fuck about my appearance.

35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
Hmmmm. This one is tough! I'm gonna say Kim Pechet. I'm pretty sure no one on my f-list knows her as she isn't someone who is famous in the general populace. She's a belly dancer from Canada who had a show about a decade ago called 'Shimmy' and I discovered her on Amazon Prime.

36. What political issue stirred you the most?
Presidential elections.

37. Who did you miss?
My daughter. I had planned to go out to visit her in September. Obviously the world had other plans for that idea.

38. Who was the best new person you met?
I didn't meet a lot of new people for the obvious reason, but I did get to meet Gretchen & Dalelynn who are good friends with one of my besties. Dalelynn is also the mom of one of my writer friends!

39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2020:

40. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year:
Going back to the song of the year that got me through 2020: "Every little thing's gonna be alright."


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