1. What did you do in 2020 that you'd never done before?
Where to start? Quarantined in my apartment for months on end? Worn a mask while going outside? Spent many long hours on a program I'd never heard of before, Zoom? etc. etc. It was... a lot.
2. Did you keep your New Year's resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
God no. I was actually not doing badly, since I was off my Horrible Medications and getting back to life when we had to lockdown. I confess, I'm a stress eater so there went my weight. And many of my To Do list didn't get done because life/work interfered.
3. Did anyone close to you get married?
Not that I'm aware of. However, several have gotten engaged so maybe next year?
4. Did anyone close to you get divorced?
Again, not as far as I'm aware. People may be waiting until COVID lockdowns end before kicking their quarantine partner to the curb.
5. Did anyone close to you give birth?
Physically close? Yes. Several colleagues. But emotionally close? See my answers to 3 and 4. (yes, that's a repeat answer from last year!)
6. Did anyone close to you die?
Several friends lost their parents to COVID or other illnesses. Only one of them was I particularly close to (we had an annual Red Sox/Yankees bet) while the others were less close to me, only connected through my friendship with their child.
7. What countries did you visit?
None, if you don't count Despair and Fatigue.
8. What would you like to have in 2019 that you lacked in 2020?
Good health. Less emotional stress. The ability to walk around outside without fear.
9. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Not going insane with the Days of Zoom and the need to completely revamp how we do our library program now that we're remote (or hybrid).
10. What was your biggest failure?
Not being able to overcome all this to get things done around the apartment: talk about a perfect opportunity to get organized, downsize, etc.. Or to be more accurate, perfect potential -- and completely missed -- opportunity
11. Did you suffer illness or injury?
Thanking all the gods that my eye is still stable; as someone with an autoimmune disease, though, I've been terrified about going out and seeing anyone. So no, no current illnesses. And none in 2020. I am not tempting those gods for 2021 though!
12. What was the best thing you bought?
A new printer/copier for home. My old one was ok, but now that I'm working from home so much I needed a better one. I can even print from my iPhone!
13. Whose behavior merited celebration?
Thing One. He hasn't killed me, despite being locked into an apartment with me since March.
14. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
President Bonespurs Tinyhands (can't take credit for that, and I forget where I read it) and his enablers on air and in Congress.
15. Where did most of your money go?
Rent. I didn't do much, for obvious reasons.
16. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Two things: no longer taking the Very Major Drugs (final doses in March 20) and weekly (since September) COVID testing at work.
17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
happier or sadder? sadder
thinner or fatter? fatter
richer or poorer? richer
18. What do you wish you'd done more of?
It's not a "done" as much as "have energy to do" - organizing the apartment, weeding clothes and 'stuff' from my life.
19. What do you wish you'd done less of?
20. How did you spend Christmas?
Chinese food and the BeeGees documentary.
21. How did you bring in the New Year?
Remembering my mother with a Yahrzeit that brought together members of my family from all over. It was a lovely surprise for my father.
22. Did you fall in love?
I never saw other people to fall in love with!!
23. What was your favorite TV program?
The Great British Baking Show, Call My Agent, Doctor Doctor, Line of Fire
24. What was the best book you read?
Go to my reading blog and chose any five-star.
25. What was your greatest musical discovery?
None. I stuck with tried-and-true. Yeah, I know. Borrrrring. But also comfortable, which was perfect for this time.
26. What was your favorite film of the year?
Didn't really watch any this year - more of a binge watching kind of year.
27. What was your favorite live performance?
None. Had hopes, but, you know, COVID. Maybe next year?
28. What did you want and get?
29. What did you want and not get?
An end to COVID and the political craziness.
30. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I'm edging closer to 60 and traditional celebrations don't quite work any longer. 2021's birthday will be cancelled due to COVID.
31. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Not losing any real time off between March and Winter Break, but also being at work with students and colleagues. Being with people via Zoom just isn't quite as nice, you know?
32. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2020?
Pjs. Seriously. When "they" write the history of the COVID era they'll see I was nearly cutting edge.
33. What kept you sane?
The Herd. The Things. And (contrarily) Zooms with friends and family.
35. What political issue stirred you the most?
There's no way to describe my angst and anger at the idiocy of all political figures. Even with the change in administrations I hold out no real hope for calm and cooperation.
36. Whom did you miss?
Mom. And just about everyone else I was separated from thanks to the lockdowns.
37. Who was the best new person you met?
"Met" sounds weird, because it's only been through Zoom! There's only one person I really met "for real", my father's new companion.
38. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2020.
Things can always get worse.
39. What was your favorite moment of the year?
Thanks to a weekly COVID test, I was able to convince my father to let me visit. That first hug? Priceless.
40. What was your least favorite moment of the year?
Pick a day between March 13 and December 13 and you've probably hit on it.
41. If you could go back in time to any moment of 2020 and change something, what would it be?
I can't really change the whole COVID thing, so what's the point? I mean, that is the one thing I would change, because without that I could have worked on a few other things and been able to strengthen and/or repair relationships.
42. What are your plans for 2021?
Working on my physical and emotional health. Getting my COVID vaccine. Moving (see the moving on series). And with any luck, getting back to normal.