2020 in Review
Jesus Christ, 2020. What a bloody year, eh?
It's funny, and tragic, to look back now on my end of 2019 blog where I was looking ahead in 2020.
I wanted to complete 50 parkuns after running 49 in 2019, and run my 250th parkun. I wanted to run two half marathons after a year off from racing in 2019. I was looking forward to turning 30, having a party and going out with my friends. I'd just found out Phil was taking me to see Hamilton again in April as my Christmas present and we'd just spent £££ on tickets for the Barcelona vs. Atletico Madrid game we were going to go to while in Barcelona, the trip my parents had bought me for my upcoming 30th.
It's hard to look back on 2020 and not feel disappointed and furious and sad.
It feels harder still to look back on the positives of the year. It feels wrong somehow. A year in which so many people have lost so much - friends, family, jobs, futures, Christmasses, weddings, special events they were excited for.
Phil and I have had our own struggles this year, but in among the darkness, there has been some joy and I am so so so aware of the privilege I have that allows me to feel that way.
So here are a few little things I want to look back on in 2020:
Getting our dog!
I know this is a massive cliche, but before we got Bobby, I genuinely didn't know I could love something this much. He brings me joy every single day. His tail wagging when you walk into a room, how good he is at "wait" before he gets a treat, the way his feet twitch when he sleeps, the little personality traits and quirks we've discovered as we've gotten to know him.
Bobby is a reactive boy and I definitely didn't anticipate how much work a dog like Bob would be, but every single day we make more and more progress. We see how much he loves and trusts us and it makes even the hardest walk worth it.
I don't know what we would do without this wonderful bundle of fur and fun in our lives.
Work on the house
A trip to the Yorkshire Dales
I read a lot of books
I kind of ran a half marathon (I got a medal at least)
I ran every parkrun I could possibly run
Other nice little things in 2020:
- Liverpool winning the league
- Getting really into baking bread
- Uniqlo thermals
- Uniqlo fleeces
- Bamboo socks
- Daily meditation
- Cross stitch
- Mariokart Night
- Working from home
- Sugarhill Boutique jumpers
- Baked gnocchi
- Nice walks
- Our first wedding anniversary
- Monopoly Deal
- Netgalley access
- Ottolenghi recipes
- Podcasts, always
- Online courses with Coursera getting me through 3 months of furlough
- Blogging again!