Monday Kat regaled us all with the best parts of her year. I’m going to try and do the same, but dang it, I had a boring year.
Before I begin, let’s discuss the title of this post. Kat mentioned on Monday that New Year’s Eve is her “dark day.” I would have to agree. I don’t like change, and I hate when things end. I can barely watch the last episode of most of my favorite shows without popping a Valium. It’s difficult. Therefore, since “Auld Lang Syne” would be considered a New Year’s Eve song, I can’t hear it without wanting to sob. I don’t care who is singing it, tears will form…even it’s Animal from the Muppets. It gets me every time, and this version is my favorite.
I may not be able to get through this post while listening to that without calling a psychiatrist. Pray for me. The upside is this year was a snooze fest, so I may not be that emotional, but there’s good in everything, so I’m going to find it. Here we go.
Best Thing I Watched
This is difficult. The first things I thought of can be grouped into two categories: happy and murdery.
Remember the hype of Cheer at the beginning of the year? That feels like a century ago. If you’re one of the 8 people who hasn’t seen it, give it a watch.
I have mentioned before that I am a weirdo who enjoys kicking back in my flannel pajamas with a cup of green tea and watching a murder mystery. Anyone else? I watched The Murder of Laci Peterson on Hulu, and it changed my mind. It made me think Scott was innocent. I know. I know. Watch it and see what you think. It’s 6 episodes, so it’s a little lengthy, but you’ll be sucked in.
I also watched The People vs. OJ that’s now on Netflix and couldn’t get enough of David Schwimmer as Robert Kardashian. I couldn’t look away.
Best Thing I Ate
For all of these, I’ve just gone with the first thing that came to mind. I think these came to mind because I just made them. This would really be “The Best Thing I Made.” I whipped up these cinnamon rolls for Christmas. It has all the gluten I try and stay away from on a daily basis. I’ve mentioned these cinnamon rolls before; they are a shortcut, easy, and aren’t fussy. The ones I made on Christmas are extra fussy, but they were worth the fuss. In the spirit of not wanting a heart attack on Jesus’ birthday, I didn’t use near as much butter as she does. I cut out out at least 1/2 cup or more by doing less for the brown butter in the pan and less in the filling. File these away for next Christmas because these don’t need to be consumed regularly.
Best Thing I Listened To
I’ma copy Kat here and say “The Oral History of the Office” on Spotify. It’s no secret around here that we love The Office, and we love a podcast. We both love “The Office Ladies” podcast, but if I’m being honest, this was so much better. However, it’s only 12 episodes. Soak up every single one.
Best Thing I Read
Again, the first thing that came to mind was this book. I don’t know what that says about me, but it was obviously memorable.
Best Thing I Bought
This is me. These are my best purchases of 2020.
I got this stroller that can push all 3 or just 2. I have another double stroller for the twins that’s better for taking other places because it has them single-file and much easier for going in and out of doors. This is great for going on walks and also great because it can seat their big sister who apparently thinks we walk to Idaho and gets “too tired.”
This was the other best purchase. The twins aren’t old enough yet to really play with Claire. They are at the age where they mostly torture her instead. Unfortunately, she’s not the best at playing by herself, but it’s gotten much better. However, she will ride by herself (and 8 of her babies) for days in this thing. It’s amazing.
Best Thing I Saw
We were supposed to go on several trips this year, but obviously the world lost its mind, and that didn’t happen. I would like to imagine those would have been the best purchases. Because of that, I’m going to give a ridiculous answer and say that seeing my hair in a ponytail was the best thing I saw because I got teary when it happened. If you know me, or have been here a while, you know about 80% of my hair fell out a few years ago when I got sick. It was a nightmare. Then I got extensions. Then the extensions needed to come out, and I just had to let it grow. I had them out last year, but it was so short and still needed a lot of TLC. Finally this year, I feel back to my old, non-football helmet hair self.
Best Thing I Did
Remember when I said I had a boring year? Here’s more proof. When thinking back on this year, I did a lot of walking. I realize how lame that sounds, but I have enjoyed every mile. I used to run…those were the days. This year I found a love for the more turtle-like pace. Several times a week, I go out for at least an hour and listen to a podcast and enjoy the peace. It’s free therapy.
See? 2020 was pretty bore snore for me, but after all the crazy many others have been through, I’m grateful for the boring. What’s been your best boring? I’d love to hear. Cheers to a new year.