Happy (almost) 2021, everyone!
I believe we can all agree that this year has been one roller coaster of a ride. Aside from the chaos of the world around me, there have been several events in my personal life that haven’t been easy to deal with. I’ve had thoughts and feelings that I couldn’t find the right words to express. Writing has been a struggle because I’ve been creatively drained for what feels like forever. I’ve lost people I never imagined I’d lose. I’m ready for things to go back to normal, but at the same time, I’ve enjoyed this strange time of solitude and isolation. It’s been a scary, crazy, insane time, but peaceful in the strangest way.
Even though there was so much bad this year, there was a lot of good, too. Moving on from the bad can be hard – really hard – but focusing on the good can help. So, here’s the good from my 2020.
- Not a lot happened this month, other than that life was, well, normal! We were still allowed to attend our weekly co-op classes in person, with NO masks, and one week we dissected an earthworm in class. Nice.
- I was still adjusting to life back in the USA, which took a long time to get used to.
- I had just recently gotten my sweet guinea pig, Winston, so I we were still getting used to each other. :)
- I published 3 posts in January.
- Unlike January, this month was jam-packed! The first thing that happened this month was that the Kansas City Chiefs won the Super Bowl! Kansas City went crazy, there was a huge victory parade, and we haven’t stopped wearing red since.
- Instead of another earthworm, my co-op class and I dissected a crayfish. Lovely.
- I went on a weekend youth retreat with my church youth group.
- I officially started working at my local Chick-fil-A! Even though it was a little intimidating at first, my job there has turned out to be such a huge blessing for me. I’ve learned so much about people, service, and the fast-food industry in general, and I’m excited to continue working there in 2021! :)
- Every year, our co-op group puts on an event for the highschoolers called Protocol. It’s basically where you get all dressed up and attend a nice event, such as dinner and/or a show. Our group ended up going to see an interactive murder mystery comedy show. We had an absolute blast, and I will never forget it!
- I first started to hear about COVID-19 sometime in February, (I can’t exactly remember when). I do know that by the end of February, it was becoming more and more likely that we would have to quarantine soon.
- I only published 1 post during February.
- Our class kicked it up a notch and dissected a frog this month, which was just, well, great. Little did we know that this would end up being our last in-person class for the rest of the school year. (I’ll spare you a photo of that XD)
- I performed in the Agatha Christie play, A Murder is Announced with a local theatre group. I remember that during the week leading up to our performances, everyone was a little on-edge since the coronavirus was becoming more and more serious in our area. We ultimately decided to “go on with the show,” and preformed 3 shows in 2 days. We still managed to have a good time despite the scary circumstances, and each of our performances went very well.
- About a week or two after the show, quarantine was officially enforced in Missouri. We were under orders not to leave the house unless absolutely necessary. I went into that quarantine absolutely dreading the next several weeks, but it ended up being a very peaceful time for me. I was able to grow closer with my family and with friends over FaceTime, and I was able to do a Zoom call with my best friends from Canada. It was so good for all of us to be “together” again. :)
- Because of the quarantine, I had to take a temporary leave from my job at Chick-fil-A. This was very difficult for me because I was just starting to make a few friends and get then hang of the job.
- My brother and I filmed, edited, and produced a Harry Potter short film in which I was the camera man and he played all the characters. For Voldemort’s costume, we got creative and used a small trash bag as a bald cap and mixed flour and water together for face paint (our real face paint had unfortunately been lost). We had such a blast that night, even though our neighbors probably thought we were crazy. XD
- I published 4 posts in March.
- Quarantine didn’t stop me from pulling some April Fools pranks! Read more about those here.
- The weather was beginning to get warmer here in Missouri, so my brother Garrett and I spent a lot of time outside. We went on lots of hikes, bike rides, and walks together. :)
- Since we weren’t able to hang out with anyone, my family and I drove around to some of our friend’s houses to surprise them. We’d drive to their house, and I’d FaceTime/call them from the car. Everyone was so happy to see us, even though it was from several feet away and not for very long. We even got some surprise visitors ourselves, and it was fun to be on the receiving end as well!
- It’s always fun to get mail, so I wrote letters to all of my friends in Canada during the quarantine. Almost all of them wrote back, so it was always the highlight of my day to receive a letter in the mail. :)
- I FaceTimed my best friend pretty much every day. (We needed the emotional support from each other XD)
- We had our last co-op class of the year over Zoom. It felt so strange to end it that way, but I was glad it was over.
- I painted a mural on my bedroom wall…
- I published 3 posts in April.
- The worst of quarantine was over! There were still a lot of restrictions, but the rules were a bit more relaxed than in April.
- I had a much-needed hangout with my bff. (Don’t worry, we stayed outside to be safe!) It did me so much good to be able to spend some time with her in person!
- I was able to go back to work, which was – and still is – such a blessing. :)
- My co-op class and I were able to get together for our final dissections of the year – a sheep’s heart, a sheep’s brain, and a shark. How exhilarating.
- The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins was released! I ordered my copy ASAP and enjoyed reading it over the next few days.
- My little brother brought home a furry friend of his own… a dwarf hamster Garrett promptly named Albus. He loves running on his wheel and eating sunflower seeds!
- I published 4 posts this month.
- My dad took Garrett and I fishing several times, and we each had a great time every time we went!
- I helped my friend Victoria re-design her blog, which was a lot of fun for both of us! :)
- I painted/drew a lot this month, and I was able to paint a canvas for my cousin and her baby. :)
- I worked a lot this month, and it was so nice to have somewhere to go after being at home for so long.
- I only posted once this month, but that post meant a lot to me.
- I continued to work a lot over the month of July, and spent a lot of time outside working the drive-thru. As the weather continued to get hotter, my farmers tan just kept getting better. XD
- As the quarantine restrictions continued to lift, we were able to go more places! Our church was able to open again, and we all enjoyed being able to gather for worship in person again.
- I was able to catch up with some old friends this month, which was very nice. :)
- Unfortunately, I didn’t post at all during this month.
- My family and I went to South Dakota for a week, which was an amazing trip! We visited Sioux Falls, the Badlands, Mount Rushmore, and Sylvan Lake. Some of our old friends from were able to meet up with us for a day, and we all toured Mount Rushmore together. We had a blast while we were with them, and we enjoyed spending quality time together as a family.
- I tried a Big Mac for the first time… I’m really not sure why that’s notable, but hey, it wasn’t too bad.
- I saw a guy in the grocery store walking around with a full-fledged bearded dragon perched on his shoulder. Again, not sure why that’s notable other than that it was bizarre.
- I celebrated my 17th birthday with my family and got my driver’s license.
- I began my junior year of high school, all of which was (and still is) online. I signed up for a dual credit class with my local community college, and the rest I’m doing at home by myself. I didn’t enroll in a co-op for the first time in 7 years.
- I didn’t post at all in August.
- Not much happened this month. It took a while to get into the rhythm of online school, especially since I was (and still am) doing it through a few different programs. Other than school and work, I was able to hang out with a friend a few times, and I painted the world on my bedroom wall.
- I posted once this month.
- In addition to my usual schoolwork, I studied for and took the ACT. I was pleasantly surprised with my results, as I did much better than I had anticipated.
- I spent a lot of time with one of my friends this month. We went to a high school football game, made a few coffee and ice cream runs, and hung out at my house. I’m still not sure how this came up, but we ended up getting ear piercings together – she got her third earlobe piercings, and I got my seconds. We had a good time, despite getting stabbed. XD
- For Halloween, Garrett wanted to be Alfredo Linguini from Ratatouille, so we pulled a chef costume together, and I took him Trick-or-Treating around our neighborhood. He looked so cute!
- I didn’t post at all this month.
- November was pretty uneventful – I continued school and work, which took up the majority of my time.
- I painted a lot this month – preparing for Christmas and making cards for various reasons.
- We had a nice Thanksgiving at home, and we all enjoyed it.
- After Thanksgiving, I decorated my room for Christmas, which I have never done before. I had fun trying to make my space look a little more festive.
- I took my finals for my classes, and I was pretty happy with my scores. It felt good to be done with school for a while!
- I put a few pink highlights in my hair. They were very light and faded pretty fast, but I loved them while they lasted!
- My friend and I got together to bake cookies for another friend of ours. We had a lot of fun together, and we were happy to do something nice for someone else.
- I continued to paint a lot – finishing up Christmas gifts and making more cards for people.
- My family and I went into downtown Kansas City for an evening, and we had a great time walking around and looking at all the lights!
- My brother finished reading the last Harry Potter book, so to celebrate, we had a Harry Potter movie marathon! We watched one movie every night until we made it to the last two, which we watched in one night. It was so fun re-living the series again!
- We celebrated Christmas at home as a family. On Christmas Eve, we went to see Christmas lights and watched our annual Christmas movie. We exchanged gifts on Christmas morning and had a delicious meal together. It was a great way to conclude the year. :)
And that brings us to right now! If you read this whole post, wow. You are a trooper! XD
Thank you for sticking with me through 2020 – with my sporadic posting and all. I appreciate each and every one of you who still read my posts, even though they’ve been few and far between recently. You’re amazing. <3
I hope you all have a fantastic New Year, and I am looking forward to what 2021 will bring for you, for me, and for this blog.
Thank you again, and Happy New Year!