We rang in 2021 nearly asleep as renegade fireworks erupted in pockets of the city for around 3 minutes. Since then there’s been a walk on the beach, the making of soup, some laundry, and dealing with adulthood. We woke this morning to some rain outside and the sounds of fast running water inside and a large puddle in the living room seeping from where a pipe had burst. 16 hours later a temporary fix is in place to the plumbing, our floors were mopped up, every towel in existence is being washed/dried, the Christmas tree removed and needles swept, and a drying service has installed several dehumidifiers in our home and in the building. We’re now down to a little less space while the water is removed over the next 3-5 days.
A few things that made 2020 ok in no particular order:
- I’ve been drinking more ginger turmeric tea throughout the day, usually from Trader Joe’s. It’s calming with a punch of ginger every few sips.
- I truly enjoyed The Overstory. It was worth the hype and your friends telling you to just read it already.
- I voted in the US 2020 elections and am excited to see the Biden/Harris administration begin on January 20.
- I got a Portal for work and purchased a couple for family members. It’s worth all the recommendations. I can have video calls with my parents over dinner and it feels like we’re in each other’s dining rooms. This means a lot as we haven’t seen each other in person in over a year.
- Essential work done to keep us fed, transited, and given medical/dental/vision care.
- Dogs! While we have two (smart, sweet) cats in our home, friends and family members have brought home George, Chase, Hazy Little Thing, and Apple Cider comes home shortly.
- We’ve added the Ferry Plaza farmers market to our Saturday routine and appreciate the local produce, the complicated socially-distanced line at Acme Bread, the (essential) people watching, and the hike uphill through Chinatown on the way home.
- The views, views, views from Broadway/Jones, Ina Coolbrith park, Crissy Field, and Lafayette Park. And Ocean Beach. We’re still close if no longer next door.