2021

For New Year’s Eve Michael and I bought an oven. 🙂

Ours has been going for almost a year, but hasn’t “died” entirely. Thankfully we can sort of use it for certain things. The stove still works. Thank goodness we got an AirFryer for Christmas! Anyways. A home warranty was part of our house sale so we had a repairman come out, tell us it’s broken and they don’t make the part anymore…Long story short. It took over a month of waiting for the warranty company to approve us some $$ to buy a new one. We found a great one on sale on NYE so that was our big finale of 2020. LOL

Dinner was good. Michael smoked cornish game hens on the Traeger (again, no oven…)

I made green beans and cornbread stuffing on the side. It was delicious.

New Year’s Day: First hike of the year!

2020: What can you say? We survived. We were very fortunate in that we did not lose our house. We did not get Covid. We did not lose anyone close to us to Covid. While Michael lost his job, he did get two others (thankfully) and we were both able to work from home since March. I know a lot of people aren’t that lucky and I am truly thankful for that.

I am also thankful that all three of my animals are doing ok. Stevie was touch and go, but he’s great now. Maya is 16 and declining, but she’s ok RIGHT NOW. I am SO grateful I was able to be home 100% during this time because had I not been, I would not have been able to see that Stevie was super sick and I fear I would have come home from work to something awful. 🙁 But being home all the time gave me the opportunity to know immediately something wasn’t right.

Our trip to Hawaii for my birthday in January was obviously the highlight of the year. And one of the last times we saw family, traveled, etc. Hawaii was so amazing and it’s really one of the main things that got me through this year. Thinking about Hawaii and the beaches and all the fun stuff we did.

I did a lot of stuff in 2020. I painted our bedroom, Logan’s bedroom. I built a garden. Bella and I walked 420 miles (averaging 8.1 miles a week) according to my Garmin. 😀 Bella and I explored all over our neighborhood and it was really the highlight of a dark year.

I ran 166 miles. I biked 325 miles. I MISSED SWIMMING SO MUCH during the lockdown. But in October I got to start up again and swim for a month and a half before it shut down again.

I gained about 10 pounds. YAY. Whatever, I am working on it. More on that later.

I have been doing A LOT of work on myself emotionally/mentally this year. I found some pretty amazing podcasts to keep my company on my long walks and they’ve given me some insight and things to think about. (The Homecoming Podcast with Dr. Thema and Food Psych).

Goals for 2021: Simple goals.

Drink more water. (Like, be very conscious of it because I am terrible at drinking water!)

Read 90 Books.

Do yoga more often.

Go on family walks.

That’s about it. What about you?

2020

The start of a new decade. As I look back, I think of all of the stuff I did and all the things I accomplished and think “wow.” It was a lot!

I started this blog. I made a lot of friends online through blogging and Twitter. I am grateful for that. It was nice to have a “community.” I maintained my weight loss of 110 pounds for over 10 years.

I was on the cover of a magazine! And on the local news. My 15 minutes of fame. LOL

Michael and I did a TON of traveling! Something I definitely miss. Having kids means that changes, for sure. We still travel but it looks differently. But pre-Logan, we went to Texas a few times (Austin was great!), Vegas a few times, Tucson twice, California, Hawaii twice…so many fun trips.

We did a lot of activities together, too. I ran a bunch of races–half a dozen 5ks, a 10k, Hood To Coast. We biked a lot of events together (Reach the Beach and the Portland Century). You can read about the different events here.

We got a dog! Welcome to the family, Bella! Bella has been a gift to our family. I can’t imagine our life without her. She’s the best dog ever. She’s the best cuddler. 😀 She’s just so happy and sweet.

We got engaged and married. And went to Maui for our honeymoon. That was such a magical time!

I got pregnant and we had Logan:

It’s crazy how different our life is after having a baby. It really does change everything. But like with Bella, I can’t imagine NOT having Logan in our life. Both are a blessing.

Logan was a fairly easy baby with a sweet disposition and a goofy laugh. He loved everything and everyone and was curious and energetic. He grew into a curious and energetic toddler. And now, in 2020 he’s going to turn 4 years old (crazy!) and he’s smart and stubborn and inquisitive and opinionated.

In sad news, I said goodbye to my beloved kitty of 15 years. It was one of the hardest, saddest things I’ve ever done and the grief was real. I cried for months. It took almost a year and a half before I was able to even think about another cat.

In 2018 we welcomed Stevie to our family:

Stevie fit right into our family immediately like he always belonged there. He loves everyone and particularly loves cuddling with Bella! It’s so cute. 🙂

In 2019, Logan and I both had surgery. I had sinus surgery (which has helped me a lot!) and Logan got tubes put in his ears. While both were good things, it added to the stress of 2019 in particular. Healing in general is difficult.

We bought a new house in 2019. Packed up our old house, finished the remodeling projects, moved into our new house, put our house on the market….

And after a VERY stressful summer, our old house SOLD! What a relief! A huge weight off our shoulders. We could finally relax and enjoy our new house and get settled without worrying about the old house selling.

As I sit down and think about the last decade of my life I think “pheww! that was a lot of stuff!” And it was, a lot of big life stuff. Big “adult” stuff. To say that it’s been a lot would be an understatement.

When I think about the new year and what I want to accomplish, my goals are simple. Yes, I am still trying to lose weight. I still have 20 or so pounds to lose. I’ve struggled with my depression and anxiety and medication management. I have been gaining and losing the same 10 pounds since I had Logan. It’s frustrating. So I am hoping that 2020 is the year I end that cycle.

I’d also like to work on being more kind to myself. I often feel like a failure when I don’t reach my goals in a specific time frame, even if they aren’t realistic. Patience is not my forte.

I’d also like to build more me time and more family time/downtime into our schedule. We tend to be very booked and it can get stressful and overwhelming. I miss doing fun stuff on the weekends and going out of town for little getaways. I’d like to do that more.

QUESTION: What were the big highlights of your decade? Any New Year’s Resolutions?