Even though it was a mostly awful year, the Favorites of 2020 certainly shone bright in my world. When you consider I started last year in bed, recovering from surgery, and then segued right into a global pandemic, those bright spots mean so much more.
#6: Physical Therapy
Ok, so no one really LOVES physical therapy, but for me, it was the start of getting healthy and strong again. I’m so grateful to the dedicated and caring PTs who got me back on my feet, literally, and helped me return to the sport and community I love.
#5: House Renovations
We have lived in our house for 13 years, and have really done nothing by way of improvement. Yes, we’ve painted, and I’ve moved things around, but it’s been awhile for any real change. Before 2020, we opted to spend the time and money on travel, but being stuck in the house with little travel in sight made us realize that we needed to spruce things up. New paint, new office, new family room, and lots of new touches have made our home much more comfortable and appealing.
#4: Secluded Getaways
Usually, we spend our vacations with lots of things to do and always on the go. In 2020, we learned a new way: choosing remote and secluded places for our R&R. One of my favorites of 2020 was just chilling on the deck of a cabin, with a cup of coffee or glass of wine, staring at the view and being at peace with the world.
Puppies, am I right? Mr PugRunner was SO opposed to getting a puppy. He keeps saying terrible things like “We don’t need anymore pets.” But I pushed and prodded, and hinted, and maybe begged, and so sweet Luna became one of the favorites of 2020. She is an absolute menace, and loves her mama with all her heart, but she brings so much joy and light to our days. I can’t imagine our home without her.
#2: This Guy:
Can we please give it up for A? This kid has really been one of my favorites in 2020, for so many reasons. His year started with his mom laid up and completely unavailable in so many ways. From there, school shut down, and he had to switch to distance learning for the end of his 6th grade year and enter virtual school for his 7th. But you know what? He has ROCKED it. In 2020, he
- earned Honor Roll for all the school he had to complete
- was awarded his Black Belt in karate
- ranked up to 1st Class in Scouts and served his Patrol as both an Assistant and Senior Patrol Leader
- started a fairly successful little business making mask lanyards to earn money
- began petsitting for friends
- proved himself in the kitchen as quite a budding chef
Seriously. For all the awfulness, he has truly come into his own and I couldn’t be more proud.
#1: And This Guy:
We have our ups and downs, but Mr PugRunner is truly the MVP of 2020. He started the year handling pretty much everything (school, extracurriculars, and a recovering wife), as well as running his business and dealing with all that comes with it. I know it wasn’t at all fun for him, although I’m not a terrible patient, but I am so grateful that he was there and willing to throw himself into keeping our home running.
What are your favorites from 2020?