Time to recap this year. Oh boy.
I guess I start with the obvious, this year was not what I expected it to be. Not that I had many ideas of what the year would bring. Looking back on last year’s blog post all I knew was that I was going to be working and I was going to play a lot of Animal Crossing: New Horizons.
I suppose this is good news for me then, considering I still have my job and yes, I have indeed been playing a lot of Animal Crossing. Probably more than I expected to be playing it but yes I have been playing it and so in terms of what I thought the year was going to be I guess I’ve been doing all right for myself haha.
Aside from those two things happening, I do remember I was looking forward to a lot of other things in 2020. For example, concerts, drag shows, general outings that were yet to be planned. Like everyone else life shifted into something unexpected for me and we have all been dealing with it since.
But I don’t want to dwell on the bad. I feel like we have spent too long doing that already this year and so I am going to try and focus on the positives. Because, as hard as this year has been there have been some good things that I’ve had going on in life and so I want to share them with you.
So let’s start in the beginning: January.
I think it’s easy to focus on good things in January because that’s before the whole world went into lockdown and everyone was having a good time.
Honestly, it’s hard to even remember what was going on at the time but what I do remember is that I went to London with my brother to see Day6! I was so excited about this because Day6 is my favourite KPop band and I missed them the year before so I made super sure I was not going to miss them this year.
Plus, looking back now, I am even more grateful that I was able to even have that experience, because looking back at the pictures and everything I couldn’t imagine myself in a room full of people like that again, at least not for a very long time.
Also one thing that was different at the start of the year was that I spent New Year’s Eve with my friends. I know that sounds weird but me and my friends never do New Year’s together. I usually always spend it with my boyfriend, but this year, because I wasn’t living with my family and had my own place I decided to invite the girls around. It was a pretty chill evening but it was nice to spend time with them when normally we wouldn’t get together for that kind of thing.
Next there is February, but there is genuinely nothing very interesting to report there. As it is the shortest month of the year I feel like there never is anything going on there. Plus I was really looking forward to March because I had so many things planned for March…and then there was a pandemic.
In March, I was planning to see Seventeen in London with my friend Jasmine, but sadly it was the first thing to be cancelled for me due to COVID. It was annoying and upsetting, especially when at the time the virus wasn’t a big thing in the UK so it seemed crazy that the event would be cancelled. But I suppose it was probably for the best.
That being said, it didn’t stop everyone from going to London, flights had been booked, time had been taken off and everyone was still determined to make the best out of a bad situation. I still went to London to see Jasmine and some of my other friends and we even made some new ones. So I can’t say that it was a bad time, it just wasn’t what we were originally expecting.
Along with Seventeen being cancelled, I was also supposed to go to Cirque Du Soleil with my boyfriend in March but it also got cancelled. I was so annoyed about them cancelling Cirque Du Soleil because I had gotten the tickets in January for my boyfriend’s birthday. I’m hoping that sometime in the future I will be able to make it up to him because it was something that we were both looking forward to, but I don’t think it’ll be for a long time.
On the bright side, there were a couple of things that went okay in March. For example, my last drag show of the year still went ahead which was nice. It happened the week before the UK went into lockdown so I feel like I was a little bit scared of going when all the reports of COVID were first coming out, but I’m glad I went, because I didn’t know when I would get to another show.
Another thing that came through for me was the release of Animal Crossing: New Horizons. Nintendo had good timing with this release because it was the weekend the UK announced it was going into lockdown, so I had a lot of unexpected free time on my hands to enjoy a new game. One that I had been looking forward to for years.
Animal Crossing has definitely dominated most of the year for me. Probably more than I expected, but what else can you do when you can’t leave the house? Animal Crossing has been a game I’ve been playing since I was about 7 so it was nice to take comfort in something that has been a constant in my life for so long.
Moving from March to April…I feel like there’s not much to report. We are definitely getting into the months where there was nothing really going on.
April was a lot of adjusting to working from home all the time and Animal Crossing. We only went into lockdown at the end of March, so this was the first full month where there was nothing to do except stay at home and be safe if you had to leave the house.
I think April went quite well looking back, I was in constant contact with my friends because of Animal Crossing, and I also managed to have a couple of Skype sessions with my friends who weren’t playing the game. Plus there was also the release of Tiger King on Netflix which had everyone occupied.
Then in May, again a lot of the same. But my boyfriend and I had also started taking walks because we needed to do something to get out of the house. I enjoyed going on the walks because it was nice to get some fresh air. Leaving your house didn’t always have to be for sociable reasons, sometimes you just needed to get out there for your mental health.
May was also around the time when I started this big project at work, so that was taking up a lot of the time during the day. It was hard to adjust to working at home but I think I’ve been doing a good job, some days are more productive than others but I’ve accepted that that’s the way it goes sometimes.
June was another kind of slow month with nothing to report. Very much of the same thing from previous months lol. Not the best for a blog post recap of the year but it’s the truth. I was spending a lot of time in work on my project as well as interviewing to move into a new team.
My birthday was also in June and I turned 23, definitely a different celebration than other years. I arranged a Skype call with my friends and then had a cute movie night with my boyfriend. Something simple but still nice to have a day to celebrate something.
Then there was nothing to report in July. More work, more Animal Crossing. Summer actually had some nice weather so there was also a lot of walking which was nice too.
In August things looked a little bit more optimistic as lockdown eased and shops and restaurants started to open again. I was able to get back to my pole and hoop classes which I had missed a lot.
Oh my God. I just realised, in January I started my aerial hoop classes! That was something new and exciting to do. I feel like I started quite strong with hoop because of my experience with pole which I was grateful for. And it was great to go back to the classes after being away for so long.
I am still really enjoying hoop and pole when I get the chance to go. Which during this year has been very on and off which makes it hard to keep up your strength. But I am hoping that I can soon get a pole for home so it means I can keep training even with lockdowns and such.
Aside from getting back to my classes, in August I was also able to meet up with friends a few times and it was amazing to be able to socialise in person again. I am really glad that I was able to meet up with my friends during that time. Yes it was a risk to do so, but we always followed the guidelines to make sure that we stayed safe.
At the end of August/start of September I moved teams at work which was a little strange to do from home. I guess it’s hard to get into the mindset of a new team when you are still working at your same desk from home, just that the people you talk to everyday are now different lol. The transition wasn’t as bad as I thought it was going to be so that was good. Though I know it’ll be weird when we finally return to office and I am sitting in a new place with a bunch of people I haven’t met in person yet haha. But I think we are still a long way off from returning to office so I have time to figure out my social skills again.
September was very similar to August in terms of life though. It was nice to get some normalcy as I was able to continue going to classes and occasionally meeting with friends. I feel like I was very busy in September because I was actually leaving the house again which was strange.
Though not everything was good in September, as there was a week or so where I was sick and I had to get a COVID test. It was a scary time, even though I was 99% sure I had a cold, it was still good to be tested. The scary thing for me was that while I was waiting for test results, I was thinking about all the people I had been in contact with who I would have to tell if I did have COVID. It was a higher number than I thought and it really made me think about how much I was going out.
It would have been my friends, my boyfriend, the people in hoop class and the people in pole class because they were held in different places and I wasn’t feeling great about it. Luckily the test came back negative, but it really made me think about how careful I need to be when I was going places and doing things.
And I think that’s something that people should think about during these times, that if you were positive, would you be ashamed of how many people you would have to tell because you’d been in contact with them? Compared to how it would have been if you had caught it when out shopping and you lived alone. It’s wild, and kind of depressing but it definitely made me realise I should be more careful when out and about.
Moving into October, we were prepping to go into another lockdown I believe. Not surprising after schools being reopened and everyone going out to restaurants to “Eat Out to Help Out”. I guess myself included, but my friends and I usually avoided the days when the offer was on because it wasn’t as busy.
Also in October my boyfriend and I decided to look into houses. We had started looking a little bit in the summer but were not too serious about it. But then in October we were really serious and started booking a lot of viewings for places that we liked. We had decided to buy a house together earlier in the year, and with the money we were saving from working from home, it looked like we were getting somewhere with our saving for a house deposit.
The house search didn’t take too long for us because we found a house that we loved almost instantly. It had come back up on the market after a sale fell through and so we made our offer and it was accepted. We were going to be homeowners! Exciting and also scary considering it was something new for both of us.
After the offer we made on the house was accepted, November was just a waiting game. Since we were back in lockdown there was nothing much to do, except for work and wait for news on the house. And by the end of November we officially had keys and were homeowners. It all happened so quickly that it still feels weird that it happened. I mean, I feel like a lot of people I know who buy houses were waiting a long time to move in and things because they all bought new builds. But we didn’t have that, once we got our mortgage offer from the bank everything happened in a matter of days. It was crazy.
Which brings us to December. It has been a very busy month for me and my boyfriend as we worked during the day and at night were travelling from our apartment to our house to prep for the move. There was a lot of cleaning to be done and wall repair and packing to be done.
I have been grateful that we have had something new to focus on in December, especially with more restrictions being put in place and also rules changing so close to Christmas time.
We have only been moved in for a couple of weeks now but it’s been nice just to take some time since moving to unwind and basically do nothing. We moved the weekend that we finished work for the year so once we got the necessities unpacked we have just been chilling out. Which we feel is well deserved after the last month of prepping for the move and actually moving, on top of doing our day jobs.
Christmas was a weird one this year due to the government changing all the restrictions last minute and also the new strain of COVID about. It’s hard to really feel in the Christmas spirit when your limited to the amount of time you can spend with your family, but I am grateful I was able to see my family at all, considering I hadn’t seen them very much throughout the year. I tried to limit visiting my family as much as possible this year as some of my family members were high risk, and I knew I had been out socialising throughout the year with various people.
So Christmas day was spent with my family, but who knows when I will see them again as we are now in the midst of yet another lockdown…it’s definitely upsetting but it is what it is. Hopefully in 2021, things will begin to ease again with vaccine, though I don’t expect things to immediately go back to normal.
But we see what happens. My New Year’s Eve consisted of me playing Animal Crossing and Skyping with my friends. It was a pretty quiet one, but one I was familiar with, as I used to always celebrate the new year in Animal Crossing before I was old enough to drink. Plus, it was great to be able to speak to my friends since we don’t have time together very often.
Not sure if I can say I have many plans for the new year other than working on my house. I might also maybe finally learn to drive if we stop having a lockdown every five minutes, I passed my theory in February and haven’t gone on to do any driving lessons because of the pandemic. So we see if this is the year I finally get on the roads lol.
Other than that I am just going to keep doing what I’m doing, staying safe and trying to navigate this pandemic the best I can. And I hope everyone else is able to do the same. I can’t say I’ll come out of this pandemic having learnt a new skill or really spending time improving upon myself, but I think even just getting by is enough and that’s what I’ll keep aiming for.
So here’s hoping next year is something better, even if we could go longer than a few weeks without another lockdown would be good. And maybe I’ll even have some fun things to report about in my 2021 blog post. Fingers crossed.
~ Courtney x