Safe to say, it’s been unlike any 12 months before it.
- A hunkered-down lifestyle. Shelter-in-place and other Covid-19 social measures. (OK, we all have that much in common.)
- Learned to Zoom. But it’s not the same as face-to-face meetings.
- Tripped over my wife more than usual. More likely, found myself appearing unintentionally in her Zoom meetings.
- Appreciated a six-hour Smashwords writers’ conference online back in April. Those folks are amazing. Which leads to …
- Saw my novels become available in paperback at Amazon. Eight of them! Alas, book signings are still on hold, as are public readings.
- Missed having weekly choir practice, my daily laps swimming, and in-person Quaker worship and committee work together.
- Watched a lot of Met opera streaming. A different performance every night (or sometime during the following day, depending on my schedule). More than a hundred different works, in addition to the same pieces in different productions or castings.
- Returned to the workplace, part-time, as a Census enumerator. We were supposed to start in May, but that got pushed back to August before being cut a month short. Don’t be surprised if it has to be redone in two years.
- Missed the Greek community, Orthros and the festival, especially.
- Drank too many martinis.
I’m not counting the big move, which really fits more into the coming year. For now, it’s feeling more like acquiring a summer home, except that our adventure starts in winter.
What’s been big in your year?