2020 Wrap Up
It's the end of January 2021 and I finally got around to this post. The end of the year is always so busy with holidays, birthdays, and celebrations and this year, even in the middle of the pandemic, was no exception. A time that is usually filled with eating out, traveling (we went to London last year for the holidays), and meeting up with friends, was of course spent at home this year (a four hour trip each time) but I felt extremely lucky and grateful I was even able to spend it at home in Maryland with my immediate family.
For me, the end of the year starts with Halloween, which is my sister's birthday which we celebrated early in the Poconos earlier this year. Then my mom's birthday is a week later, and then my dad's birthday is three weeks later around Thanksgiving.
My mom's birthday happened to fall on the weekend of Biden's election win. We drove up to Maryland early and heard the news just as we were stepping inside the house, buoyed by the celebrations we saw on social media and TV. I felt bad as it was my mom's 60th birthday and we weren't able to give her a big birthday like my dad had for his 60th a few days ago, but I made her some food, got her cake, flowers, and balloons and had hot pot for dinner. I swear my mother is the biggest social media user of our family and couldn't wait to post these pictures to her WeChat of her balloons!
|I also made some pandemic focaccia 😂 I used this recipe and it turned out really well!
I know I was super lucky to even see my parents over the holidays during covid. I have a small family to begin with (just my parents and sister outside of me and C's immediate household), and I was fortunate to live only a 2 hour's drive from my parents. My parents have been basically quarantining at home the entire pandemic and C works from home as well, so the only exposures our family had were myself and my sister who is away at business school in Philadelphia. My sister had a few covid exposures and scares but quarantined in her room when she came back home, and I--well, I had been using all the masks/face shields at work and took all the necessary precautions. While there is a lot of (legitimate) concern regarding asymptomatic covid spread, the research shows that truly "asymptomatic" covid patients are rare. Looking back, over 90% of covid patients have some sort of symptom, even if it was mild like a runny nose or sore throat. As I didn't have any symptoms, I decided to spend the holidays with my parents, driving up from Richmond every time. It was definitely a risk, but a risk we all took. And then the day I left Richmond for Christmas break, I got the covid vaccine! The best Christmas gift anyone could ask for in 2020.
We went back up for my dad's birthday a few weeks later and played with the new firepit C had ordered for us. JJ was still under quarantine so we all wore masks inside the house and made JJ sit 6 feet away from us. She even took a covid test, but that ended up coming back inconclusive. In the end she made it through her quarantine without incident however did end up missing a planned trip to Hawaii with her friends.
|Don't feed me salad, I want the good stuff! says Charlie