The Year That Wouldn’t End

A Story Told in Selfies

January 26, 2020: My last outing with the kids, though I didn’t realize it at the time. We had a really lovely day at the Air & Space Museum.

“I have no idea what’s coming! 🙂 🙂 🙂 “

February 29, 2020: Decided this would be the year of getting crafty again, and made myself a necklace!

Sam smiling, wearing a green and black beaded necklace
“I’ve got a bit of a clue what’s coming, but it still seems very far away…”

March, 18, 2020: Preschool was closed, our meager version of a lockdown had begun, and the news was saying it would just be a few weeks (did anyone actually believe this would only be a few weeks?)

“This will be enough to see me through… right??”

April 7, 2020: We were suddenly advised to start wearing masks, but oops, there aren’t enough medical grade ones to go around, give it your best shot with old pillowcases, good luck!!

“I have no idea what I’m doing!”

May 1, 2020: I was about to lose my cat. May sucked.

RIP 😦

June 11, 2020: 3 months in and starting to unravel.

“Haircut? What’s a haircut?”

July 9, 2020: Overcome by a combination of cabin fever and kitten fever, I caved much earlier than expected and acquired two more cats: Cherno and Belo. *_*

Kittens don’t care about the growing bags under one’s eyes.

August 26, 2020: By this time it’s pretty clear nothing is changing for a long time, and the show must go on and all that, so I buckle down trying to edit a book with toddlers at my elbow and the world figuratively (and literally) on fire all around us.

“I’ve been wearing tank tops and pajama shorts for 5 months now!!! :D”

September 20, 2020: Apparently I took no selfies in September! Just lots and lots of pictures of cats.

Cats, cats, cats, cats, cats

October 2, 2020: Move over, sourdough starters! Forget it, yarn crafts! The new household pandemic hobby is making alcohol, lots of alcohol, and I sure did zest this mountain of lemons and turn it into 2 gallons of limoncello!

Life, lemons, etc

November 7, 2020: A light at the end of the tunnel??

Puffy fatigue face is constant by this point, but at least I was smiling.

December 9, 2020: I finally left behind my daily pajama shorts and embraced my daily wizard robe. Still trying to work. Still being climbed on 24 hours a day.

There is no peace in forever home.

January 16, 2021: It’s a new year, a new insurrection, we are still at home, we are having so many covid scares, coffee is life.

“Please, I’m so tired.”

February 26, 2021: I spend a lot of time laying down and staring at the ceiling but at least I have cats.

“I’m glad somebody is happy.”

March 6, 2021: I tentatively start seeing my friends again!!!! Outdoors, masked, and distanced, but baby, book club is BACK.

And I met a new cat!!

April 21, 2021: Well it’s been over a year since my last haircut at this point, and the floof contains an entire civilization within.

I embrace my new master, The Hair

May 9, 2021: It is at this point I realize just how much gray this year has caused. I’m only 35!! 😡

“Seriously?”

June 13, 2021: We hit the second set of birthdays of the pandemic (a bit…depressing), but in year 2 we managed to bubble up with one other family to give each of our kids a mini party. At some point, you start rolling with the chaos.

“This is my life now.”

There you go, 16 months of my life. I really hope that my next update is, “hooray, my kids are vaccinated!!” Till then… I’ll be here.