Here’s the photos from the last month of crazy weird 2020.  Maybe 2021 will be more normal.  Maybe not.

Happiest of birthdays to Mike (made him a Death Star cookie cake)
Virtual Chicago trip with Mike’s kids – I was in charge of rainbow cone, a science experiment, and some dinosaur digging!
Scenes of the season.
Michelle & I went to the Garden of Lights
A killer winter sunrise. I think December skies are some of the best.
I made fleece blankets for the kids for Christmas.
Sadie testing out the Baby Yoda bean bag chair (in reality it went to Mike’s son for Christmas)
The Rainbow Atlas was a gift from Bethany – how perfect for me, right?I made a gingerbread dumpster fire! :)
Holiday baking. I miss my grandma.
A little roof damage. How very 2020.
We got FIVE POUNDS of Oaks chocolate from a client. Holy god.
Went to the River Domes with Mike + kids!
Subtle earrings, right?
Christmas Eve at Mike’s.  Brandy slush afterward.
Baby Yoda is the best tree topper! I couldn’t decide between his blue macaron or the orb… so I went with both.
Golden Girls mugs from Mike’s kids! swoon.
See ya, 2020.

Books of 2020.

I had a good run with reading until March — then oddly, when the pandemic hit, I lost all interest in reading and haven’t picked up a book since.  WEIRD, right?  But here are the books I finished in 2020… I bolded my favorites.

  1. The Bee Book by Fergus Chadwick
  2. Boys & Sex: Young Men on Hookups, Love, Porn, Consent, and Navigating the New Masculinity by Peggy Orenstein
  3. Drive-Thru Dreams: A Journey Through the Heart of America’s Fast Food Kingdom by Adam Chandler
  4. They’re Both Wrong: A Policy Guide for America’s Frustrated Independent Thinkers by John Tamny
  5. The Stranger Beside Me: Ted Bundy – the Shocking Inside Story by Ann Rule
  6. Superbugs: The Race to Stop an Epidemic by Matt McCarthy
  7. An Elegant Defense: The Extraordinary New Science of the Immune System by Matt Richtel
  8. Getting to Yes: Negotiating Agreement Without Giving In by Roger Fisher
  9. Loserthink: How Untrained Brains are Ruining America by Scott Adams
  10. In My Own Words by Ruth Bader Ginsburg
  11. The Office: The Untold Story of the Greatest Sitcom of the 2000s by Andy Greene
  12. Untamed by Glennon Doyle
  13. All the Devils are Here: The Hidden History of the Financial Crisis by Bethany McLean
  14. Anatomy of a Song: The Oral History of 45 Iconic Hits That Changed Rock, R&B, and Pop by Marc Myers
  15. Burnout: The Secret to Unlocking the Stress Cycle by Emily Nagoski
  16. Name Drop: The Really Good Celebrity Stories I Usually Only Tell at Happy Hour by Ross Mathews
  17. Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain
  18. The Upside of Being Down: How Mental Health Struggles Led to My Greatest Successes in Work and Life by Jen Gotch

End of 2020.

1. What did you do in 2020 that you’d never done before? Survived a global pandemic?

2. Did you keep your new years’ resolutions, and will you make more for next year? My only two resolutions for 2020 were to bake/cook more and to exercise more — and yes, I’ve done both of those this year.  I’m not making resolutions for 2021… noooooope.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth? Nope.

4. Did anyone close to you die? No, thank goodness.  I hope the same holds true for 2021.

5. What countries did you visit? No where. No traveling. See also: GLOBAL PANDEMIC.

6. What would you like to have in 2021 that you lacked in 2020? Nearly everything? 2020 was batshit crazy.

7. What date from 2020 will remain etched upon your memory, and why? January 3rd – the day Mike and I started dating.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year? Had an excellent year at work despite *gestures broadly* all of 2020.

9. What was your biggest failure? My 20+ pound weight gain? I hate calling that a “failure” though… but it is something I’m not happy about.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury? No, other than my usual headaches/migraines.  And all of my loved ones have been COVID-free – please god let it stay that way.

11. What was the best thing you bought? Every year I make a photobook on Shutterfly;  so that’s always my favorite annual purchase.

12. Whose behavior merited celebration? This question is weirdly worded, but Mike has been great all around.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed? Any and all politicians.  Any and all people who deny science (anti-maskers and anti-vaxxers are the bane of our existence).

14. Where did most of your money go? Amazon.  Let’s be real.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about? I’m not sure I’ve been “really, really, really” excited this year — it’s just been so much and nothing is normal.

16. What song(s) will always remind you of 2020? “Cool” by Dua Lipa

17. Compared to this time last year, are you i. happier or sadder?: Happier because I found Mike and Mike found me. ii. thinner or fatter?: Fatter. LOL. Christ. iii. richer or poorer?: Richer.

18. What do you wish you’d done more of? Puzzles. (just kidding)

19. What do you wish you’d done less of? Depression/stress/boredom eating and drinking.

20. How did you spend Christmas? With my parents in Oshkosh.

21. What was your favorite TV program? Schitt’s Creek, Game of Thrones, and the Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

22. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year? It’s a waste of energy to hate people. Buuuuuut… as long as we’re on the topic: anti-maskers and anti-vaxxers pop into mind.

23. What was the best book you read? I don’t even know. As soon as the pandemic hit in March I stopped having any interest in reading.  Weird, right?

24. What was your greatest musical discovery? Dua Lipa

25. What did you want and get? A good, happy relationship.

26. What did you want and not get? Every single travel plan I had this year got canceled so that bummed me out.

27. What was your favorite film of this year? No clue; I don’t remember watching many movies this year.

28. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you? I turned 36 and spent my time with my family here and Mike’s family in Bloomington, IL.

29. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying? IF CORONAVIRUS HAD NOT CRAPPED ALL OVER OUR LIVES.

30. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2020? Stretchy pants.

31. What kept you sane? Mike. My mom. Sadie. My dad.

32. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most? Yeah, no.

33. What political issue stirred you the most? There are too many to list. TOO. MANY.

34. Who did you miss? All of my friends. I didn’t see anyone this year.

35. Who was the best new person you met? Mike’s kids are great.

36. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2020: Life is wildly unpredictable and nothing is guaranteed — everything can be flipped over in a heartbeat. Tell people you love them, enjoy the little things, take risks on some big things, make the most of your one wild and precious life.

37. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year: I don’t have a specific lyric for the year — but I think “Marjorie” by Taylor Swift is brilliant and instantly reduces me to tears. She wrote it about her grandmother and it’s just so good. “Never be so polite, you forget your power Never wield such power, you forget to be polite”


I am exceedingly late with my November post but better late than never!

I am a childless Millennial who loves avocado toast… what a cliche.
Mask up!
November also marks the beginning of Christmas – I decorate as early and intensely as possible!
Added a little Palm Springs vibe this year.
Sadie helped.
The pink tree is back for the first time in about 5 years! I figured Mike’s kids would enjoy seeing it.
Sadie and I spent a day with the kids — crafting was a must!
LOVING the Santa murals downtown.
The Nutcracker at the Paine is back.
Sadie’s love of the fireplace is the CUTEST THING EVER.
I had to order the Home Alone-themed Bark Box for Sadie!
Doggo mask! And Thanksgiving cupcakes for the kids!
Thanksgiving – we Turkey Trotted through the park this year!
Dinner was just me + my parents this year; trying to keep our “bubble” as small as possible.
We went to Door County the day after Turkey Day to pick up a painting for my parents. It was gloomy and weird up there.
Mike made me a Baby Yoda drink!! I died!!!
Small Business Saturday + chillin’ watching Celebration of Lights
Christmas light phone charger for my car! Woot!
That’s it for November — I’ll try not to be so tardy with next month’s post!


Hi hi hey hey here are a lot of October photos! Pandemic 2020 continues… not much going on except mild depression (and now seasonal depression!), Sadie snuggles, and hangs with Mike and my parents.  October will always be my favorite month of the year – it is pure magic.

Wee lil’ rainbow!
Childless Millennial
Mike and I went up to Wausau to Granite Peak — rode the chair lift up to see the fall colors.  It was a wonderful day.
Sadie turned 4 on October 6th.  Best four years of my life!
We tried to go to the Little Farmer but it was too crowded — no thanks!
Made Spumoni cupcakes for Mike’s virtual Italy day with his kids.
Farmers Market
I had Mike’s kids over for a haunted mansion decorating party — it was a really great day!
We dressed appropriately!
We cute! [side note: I don’t post pics of the kids because they aren’t my kids to share]
Ahhh, autumn.  And a tired Sadie.  She is SO GOOD  with the kids — ever patient and playful and loving and never ever ever snaps or gets annoyed.  She is perfect.
My dad and I went to Door County on a random Tuesday.  It was great.  We didn’t go to any restaurants or shops… just drove around to take pics and enjoy fall.
It was windyyyy.
Happy Boss’s Day to the Best Bosslady & Mothership in the world.  And here’s Sadie as a banana split.
Sadie visited Mike’s house for the first time.  She fell in love with the fireplace.
Made a pumpkin snack platter for Mike’s kids – all the orange foooooods!
Pumpkin carving day! A’s scary face and E’s Hogwarts!
She is a perfect little creature.
I made a graveyard cake.
And some cupcakes!
It snowed!
My Schitt’s Creek-inspired magnet brings me joy.  Watch that show if you haven’t already!
Ladybug Sadiebug.
Happy Halloween!