Deciding how to end this very unusual year, on my website, wasn’t easy. In hopes of starting an annual tradition, I created a “Year in Review” article. Looking back, I’ve tried many new things this year: fabulous, good, bad, and ugly… This post highlights the best of the best, those that were the most useful, user friendly, tasty, or enjoyable. Enough so that they earned a spot among my all-time favorites. Some were stumbled upon, others gifted, and a few were purchased, based on recommendations or reviews.
Before I begin to list my 2020 favs, I wanted to make sure you were aware that:
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With that out of the way…
Year In Review: In the Kitchen
We make the Zucchini and Chickpea Tagine with white rice, rather than couscous. While hunting for a Tunisian Spice Blend to use in the recipe, we stumbled upon a local favorite, Bloomington Spice Works!
No “Year in Review” of my favorite recipes would be complete without the one below, which I found at Love and Lemons. All I can say is, “YUM!” As an added bonus, it can be modified to accommodate different diets.
A Few New Favorites Around the House
Our Roomba, which had excelled in our townhome, was not very useful once we bought a house built in the 1920s. It was having trouble with the grates, and kept getting stuck under the couch. We were leaning toward some version of a stick vacuum, but felt overwhelmed narrowing down to the best choice. Since we have a dog, hair removal is an ongoing, and often losing battle…
Year in Review: Books, Movies, TV
These books, movies, and televisions shows weren’t necessarily released in 2020, but I did first encountered them this year…
A Few of My Favorite Books
Professional: Someone in one of my Facebook groups, for writers, suggested picking up the Writer’s Market 2020: The Most Trusted Guide to Getting Published. Great advice!
Non-Fiction: A local group I join, on occasion, discusses passages from a relevant book, after meditating. That’s where I came across Happiness Is an Inside Job: Practicing for a Joyful Life, by Sylvia Boorstein Ph.D. As soon as I arrived home, I ordered my own copy. It gets five stars from me!
For Little Ones: I would recommend Ten Magic Butterflies [written by Danica McKellar, illustrated by Jennifer Bricking].
Year in Review: TV & Film
The Lighter Side
- “When filthy-rich video store magnate Johnny Rose and his family suddenly find themselves broke, they are forced to leave their pampered lives to regroup and rebuild their empire from within the rural city limits of their only remaining asset – Schitt’s Creek“
- “Set in 1950s Manhattan, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is a 60-minute dramedy that centers on Miriam ‘Midge’ Maisel, a sunny, energetic, sharp, Jewish girl who had her life mapped out: go to college, find a husband, have kids, and throw the best Yom Kippur breakfasts in town… her perfect life is upended when her husband suddenly leaves her for another woman. Utterly unprepared, Midge is left with no choice but to reevaluate her life.”
- “An unlikely friendship. A lost love resurfaced. A marriage at its turning point. A date that might not have been a date. An unconventional new family. These are unique stories about the joys and tribulations of love, each inspired by a real-life personal essay from the beloved New York Times column “Modern Love.”
Crime and Punishment
- “Harry Bosch is an irreverent homicide detective in Los Angeles. Like any good protagonist he has problems with authority, follows his gut and bends a few rules while achieving the best solved case rate in all of California.”
- Knives Out was the only movie that made it into my “Year in Review” favorites. “When renowned crime novelist Harlan Thrombey is found dead at his estate just after his 85th birthday, the inquisitive and debonair Detective Benoit Blanc is mysteriously enlisted to investigate. From Harlan’s dysfunctional family to his devoted staff, Blanc sifts through a web of red herrings and self-serving lies to uncover the truth behind Harlan’s untimely death.”
Year in Review: 2020 Calendar
I’d been using a We’Moon planner each year since a professor showed hers to me in 2002. But last year, I shook things up and went with the Wild Woman Rising wall calendar [Illustrator – Sophie Wilkins, Author – Angie Sullins].
Year in Review: Fitness
This year brought a few key changes in my fitness regiments…
A new approach to running – training to heart rate, for the first time this year, was a game changer for me.
A new bodyweight exercise! One of my favorite new moves, at the gym this year, is called Skin the Cat.
This is what it looks like:
Crunch Fitness: We started going to a new gym, in October, and so far they get an A++ from me!
That’s the Year in Review! Until 2021…
Thank you for visiting the site. I hope you enjoy the holidays, and look forward to crossing paths again in 2021!
“Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.”Maria Robinson