What a year this was, you know? Yeah, you know it. Wasn’t 2020 the year we’ve all been waiting for? Wonderful times.
Let’s get to it in a somewhat chronological, yet imperfectly ordered in terms of the time-space continuum, list of verbs conjugated to their most simplest of past-tense forms followed by more particulars.
-Had a kid
-Worked for 4 or 5 different companies before settling into just one. After 10 years in Japan, the first company to actually follow the labor laws and pay proper insurance
Finished the 240-hour “Japanese for the Workplace” class
Completed some online courses using Coursera, Edx and such
Sold Honda NC700x motorcycle
Found my old “spilled an entire cup of coffee on it” laptop, plugged it in: it works!
Didn’t travel anywhere at all
Wore a mask 8 hours a day for my job for 9 months
Perfected my chocolate-chip cookie recipe
Built my very first workbench, after using floors and kitchen tables for 20 years
Built a floor-to-ceiling tension supported wall mount for my TV
Built many little wooden things from chairs to toys
Drew quite a bit of random art and even tried watercolors
Learned how to use a sewing machine
Started a little local hiking club centered around hiking Moriyama
Broke my molar in half twice, got my teeth cleaned, and started to take my teeth seriously
Had a kidney stone (not recommended!)
Went to the beach a lot!
Salvaged a rad hand-carved bookshelf from the soon-to-be-demolished house
Perfected my fried rice after watching a Jimmy O. Yang youtube
Bought a rad used yellow couch
Got my 2008 Gary Fisher Rig single-speed back in commission
Hosted my mom for a wonderful 3 weeks in February
Fixed my beloved Subaru for way too much money (RIP crankshaft pulley)
Got approved to rent a house (after unsurprisingly being told “no foreigners” by some)
Made a bunch of silly digital art using sketchable
Got bronchitis as an early Christmas present
Delightedly watched my baby take her first steps, get her two front teeth (for Christmas!), any oh so many more delightful wonders
Surfed on December 31st and ate blueberry pie