2020 hindsight. OH, that’s original.

I just looked at my Facebook memories, and last year on this day I wrote, “Bring on 2020.”

That aged well.

I have to work today. I was convinced we had today off. Earlier in the week my coworker, Frapdorp, sent me something that’s “due to the client at noon Thursday” and in my MIND I was all smug. “We can’t SEND it Thursday because we won’t BE here Thursday.”

And then I thought back to the other nine New Year’s Eves I’ve worked at this place, and how I’ve always been, you know, at work, and right then I knew. Of course we had work on Thursday.

So the thing he sent me is done, really, but I just wanted to read through it one more time this morning before I sent it back to him, as I felt tired by the time I was done with it yesterday.

If I end up getting zero other work to do today I’ll just use my one remaining vacation day to use up my hours on my time sheet. Normally I could take that unused day and drag it over to next year, but as of next year, or as we say in my country, tomorrow, I get four weeks of vacation and what the heck do I need with four weeks and one day of vacation time? You know how I love travel.

Anyway, once my workday is done, whatever I end up doing with it, I have big plans to watch that Laura Ingalls Wilder special on PBS for my New Year’s rockin’ Eve. I think I can stream it, although I’m not positive because last night I tried to get it all set up but to do so would’ve required getting up off the couch and downloading the PBS app and there was no way that herculean effort was happening.

Right after work yesterday, I had Mario from Apple Care again, because yes, the thing that was broken about my computer that kept me from being able to just smoothly present you with an end-of-year slideshow is STILL BROKEN, and the engineers are having Mario and me do screen recordings of different scenarios, then we send those off to the engineers, then they say, “Hunh” and then have us record another scenario.

Meanwhile, I know all about Mario’s Christmas and his New Year’s plans and also what his girlfriend does for a living and so on.

Mario has the kind of taste in movies you’d expect from a young computer guy.

Anyway, I was drained last night, is my point, and did not want to get up to get my phone and download another goddamn app to see if in fact I can watch that Laura Ingalls Wilder special on PBS, which is a scenario Laura Ingalls Wilder herself faced often with grit and pioneering spirit. But if I can watch that special tonight I will never be sad again.

You know, she wrote for, like, her local paper or something and didn’t achieve real fame until she was 65. She wrote recipes and talked about how to raise chickens. Maybe complained about Almanzo and who can blame her. When she was 55 like me, she was just basically a paper blogger.

Also tonight, I am going to make a big pot of tea in the teapot my Aunt Mary got me and oooo, maybe I’ll go to the bakery here and get something really bad for me to eat as well. They have curbside service and they also have pupcakes. In all, I’m pretty delighted with these plans and now so is the Eds.

Usually at Christmas I go to Chris and Lilly’s, and on New Year’s Eve I go to The Other Copy Editor’s bed and breakfast for their big party. It’s a quieter year this year but I am OK with it for one year. If I’m still doing this at the end of 2021 Ima be in a mood.

I hope you all have delightful 2121s or whatever the next year is going to be. I’d love to keep talking but Forest has now plopped himself between me and the laptop and I can’t see anything but smokey fur and a smug black nose. It’s both cute and terrifically irritating.

Talk to you next year, or as they say in my country, cucumber.

73 thoughts on “2020 hindsight. OH, that’s original.

  1. Happy New Year, June! I have spent all weekend catching up–work kicked my ass this past semester, and probably will again this semester. I am hopeful to be able to balance my life a bit more though. I am so sad about Cheech. And, I just want to say that I appreciate your words so much, whether I read them every day, or all in three days–you are a fixture in my life. Thank you for that!

    Lovely post(s), lovely June!

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  2. Happy New Year to All! Yay at last.
    Laurie – sorry about your eye – how did you tear the retina? So glad it sounds like easy fix!

    Cucumber. Could someone clarify? I somehow missed this!

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    1. The retina repair went well. I don’t know how it happened. The tear was at the back of my eyeball. Apparently, it is more common in near sighted individuals as we become older.
      Thanks for asking.

      I, too, do not get the cucumber reference.

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      1. My eye dr. said that because I am so nearsighted, I am at higher risk for detached retinas. She quizzes me every year on the 3 Fs (field of vision, flashes of light, and floaters) to make sure I know to seek help immediately if they happen. I am glad your repair went well.
        I had to google Hilaria cucumber to see the reference. I usually miss all the current social media stuff like that.

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      2. I think you are right – about near sighted people. I once got hit in the eye with a baseball – and that was the doc’s fear. Since had laser surgery – still wonder about that though. Glad the repair went well. Weird things happen as we age! I still do not get the cucumber thing! haha

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  3. New Years eve 2019 I said to all and sundry that 2020 was going to be our best year yet. Unfortunately the universe said “challenge accepted” and here we are! I didn’t say anything last year. Thank you for the great blog June. You are the first thing I read as I sip my first coffee every morning. Here’s to a happy, healthy and safe new year.

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  4. Welcome 2021. And good riddance 2020. As my father used to say, “Don’t let the door hit you in the ass on your way out.”

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  5. I once had a tight bond with a helper from Apple. Hi Susan! She was on the phone with me trying to help me figure out why I couldn’t access music to set to Lad’s grad video hours before the high school graduation when Coach walked into the study with his teeth in his hand. Reg had been practicing pitching. Took a bad bounce. It knocked out his implant from a teenage incident. Um, $10,000 and a whole year later he could chew again without cutting up his food into tiny pieces. Curly also made her 1st communion the next day and in both the grad and the communion pics, Coach’s lips are all blistered. That was quite the digression.

    Love Laura Ingalls. I hope you can get it to stream. I don’t do apps – unless I have a teen handy who can get it up and running.

    Best to all of you in 2021! I so enjoy hanging out here with so many fun, witty people. Thanks June, for bringing us all together.

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  6. Friends we had plans with called and he has the chills and a cough so plans are cancelled until COVID test results. We live in a small AZ town with little infection but we are very careful with masking and distancing and hand washing. We take precautions all the time. We are not going to risk getting together. So my husband and I are continuing our Grey’s Anatomy binge on Netflix and then we’re going to watch Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen do their New Year’s Eve thing on CNN. Actually not a bad way to get rid of 2020.

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    1. Times like these make me wish we had cable. Dick Clark’s Rocking New Year’s Eve did not rock. I would much rather have ogled Anderson Cooper.
      Happy new year to all and to all a good morning.

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  7. No champagne or party hat or hangover this year for me. But I wish us all a healthy and happy new year. Stay safe out there.

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  8. Sounds like lovely plans actually! Hope you do enjoy. You and the Eds. Forest will probably go get himself some snake or something for a snack.

    I cannot believe the amount of effort for this video!! But I must say I’m also impressed with how Apple seems to be really trying to work it out. Hi Mario! LOL

    Happy New Year!

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  9. Happy new year to you, funny June and your furry housemates. I look forward to every one of your posts. Thank you for continuing to non blog for many years. You are a very talented writer.

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  10. Happy new year! We’ll start the celebration early as I can’t guarantee we’ll be awake at midnight. If I am, I’ll be sure to open the front door. Here’s to a hopeful and healthy 2021.

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    1. We actually saw the new year in and I opened the front door to let 2020 get the heck out of Dodge. It’s been raining here all day and I said that’s 2021 washing away any remnants of 2020.

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  11. Happy 2021, June!!
    And happy new year wishes to all and sundry here in Bye Bye Pie land. I will be having a quiet dinner for two (with my husband, not by myself like a hog) and continuing with our Doctor Who marathon on BBC America culminating in the brand new episode tomorrow night.
    Cucumber, or pepino as we say in Hilaria-landia

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  12. This morning my daughter looked at her Facebook memories from a year ago. It said something like:
    “I’m really looking forward to 2020! I’ll be traveling to Mexico, Canada, Paris, and Hawaii!”
    She looked a bit sad.
    Great post and Happy New Year! Enjoy your evening with Laura, Edz, and the felines.

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  13. Thanks for keeping us entertained all year. Seriously, June, this blog and all of the Slices of the Pie have been a bright spot during these Challenging Times.

    Another bright spot has been the appearance of a tiny kitten who has brought smiles and happiness to Chez YetAnotherKelly.

    And in other notes, back in January, June challenged us to have a dumb goal for 2020. My Dumb Goal was to post something on Instagram every day and by Jove, I’ve done it! So there’s that.

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  14. Happy New Year, everyone! May it be a wonderful year for everyone. I’m thinking of opening doors at midnight also. And I might do the other thing I saw on FB. At 11:59, lift your left leg. That way you get to start the new year off on the right foot. (Yeah, when I first saw the bit about lifting the left leg, I immediately pictured a dog at a fire hydrant and thought… I’m supposed to imitate that?!!)

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  15. Happy New Year to all of you. June, thanks for all the bright moments during 2020 you provided on this here not blog. This time last year I was really looking forward to 2020, what was I thinking? Praying for a better 2021.
    Tee

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  16. I bought a bottle of Prosecco for a little celebratory sip on New Year’s Eve. Well. For reasons unknown even to me, I placed the bottle in the freezer instead of the refrigerator. Big bang last nigh, walk in the kitchen, freezer door open, slushy Prosecco everywhere! So.

    Your evening sounds perfect.

    Happy 2021 everyone!

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  17. I’m happy you didn’t carry a day of vacation over to 2021 and decided instead to leave it in 2020 where it belongs. Happy New Year, June and Everyone.

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  18. Happy New Year! Thankful that you continue to allow us to be a part of your life. You make the hard days a whole lot better, and I’m thankful for that.

    I will be receiving my Coronavirus vaccine on Monday…will keep you posted on how that goes!

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  19. Happy NYE to you and the four-legged crew, June. Do you think a generation from now kids would lap up our stories of growing up in the olden times like Laura Ingalls Wilder’s fans did? If you write yours up be sure to be just as careful with facts as she was (that is, don’t let them get in the way of a good story). And for heavens’ sake, if you use the word “ague” put in a footnote on pronunciation. Thank you.

    BeeBelle

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        1. Thank you! That was ONE of my various attempts. (I watched the Laura show and am pretty sure you will enjoy it too.)

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  20. I don’t get the cucumber reference, don’t know if I’m happy or sad about that.
    Your plans for this evening sound perfect, I’m having cheese/crackers/champagne and unsure what I’ll be watching, must peruse. I’d never heard about opening the door at midnight as someone wrote in the comments, but will try that this year, why not, sounds easy enough! Happy good riddance to 2020!

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  21. The Laura Ingallls Wilder special was very enjoyable. Have all you Laura Fans read Prairie Fires? One of my all time favorite books. I am very exicted about the return of All Creatures Great and Small. I may own all the DVDs of the original. Happy New Year and good luck with your pioneering endeavors. I’m going to give our scardey cat a tranquilizer (this crack head neighborhood loves fireworks) and open the doors and windows at midnight. –Stacey

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    1. I am SOOO looking forward to All Creatures… !!! And yesterday I discovered that the actor who played Neville (Harry Potter movies) will be in it! Love this old timey country vet series.

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    2. You need to read the books. They’re much better, although the tv adaption is better than most adaptions. It’s one of my (many) mottos in life – the book is always better.

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  22. We have a Little House on the Prairie marathon on some channel that seems to have actually been running since Pa was a boy.

    Cucumber.

    As I posted on FB, it scares me when Alec (Baldwin) is the sane one in a relationship. Also?
    They are both mierda de murciélago loco.

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  23. So very glad to leave 2020 behind, though there have been a few bright spots. I’m trying to remain focused on those. All those Zoom meetings & programs, including reconnecting with my freshman roommates each month.

    While June is longing for Laura, I’m looking forward to ‘All Creatures Great & Small’ in its new iteration on PBS in January. I loved the books, loved the old series, loved the Yorkshire Dales, all of it. Hopefully the new version is as delightful. That will keep me happy on Sunday nights.

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  24. I want to congratulate us all on surviving 2020 with our mental health relatively intact. I read a comment somewhere that if you were told a year ago that beginning in March you would have to stay home and pretty much turn your life upside down, you would have been absolutely sure you could not deal with that. Not at all. But we all did our best with it and I think we all deserve a little pat on the back. Anyway, happy New Year and let’s hope for better things!

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  25. Love the cucumber reference. I can’t even believe I saw that on the news, boy have our standards drooped!
    Have a Happy New Year everyone! I hope 2021 makes us all happy, healthy and wise.

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  26. I was thinking a few minutes ago that if you told me on Dec. 31, 2019 that one year from then I’d make sure there were spare face masks in all our cars, I’d have thought you were too heavy on the wacky weed. Yet here we are.
    Man, I was so happy when 2019 was over and I feel stupid for that, given everything that happened this year (and 90 percent of it had zero to do with the stupid Rona).
    There is an Irish tradition to open the door at midnight and let out the old year and let in the new. I rarely stay up till midnight but I mentioned this to my husband last night and he said, “Hell, open the doors, the windows, the garage doors. Turn on a goddam fan if you have to!”

    I feel so lucky to be able to read June’s not-blog and all of you for the comments. It’s a bright spot in every day! God bless every one of you in 2021!

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  27. Happy 2021!! Wait, there’s a Laura Ingalls Wilder special? *off to set my DVR*
    I also understood the cucumber reference much to my everlasting shame.

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      1. Ah….sorry my brain has turned to mush this year. Guess I will also attempt to stream it. Hopefully can find a 14 year old to explain how to do so.

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  28. I am ending 2021 with a bang! Yep, that’s right! I am going to get together with a whole bunch of people, and some of them will be closer than 12 inches. Yep, I have a tear in my retina and I am going in to the hospital to have it repaired. All this for someone who hasn’t even had her hair cut in 2020 because she is scared of the covid. I know how to party out the year.

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      1. I will add a contrasting view – I had surgery for a retinal tear and it was completely pain free. Recovery took a while (I was lucky and had the fluid replacement, not the gas), I couldn’t read or really watch TV or go out in the bright sunlight, but there was no pain.

        Good luck Laurie!

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          1. The tear in my retina was repaired yesterday by laser. No pain, just a little ache. My vision is still fuzzy but I was told to expect that for a week or so. I go for a follow-up on Tuesday and a little laser top up if required. I was worried but for naught. Thanks for the positive vibes.

            My wish for all is a wonderful 2021!

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  29. Hoping and praying for a much better 2021. God knows it couldn’t be much worse. Your NYE sounds as exciting as mine, Joon, but that’s the way I like it. Uh huh, uh huh. That’s the way I like it. Cheers, everyone!

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    1. Oh my god, that’s RIGHT! First, we lived across the street from each other and didn’t know it. Then we moved into the same neighborhood. THEN we kept running into each other everywhere. Then someone just randomly found your Instagram and told me about it. Weird.

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  30. Wishing all the Pie Peops and happy new year! Especially you, June, and your beautiful animal family. Hoping 2021 will bring more safety and sanity to us all!

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  31. Cucumber. Oh my god. Could celebs be any more ridiculous?

    Your evening sounds like the perfect ending to this oh-so-perfect shit-show of a year. Remember when 2020 sounded like a cool year?

    Thank you June for being you. Laura Ingalls Wilder should have worked on her sense of humor if she hoped to rival this here not-blog.

    Here’s to 2021!

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