It's time for a quick rundown of some of my favorite things and personal "Best-Ofs" in 2021.
Lightning Round . . .
Best investment. . . Therabody Elite (We call it The Blaster. And we use it every day.)
Best scenic vista. . . Sleeping Bear Dunes. (Pure Michigan.)
Best thing I knit. . . The Weekender sweater.
Best thing I sewed. . . Those green overalls.
Never thought I'd . . . Ship an entire CAR across the country. (Which I did when my dad sold Erin and Keith his Outback.)
Especially proud of . . . French braiding my own hair.
Can't believe I . . . Tripped over Jenny and did a face plant into the wall. Twice!
Total game changer . . . Plant dildos!
Pandemic silver lining . . . Patience. (These supply chain delays and staff shortages have taught me to just roll with things and have given me plenty of opportunities practice waiting. Patiently.)
Astonishing discovery . . . That it's easy to install hardware/buttons on a pair of overalls. (And especially when you've got a Tiny Anvil!)
TV worth watching . . . Ted Lasso.
Best audiobook . . . Storyteller by Dave Grohl.
Most recommended book . . . Still Life by Sarah Winman.
Poetry volume I can't get enough of . . . Rival Gardens by Connie Wanek
Most successful winter sport . . . Indoor gardening.
Wish I'd spent more time . . . Painting.
Song I THOUGHT would be my #1 on Spotify . . . Mr. Brightside by The Killers. (It seems to show up on every playlist I listen to.) (Pink Floyd's Money? Really? Still stymied by that one. It's a good song, sure. But #1? I think I'd remember that.)
Feeling sheepish about . . . Screwing up my photo scanning project. And then abandoning it.
Best thing in my garden last year . . . My Satomi dogwood.
Still gloating about . . . Being questioned at Costco about whether I was "old enough" for "senior shopping." (YES!)
Technology I'm loving . . . My new hearing aids with bluetooth!
Secret crush on . . . Harry Styles. (I know. Don't judge.)
Would absolutely do again . . . Make another pair of overalls. (And maybe another Weekender sweater.)
Miss most about the "before times" . . . Happy hour. At a bar. And going to the movies.
Favorite ritual . . . Pizza Fridays. Every Friday. (And in the summer, BONUS ice cream cone.)
Taking with me into the new year . . . A sense of humor, that patience I found, and . . . well. That photo project.
Leaving behind . . . My energy-sucking scrolling habit. (It's gotta go.)