This is going to be a post with a lot fewer words than normal, but pictures are worth a thousand words so really I will be having copious amounts of words in this post.
I thought it would be fun to share with you pictures from each month of last year with a little description of it. Some months more exciting things happened than others, but this is what my 2020 looked like.
This is a picture with my friends, Anisa and Jordan (who are brother and sister), and me playing broom ball on January 1, 2020. Every year for as long as I can remember my family friends throw a New Year’s Day party with broom ball followed by activities and food at their house. It is so much fun! This year it couldn’t happen like normal, but I am so excited to be able to play again next year!
At the end of January I graduated from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition as a certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach. I drew a design for a logo for my company and had shirts made by a local company. This was the day I got the shirts!
This picture is taken March 1 at about 10:30 at night in Times Square. It was the last night of our (me, dad, Katrina, who is my sister-in-law, is our order in the picture) trip as chaperones for high school students. We had no clue how the world was about to shut down and change over the next few days. Corona who?
In April I was in the kitchen a lot creating recipes and trying out recipes by other people. I made this gluten free vegan banana bread many many times (my mom gladly tasted it every time, for science of course, to make sure it tasted good) and it is absolutely delicious. I definitely suggest clicking the link and trying the recipe!
In May, I got this cute double cactus, or maybe I should say I got cacti, and named the striped one Lola and the solid one Matteo. Sadly, I lost Lola in late October but Matteo is thriving!
In June I decided that I did not like having a glass shower door anymore and decided to rip the door off. This project required a lot of patience to scrape all of the caulking off, fill the holes with a sealant, and then scrub the shower clean. It was more work than I intended to get myself into but I am very happy I did it.
The lives of the Opp household changed forever in July. My brother and sister-in-law adopted a rescue puppy whom they named Milo. I love being an auntie to this lil fur ball (who is not little at all anymore but most definitely is still a fur ball) who I call booty most of the time because he has this super cute wiggle in his butt when he walks. He comes sprinting to me when I squeal booty and it is either because he loves me so much or the frequency at which I say booty is so high that it hurts his ears and he is trying to make me stop, I am not really sure but I am just going to assume it is because he loves me so much.
In August, my family did a socially distanced stay cation. We started off our family trip with a trip to a local state park and did some hiking in the lush greenery. Milo was still a very small puppy and he was much more interested in laying in the shade by my mom and smelling all the smells than hiking.
In September, my family went back to the same state park to get some hiking in. Milo decided that he knew how to hike now and walked at a pace where the leash was always taut and I feel as though he would’ve enjoyed it more if I was on a sled he could pull because I just couldn’t keep up. I was quite literally running up and down hills, and we both had a great time zooming ahead of the others.
In October my dad and I got in my car (reluctantly on his part because he wanted to drive but secretly I think he was happy with me driving in the end except when I was driving on curvy roads because I would like to make sure he was awake and aggressively follow the curves. g-force is a good wake up call I have learned) with all of our meals I had cooked, masks, sanitizing wipes/spray/hand gel, and adventure gear and headed to Grand Marais, Minnesota. We spent a few nights in a cabin and hiked. This was from our first night there when we took a sunset hike and found the elusive animal known as an orange construction cone. This trip also had the most memorable hike of my life during it, but that is a story for a different time if you are interested.
We had an unusually warm fall (global warming is real people) and my dad and I actually put up our Christmas lights in November while wearing shorts. We have never done that before (usually I’m all bundled up and complaining about not being able to feel my face or fingertips anymore because my dad decides the perfect day to hang up lights is when it is negative 10 Fahrenheit and we have 20 mile per hour winds) and I can honestly say I don’t know if it will happen again.
In December I decided that my hair HAD TO GO. I did not want long hair anymore and it was driving me crazy. I knew I did not want to go to a salon to get it cut and I also knew that I wanted to do something with my hair. This led to my dad and I rubber banding my hair in six sections after carefully measuring it. My dad cut off eight inches of hair which I got to send to a place that makes wigs for kids.
Lots of memories happened throughout the year and I am glad I took pictures to capture different moments.
I hope you enjoyed learning a little bit more about my 2020 year!
Until next time,