2020: Reflecting on a Weird Year

2020: Reflecting on a Weird Year

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What can you even say about the past year? We’ve been extremely fortunate, and I’ve been very grateful. At the end of 2019, the company I worked for was acquired and I started working remotely for our new parent company. By the time the pandemic hit and businesses started shutting down, I had already been working from home for almost three months. The only major adjustment was the kids moving to remote learning, but thankfully Mike has been able to stay home and help them with their studies.

I think the weirdest thing for us is how much hasn’t really changed. The most drastic change has been that the kids miss their activities and sports, and that makes me sad for them. We don’t go out to eat or shop, but a big part of me doesn’t really miss that. We still get takeout (primarily from local restaurants), and I do enjoy that. But I’m finding I don’t really miss shopping for the sake of shopping.

As a big homebody and introvert, though, the lack of social obligations has been a really welcome rest for me. It’s also made work on the farm a lot easier. Keeping a steady schedule milking the goats was much easier this year. I ended up milking till almost the end of October instead of stopping in mid-September this year.

I hope 2021 will start to shift back to being slightly more normal, but I also hope a lot of the things that changed in the last year – the slower pace, the family togetherness – stay the same.

MOTU Origins Action Figures

MOTU Origins Action Figures

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YOU GUYS. I just about lost my mind this morning while listening to this YouTube video of Kevin Smith and Jay Mewes unboxing the new Masters of the Universe Origins action figures.

Did I ever mention that I was obsessed with He-Man as a kid? He-Man, The Neverending Story, and My Little Pony were probably my favorites in the pantheon of 1980s childhood goodness. I liked She-Ra too, but He-Man was really my number one man. I had all the figures, Castle Greyskull, Snake Mountain, and even a He-Man sword, shield, and plastic-muscles for dress-up. The latter caused my mother to get a lot of side-eye from older family members when she allowed me to run around the house dressed as a hyper-masculine, jacked warrior rather than encouraging me to dress up as a pretty princess. (Yay Mom for being woke before “woke” was a thing!)

Apparently no photographic evidence of my He-Man outfit exists. But here I am with my grandma in 1985 showing off my She-Ra costume instead.

I’ve been closely following Kevin Smith’s announcements regarding MOTU: Revelation (due out in 2021 on Netflix) but somehow I hadn’t heard they were re-releasing figures done in the 1980s style.

But getting back to these new toys… y’all… the packaging. Bestill my nostalgic heart!

… And they even still come with comic books!

He-Man and Battle Cat are definitely going on my Christmas wish list this year. Perhaps Teela and Evil-Lyn too. I remember those being some of my favorite figures as a kid.