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December Wrap-up (sort of)

January 11, 2022

December was actually mostly great. I’m not going to do do a financial wrap up. We spent a few days in a Tahoe AirBNB so LO could play in the snow and we could enjoy a hot tub. Her (self-reported) favorite part of the trip was the fact that the house had stairs (we live in a one story home). We had a quiet Christmas at home (AGAIN) due to being so far from family and unwilling to fly. LO got slightly sick from a daycare cold, and T also caught it. We didn’t find COVID on a PCR (for LO) or a rapid test (for T). I got a very very mild version of it. I had a couple tests left from Thanksgiving, and was able to get a few more to have on hand going into Omicron. We also spent new years at home, and did a count down to 2022 at 7 pm.

For me, the hardest part of 2021 was that I kept hoping. I kept believing the possibility that normalcy could be around the corner, just a short time away. It never came, though there was that really refreshing period in about June where it was close. Objectively, 2021 was better than 2020 for so many reasons. Vaccines! Better treatments! Better data/knowledge about COVID! I actually saw my parents a few times, and my entire family once! My childcare hours were a better, and we didn’t even have any closures for exposure! Still, it was tough mentally.

I did finish tracking my 2021 spending and wrapped up my 2021 spreadsheet. Maybe I’ll post some sort of summary on that later. If I don’t, I’ll just summarize to say we spent $$$$$ on groceries/food this year. We also spent more than I would have guessed on travel this year. The funds went to rent 3 different AirBNBs, to buy family tent camping gear and reserve a campsite, and I also paid for part of the rental car when my family came to visit. We didn’t have any big house projects, so we “saved” there – but it sure would be nice to have windows.

January looks pretty…. terrifying. But we are already 1/3 of the way through! I’m slowly slowly slowly making peace with the fact that Omicron is almost surely coming for my family. Maybe not in January (but probably in January), but if not then, COVID will come soon. It is probably going to be fine. I don’t think I’ve had the flu before (?), but I’ve had colds, I’ve been sick. It will be terrible, but fine. Probably. Maybe. I’m simply not willing to pull my 3-year-old out of childcare until she can be vaccinated. Aside from taking that extreme step, we’ve reduced our risk to the maximum point we can reduce our risk. I have cold & flu and painkiller meds on hand. I have a small number of rapid antigen tests, and… We are moving forward like this. I’m also bracing myself for a month of highly disruptive childcare, due to exposures, or maybe even staffing issues. Our daycare reopening was delayed a few days for logistical reasons – but she was thrilled to go back and see her friends. The kids all tested (rapid or PCRs) before return, the staff was all boosted and also tested. We’ll see what happens. I don’t have a lot more to say about COVID and Omicron and January, except I’ll see you on the other side (and maybe in the comments on my favorite PF blogs).

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