Happy New Year! I do hope you had a good Christmas. Unfortunately my SO and I both had COVID-19! We’re both vaccinated and I’d just had my booster, but by then my SO was already ill and he then passed it on to me. Being vaccinated at least meant we weren’t seriously ill, but it was like a type of flu for about 5 or so days (headache, eye ache, body ache, sore throat, altered taste and smell, high temperature etc) followed by feeling very, very tired. Our next door neighbour got us some supplies and my family dropped off Christmas dinner and nibbles on Christmas Eve, which was MUCH APPRECIATED (although I had no appetite for a while).
Because we felt rubbish and couldn’t leave the house, we watched A LOT of Law and Order. We made a point of watching a carol concert from the Royal Albert Hall, and the Royal Opera House’s Nutcracker online for all the Christmassy feels, and we also watched several movies…
My COVID Christmas Movies:
- Back to the Future (1985)
- Uncle Buck (1989)
- Mrs Doubtfire (1993)
- Hercule Poirot’s Christmas (1994)
- Mission Impossible: Fallout (2018)
- Lady in the Van (2015)
- The Fugitive (1993)
- US Marshals (1998)
- K-19: The Widowmaker (2002)
I had some actual Christmas movies, like Home Alone, lined up, but we haven’t got around to watching those yet. We did get to see family properly later on in the week after Christmas, including a lovely (yet windy!) walk along the beach at Bexhill-on-Sea in Sussex.
Thinking about the craziness of 2021, I struggled to recall what stood out to me as highlights of the year, even though I know there were many. Here’s the list I came up with…
My Highlights of 2021:
- My first pair of customised tap shoes
- Virtual Tap Dance Festival UK
- Virtual Tap City (New York City Tap Festival)
- Musicality workshops – I learnt so much!
- A sunny week in Brixham
- A short break in Bath
- Joined a new gym with pool and sauna…in a retirement village
- Theatre trips to see The Lion King, Agatha Christie’s Spider’s Web, Ballet Black, Message in a Bottle and Swinging at the Cotton Club
- Strictly Come Dancing was just what we needed this autumn
- Miraculously shedding my fear of public speaking/reading (I got loads of practise with presenting for church online which translated back to the physical setting – YES)
- My USPS special edition tap dance stamps celebrating Gregory Hines and 5 current tap stars
I’m now having a think about my goals for 2022, but I’m not putting myself under any pressure right now. The main things on the list are a bookbinding course, improving my tap dancing, more writing… but I’ll come back to my 2022 goals in another post 🙂
What were your highlights of 2021?