This Is How I Got Through 2020

I’d like to thank the following for getting me through this horrible year

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  • Listening to The Daily. I know we’ve all maxed out on listening and reading the news, but The Daily manages to calm me rather than increase my panic. Highly recommend.
  • Weeding my garden.
  • Listening to podcasts about murder, including Case Closed, Tom Brown’s Body, and Murder Book. I love a good murder, and I refuse to analyze whether this is unhealthy or not.
  • Getting a puppy. Truly an all-consuming enterprise, puppy management can take your mind of absolutely everything, including your profession, the pandemic, life, your children. As I am writing this, I am trying to keep the puppy from chewing my wastebasket. Soon he will need to be walked five miles, fed, emptied, fed again, walked more. How do I have time to worry about the end of the world?
  • Drinking.
  • Searching for real estate online. Hot tip: You don’t actually need to have any intention of buying a house to make this your hobby. I’m intimately involved with Redfin; they email me with “HOT HOUSES” at least four times a day. Love.
  • Organizing stuff. The absence of a social life has given me time to tackle projects I would never have managed otherwise. Yesterday, I went through all the recipes I’ve saved and sorted them out. I am elated.
  • Reading, of course. I feel lucky that I have found this dystopia conducive to reading; I know a lot of people who haven’t been able to make it through a book. I’ve consumed them like a maniac, thank goodness.
  • Zooms with friends. Yes, we’re all tired of Zoom. But I’m Zooming with old friends I haven’t spoken to much in years, and if it weren’t for these circumstances we would have never leveled up like this. The technology has existed for ages, but somehow we just … didn’t. So I’m digging it and hope it doesn’t end once we return to normalcy.
  • Drinking.
  • Drinking.

Staff writer, The New Yorker. Author of The Library Book, The Orchid Thief, and more…Head of my very own Literati.com book club (join me!)

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