What a year this has been, amirite? None of us could have ever predicted that 2020 would have worked out this way. Back in January, when we were all trying to come up with our New Year’s Resolutions, none of us had even heard of the term ‘lockdown.’ Taking into account what’s currently going on in the world, here are a few things I’d like to focus on and potentially complete this season …
Watch more movies & read more books
I have no idea what happened to me this year, but I haven’t been watching movies or reading books as much as I usually do. I think it probably has something to do with the pandemic and lockdown and just stress levels in general, but honestly I have no clue. So in order to combat this, I’m going to try really hard this Fall to watch as many films and read as many books as I possibly can. Send me your recommendations!
Figure out my living situation
At the height of lockdown, I moved out of my apartment and into my parents’ house. In late summer, I listed my apartment for sale and it still hasn’t sold. I’ve had lots of viewings and interest from buyers, but absolutely no offers whatsoever. The pandemic has negatively affected the Canadian real estate market and, right now, buyers seem to be looking for houses, not apartments and condos. Fingers crossed my apartment sells soon because if it doesn’t, I may have to move back into the condo and stay there until the market recovers (which isn’t a bad thing – this is not me whining, it’s just a little inconvenient right now).
Scale back on collecting physical media
Christmas is coming and that means I need to save my pennies for Christmas shopping. Cutting back on collecting physical media makes sense to me this season. Plus, it’s not just about saving money and budgeting for Christmas gifts, it’s about time I watch the films I already own and haven’t watched yet. I buy and collect faster than I can watch and that’s not a good thing. I remember when I was a kid, every single VHS tape that I owned, I watched. There wasn’t one film in my collection that I hadn’t seen and I’d like to go back to that. One day (soon, I hope), I’d like to be able to say that I’ve watched every single blu-ray and DVD in my collection.
Begin making travel plans for 2021
My family and I typically travel at least twice a year, every year. Travelling has always been something that I’ve looked forward to, especially if I know I’m going somewhere that has a lot of rich history behind it and museums to wander through. Not being able to travel at all this year has been pretty shitty, not gonna lie. Due to the lockdown and border closures, I’ve had to cancel both of the trips I had planned for 2020 (London and Aruba). At this point, it doesn’t look as if the Canadian border is going to re-open before the end of the year, so I’m going to think positive and start planning some little trips for next year. I’m hoping to visit the US and possibly the UK for that meetup that Dave, Aaron and I have been planning.
Mourn the loss of (Canadian) Thanksgiving
This year, Canadian Thanksgiving falls on Mon Oct 12th and it’s looking like we won’t be able to celebrate with family like we usually do because of lockdown restrictions. In the province of Ontario, we’re allowed to have only 10 people or less at an indoor gathering. Well I come from an Italian family and we’re way more than ten people, so that means no Thanksgiving celebrations for us this year. So not only is Halloween pretty much cancelled this year, but now Thanksgiving is too and I’m absolutely gutted because, aside from Christmas, Thanksgiving is my absolute favourite holiday.