However, I don't want to whine on about all of the bad things that happened in 2021, I would much rather celebrate the great things that happened and reflect on all of the joys that I managed to squeeze into my time.
Craig and I were just saying how blessed we were to be operating in virtual 'business as usual' mode during 2021. Unlike many people, we survived relatively unscathed. We didn't have any cut backs to our paid employment, we didn't have to navigate much work from home because we were both considered to be essential workers, we also thankfully did not catch COVID and neither did anyone else in our families and we all managed to get vaccinated with minimal side effects. I would say that these statistics alone would make us more fortunate than 70% of the people on the planet and certainly places us in no position to whine about just how bad 2021 was.
So, there will not be any complaining from me about 2021, instead I am counting my blessings, thanking my lucky stars and acknowledging just how grateful I am for all of the tremendous endeavours that I did get to enjoy this year.
Here are some of my personal highlights from 2021:
FEBRUARY: The Smythesdale Fiesta, Chinese New Year, Summersalt Music Festival, Blackberry picking.
MARCH: Yoga retreat, Castlemaine Artist Market, My Birthday, Ceramics Workshop in Geelong.
APRIL: Easter Sunday with family, April holiday break, Spa Day in Daylesford, Craig's Birthday, Pinot and Picasso.
MAY: Mother's Day, Mamma Mia Live, Spicywatch's 7th Birthday.
JUNE: Zoe's Birthday, Perfume workshop, Mushrooming, Winter School Holidays, Perming my hair.
JULY: Winter Movie Marathon nights, Getting our COVID vaccinations, eating Homemade Apple Pie with my Family.
AUGUST: Zoe and Ben's Engagement, Squeezing in a night out with friends between lockdowns.
SEPTEMBER: Father's Day, Seeing Zoe and Ben after months of not seeing them, Spring School Holiday Break, Playing Tennis.
OCTOBER: Working on Spicywatch, Pumpkin carving, Halloween horror movie/ dinner night, Ballarat Photo Biennale.
NOVEMBER: Ceramics Open Day, 27th Wedding Anniversary in Warburton, Mt Donna Buang, Healsville Sanctuary, Cocktail night with Friends.
DECEMBER: Summer Holidays kicking off, Champagne Breakfasts, Christmas Day, 'Bitches with Balls' - Drag Bingo.
There is a lot here to celebrate and appreciate that's for sure. And on top of all of that, I have also managed to squeeze in:
- Daily meditation.
- 61 books.
- Yoga 5 times a week.
- 213 movies.
- 10,000 steps a day.
- Nine trips to the cinema.
- 142 TV series.
- 30 delicious restaurant meals with family and friends.
- A daily French lesson on Duolingo
- Brain Gym everyday for 10 minutes a day.
- And.... I lost 5 kilos and drank 1.5 litres of water a day.
Now, let's see what 2022 will bring my way!
Release Date: 2021
Running Time: 138 mins
An American satirical science fiction film, written, produced and directed by Adam McKay that hosts a massive ensemble cast of Oscar winning actors and comedians. After receiving mixed review from critics upon it's release in December 2021, Don't Look Up went on to become a cult favourite, receiving four Golden Globe nominations and making the top ten movie list of 2021 from The National Board of Review and American Film Institute.
Two astronomers attempt to warn humanity that a giant comet is on a collision course with Earth that will set about the total destruction of human civilization. However, with a world that is more invested in what pop culture icons are doing with their spare time, the fatal news is not properly received or heard.
In my opinion this is one of the funniest and sadly also one of the most depressingly accurate films of the year. Slammed for being too heavy handed about total world annihilation, I think that this film was lost on people that don't have a good sense of humour, because it made me laugh out loud so many times. Sure it's not joyful material and the overall message about what the general population have the capacity to digest is undoubtedly provoking, but it is a science fiction comedy for goodness sake, so just have fun with it!
The cast is insanely good here, from Meryl Streep to Leonardo DiCaprio to Jennifer Lawrence; to name but a few, the performances are solid and the story is genuinely engaging and entertaining. I really liked this movie and it will probably make my top ten of 2021 as well.
FINAL SAY: You guys, the truth is way more depressing.
4 Chilli Peppers