Change Is Hard

…but change is certain.

It’s gonna be a long list


About this time a couple of years ago I decided to put together a list of interesting, stupendous and fun stuff to do in the coming year. You know, sort of like resolutions, but way better.

I got some of the things on the list done in 2019, but had to carry a few of them over onto the 2020 list. The title of that post was “2020 sounds so cool.” Little did we know what 2020 would really turn out to be.

So I’m looking at my 2020 list of fun stuff and realizing that today is the last day of the year and the odds of completing any more of these fun things before the year expires is remote. Ok, impossible. But I think I should give myself a pass and use the virus as an excuse. I’ll just move some of these things to my “Fun and interesting and stupendous things to do in 2021” list, which I will put together in a future post.

Meanwhile, here’s what I did do, before chaos reigned in all our lives.

**Improve my night photography skills** Well, I did get to go to northern Michigan several times this past summer and fall, and each time I did some night sky photography. I even got some decent shots of the Neowise comet! So though there is still much room for improvement I think I made progress on this one. And because I love it so much night photography is probably going to get a place on my 2021 list.

**Spend a week in the Southwest.** We got out to Arizona in February, before we realized what was going on with the virus. It was a wonderful trip, we got to visit with a friend, and also see some amazing sights, like Monument Valley and the Grand Canyon and even more wonderful, a slot canyon! I’m so glad we went, I hope we get back out there again someday.

**Walk in at least 3 5K races.** Well. I did one race, virtually, with a friend from California. It was fun, and preparing to keep up with her (she’s a really fast walker!) got me out and walking for several weeks prior. I could have done more. Should have probably, but they’re not cheap and I sort of felt like I could go do a 5K without paying someone for the honor. But did I? No, I did not. So maybe a few 5K races will be in my future.

**Purchase a set of extension tubes for the camera and explore macro photography.** I did get a set of tubes, and I’ve tried them a couple times, neither time with success. I can’t figure out the focus, seems to be a theme in my photography lately, and I get frustrated and stop. I need to just take the camera with the tubes out into my own back yard and figure it out. How hard can it be, right?

**Take Katie camping at least twice this summer.** Well. I went camping several times but only took her along with me once to our local state park, and that was when summer was just about over. She had a good time, but doesn’t seem as enthusiastic about it as she used to be. We also camped in the back yard a few times over the summer. Each night she wanted to go back inside around 3 a.m. so I’d take her in and then head back out to finish my own sleep under the stars. When I really think about it, she probably just had to go to the bathroom and she’d most likely have gone back to bed in the tent if I’d taken her back, but to be honest, I sort of liked being able to sleep in out there and not get up at 5:30 to make her breakfast. Win/win, right?

**Meet up with other sheltie moms for doggie adventures.** Katie and I were lucky enough this year to meet up with one sheltie mom and her girl Abby this past fall. We social distanced and met outside so it all worked out. It was so nice to see them on a beautiful day down in Ann Arbor. Hopefully there will be more of that in 2021.

So…what didn’t I get done?

My camping trip to the Upper Peninsula got cancelled, and I never rode my bike once, not even in my driveway. That’s two years in a row with no bike riding. Maybe I shouldn’t even add bike riding on local trails to my 2021 list. I never made it to Alabama, haven’t seen my family down there in over two years, so that’s got to be on the top of the list, and I didn’t make it to Florida to see the sheltie boys, and here they are already over a year old!

I never took a drawing class, but I did morph my watercolor painting into a continuous project, sending smiles out almost every week since March. I’ll post more about what that’s turned into another time. And I hardly made a vegan meal, certainly not one a week like I had planned. I’m trying to go to the grocery store much less frequently and I run out of fresh stuff really fast. That’s my excuse, though it might not be the only reason. I’ll have to debate with myself over this one.

What will be on the list of fun, stupendous and interesting things to do in 2021? I don’t know yet. I might be cautious, given the virus hasn’t been stalled yet, or I might go all out.

You’ll have to wait for another post to find out.

Author: dawnkinster

I'm a long time banker having worked in banks since the age of 17. I took a break when I turned 50 and went back to school. I graduated right when the economy took a turn for the worst and after a year of library work found myself unemployed. I was lucky that my previous bank employer wanted me back. So here I am again, a long time banker. Change is hard.

30 thoughts on “It’s gonna be a long list

  1. Not completing everything on your list just gives you things to look forward to, right? We all need that. And certainly you cannot castigate yourself for things unfinished in 2020 – it’s been a year that has not encouraged getting things done in any respect.


  2. I think you accomplished quite a bit (all factors considered!!) You accomplished A LOT!!!!! I would love to take a drawing class as well, I majored in Art in High School and was going to in college but didn’t. We are hoping to take Levi on fun adventures this Spring/Summer (maybe winter too!) if this virus ever goes away 😦
    Wishing you a Happy Healthy 2021!!


  3. Doubtless you will accomplish a lot of your goals, and add to your list as you’re chalking up the experiences. The best news is that you’ll be sharing them with us!


  4. What’s the status on your search for a new tent?


    • Bruce bought me 3 tents, I sent one back. So I now have my beloved blue tent, and two brown tents, one a 3 person and one a 4 person. They’re OK, not perfect, but perfectly fine. I’ll probably take one of them on my first camping trip in May, but might throw the blue one in the car just in case. I did sleep in one of the brown ones one night in the back yard and it’s fine.


  5. Dawn–I think you did great. Not great as ‘in spite of the crappy year’ but just plain ‘you did great.’ New year, new goals. Wipe the slate clean and start again. Happy 2021 to you and the Princess.


    • I don’t even think I call these goals…they’re just fun things I want to do and if I don’t write them down I will forget entirely that I wanted to do them and another year will go by. They are posted on a bulletin board near the laundry room so that I’m reminded regularly that there are things I could be doing that are more fun then laundry. Happy 2021 to you guys too!

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  6. Loved your list…. maybe you inspired me to do the same!

    May you find interesting challenges for this upcoming year that will give you satisfaction with your zest for learning and your love for life!!


  7. You accomplished a lot maybe not all you wanted to but I think you get a pass this year due to the situation we have all found ourselves in. My husband retired in March and all our plans were cancelled and we pretty much hibernated this year away in our house and our yard. On a good note I hope by this next March things will change and we can get out and about and feel secure to do so.


    • I hope we can get out and about by the spring too! I had my dream camping trip all set with reservations and they all got cancelled. I’ve sort of put that back together and now have reservations in June for camping in the UP, but I’m not getting my hopes up yet. We’ll see what’s what when June comes!


  8. Considering the year it has been, I would say you have done pretty darned well, to borrow from my Yankee husband. Here is hoping that 2021 is a much better year!


    • Here’s hoping 2021 is DEFINITELY better. It was good for me to realize just how much fun I had in 2020 though, by writing this post. I sometimes forget the good stuff when there’s so much bad stuff going on.


  9. Given how 2020 was, you accomplished quite a lot. Well done, Dawn! I look forward to seeing what’s on your 2021 list. 🙂

    All of your photos are beautiful, but that one of the comet is stunning.


  10. I think you accomplished a LOT considering the year you’ve had! Hoping you make it to the Upper Peninsula this year. Wherever you end up going–I know you will have fun. Cuz that’s what you do.


  11. I agree with katy. Not a bad year, although there is no excuse for not riding the bike. 🙂


  12. My good intentions for a list have always been better than what works out in reality. I think you accomplished a lot, more than you probably feel like you did. Personally, I am excited to see more of your night photography, your journey with the extension tubes and more of your watercolor work. Happy New Year Dawn!


    • For me, if I don’t have a good intentions list I forget what I intended to do and somehow the whole day, week, month and year go by and I didn’t do stuff I really wanted to. I’m excited to see more night photography opportunities too ,and I sure hope I figure out those extension tubes!


  13. Certainly been a weird year, but you did get a lot of fun stuff done anyway. On to 2021!


  14. I think you need to find a day you’re calm and serene, head to the backyard and figure out the macro lens. The veterinarian who lives on the farm takes the best pictures and I’ve been bugging him to get a macro lens. We need your input. How’s that for motivation?


    • LOL. I think there’s a huge difference between a macro lens and extension tubes…the tubes are really cheap, and if they work, I’ll be thrilled. Otherwise I, too, will be shopping for a macro lens!


  15. My list never gets shorter.
    But I think the important thing is to just do some of them, and to be flexible about what each one turns into because they don’t always seem to end up how one originally envisioned them (which is not a bad thing or a good thing; it’sjust life).


  16. Great you have a list! I have extension tubes also and should get them out again…try for snowflakes! Have fun!


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