2020 was a strange year. started on a rather nice note - a ride across the UK, and then a week with Nickolai and Damian, with a few evenings out with other friends.
Back to Belfast, and we were already planning our next vacation: a trip to the Shetland isles for "Up Helly Aa", which is as far away from home I've ridden Vicki (our Honda ST1100) so far.
Back home, and we were already planning our next vacations: Amsterdam in April. Ameland in August (just realized they're all with A!). And to get a visa for both of them, Edinburgh in March.
Attended my first ever hackathon. Was a really energizing experience!
Obviously, Edinburgh in March was the only trip that actually happened.
One week later, we were working from home, and literally going crazy.
Cabin fever. Reading (books, Kindle, online). Streaming movies. Streaming music. Cooking. Eating. Drinking. A bit of blogging too.
At some point, we decided (or rather, realized) we were going overboard with the food, and our bodies and the bathroom scales were showing it.
Thus began the first notable achievement of 2020: our first "reset" diet. It worked for a couple of months. Our friends were surprised at the changes that were visible even in our photos. We enjoyed our new diet as well. We thought it was good enough to last for life.
Unfortunately, that was not to be.
By October, we were slipping up with regularity.
By November, I knew we had to "reset" again.
On Jan 1 2021 we were probably at the same state physically as we were on Jan 1 2020 - but with the experience to prove that it could be done quite easily.
That wasn't the only achievement of the year, of course.
I got back on board with Android development. Dabbled a bit with a few other programming languages.
Signed up for a COVID-19 vaccine trial.
A few day trips, which picked up towards the end of the year, when we realized COVID-19 isn't going anywhere soon, and we're going to have to make the best of the free time we have instead of planning vaactions.
A bit of hiking, which again picked up towards the end of the year.
A lot of video calls.
A lot of using grocery shopping as an excuse to get out of these four walls.
A lot of chat as a substitute for human contact.
A lot of mindless scrolling.
ONE lockdown vacation to Galway, when it actually seemed like Ireland and the UK were past COVID-19.
Lots of conversations with Shruti.
Lots of things to look forward to for 2021.
And above everything else, the realization that all assumptions about the future are pointless.