If you like my Facebook page, you might have seen my post yesterday saying “due to unforeseen circumstances, there will not be a new post this week.” Well, I decided I would sit down and write anyway. I mean, being stuck in our apartment for the next 10-14 days gives me plenty of time to write, so I might as well take advantage of it.
From the title, I’m sure you can gather why we’ll be hanging out at home for a while. Earlier last week, Colt tested positive for COVID-19. He’d been sick for a couple days and we both assumed after a while that it was just the flu. I wasn’t showing any symptoms and I had just gotten the flu shot a few weeks prior so it added up. But we encouraged him to get a COVID test just in case, because in the back of my mind something seemed off. For a while, I kept telling him it seemed like he had COVID, but it was one of those “that can’t happen to us” things where we just brushed it off. Note to self: don’t do that.
His first test, he tested negative. I wanted to stick with that result for peace of mind, but I knew that was wrong. He was told to come back in a few days and get tested again just in case he had it and it was too early to detect. So that’s what he did. His second test, unlike his first, was a lab test. So after a couple days of waiting, we got the results we were really hoping not to hear- positive.
Not much changed after that, other than being locked in the apartment. For me, that’s pretty much the regular routine- Colt goes to work and I stay home every day- but having Colt by my side 24/7 is a bit of an adjustment. While it’s given us plenty of time to work on wedding planning, it’s also given us time to get on each others’ nerves. It’s a good thing Colt’s learned to laugh at me whenever I’m angry because that cools my hot head down quite a bit!
At the end of the day, Colt and I are both very lucky to be able to be home while this blows over. I’m glad he’s such a good sport about everything, but his “if I die” jokes are getting stale. Both of us have amazing parents who have already done so much to help us while we’re cooped up, and we can’t thank them enough.
Like I said, Colt and I are lucky that this isn’t worse. We’re lucky that we can manage everything from home. But there are so many others who can’t say the same. Just because our story isn’t “hospitals and ventilators” doesn’t mean that it couldn’t be yours. Continue to stay safe and follow CDC guidelines.
Well, shit. 2020 was an eventful year, can we all agree? So much has happened globally that I can’t even begin to think about what has happened in my little life. But I guess I can round up some little things that made this year a little easier for me.
In March, my sister and I took a trip downtown to take pictures and explore Cleveland, which was something we hadn’t done since moving in August of 2019. It turns out that we went out at a perfect time because the city started closing down the next day due to COVID! Ah, the start of this hell-year. At least we got some pictures of us genuinely happy since those are rare now!
My sister and I chose to move back home once COVID came around and classes became remote. We still came back to the apartment from time to time but we stayed home for the most part. We didn’t expect the virus to be around for long, so we figured it wouldn’t be too long until classes resumed and we’d be heading back to the apartment. I considered it to be like an extended spring break. Boy was I wrong.
In August, my sister and I got new roommates! We knew one girl already, but the other was a total stranger. Now I can say that they are all some of my closest friends. Well, when you’re trapped in a small apartment together, I guess that’s bound to happen. Together we made the apartment a home. It feels so good to live with people who are respectful and not spiteful.
In May, I got a DM from a cutie and decided to pursue it. I wasn’t really thinking about dating, especially during a pandemic, but for some reason I decided to throw caution to the wind and give him a chance. Turns out that that was the best decision I made this year. That was how I met Colt. He was the first man to take me out on a first date, believe it or not. And although it was awkward as hell at the beginning, by the end of the day we felt like we had known each other for forever. And that feeling has carried on throughout our entire relationship.
September 24th- a day that I will always remember. It was the day that my boyfriend put a ring on it and became my fiancé! He had this whole plan for the proposal, but like we’ve been saying since the beginning of our relationship, “when you know, you know.” He ended up throwing all caution to the wind and proposing early because it felt right, and I don’t know about you, but I think that’s the cutest thing ever. Now we’re planning a wedding and we couldn’t be any more excited to share a last name!
In the final week of September, Colt and I began discussing moving in together since we had been doing somewhat long distance for a while and it was starting to put some stress on us whenever we were apart. We started loosely looking around on Facebook Marketplace and Zillow, but we couldn’t find anything that met all of our needs. We needed somewhere no further than 1 1/2 hours from his job, close enough to my campus, and at a good enough price range that we could still be saving some here and there for our future home. Everything we found that met the criteria didn’t look like places we’d be too happy to call home. The stress of finding a place to live while also planning a wedding was getting to me. I was losing my cool. But then we finally found somewhere that we both loved. AND NOW WE’RE ALL MOVED IN!
I found my beautiful wedding dress in early October. My whole life, I thought I would go for a really intricately detailed gown with lots of glitz. But I think my style really changed in the last year, so I opted for something way different. I chose a gorgeous lace gown with just the right amount of bling. I wish I could share a picture, but Colt reads my posts (especially the ones about him) and he refuses to see the dress before I’m at the other end of the aisle! Just take my word for it though- it’s beautiful.
In November, Colt and I found our wedding venue. It’s absolutely gorgeous and I’ve already been thinking about everything I’m going to write about it once the big day has come! We were so defeated in trying to find a perfect venue for our wedding because our families come from two different ends of the state. We wanted to give everyone an equal opportunity to make it out, so we narrowed our search to right in the middle, which made things even harder. But right when we were about to throw in the towel, Colt found the most perfect place ever on Google! And I have to say it- we couldn’t have picked a better location! The owners are the absolute sweetest people and their team has so far proven to be very helpful. Colt and I got a package from the owners not long ago and they had sent us a sweet letter, a marriage prep book, and a beautiful leather journal! Colt and I plan to make that the book of our adventures! I can’t wait to start filling it up once we’re finally husband and wife!
December rolled around and I finished the last semester of my junior year of college! It’s so hard to believe that I’m almost done with school. I finished this last semester with a 4.0, which was insane. I worked so hard to make sure that my schoolwork wasn’t falling behind with everything else going on outside of classes. I’m extremely proud of how everything turned out. It was the perfect high note to end 2020 on.
Although 2020 has not been the best year for many reasons, I have to say that it was a good year for me. So much greatness came out of this year for me personally. I think for the first time in my life, I am finally seeing who I am. I am no longer a girl wearing a mask to hide from the world (and even myself). I see who I’m supposed to be and what I’m supposed to do. After a year’s worth of self reflection, I’m so excited to see what 2021 will bring.
Thank goodness this is my last post of this bizarre year!
Everyone stay safe, healthy, and optimistic for the years ahead!
I know I’m a few days late to the Christmas Post Party, but I still had to make an appearance with two posts today (stay tuned for Paying Homage to 2020 coming at noon EST)! Also, while I’m thinking about it- happy last Monday of the year!
Usually, we have a big family Christmas party with all of my aunts/uncles/cousins, but with COVID that wasn’t possible. So, just like families all over the globe, our Christmas looked a little different this year.
On Christmas Eve, Colt and I decided to drive up to my parents’ house before the weather got worse and left us stuck at our apartment. We live damn near country roads, so even with the terrible snowfall the roads weren’t even touched. It made for a scary drive, so I’m glad we chose to leave when we did.
We spent Christmas Eve and Christmas Day at my parents’ house; opening presents on Christmas Eve when my grandma was available, and having family dinner on Christmas Day. It felt so nice to spend time with my family since most of the time I’m only able to visit for a couple hours. We also got to spend lots of time with the puppy, which was probably the highlight of the holiday season for me.
On the 26th we took a long drive south to see Colt’s side of the family. It’s always so great to see them, especially because we don’t get the opportunity to go down often. That’s in part because of my terrible car sickness every time we start driving around the hillier parts of Ohio. Every time we visit, they start to feel more and more like my family. Which I guess is the point, right?
While Christmas was different, it was definitely the most memorable year for me. I loved that we still got to see our family and spend some much needed time with them this holiday season. Hopefully next year we’ll get back to traditions and be able to safely spend Christmas time with all of our family members!