My 2020 Favourite Things
Was this year a dumpster fire? Yes, it definitely was.
However, there were things that I discovered and enjoyed within the year and I also had some good things happen to me:
- I left a bad work environment after a few years, though I miss the kids I worked with terribly
- I got a new full-time job
- I got a newer car
Like most of us, I have been working from home since March. Since being home, I have had the chance to discover new products and forms of entertainment that have really helped me pass the time and get through this year. For today, I wanted to share those discoveries in the hopes of inspiring you to check them out.
I have hyperhidrosis, an excessive sweating condition that has been around since I was about 15 years old. I have hyperhidrosis under my armpits only and over those years, I have tried countless products to tame it and nothing really worked (I'm talking about you, "clinical strength" deodorant). I had been using a product called ZeroSweat for a long time which mostly worked, but it could be painful to apply.
Cut to a few months into 2020 when I receive an email from Dermadry asking if I would like to try out their product to combat my sweating. Not only did they offer me the machine, but asked me to provide some honest feedback here as well on my YouTube channel for a small monetary fee. Let me say, I am SO HAPPY that I said yes and got this machine because it has seriously changed my daily life. The change in my sweating is so dramatic I can't even begin to describe it. I can function normally without being paranoid that I have completely sweat through my armpits. The relief is so incredible. I feel comfortable wearing tops I never thought I could with my condition. The machines can also help anyone who has excessive sweating in their hands and/or feet, so if this sounds like you, PLEASE check out Dermadry and their products.
Blue Light Glasses
These have truly been a saviour for me, especially as I now work full-time looking at a computer screen all day. I went from spending very little time looking at a screen during the day, to being on a computer for at least 8 hours a day. I noticed that when I switched to being on a screen all day, my headaches would appear far more frequently. I'm sure I'm not alone!
I have really found that blue light glasses have helped me to reduce the number of headaches I have. I first purchased these from Amazon back in 2019, which has worked very well, but I found the arms a bit too stiff and painful to wear for so long. Then after an ad on Instagram popped up, I purchased these from a company called Kanturo, which have been much more comfortable and usually what I end up wearing all day. If you find yourself tired or getting headaches after working on your screen all day, please do yourself a favour and purchase your own blue light glasses!
Entertainment aka How I spent Quarantine
Nintendo Switch Lite & Games
I bought the Switch Lite just as we were going into lockdown. I had purchased the full Switch with my brother months earlier, but I wanted my own controller and was happy to see that one came in my favourite colour. While it took a bit to get it as it sold out quickly, once I had the system, I was in love!
Since buying the system earlier in the year, I now have 6 games that I rotate often and enjoy. The graphics are beautiful, the games are straightforward, and there are even a few that hit home for some nostalgia. For any hardcore Nintendo fans, I highly recommend getting a version of the Switch!
I've walked a lot this year (safely far apart from other people). An hour walk daily has helped me to take a break from the stress of COVID and was a great way to get out since all of my normal activities were cancelled. I was able to listen to a lot of audiobooks while I walked, and out of the 20 books I read this year, there were three that I loved - The Queen's Rising and The Queen's Resistance by Rebecca Ross and The Art of Theft by Sherry Thomas.
They were all full of adventure and mystery and are books that I will probably re-read at some point. I couldn't stop listening to them and was excited for more. Next on my list is Murder on Cold Street by Sherry Thomas, the fifth book in the Lady Sherlock series (a series I highly recommend).
I also loved listening to podcasts as I walked or during a drive to get out of the house. From reality tv to true crime to history and more. These were the podcasts I listened to over the year (and continue to do so!).
90 Day Fiance Cray Cray – for anyone who LOVES 90 Day and a good laugh, Kim and Kyle review the episode and give their hilarious feedback.
Office Ladies – Angela Kinsey (Angela) and Jenna Fisher (Pam) are rewatching the entire series giving a behind-the-scenes look at how each episode was made.
Forensic Files – I love the tv show and was excited to see they had turned the episodes into podcasts. Each show is around 21 minutes (just like the tv episodes) and is perfect for true crime buffs.
Ongoing History of New Music – a MUST for music fans, this radio turned podcast show has been a Toronto staple for 20+ years. Alan Cross is the music expert.
History Chicks – I've been listening to Susan and Beckett for about 6 years and really enjoy this podcast. They look at famous women throughout history and tell their true stories and how they made an impact on the world.
Canadian True Crime – Kristi, an Aussie living in Canada, produces 90-minute episodes on true crimes that have happened in Canada, I hadn't heard of most, so it's been an interesting history lesson of my own homeland.