Gosh what a year it's been and up until the Queensland borders opened on the 13th December, 2021 things were pretty okay. With interstate visitors bringing Covid to Queensland even though they have tested negative 72 hours before it's been scary to watch. I haven't really gone anywhere and don't particularly want to go anywhere. My friends 20 year old daughter got Covid a couple of days before Christmas and the whole family went into isolation. Lots of people whom I follow IG in NSW & VIC over the past couple of years haven't caught Covid themselves even though it was everywhere and now these people are catching Covid. With isolation it's hard to know how "normal" things are supposed to be really. Coming from a State that had no Covid and when we did, it was managed extremely well however now Covid is everywhere in Queensland because the borders were open 2 weeks before Christmas. My whole family is double vaxed and we are booked in for our Booster shots however I still don't want to get it regardless. Today the numbers in Sydney were over 21,000 and yesterday they were 12,000 no wonder they are bringing it to Queensland. So 2022 is going to look very different for us here however it's out of our control and all we can do is try and stay safe and get through one day at a time.
Now onto some more happier things my niece in Perth is going to do the "1 Second Everyday" video which at the end of the year you end up with a highlight real of 6 minutes. As tomorrow is the 1st January I've decided to do this too and encouraging my kids to do it as well. Elise Joy has a blog post on some tips and tricks to get you started with the main one to remind you of is to shoot all your video in landscape mode. Here is another blog post of Elise's.
My son got his ATAR results which were amazing and has an early acceptance into the University of Queensland to do the course he wants. I'm so proud of him and he's going to have a great year and being 18 he is now officially an adult and getting lots more mail as he applies for things like the Electoral roll etc. As a parent for 18 years it's second nature and hard to "un-parent" at times and both my kids get annoyed when I offer advice on certain things because they are young adults and know stuff. They both gave me beautiful handmade Christmas Cards with lovely words which means the world to me.
We had a nice Christmas with the weather being 26 degrees and it ended up raining around 1pm. Christmas in the sub-tropics is generally hot so it was a nice change. We had our usual prawns, ham, rolls, salads and pudding which was enjoyed by all. I finally got all the decorations on the tree on the Monday however all the extras and my beautiful silver swag didn't make an appearance this year. Next year I'll get everything out mid November to enjoy it all however with lots of things going on with end of year graduation, schoolies etc. part time jobs the kids weren't home to decorate when we would normally do it. There's always next year. Hope you all had an enjoyable Christmas. Happy New Year here's to 2022.