Archive for December, 2020

My 2020 Christmas Thoughts

It’s my favorite time of the year! 

As you’re reading this, just know that I wrote it just before Halloween 🎃 and I’ve been enjoying my Christmas trees and decorations since November 1st! 🎄 

Despite a year turned upside down with a pandemic and turmoil, I hope this finds you in good health and good spirits.  I’ll have to be careful with my words since last year, I wrote, “I hope 2019 is a year that you’ll remember fondly. If not, there’s hope for us in 2020!”  Good Lord, I’m glad I forecast weather better than the future! 🙂

My recap starts in December 2019!  I headed out to Las Vegas on my last getaway before life as we know it changed.  

I saw Paula Abdul in concert and it was a fun show.  As she was singing her encore “Forever Your Girl”, she came out into the crowd and I got a hug from her!  You know, back when you could still hug strangers! 

Last Christmas, I dropped hints about the “next chapter” in my life.  I planned to leave television weather and move to Vegas in the summer of 2020.  I was going to wait tables and try to have a life — something that’s eluded me the past three years!

Thankfully, in February, my plans changed.  I took the morning meteorologist position at the NBC affiliate in Decatur, Illinois, in the middle part of the state.

While I grew up in Kentucky, I consider Illinois home after spending more than 15 years in the Quad Cities and Chicago.  As you read this, I’ve already been there almost 9 months and I’m loving my position and my schedule!

Once I moved back to the “Land of Lincoln”, my sister, Tammy, decided she’d move to Decatur, too. 

Now, we see can each other whenever we want and celebrate holidays without planning trips to do it.  I’m happy to spend more time with her!

I feel there’s so much to be optimistic for as we approach 2021.  

I have faith a vaccine will allow us to start enjoying life’s “new normal”.  I pray, as a country, humanity will turn a corner from the darkness of 2020 and the past four years! 

Personally, in 2021, I hope to take a real vacation and finally see Kylie Minogue in concert. 

Who knows, maybe I can’t accomplish both at the same time in a festive foreign city!   

(Maybe it’ll be “Xanadu” – ♪ “a place where nobody dared to go” where “a million lights are dancing and there you are – a shooting star”!)

With that being said, #Pug2021 will become a reality and, God-willing, if love comes my way, I’d gladly welcome it! 

“May hope and faith conquer fear and hate this Christmas!”

Anthony