It's been interesting to say the least.
Promotions at work (field training officer, and then selected to a specialty team), and there was a lot more overtime this year due to some unruly folks during the summer. The unrest overtime paid for a vacation to the Caribbean and a complete remodel of a couple bedrooms in my house (stripped down to studs -- I fixed some framing due to water damage, replaced all the insulation, replaced the windows, all new electrical, ductwork, drywall/texture, flooring, etc). I was able to refinance the house to a 15 year loan with a pretty low rate (even crazy seeing the APR down to the low/mid 2%). On top of that the wife received a promotion and now works completely remote.
All the good aside, the pandemic did effect a lot of great holiday times with the family. I haven't seen my grandfather since the beginning of the year, as he's in his 80s and I'm typically around a lot of not-so-healthy folks while working. We didn't have a thanksgiving (large family, typically 30+ annual tradition), nor a Christmas Eve dinner, or a Christmas morning breakfast/brunch. Some vacations/get-away plans were put on hold (trip to New Zealand), others were outright cancelled.
Californian politicians also revamped the bail schedule and refused to allow misdemeanor crimes as bookable offenses unless it was domestic violence oriented. So DUI drivers received tickets and were driven home, felons in possession of stolen firearms were quickly released, folks could felony evade in a stolen vehicle and not spend a single night in jail, etc. The list is pretty much endless; although after arresting the same individual for breaking into a business twice in two nights, it was disheartening that he would free to continue his pillaging before a single word could be typed for the report.
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