2020: The Year of the Toilet

2020 was going to be epic.

I had decided now that my kids are older, I was going to introduce them to a long lost love of mine — travel. I was even calling 2020 the year of travel!

I had planned so many amazing trips!

A solo trip to Napa with my best friend, visiting family friends on their air force base for an air show, we rented an epic cabin in the woods with my best friends and our kids so we could reenact Grown Ups! We also were looking forward to our annual 4th of July vacation with my in-laws for boating, reconnecting and watching the next generation of kids grow up together. I had also planned lots of little day trips and weekend trips to the zoo, botanical gardens, aquarium and water parks.

Then Covid hit. One by one, we had to cancel our trips.

First Napa, then the rest fell like dominoes. So, after these many disappointments, I am rebranding 2020. It is now officially the year of the toilet.

All our plans down the crapper, down the pooper, flushed.

If you are still reading sit tight, I am about to spin this vent into something good.

With all the vacations cancelled we had some money in our budget freed up. There has been one thing we have been wanting, no needing.

We needed another toilet in our house.

In our family of (recently all potty trained!) four we’ve been using one bathroom. I am not going to lie, it has gotten scary a few times folks. So we’re taking that money, supporting a local business, and adding an extra toilet in our basement. We are going from one bathroom to 1.5!

I’m making lemonade from these lemons — and hopefully we can find toilet paper to go with it.


Megan, an Iowa native from West Branch, shares her home with husband Cody, their three kids (Charlie-8 Gwen-6 & Ben-2) and 2 dogs (Dottie- lab-basset mix & Ham-all basset). When she is not smooching on them she is trying to change lives as a social worker, taking walks around their Iowa City neighborhood or cruising in Rita her minivan looking to score deals at local thrift stores. Check our her finds on her Instagram page @megthethriftingqueen.


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