Though she may have a few other nominations.

While the rest of us labeled a dumpster fire in 2020 and threw the whole lot in the trash, Zooey, mom to 5 year olds Elsie and 3 years old Charlie with ex-husband Jacob PechenikI’ve picked out the things that are worth highlighting, especially the guy she recently dubbed “My 2020 MVP”.

And not just because of the oversized gestures he made when he helped her 40th birthday on January 17th with the neon-colored, spandex-filled birthday party of her 80s childhood dreams. While the celebrations may be decidedly understated for her 41st birthday, Zooey found joy in every last moment with the guy she credits for “feeling happy despite a strange and uncertain year.”

As she put it in an August post on the anniversary of their first meeting: “I’m so grateful for every smile, kiss, hug, cuddle, laugh, scrabble game, escape room, breakfast, lunch and dinner we share together. Even during The Strangest Year for Humankind I want a million billion more with you. “