You nailed it, James, and I learned a new word - omnishambles is the perfect description of 2020.
I was very creative this year but mostly in ways I didn't want to be. Being creative to survive is not what I intended when the year began.
I cannot imagine teaching remotely as you and so many others are. My neighbor is a professor and hates it. Says he is working longer hours and accomplishing less and feels so disconnected from his students - literally and figuratively.
I have another neighbor who is a remote high school teacher - her profession before the pandemic. She teaches students who left the traditional schools for one reason or another. She's had to step up and help other teaches learn how to teach remotely with effectiveness and efficiency. In fact, she's written several manuals and is teaching online classes to other teachers.
I am sorry you haven't seen your mother. That is truly sad. My daughter, who lives more than 1,000 miles away, is pregnant and I won't be present for the birth as I was with her first two. In fact, I wonder how old this baby will be when I finally hold him/her. The vaccine is looking less and less encouraging with all the distribution problems and the high percentage of people who refuse to get it.
I don't see a rosy future in 2021.