January’s Adventures | super-wolf-blood-moon-eclipse, new tunes, and lots of (unread) books

Hello, everybody! Am I allowed to post a January wrap-up in February? I’m going to do it anyway.

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It’s been a while since I’ve regularly posted, but! It’s 2019! Here’s to actually blogging and figuring out schedules and enjoying everything.

life

  • School was pretty rough last semester, and there’s been a lot of teacher meetings and doctor’s appointments and figuring-stuff-out-about-myself, but I’m hoping this semester will be better and less overwhelming!
  • It still hasn’t snowed here and I’ve begun to give up hope- all we got was one false snow day where all it did was rain for half an hour. 😦
  • Speaking of rain, it feels like it’s been an incredibly rainy winter! Normally I would be fine with that, but my friends and I actually tried to go out a couple of times only to be thwarted by the rain. (Ice skating plans turned into dinner at IKEA- a surprisingly fun outing.)
  • Super-wolf-blood-moon-eclipse!! I woke up around 1 AM for that beauty, and bundled up as warm as I could to take photos. The one in the header is the best one I was able to get!
  • I had a birthday!! I’m now the dancing queen (young and sweet, only 17) but keep forgetting and having to remind myself that I’m no longer 16.

    A fluffy brown and orange tabby cat, rolling around on the ground.
    Tigger the friendly neighborhood cat!
  • I met a really cute cat on my walk one day. This isn’t super important, but I thought you might enjoy it. His name was Tigger and I love him very much.
  • New phone!! I got my dad’s old Iphone, which is very exciting, even though I miss the extensive ability to customize that you get on an Android. I can, however, now add fireworks to my messages, which I think is very important. I can also beat my best friend in a game of Battleship over messages, which is even more important.

music

  • A friend recommended Cosmo Sheldrake to me, and WOW. WOW WOW WOW. It’s, like, weird funky music combined with a full orchestra and I love it a LOT. (Honestly, any genre + orchestra = my instant love and affection; I’m very predictable.)

  • finally listened to Mitski after months of going “Hm, I should really listen to Mitski” and am in deep regret of the fact that it took me months to listen to her. “Nobody” is incredible and her vocals are so so powerful!!
  • I made my 2019 playlist, and the mood seems to be a mixture of “slightly melancholic” and also “we’re going to get stuff DONE this year!!”. I think that’s a good mixture.
  • Still listening to Staying at Tamara’s by George Ezra and By The Way, I Forgive You by Brandi Carlile on repeat! I’m so happy Brandi Carlile won her first Grammy awards this year- her performance was incredible and this album is very, very good.

reading

  • I technically read Secrets for the Mad by Dodie in December, but I’m counting it here because otherwise this section would be incredibly sparse! I haven’t read in ages! I really want to!
  • The cover of Secrets for the Mad by Dodie(Secrets for the Mad was very good even if it did make me want to cry a whole bunch because it hit a bunch of spots that were very relatable. Oof. 4/5 stars!)
  • I also read This Is Kind of An Epic Love Story by Kheryn Callender! It wasn’t my favorite but was still sweet and fun, so 3/5 stars!
  • While I haven’t technically read any of these books yet, I had a bunch of gift cards between Christmas/my birthday that I used up at Barnes & Noble, and got Girls of Paper and Fire, King of Scars, The Cruel Prince, The Song of Achilles, and A Very Large Expanse of Sea, to name a few! I’m on a school break this week and would love to read a couple of them- I already have a feeling that I’ll enjoy most of them which makes it even more exciting!

other media

  • A group photo of the cast of Critical Role.
    The cast and DM of Critical Role; source

    I started watching Critical Role! I’ve had a couple of friends bug me about it for ages, and finally took the dive after seeing some interesting spoilers on Tumblr. And WOW. I am also very sad it took me this long to get into it, because the storytelling and characters are incredible and I’m so excited to see where the story goes. Currently my favorite character is Yasha, which is unfortunate for me since Ashley Johnson is the least frequent cast member. ;__;

  • Season 3 of A Series of Unfortunate Events was released on New Year’s Day, and I adored it! I love how funny and bizarre the show was; it felt like a good translation from page to screen and made me laugh/cry many, many times.
  • I reread the wonderful multimedia story 17776 (and wrote a post about everything I love about it, which you can read here!)! This weird, motivational story about football and space probes will probably always be one of my favorite stories, and makes me very, very excited about the future of online storytelling.
  • While I technically got into Polygon content over the summer, the recent series Unraveled has been the goofiest and best thing to watch, especially since I’m not really all that much of a gamer and know very little about any of the games Brian David Gilbert unravels. I can’t say I know a whole lot more about the games afterwards, but it does leave me with very funny quotes like this:
A gif of Brian David Gilbert from Unraveled.
BDG asking the real questions; source

how was your january? any news you’d like to share or any recommendations for other books/media? let me know below!

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