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January 2022 Wrap-Up

Well, after dodging covid for nearly 2 full years, it finally reared its ugly head in our home. My husband and I had both been having these weird headaches for a few days and honestly, we have been so careful and had barely even gone anywhere around the time this happened other than the grocery store (both of us were even off work when this all happened) so the last thing we were expecting was covid. Well, my husband was due for surgery that week so he had to get tested and sure enough, he tested positive. 😦

Thankfully, other than being tired and having the bad headaches it was all very mild. Thanks, Science! πŸ˜€ Very, very glad we were both vaccinated and had our boosters. It could have been so much worse. Anyway, my husband’s surgery had to get postponed, so that’s coming up this week. We both had masks on when we went to the store, so that is just further proof that this Omicron variant isn’t fucking around. Be careful out there, guys. ❀

There were several other things that made January kind of a rough month, but I’m just thankful none of it was as bad as it could have been. Anywayyy, here are some things that brought me some joy in a month I would otherwise sum up as “mildly horrible”. πŸ™‚

Books Read: 3

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Vicious (Villains #1)Β by V.E. Schwab

I absolutely LOVED this book.Β Cupcakes & Machetes had read and raved about it years ago so it’s been on my radar for quite some time and I’m so glad I finally got around to reading it. I would have immediately dove right into the sequel but C&M and I are doing our annual beginning-of-the-year Harry Potter buddy read. It’s the fourth year, which means it’s time for Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, baby! πŸ˜€

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I recently decided that I wanted to re-visit some of the spooky comics I loved back in my teenage years, so I started re-reading theΒ GloomCookie series of graphic novels by Serena Valentino. Volume 1 held up, with gothic modern fairy tale-like stories and spooky-cute characters and humor. I still enjoyed volume 2 as well, but not quite as much as the first one. A lot of the characters were just too angsty and bitchy this time around for me. Still gonna continue reading the series though. πŸ™‚

Baking Buddies: New Achievement Unlocked!

I’m usually the baker in our household, but my husband joined in on the fun last month and we ended up making 3 different desserts together. 2 were great, and the other was “meh”, but I enjoyed having a partner in confectionery crime. πŸ™‚ He made a delicious peanut butter buttercream for one of the desserts, and it was his first time making any kind of frosting, so kudos to him! We share quite a few hobbies already so it was fun trying something new together.

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Some of my Favorite Things I Watched:

The Lost Boys (You can check out the buddy review C&M and I did for it over on our joint-blog Sugar and Scream if you’d like!)

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Demon Slayer -Kimetsu no Yaiba- The Movie: Mugen Train (OMGGGG! Amazing animation and fight sequences, and it’s got me so hyped for season 2!!)

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Attack on Titan, Season 4 Part 2 (If you aren’t watching this show yet, GET. YOUR. LIFE. TOGETHER. AND. WATCH. THIS. MASTERPIECE. Seriously, if it doesn’t pull you in by the first episode alone I’d be stunned.)

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Hobbies: Drawing and Writing

I’ll have to do a post soon with the drawings I made during January. (I think I only did like 3 for the whole month, but one was a rough/practice comic page, so that was fun and different.)

As for writing, it was a pretty productive month for working on my book’s second draft, especially given how stressful things were.

Leveling up to 35: My Birthday

With everything going on, it ended up being a very low key kind of birthday. My husband gifted me with a bounty of awesome books/graphic novels, and we got takeout from one of our favorite local restaurants (with cookie butter cheesecake for dessert!) πŸ˜€

Well, that pretty much sums up my first month of 2022. I hope you guys had a better start to the new year! ❀ What was your favorite part of January? Any plans for February that you’re excited for?

18 thoughts on “January 2022 Wrap-Up

  1. Those cookie sandwiches look to die for. *drools*
    The past two years have sucked but to be honest, the start to 2022 has been really bad in my opinion. Get your shit together 2022!
    Oh Gloom Cookie. How I totally forgot about you lol. I’m glad that you’re enjoying the reread. It makes me think about rereading Johnny the Homicidal Maniac to see if that still holds up. (Given my current feelings about the general public, it probably does.)
    Can’t wait to see you guys next weekend and celebrate your birthday! ❀

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    1. Thank you! πŸ˜€ They ended up being really good, but I forgot to add the peppermint to them so I feel like they would have been even better if I hadn’t derp’d. lol
      I agree, after the start 2022 has had so far it really had better start shaping up. >_<
      You should totally do a re-read of JTHM. Haha I bet you're right about your feelings regarding the general public probably making it hold up pretty nicely. πŸ˜›
      I'm so behind on my blogging, but thank you again for the wonderful birthday festivities! It was wonderful and definitely appreciated. ❀ ❀ ❀

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  2. I’m sorry you both got covid. We’re going through the same, expect my husband got it and I didn’t lol No idea how, as we spend most of our time together (working from home) and sleep in the same bed in our tinyb bedroom. Now we have to keep avoiding each other for a few days while living in the same house, which is not very convenient. We’re both vaccinated and have had our booster. We’re very careful too but I guess it was our turn, or his turn.
    Happy Birthday to you!

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    1. Thank you so much! ❀ Oh my goodness, your wedding photo for your avatar is so beautiful! Congratulations on your wedding, I'm so happy for you! πŸ˜€
      I hope your husband is doing well after catching covid too and that you never wound up testing positive yourself. πŸ™‚

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      1. Thank you so much! It’s one of my favorite wedding photos. He’s doing just fine, barely had any symptoms. As for myself, I managed not to catch it at all, which is great. Thanks for stopping by, it’s so good to hear from you again.

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  3. I can’t believe I didn’t have Vicious already on my TBR list! Added because that sounds awesome. Ughhh I’m so sorry you caught the ‘rona, but I’m happy it’s mitigated by being vaxxed and boosted. I’m kinda hot right now about it because my brother just sent me an instagram video of his niece’s high school where some of the kids staged a walk out due to mask mandates while the woman filming cheers in the background and I freaking can’t. I’m so tired of the complete ignorance around it. I need to get my booster soon, though I don’t really go anywhere thankfully, but still it can’t hurt.

    Those sprinkle cookies look delicious. Happy Birthday!!! 🍰

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    1. Thank you very much! ❀
      Nice! I hope you enjoy reading Vicious when you get to it as much as we both did. πŸ™‚
      Ughhh, I cannot blame you one bit for being heated about that anti-mask walkout, that kind of thing gets my blood boiling too. The masks aren't even that bad. Can they get annoying or hot at times? Sure, but so do pants and no one bitches and whines about those nearly as much as they have about masks which are literally protecting people and saving lives. Yeah, my patience is worn pretty thin these days too regarding all the idiocy and apathy going on surrounding the pandemic. -_-

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      1. And now mask mandates are going away. I’d like to be hopeful but history has proven that every time they relax mandates, cases go up. It’s like they can’t WAIT to relax precautions and it’s like “Can you wait until we see consistent drops?”

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  4. I’m glad to hear that you both survived your episode with covid. It is indeed awesome that the vaccine and boosters helped you guys a lot in the process. Also glad to see Schwab’s book getting so much love! I too enjoyed it a lot when I got around to it. I hope you enjoy the sequel when it’s its time! πŸ˜› Have a fantastic month of February! πŸ˜€

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