Can you believe it’s November already? I feel like the beginning of October was just yesterday, honestly. It’s scary to think that the end of 2018 is on the horizon…
I had a pretty busy October – good in some ways, challenging in others. As many of you probably know already, I decided to take a sort-of break from blogging for a few weeks, since I’ve been feeling creatively drained lately (you can read all about it below). I’ve still been sharing some lighter posts every week, but so far, this break is helping a lot.
In case you missed anything I blogged about this month, here’s a quick recap:
- I Took A Vacation And I Refuse To Feel Guilty About It
- I explained why I’m not really a gamer
- I talked about taking breaks to recharge my creativity
- I participated in the Language of Worlds linkup with my character, Silas
Campus was a pretty happening place in October. Earlier in the month, Charmaine and I went to go see the theatre department’s production of Infidel, a play that takes place during the Crusades. We both really enjoyed it!
The week after that, I went home for fall break. It was the first time I’d been home since June, so it was nice to be away for a few days. I had to complete some assignments, but I also had time to rest. I had a Wawa hoagie for the first time in forever, got a haircut (finally), went out to breakfast with my brother, and went to the Sunday service at my home church. It was a great break!
Soon after was Homecoming weekend (well, for the alumni at least). I wasn’t really involved in that, but I did go to a humanities shindig and mingled with some English Department alumni, so that was cool. That night, I met my friend Liz at the Coffeehouse show (basically a performance showcase for students), since some of our friends were performing that night. I hadn’t been to one since my freshman year, and I forgot how much I enjoyed them.
And finally, the week after that was the student homecoming events. I went to the food truck fair one night and had an AMAZING grilled cheese sandwich, and I went to the Homecoming dance as well. Even though dancing really isn’t my thing (hi, I’m uncoordinated), I still had fun being with them and seeing my other classmates all dressed up nice.
Somehow, in the midst of all that, I’ve also been able to do other things like…
The newest season of Doctor Who, with Jodie Whittaker as the 13th Doctor! I really haven’t followed Doctor Who since about season five, but I’m really like the new stuff so far. My friend and I have been watching it together every week when we can. I also started Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, an anime someone recommended to me recently. I don’t remember who it was, but if it was you, thanks! I’m really enjoying that as well.
A lot of books, just like last month. I read Waiting by Ha Jin (which I hated), Mockingbird by Katheryn Erskine (enjoyed), Flight by Sherman Alexie (enjoyed), and The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy (disliked). I just started Homer’s The Odyssey for my YA Lit class, and I’ll be re-reading The Lightning Thief soon after. Looking forward to it!
Knitting a scarf! I just started it in late October, since I wanted something to do while watching all my shows (see above). Plus, the cold weather is coming, and I want something warm. Right now, it looks a little absurdly wide (I wasn’t thinking when I started), but I think that’ll make it extra cozy.
Not much to mention. The Blimey Cow patron community held a short story contest, which I entered and won 3/5 categories in! To be honest, I wasn’t even expecting to be a finalist – that was the icing on the cake. I was just happy to have written something I’m proud of.
I’m not participating in NaNoWriMo this November, but I’m hoping to use that time to work on Quest instead. That project may have to wait, seeing as I have some heavy research assignments on the horizon, but I still hope to accomplish something.
Chrono Trigger. I finished Okami about midway through the month, and I was looking for another game to hold me over until Moonlighter released for the Switch (just a few more days!) So, on a whim, I downloaded Chrono Trigger, since it’s a game I’ve heard a lot about but never had the chance to play. I like it a lot! I also bought Overcooked 2 this month, though I haven’t played it much. It’s definitely a game meant to be played with other people, and I’m excited to introduce my family to it over Thanksgiving.
Disease by Beartooth – not a band I listen to often, but it was recommended to me, so I thought I’d give it a try. (I’ve found myself taking a lot of recommendations lately…). Aside from my “regular” stuff, I also listened to Gone from Red this month. Oh, and I featured a “song of the day” on my Instagram story all through October. They’re saved as a highlight on my profile if you’d like to see!
To be honest, I didn’t keep up with my bullet journal this month, so I don’t have any real specific things to pull out about gratitude for October. I am, however, thankful for my music, friends who recommend me music, microwave mug brownies, comics, fall leaves, friends who listen and encourage, apple cider, knitting, and new sneakers.