Congratulations on making it through the first month of the year! I don’t know about you, but January seemed to go by fast for me… which I can’t say I’m feeling too upset about, since it’s been bitter cold here in Pennsylvania for most of the month. Despite the below-freezing temperatures though, I had a great month!
Before I share all of that though, here’s what I blogged about this month in case you missed it:
- What I want to accomplish in 2019 (and what I did in 2018)
- Cleaning a bunch of books off of my to-be-read list (in two parts!)
- What we can learn about writing from Avatar: The Last Airbender
By the way, I’m also back to doing my 1 Second Everyday videos! You can watch January’s compilation below:
Not long after the new year started, my family took a trip to Longwood Gardens. Even though it’s the middle of winter here, the indoor conservatory was open with lots of interesting plants and some unique Christmas trees. We also walked around outside once it got dark and looked at the different light displays they had
A few days later, I was back at school for J-Term, which is a three-week term in January where we take one class every day for about 3-4 hours each day. It can be intense, but sometimes it’s nice to get one class out of the way in less than a month. This year, I took a critical theory course, since I still needed to meet that requirement for my major. Not my favorite subject, but our professor was great and I got to take it with some good friends of mine, so that made it worthwhile.
About midway through the month, my friend Hannah came to visit (we met through our mutual friend Lindsey and went to a Disciple concert together once). During the weekend she was here, we (Lindsey, Hannah, me, plus a few of our other friends) went sledding, played some games, went out for sushi, and went skating. It was a fun and relaxing 3-day weekend, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
Finally, at the end of J-Term, I have a few days off from school so I went to visit Noelle for the day. It was pretty cold up there (negative degrees Fahrenheit), but we still had a good time watching terrible movies, braving the cold to visit the library, and just catching up after not seeing each other for a while.
Aside from all of that exciting stuff, I’ve also been…
A few movies and one of my favorite TV shows! The student activities group at my school showed The Hate U Give one weekend, and a friend and I went to go see it. I haven’t read the book, though I’ve been wanting to, but even so, I thought the movie was fantastic. I also saw Spiderman: Into the Spider-verse in theatres, and REALLY enjoyed it! I expected it to be good, of course, but it was even better than I thought it would be. Finally, I re-watched Avatar: The Last Airbender with some friends throughout the month, which was always a treat.
A handful of books… some of which I liked more than others. I read Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov for my January Term class, but for fun, I read City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab, The Pearl Thief by Elizabeth Wein, and The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. Oh, and I finished listening to C.S. Lewis’s Prince Caspian too. Of all of them, I think The Hunger Games was the biggest surprise for me. I’ve read it before, but this time around I noticed a lot of stuff I’d forgotten about or just missed on my first read. That book is a lot better than I think we give it credit for.
Mostly Super Smash Bros. Ultimate when I can – I play online multiplayer sometimes, but I’m really enjoying the “World of Light” mode solo. Oh, and the Piranha Plant DLC released sooner than expected, so I’ve been entertained by that too.
Nothing particularly new, but I’ve been listening to a lot more video game soundtracks lately (especially from SSBU). I also adore the Legend of Zelda medley August Burns Red released this month. Nothing like seeing two of your favorite things become one!
Knitting and bullet journaling. I made a scarf and some slipper socks this month, both of which turned out well. I also started fresh with my bullet journal this year, and so far, I’m happy with the results.
Around the Internet:
- Super Smash Bros. Ultimate “World of Light De-Make”
- Josh & Kelli Taylor (BlimeyCow) sharing some big news…
- Speaking of Blimey Cow: “30 Things Every Nintendo Switch Owner Says”
- “The Rise and Fall of YouTube Rewind” – SHcMOOK Network
- “Why Taking Breaks from Writing is Important” – A Tea with Tumnus
- “It’s Okay to Put Magic in Your Christian Fantasy Stories” – Hannah Heath
New glasses lenses, my Wolves At The Gate hoodie, football playoffs, reunions with friends, raspberry pomegranate tea, snowy days, spending time with my closest friends, encouragement from my favorite professors, and warm cookies.