October 2020 | Month In Review

You know, I’ve been writing these “life update” posts for quite a while now, and I think I’m starting to run out of interesting things to say at the beginning of them. Maybe I should start sharing fun facts instead? I don’t have anything this time, but stay tuned for next month and maybe I’ll have something interesting to share.

Anyways, I wrote two blog posts this month, so make sure you check those out if you missed them!

Watching

So, uh… I have a confession to make. Earlier this year, I told myself, “You really need to expand your horizons and not just keep re-watching Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood.” And I was doing really well keeping that promise to myself, right up until October 3 rolled around. If you’re not familiar with FMA, I’ll leave it at this: October 3 is an important date in the series, and so when that day rolls around in real life, you’ll see a lot of fans sharing memes, art, etc. 

Anyway, I obviously wanted to celebrate this holiday by re-watching a few of my favorite episodes of the series. And I kept that going for a few days after, because FMAB is one of my “comfort shows,” and I really needed it at the time. 

I watched one other anime series this month, a time travel-y series called Steins;Gate. It took me a while to really get into it (Probably 7 or 8 episodes, which is a lot for a show with only 24 episodes total), but once I did, it was hard to put down!

Reading

I blew through the entire Magnus Chase trilogy by Rick Riordan this month, plus the short story collection 9 From The Nine Worlds. And, because I’m really, really trying to catch up on my Riordan-verse books, I also listened to the first two volumes in the his Trials of Apollo series, The Hidden Oracle and The Dark Prophecy. Just a few more to go!

Aside from that, I also read The Lives of Saints, a short story collection based on Leigh Bardugo’s Grishaverse books; The Weight of Our Sky, a historical fiction novel that takes place during the race riots that happened in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in 1969; and A Thousand Beginnings and Endings, a collection of myth/folklore retellings from East and South Asia. All of them were excellent books, and I highly recommend them!

Listening to

The soundtrack from the Tower of God anime came out in October, so I had a good time listening to that all the way through for the first time. I also bought Wolves At The Gate’s Dawn EP, a “reimagining” of some of the tracks from their 2019 album Eclipse. This EP is pretty mellow, so even if you don’t usually like hardcore/metal music, it’s a good listen!

Playing

I got back into Animal Crossing New Horizons for a little bit, but I haven’t really stuck with it as much as I used to. This fall has been really busy, but every so often I’ve made time to check on my villagers!

But here’s confession #2: After a long conversation about childhood nostalgia, my friend Noelle and I rediscovered Webkinz. Surprisingly, not much has changed since the last time I played, when I was probably… I dunno, 9 or 10 years old? My old account no longer existed (RIP), but I was able to start a new free account (which led to me spending $5 in real life for other digital-only pets…). Now, whenever we have our weekly “writing” sessions, Noelle and I always make time for some Webkinz too.

My new digital friends – Smudge the black cat, Calla the cactus cat, Minthe the mint chocolate sheep, Merry Beary the “be merry” bear, and Mozzie the sun fox (like Firefox, get it?)

Life

I spent a lot of time at used book sales this month? I didn’t even really plan it, but a local library had one of their regular fundraiser book sales, so of course I paid them a visit. And on another weekend, I went to a locally-owned bookstore that was having a bigger outdoor sale. Both times I came home with large stacks of fascinating-looking books that I may or may not ever read, and I couldn’t be happier.

I also attended the induction ceremony for my alma mater’s English Honor Soicety, since through a series of Events, I’m still the chapter president of. It’s a long story. Still, it was really nice to go and see some of my friends and former professors, especially after not really getting to say goodbye in the spring. I had a great time!

And finally, my parents and two of their friends were passing through my area one weekend, so we got dinner together at an outdoor restaurant. It was wonderful to see them and catch up!


How did you spend your October? Do anything exciting? I’d love to hear about it in the comments!

Until next time!

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