Monthly Look Ahead: February 2022

It’s very cold and there’s snow and I see friends virtually, so I haven’t left my house in weeks. That being said, welcome to February, where though it is too cold, I will be leaving my house and having fun.

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  • Curling is starting again for me! In late December, COVID cases got bad in my province and everything shut down. Now things are opening up and curling is back in action right away, which I am very much looking forward to.
  • And speaking of curling, the Olympics start this month! The winter version is way better than the summer one, and it’s not just because of curling! I know there’s some controversy and politics surrounding these games, but I’m choosing to focus on the amazing athletes and cheering on Canada.

    2022 Olympic outfits for Canada.
    I’m cheering for Canada even if their outfits are ugly as hell.
  • Options are limited because of the pandemic but there are loose Valentine’s Day plans in the works, and that should be fun no matter what.
  • I may see friends. I may participate in a curling bonspiel. Ontario is and continues to be kind of a mess, so we’ll see.
  • I know it’s a bit of a joke to add this after I posted a few weeks ago about not reading books too much anymore, but apparently, there’s a sequel to a book I read and enjoyed years ago out this month. The book is called In The Serpent’s Wake, and it’s a sequel to Tess Of The Road, which is a spinoff of a duology I loved, Seraphina and Shadow Scale. Will I read or reread any of these books this month? Very unlikely. But soon I hope to get into them all again, and I’m glad that this new book coming out this month is still making me excited to read a little.
    In The Serpent's Wake cover.

Not a jam-packed month, but it is what it is. Safety is number one. What are your plans this month?

That’s all for now!

 

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Why Did I Stop Reading Books?

In 2021, I read a grand total of zero books. Not a single one.

Big fat zero gif.

Growing up, I always teased my father for never reading. My mom reads a lot and I used to read a lot as a kid and teenager, but the only book my father has read in the last two decades was probably mine. Only now, I don’t have a leg to stand on in the teasing. In the last few years, my reading just tanked. I have a friend proudly announcing that she hit 100 books last year. She makes time for it. I do not.

Why have I done this to myself? Instead of getting into bed early and doing some reading like a normal person, I crawl to bed too late all the time, and if I do have some time, I play Mario Kart or scroll social media.

In Bed On Phone GIF.

I’d be lying if I said it’s because I don’t have time. I do have time. I just choose to do other things. I choose to hang out with friends virtually. I choose to watch dumb YouTube videos and scroll Tumblr. I choose to play video games. I choose to do just about anything else than read. I just can’t seem to force myself into it.

It’s like my attention span for reading is gone, and before any boomers come at me, it’s not because I’ve trained myself to only pay attention to six seconds of content. It’s just that I guess the act of jumping into a whole new story that I have to learn and forcing myself to do the work of progressing just doesn’t appeal to me, and the benefits of reading don’t outweigh that hurdle the way it used to for me.

I've Changed GIF.

There are books I want to read, too. I have every intention of reading, and then I just don’t. My best friend’s mom lent me a book over a year ago because she thought I’d like it. I told her I don’t read much, but she insisted I take it. I haven’t even started it. Last month, I knew I had three hours of train rides ahead of me so I brought the book with me and intended to read it. I just didn’t. I sat and looked out the window and listened to music I’ve heard a thousand times and just couldn’t bring myself to pull out the book and start it.

My goal for 2022 is to return the book to her having read it. Is it sad that that’s my goal? Maybe. In fairness, the book is pretty hefty. Think Order Of The Pheonix size.

 I can do this gif.

I used to read so much. Maybe one day I’ll get back to that lifestyle. I’d like to. This is the point in the blog post where I’d ask for book suggestions or something, but please don’t tell me those because I assure you, I won’t read them.

 

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Monthly Look Ahead: January 2022

Wow, here we are with 2022 upon us! There’s a joke going around that it’s like “2020 too” but I don’t think it can be as bad as 2020. All things considered, 2021 was a good year for me, and I am entering 2022 with optimism.

The new year is a perfect time to jump into doing Monthly Look Aheads on your own blog! You get 12 fairly easy posts a year! And I’ve even made a new graphic, so feel free to use it if you want!

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  • This Is Us returns for its last season, and I am bracing myself for pain as this show has never shied away from emotional gut punches. My old roommate and I watch this together and I’m excited to keep up that tradition with her. I have faith that it’ll be a satisfying last season.
  • There few shows out this month I have my eye on but am not fully committed to: Peacemaker (The Suidice Squad spinoff show), Naomi (bc stupid CW superhero shows have me in a chokehold), American Auto (it’s made by the creator of Superstore, and I do miss that show), Abbott Elementary (school comedies are rare), and How I Met Your Father (will it live up to the legacy of HIMYM?)
  • I don’t really like Jerod Leto, but if Morbius is part of the MCU (since that may be MCU Vulture in the trailers), I’ll probably see it. I just hope it’s not too creepy and gross.
    Morbius poster.

There were supposed to be a few other things on this list like seeing friends and a curling bonspiel, but with COVID getting bad again, it’s very unlikely they’ll happen. My whole family has had our booster shots, but case numbers here in Ontario are pretty gross.

That being said, I hope your 2022 starts off a good foot and I hope this year is everything you want it to be and more.

That’s all for now!

P.S. Prepare your bodies for my next post: the much-anticipated yearly sneeze count!

 

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