I didn’t mean for it to happen but I took January off from blogging. After the horrible events that took place at the beginning of the month, I didn’t want to do anything. I felt like I was watching my country fall into ruin, and it’s a heart wrenching feeling. But I forced myself to go through the motions of daily life and I began to feel better. My stress came to a head as I watched the presidential inauguration ceremony. Thankfully nothing happened and I began to feel myself again. Sure, things at home will take time to improve but every step is a step towards something better. So let me talk about a some of the things I did during my personal mini vacation.
Lots of baking
Oh boy. After Christmas I went on a baking spree. Sander got to enjoy cookies, cakes, and other delicious baked goods almost every week. I rediscovered my love for peanut butter cookies and I’m still over the moon for cheesecake. I recently discovered Fit Waffle Kitchen after it’s creator, Eloise Head, had a recipe go viral. I’ve love baking and while it’s not the healthiest, I want to be a better baker. So a goal I want to achieve, is finding balance between healthy eating and enjoying sugary goodies.
Prepared to get fit
I used to exercise regularly before I left California. We had a treadmill and I used to spend at least an hour on it every night. It was such a great way to release stress and keep my body active. We don’t have a lot of room in our flat though. I did yoga every so often but I’ve slacked off a lot in the last few years. So I decided to take the plunge and get a Ring Fit Adventure. It’s been a blast so far! I don’t mind using the Switch to work out either. I used to use my Wii and Wii Fit when I couldn’t use the treadmill. I’d love to be able to work out an hour a day again but I need to build up my stamina! I look forward to getting fit this year because it’s about damn time!
And it’s no secret that I love playing video games. I have a few games on my phone that I love. And of course I still play Animal Crossing every day. But I also spent a lot of time PC gaming with Cyberpunk 2077. After the huge drama with Cyberpunk 2077 release, a new update was released for better stability and other issues. Unfortunately for me, a save file of about 40 hours went missing. So it may be some time before I return to Night City. But I’ve also spent weekend evenings playing various PC games with my brother and our childhood/best friend. My brother lives in California, our friend lives in Nevada. It’s been a great way for the 3 of us to spend time together because it’s impossible to visit.
Light reading and shows
I used to read a lot of Manga in my youth. I was never a huge comic book fan but Manga was my jam. And now I’ve returned to it with a hunger for all the juicy stories. It’s a new bedtime routine that I look forward to every night. After a hot shower, I get into bed and read for 30-40 minutes. It’s a fantastic way to wind down. I still have concentration issues with regular books so reading Manga is a good way for me to read in general. A title that I’m in love with right now is called A Man and His Cat. It’s about an exotic cat deemed too ugly for adoption… That is until an elderly gentleman comes along and introduces the kitty to his new home. It’s a sweet and heartwarming tale of how everyone deserves love!
We also decided to get a subscription to Crunchyroll. It’s been so nice to watch some Anime if I can’t sleep, a lot better than doom scrolling! All these things make me feel like I’ve reverted to a younger version of myself. I used to be super into Anime and Manga, and I’m getting back into it.
Snuggled my dogs A LOT
My dogs aren’t huge fans of hugs and kisses but they love to play. I spent a lot of time playing with them and then hugging them when they couldn’t fight back. My dogs have been a constant source of love for me. They force me outside even when I felt bed was a much better place. It’s so important to have something that pushes you out of your comfort zone and I’m so thankful for my dogs. Through them, I’ve been able to meet a lot of sweet people that walk their own dogs in our neighborhood. And of course I get to know the other dogs that live around us. We have some adorable faces and I always lose it when I see a new puppy!