The Weekly Recap (57): Hey There!

Monday, January 13, 2020

Hello, hello!
Do you all still remember who I am? 😂

It's been a while! Happy New Year to all of you! I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season with your friends and loved ones. I know this year has started off to the best news globally, but your personal lives have all been better.

Since my last post, a ton has occurred. It honestly feels like it's been months, not just 1 month. In early December, I unexpectedly had to move apartments because of a very noisy upstairs neighbor who was disruptive to my mental health. I had been dealing with it since July and I was hoping perhaps I could get used to all the noise coming from upstairs over time that shook my apartment walls. I even had a chat with the new neighbor and he seemed responsive initially, but would start up again with the noise a few weeks later. I got earplugs, got a white noise machine, and nothing seemed to help. It only ended up affecting my productivity and I found myself being constantly on the edge whenever I was home. I loved my cozy little studio apartment, and the previous neighbor had a giant dog and I never heard a peep from them. I had a breakdown one day in late November because I hadn't had proper sleep in weeks. I eventually ended up asking my landlord if he had any upstairs units in another building that I could move into. He unfortunately did not have a 1-bedroom apartment for me, but he offered to rent me an available 2-bedroom apartment for the price of a 1-bedroom, which was very kind of him. Although it pained me to move out of my old studio, I decided it was for the best. I moved within 3 days. Thankfully, I don't have a lot of things, but I had a few large furniture pieces that needed to be moved. I hired some helpers from TaskRabbit and they helped me move everything within 30 minutes. I knew moving was the right decision when I got 8 uninterrupted hours of sleep at my new apartment the first night. It's been a slight adjustment getting used to all the space because I've only ever lived in studio apartments on my own. I turned one bedroom into my office/guest room.

Anyways, a few weeks later, my whole family came to the US to spend a few weeks with me. It was so lovely having them over, and I was really happy to see my sister in person after 2 years (she lives in Australia). We did a couple of trips including Disney World, Washington D.C, and N.Y.C. This was all of our first time at Disney World and I have to admit to being just a bit underwhelmed. Don't get me wrong, it's one of those things I'm glad I went to at least once in my life, but I personally did not get the hype. The rides felt very repetitive and not exactly worth the money. I did love Epcot though and all the different countries and cultures were so cool. We also hung out with some family friends who live in Orlando. Our trip to D.C was spontaneous and I'm really glad we did it, because it was my parents' favorite trip. N.Y.C was also fun (all the great food!!), but my parents were definitely overwhelmed with all the people. It was fun being a tourist for this winter break but phew, my legs hurt from all the walking and touristing we did! My family left last Wednesday. My apartment has gotten so lonely and I was so sad when they left, but I was grateful that we were able to spend some time together.

School started last Monday and I have to admit that it's been very difficult to get back in the mindset of work and studies. It's probably going to take me some time. I'm a bit frustrated that they are making us take these classes that are just busy work at this point. I want to get on with my dissertation work, but I feel like I have so many things on my plate right now. I definitely need to prioritize scheduling some time this week.

Week In Reading

Whiteout (Survival Instincts, #1) The Rakess (Society of Sirens, #1) Tweet Cute

As you can imagine, I had zero time to read, and honestly, I needed that break from reading as I was feeling a bit disconnected from it all. I read Whiteout as my first book of the year and found it very TENSE, but very addicting. I was excited to read The Rakess because I love Scarlett Peckham. It was a refreshing read, but I was uncomfortable with some word choices during the sex scenes. Right now, I'm in the middle of Tweet Cute, which is going so well! I adore it and can't wait to read more!
Week In Book Haul

I haven't requested anything in a while. Fingers crossed I can keep not requesting things all year! :D

I hope you all had good weeks! Tell me all about what you've been up to lately in the comments below!

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