Catching Up Over Coffee: January 2022

Life

Well, I spent the first six days of the month in quarantine. I was a close contact of someone who tested positive for COVID and although I wasn’t experiencing any symptoms—aside from the stupid cold from December that I couldn’t shake—I laid low until I could get tested.

By January 5 we were all negative, and boy it felt good to be able to leave my condo again. I didn’t even see my parents; they dropped off my groceries for me but I didn’t want to go near them until I knew I was negative. So that meant I also spent New Year’s Eve alone; I made a night out of it with wine, a cheese platter, comfy clothes, and watching Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen on CNN.

I spent my first few days out of quarantine seeing the pups, having dinner with my parents, and going to the grocery store and town library. I like staying home but I at least like having the option to be able to leave my home.

Josh and I celebrated our six-month anniversary on the 20th, which is sort of insane to think about. How has it already been six months?! The Sunday before the actual anniversary day, we went on a date to the brewery where we had our very first date—that lasted five hours. We didn’t stay quite as long this time around, but it was really nice to go back to where it all began for us. Josh has Thursdays off and I took the day off so we could spend the actual anniversary day together. We stayed in, watched a bunch of Netflix (Don’t Look Up, Red Notice, and part of Explained season 3), and made mac and cheese in my Crockpot. We had thought about going somewhere, but it’s super cold here and we don’t want to go anywhere super crowded, so we decided staying in was our best option.

We got a blizzard this past Saturday, so that meant I bundled up and stayed in. This was my view for most of the day:

This is the view from my balcony after the storm. From my rough estimate, we maybe got 6–8 inches; some parts of the state got well over a foot. If anything, it was just super windy all day so there were some snow drifts, too.

One perk of living in a condo is that I don’t have to shovel or clean up after snow storms.

Running/Exercise/Whatever

I’ve been doing a combination of walking during my lunch break, Yoga with Adrienne, and Madfit work out videos on YouTube. I’m probably not doing as much as I should, but it’s something. I haven’t run in well over a month; it’s January in New England—I don’t go outside unless I absolutely have to.

Sports

The NFL playoff games were so crazy this month, and I was actually excited to watch all of them. I’m not sure who I want to win the Super Bowl—it’s the Bengals and Rams this year—but I just hope both teams have fun. I’m not 100% sure yet what I’m doing for the Super Bowl but I’ll definitely have my pre- and post-game posts coming out!

And my close, personal friend David Ortiz was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

What I’m Watching

TV

  • The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
  • NCIS
  • Below Deck
  • Law & Order: SVU
  • Law & Order: Organized Crime
  • American Auto
  • Pivoting
  • Call Me Kat
  • The Cleaning Lady
  • My Lottery Dream Home
  • Catfish
  • Resident Alien

Netflix

  • Queer Eye (S6E1-S6E10)
  • Big Time Movie
  • Attack of the Hollywood Clichés!
  • Don’t Look Up
  • Red Notice
  • Explained (S3E1, S3E10-S3E14) [it appears we somehow watched these out of order??? Weird]
  • The Lovebirds
  • Ozark (S4E1-S4E2)

Peacock

  • Brooklyn Nine-Nine (S3E12-S3E18)
  • Below Deck Mediterranean (S1E1-S2E3)
  • The Murder of Gabby Petito: Truth, Lies, and Social Media

Hulu

  • 11.22.63 (E3-E8)
  • Catch-22 (E1-E3)

What I’m Reading

  • Seven Days in June by Tia Williams: 4 stars
  • The Apology Project by Jeanette Escudero: 2 stars
  • One Last Stop by Casey McQuiston: 4 stars
  • Black Girls Must Die Exhausted by Jayne Allen: 4 stars
  • Morningside Heights by Joshua Henkin: 3 stars
  • The Second Season by Emily Adrian: 4 stars
  • Mary Jane by Jessica Anya Blau: 4 stars
  • Last Call: A True Story of Love, Lust, and Murder in Queer New York by Elon Green: 4 stars
  • Falling by T.J. Newman: 3 stars

What I’ve Bought

  • Pre-ordered Watergate: A New History by Garrett Graff
  • Vineyard Nights candles
  • Paperage Lined Notebook

My Questions For You!

  1. How was your start to 2022?
  2. Did you do anything fun this month?
  3. What’s one thing you’re looking forward to in February?

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