January ‘22 Afternoon Tea with SJ

Good afternoon!

It feels like a long time since I’ve been here. And, my greatest apologies to those who were waiting for blog posts for the last two weeks. I wasn’t planning to disappear on you, dear SJ readers, but something came up…

Sickness. *inserts soundless horror*

Which, I’m pretty sure was Covid. Some of our friends got it, and I ended up being in bed for a week or so with an extremely high fever, chills, pains, &c. that was not fun at all. Hence, the last two weeks were mostly spent in bed feeling like I was dying (but obviously that’s being too dramatic). I knew I was in for big trouble when I didn’t want to read. *elongated gasp*

Anyhow. 

I’m back, somewhat with less energy but very much alive. So, without further ado, let me present to you January ‘22 Afternoon Tea with SJ!

-January Afternoon Tea ‘22 Setting-

Location: Japanese-style living room

Tea: Lemon ginger, masala chai, apple cinnamon  

Offered with: Strawberry mochi, Fruits sandwich, custard pudding

I had a bit of a reading slump this month. Of course, I did end up meeting books I absolutely loved, but I’m thinking of taking things more slowly…or not. 

  1. The Saga of the Volsungs
  2. Shukusai to Yokan (Festival and Feeling)
  3. Still Life with a Bridle
  4. Der Sokrates Club
  5. Confronting Christianity
  6. Colourless Tsuzaki and His Years of Pilgrimage
  7. Five Children and It
  8. A Little Life
  9. The Abolition of Man
  10. Dark Rise
  11. Oshi, Moyu 
  12. The Song of Achilles

Reading: Crime and Punishment (re-read), The Japanese Emperor and the Army’s Modern History, Journey of the Iwanami Children’s Classics, Shibusawa Eichi, Vita Nostra

And that kind of tells you that I should probably focus more on my currently-reading list. Plus, I’m still trying to balance my various reading lists with the books I already have checked out. I really should stop going to the library…(ˉ ˘ ˉ; )

Would you like more tea or mochi? (Sidenote: We often make custard pudding. This time, I actually helped, which I’m kind of proud of!!)

Music 

This month, we did a karaoke! I made a playlist based on my family’s favourite songs, which we like to listen to in the car or while we cook. (And you can probably guess my sister’s picks…they’re all BTS or Radwimps.)

Practising: Mozart Sinfonia concertante K.364, various Sonatine & Sonatas

Listening to: Studio Ghibli soundtracks, AoT songs, UNICORN

Movie/TV shows 

One thing I’m kind of sad about was how I was planning to do a post on Studio Ghibli the week I was sick. Hopefully, I’ll get to post that next month!

Some of the movies/tv shows I’ve been hyped about:

  • Ponyo on the Cliff By the Sea…a childhood favourite ( ᐢ˙꒳​˙ᐢ )
  • Oi! Handsome…an insanely funny Japanse TV show feat. a showa-era father
  • Wife, an Elementary Schooler…a super cute but thoughtful family drama
  • 99.9…a lawyer drama, feat. an unconventional lawyer TM

Manga/Anime

And here is the list we’ve all been waiting for. 

  • AoT Final Season…Can we just ignore me screaming??
  • Kimetsu no Yaiba Yukaku city…Ditto here. 
  • Golden Kamuy…a recent development. It’s one of the darker mangas, but I’m finding it really helpful since it’s based on Ainu and the post Russo-Japan war era.

Overall, since our entire family has fallen ill, we’ve been spending way too many hours watching tv shows and movies and the like. But honestly, WHO CARES?? They’re good, that’s what. ୧꒰*´꒳`*꒱૭✧

If you recall, I’ve started this new attempt called a writing journal. It’s like a normal planner, except I write my writing goals/tasks for each day and journal my experience on it. 

It was going well. Except, you know, sickness struck. 

But reading back my journal, I’m glad to find I was writing more often than not, and I’m actually really satisfied with what I did get to write, even though it’s not a lot. I’ll definitely continue my writing journal. (Also, this month was the Osthauptstadt writing month. It’s slow going, but I’m looking forward to where this is leading me to!)

Have you tried apple cinnamon tea? They’re kind of like apple cider, except it’s tea. 

And here, I do hope no one gets sick with Covid, although I know that’s asking for a lot in this time we’re living in. Honestly, being sick has drained a lot of my energy, including academics. I’m really blessed to have an understanding professor, but if not, I don’t know where I’d been. Also, this month my university was online, so that helped a lot, too. I don’t think I would have imagined ever feeling grateful that my uni would be online! And yet, here we are. I’ve been finding how I’m more grateful for the small things and even those things that aren’t normal. They help me realise how there’s blessing in the unordinary circumstances of today. 

But everything isn’t all doom and gloom and sickness. Some things that has been helping me in life are:

  • Candles. I love scented candles, and I’m so glad my brother got me a fancy candle holder for Christmas, it’s my favoruite! Watching the small flickering flame is really calming.
  • Devotions & Memorization. Lately, I’ve been spending more and more time for my personal devotions, including trying to memorise Psalms. I’m kind of stuck at Psalms 7, but it’s been helping me greatly having His Word stored in my heart. 
  • Chores. Believe it or not, I’ve been finding it more fun doing chores than before! It’s exceedingly satisfying when you find the washroom sparkling, or when you get to brainstorm what to eat for dinner. Also, listening to music/podcasts while vacuuming. 

And lastly, a verse that’s been on my mind lately:

But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called “Today,” so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness. We have come to share in Christ, if indeed we hold our original conviction firmly to the very end.

(Hebrews 3:13-14, NIV)

Thank you for reading! How was your January? What are some of the highlights this month? Did you meet any new books? Let me know in the comments below; I’d love to chat with you!

8 thoughts on “January ‘22 Afternoon Tea with SJ

  1. I didn’t start a new book in January- as the ones I read were rereads

    At the end of last year, I started rereading the Harry Potter series (I was still in the middle of Goblet of Fire when 2022 started). I only finished one book in January and was able to start another

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  2. Sorry to hear you are under the weather (I am too, which is a pain since I have errands to run). Hope things will improve soon.
    I partially want to try reading the Saga of Volsungs, even though I tend to find Nordic poetry depressing.

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    • Thank you!! I’m feeling much better now 🙂
      As far as sagas go, Volsungs are less dry than the rest of them! Although, it’s never a good idea to get attached to any of the characters…(I learnt a hard lesson with Grettir)

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  3. I’m sorry you’ve been sick, S.J. 😦 It sounds awful, and I understand because I’ve been pretty sick too recently and when it drags on like that and saps your energy…it is just not fun, AT ALL. I hope you are doing much better and have regained your strength! ❤

    This was such a lovely post! I know I've missed a lot of your Afternoon Tea With SJ posts, but whenever I read them, I love them because they are always so soft and cozy and warm, and it's like sitting down to have a chat with a friend (which is probably why you call it what you do xD). Anyways, I enjoy reading these kinds of posts, and also, the custard pudding was exceptional! ❤

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    • Aww, thank you 🥰 I’ve pretty much recovered, so that’s been nice.

      I’m so glad you love the Afternoon Tea with SJ posts!! They’re my favourite, too. (And custard puddings…maybe I’ll post the recipe one of these days.)

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      • So glad to hear your doing better!
        And I would LOVE if you posted a recipe!! That would just be amazing. 💛

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