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*
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.
- The Saga of the Volsungs
- Shukusai to Yokan (Festival and Feeling)
- Still Life with a Bridle
- Der Sokrates Club
- Confronting Christianity
- Colourless Tsuzaki and His Years of Pilgrimage
- Five Children and It
- A Little Life
- The Abolition of Man
- Dark Rise
- Oshi, Moyu
- 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!!)
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
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
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:
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!