What I remember the most about this first month of 2022 is how Vancouver had just experienced true double digit negative degree weather that had me freezing for days as the heat in our building was not working properly so it was 15 degrees at my place! I also was SO looking forward to the movie “The Eternals” only to have it be a total letdown, but thankfully seeing the new Ghostbusters movie renewed my faith in movies again!
I started using the grocery delivery service SPUD this month and really enjoyed it so have continued to use it about once/month. I used to think they were incredibly expensive, but once the price of food starting going up everywhere, I figured I’d start getting things delivered as even going to the grocery store during a busy week isn’t enjoyable. The produce is always good and if there is even an egg broken, they refund you the price of the egg!
I was also doing a lot of Lunar New Year content as this month launched the Year of the Tiger and discovered some fun biology-themed earrings made by Alberta-based artist Woodsmoke and Willow!
It was super stressful month at work filled with audits, difficult personalities and general annoyances so this was the month where I placed one of my biggest CBD orders yet from Birch + Fog! My nails were a mess and it took me a long time to feel caught up after everything that happened this month. I was just exhausted, but the bright light was seeing the movie “Turning Red”. It was an homage to my childhood as a Canadian immigrant and hilarious for both my husband and I!
It was also the first month that the mask mandates were lifted AND the first time since the beginning of the pandemic that my friend and I went shopping at the mall! It was an interesting experienced as most people were still masked especially retail employees, but we had a good time and it was just fun to end the month doing something fun.
We went to the actual movie theatre for the first time since the pandemic to watch “The Batman”! We still don’t do it very often, but when we do, we pull out all the stops and do the VIP experience! I also went to my very first party at a restaurant for a good friend’s birthday since 2020 and while it was strange to be completely unmasked, it felt good to be among friends again.
Hugo had his first intestinal flare up this month that had him moaning in pain, but it cleared up within a few hours and by the time we took him to the vet, he was back to his normal self. Looking back, this was definitely the start of it all, but we didn’t think anything of it as he went back to eating and doing his normal Hugo things. The one positive thing I remember about this month was going to a physical LEGO store for the FIRST time to pick up The Daily Bugle! I had a great experience, left a review and then the manager emailed me personally to thank me for my feedback! As a manager myself, I always wish people would take the time to let me know of the good instead of solely just the bad!
I have anxiety just seeing this month in writing. I had the August long weekend off and then just two days later Hugo had a similar intestinal flare up in the morning before we left for work. He looked nauseated and wouldn’t eat anything, but both my husband and I had to leave so we figured he would be fine since the last episode cleared up in a few hours. My husband came home early and Hugo was still feeling poorly. We all know what happened just three days later and my entire world changed. I know I sound dramatic saying that, but having never experienced true loss before, this is all I know. Hugo was a better friend than some humans in my life which is why his loss still sends me reeling into a spiral of grief. His death coloured my passion for life a shade of grey indifference and I just stopped caring about blogging, watching movies, reading and even my relationship with my husband. We were both so sad for months and though it is better now, we talked about Hugo and how much we missed him every day. We will honour him and Hemingway with some art, but still have not found the right artist yet.
I started designing a ring to honour both Hugo and Hemi using their August birthstones as they were born just one week apart. This was therapeutic and felt like a personal way to remember them. I also had to deal with some very unpleasant work issues where people I thought would support me told me to swallow my pride and pretend that I was being punished for something when I wasn’t. I was told, it was easier that way. Things are “better” now in that I am looking like the bigger person, but to have such a lack of support from my bosses reminded me that I am on my own when it comes to work and that being a pretty, fairly young woman with a brain will always garner jealousy and shit talk. On a fun beauty note, I got dermaplaning done for the first time at Mint Smile Bar and had a wonderful experience!
I went to my first ever Estee Lauder warehouse sale which was very fun and stressful at the same time. The crowds, the waiting are really not my cup of tea, but I am glad I tried it out! I also caught Covid for the very first time and while I was only super sick for about 3 days, I thought I was going to go crazy. I was coughing until the point of wanting to throw up and I just couldn’t stop. My husband has asthma so I was SO worried I was going to infect him, but we had both already accepted the fact that he would get sick, but incredibly, he DID NOT! We kept the windows open, I slept on the couch and then he and I would wear a mask when we were in the same room. I also slept with a mask on while I was coughing and he never tested positive or felt sick in any way! I definitely caught it from a co-worker as 5 of us all got sick at the same time so after this, I started masking 100% with people at work as well as I had started relaxing over the last year. I would have caught it from a 1-2 minute interaction which just goes to show how contagious Covid is! I also lost my sense of smell and taste for 2 weeks which really sucked as I did not think I would get it back.
Last month was just busy with holiday retail shenanigans and then even more busy as I ended up taking on more responsibilities at work that left me with very little time to get everything done. Then we had a major flood at work two days before Christmas that was pretty intense and that right there was pretty much my “Hail Mary” for the season where I just sort of threw my hands up and said “Jesus, take the wheel”. I did watch a lot of movies as my husband was away with his family for Christmas which was fun and then got to enjoy a few snow days inside feeling nice and cozy with the cats including Christmas Day which was gloriously quiet and peaceful. I would not have had it any other way!
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