Another year has gone by as probably one very famous song that I don’t exactly remember (there’s a song right? because it definitely sounds like a song I’ve heard before).

 

Why is time going by so quickly? It feels like just yesterday I was blogging sporadically and watching anime and complaining about how hot it is and how hot I am (ha I wish alas it only means my whole being sticks to all surfaces). And here we are in 2018 recapping last month? Can time slow down a bit or take a nap?

One thing that I’m really pleased about though is how the year started on a Monday and ahh it’s so satisfying. It looks all pretty. My soul is pleased.

cc506816-e76b-4591-aa76-6899a3286271

Also yes as might have *not* observed: I took a break last week! And I haven’t written a post in about 2 (all those scheduled posts are LIES John) so umm can you tell I don’t know what I am even doing anymore?

And SORRY I’ve been pretty bad at commenting too because I have retreaded to my cave and slept after I’ve slayed my enemies. Um anyway start of the year hibernation aside here’s a recap!

15115636175151373155251.jpg

– Look at me getting trough finals/ exams/ “tests that the education system in my country does at the end of the semester that are worth most of the final grade”

Ahahaha SAVE ME. Why are these a thing again? Is it a big secret conspiracy to stress students out before the holidays? Because it sure feels like one. (Also shout out to my geography teacher being 110% done with everyone else and giving us 3 words to explain for our final…WE LOVE AND ADORE YOU!)

frustrated taylor swift GIF
@me during most of december

20171209_1857571916457063.jpg

-I’ve found time to actually use that good ol’ graphic tablet I own

xmas

Oh how I missed doodling. (If you didn’t know this about me: I kinda like drawing sometimes. I am always super proud of my icon because umm? I drew that myself? In the same geography class maybe that teacher really is inspirational.) Ignore the fact that I DIDN’T DELETE THE SKETCH LAYER BEFORE SAVING please. My eye is twitching just looking at that oh.

20171209_1857571916457063.jpg

-All the Christmassy-ness happening all around is always a plus!

20171209_1931302124435045.jpg

Also in case you forgot: COOKIES. All of the cookies. I am 84% made up of cookies and my bloodstream is sugar. I have accepted the fact that my place is in Sugar Rush.

20171219_120705.jpg

-WHEAT UPDATE

20180103_145307.jpg

Umm…this isn’t very promising?

For those of you who are probably confused and wondering “Umm Ioana why do you have really brown wheat in your house and why is in in an ice cream box and what do you mean it doesn’t look promising?” I say ….wow do you have a lot of questions mate. Sit down and grab yourself a cookie because this is about to get really romanian real quick.

Imagine similară

So on Saint Andrew’s day we plant wheat and it supposedly predicts how good next year will be. It’s lucky….well mine ISN’T because it looks brown like it’s nauseous but let’s be real it reflects my state at the end of 22017 pretty well. I don’t blame you little wheat I too feel chewed up and spat right back.

Also yes that’s an ice cream box don’t judge my weird artisanal ice cream preferences ok. (…yes it was cinnamon and a whooping -1 person is surprised).

1511563590387323287165.jpg

Hahaha. Um. Do you ever get that “it’s the end of the year so I’m tired” feeling? BECAUSE IT ME. I’ve only read the 1 book:

18272314

  • Let it snow: Ahem. I hated this. Girl hate should burn in the fiery pits of Tartarus. My review is as salty as my grandma’s mashed potatoes. Extra sodium.

20171209_1931302124435045.jpg

Ok look I have a conffesion to make. The reason I haven’t been reading is….(apart from sleeping till lunch)…

I’ve been obsessed for the past week with Check Please! which is an amazing webcomic that’s FREE to read and it’s about cute queer Canadian hockey players and bros and stress backing and collage and anxiety.

(ALSO!! I’ve become super interested in queer athletes?! And it’s something that I haven’t seen many people talk about WHICH UMM?? Btw there’s this cute couple of female hockey players that got married and they have a kid and it’s REAL CUTE you guys WHY ISN’T THERE A BOOK ABOUT THIS OR A MOVIE?!)

So umm…yeah I am deep into the fandom and I can never see the light again. I’ve been reading only fluffy backing fics AND IT’S BEEN GREAT. I now crave apple maple sugar pie so please send a life long supply my way and we can be friends forever.

Imagine similară

ALSO!! It’s getting published this year and I am so excited can you hear me scream? I’ll eat industrial quantities of maple syrup in honor of that. (Sorry Canadians fellas umm…? I can hug a moose too if you want?)

15115644781071174995317.jpg

Ha ya know how some people like watching some holiday themed movies during the ah holidays? Mhmm…yeah that’s not me at all. I tried ya’ll I really did but my attention span said nope and then proceeded to get distracted by floating specks of dust and really good festive music).

  • The Nightmare Before Christmas : Oh this movie was gorgeous. All the creative shots made my little cinematography nerd heart sing. And why didn’t I know this was a musical? Is this even a Christmas or Halloween movie? Because it’s definitely my favorite…out of all of them.
  • Star Wars The Last Jedi : Star Wars is a Christmas tradition now. I have a review HERE because I’m a nerd that liked to fangirl and as much as I dislike most sci-fi in books I love it in visuals.
  • The Nutcracker Ballet :  It’s on Netflix! Ok more like 1/2 of the ballet (because wow surprise I let it on pause last year -har har last year jokes- to do anything else and umm I never went back to watching it). But I was really enjoying the music and the dance so I really want to finish it sometime.

Imagini pentru nutcracker ballet gif

15115635635221545400158.jpg

I ATTEMPTED A KIND OF BLOGMAS!

So I shall pat myself on the back and give myself a plate of delicious brownies because HA I succeed in posting a whole lot more (11 posts if I do say so myself ahem I am modest). Also after I took a bit of a break because I was exhausted and I slept so there’s that.

Some of my absolute favorites were:

20171209_1931302124435045.jpg

Also I actually reached 100 followers (!! now 150 ok were are ya’ll coming from THANK YOU!!) and I am offering celebratory cake and loads of sugar because that’s amazing?!

I was also extremely sappy in THIS post if you want to see a mighty lizard show a few emotions and offer more food:

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR 100 FOLLOWERS!

20171206_005225.jpg

20171209_1931302124435045.jpg

AND (ha you thought this section was OVER but alas it’s not I like rambling you’ve probably had enough of this and want me to get to other stuff already but I do what I want and you’re not the boss of me!)

I’ve found a new theme!

…you might be thinking that I change things around way too often and you’re already bored and possibly dizzy I am sorry BUT this one’s perfect ok! I promise no changes in the immediate future…

Imagini pentru mabel crossed fingers gif

BUT LOOK IT HAS A SCROLLY THING AT THE TOP!! It’s everything I’ve ever dreamed of. (Umm sorry app users you’re missing out on the scrolly fun)

1511563148222586065401.jpg

  • This month my heart (along with millions of others’ international bloggers) broke.

Because Netgalley and Goodreads and ARCs and ughh. For a better wording of feelings check out Marta @Thecursedbooks’s wonderfully genius post on this. In short: it’s harder for international bloggers to get ARCs. And that sucks. But look little munchkins I know you might feel really down about this (I DID!! IT’S OK!!) so bundle up with a blanket and drink some tea (unless it’s hot where you live…in that case just hug a flamingo and drink some pineapple juice) and remember that the community is here for you! I really think that we got stronger and I’m always glad for the wonderful bloggers that talked about this and showed support!

More amazing posts by Avalinah @Avalinah’s Books (for positivity in the community) and Marie @Drizzleandhurricanebooks (who talks about ARC insecurity and it made me feel less alone).

  • Dodie released a new song and I am so in love with her music it hurts

1511563252731983132602.jpg

20171209_1753001412435994.jpg

151156124550115721425.jpg

It’s so good to be back (even though I have NO idea at the moment what I’ll post next ahh…I guess I have to blog hop a bit and consume some stuff before I barf out a sparkly post full of creativity)!

How has your December been? Are you excited for the new year? Any exciting things happening recently?

LET ME KNOW!

 

Advertisements

35 thoughts on “December Recap { 2017 is finally over LET’S LOOK TO THE FUTURE}

  1. YES I love your comment on the blogging community. everyone always says “it was surprising to me” but it really was surprising for me to find out how supportive bloggers are for one another ❤ it's so far been this happy adn safe place on the Internet, among the blogs I follow/people who follow me 🙂 🙂 love this post!!!!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. 2017 wasn’t great and I’d tw rouht days during 2018 but I suppose is great so far. I should try to diet more and fine a little more space for writing but right now I’m focusing on other things.

    If you like to change the theme, I support you even if you wil ldo it a lot of time. I’m planning to change mine monthly, since I found the amazing world of clipart on etsy.

    And congratulations for your new followers ❤

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Your dog picture of the month is way too adorable, I’m tearing up I want to hug him?!! I hope that’s okay haha.
    Congratulations on 150 followers, this is incredible and so well-deserved, I am not surprised to see your numbers growing and growing, you are amazing and did I mention how I love reading your posts? You’re such a bright star ❤
    I hope you are having a wonderful January!! ❤

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Oh yes she’ll be super ok with hugging (I hope you like doggy kisses ‘CAUSE SHE’S THE EXTRA KISSY TYPE!). She also likes strangers more then she likes me so you’ll probably never escape the loving dog hell.
      Thank youu so muuuch❤!! It’s crazy to see the number grow omg and I’m so happy like yesss come hereee my fellow nerds so I can give you loads of virtual hugs and cookies!! (This is the point of my blog – I’m subtly trying to drown ya’ll in love and positivity)
      I hope your January is a great one too ❤!! *start of the year positive vibes*

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Well…I’m all good coming in the loving dog hell haha 😛 ❤
        LOVE AND POSITIVITY. That's all we need and all we get coming on your blog, so just keep on going!! ❤ ❤

        Liked by 1 person

  4. God, I missed your posts, Ioana! Glad to have you back, girl ❤
    And may I say, I was totally confused about the wheat thing… But hey, I learned something new! So that's awesome xD
    As for the webtoon fangirling overcoming the bookish fangirling – man, I feel you. I totally do. I would need 24 extra hours in my day to make it all work and have time for some tea! Alas, I don't but a girl can dream, right? Webtoons are love, though *_*
    And aaaww I love your theme! And the scrolly thing at the top! Super handy, too. I know what it's like to get bored easily and hey, whatever floats your boat. I think your blog looks great either way because your content rocks. So your blog rocks!
    Anyway, looking forward to more posts from you. So please leave your cave once in a while and come have a chat! I know slaying enemies is a big thing but the blogosphere is requesting your presence 😀

    Liked by 1 person

    1. I’M GLAD TO BE BACK HOPEFULLY I’LL NEVER LEAVE AGAIN. I’m bad at hiatuses halfway trough the week I was ITCHING TO WRITE A POST. But hey I needed to find my chill.

      Umm how can one be confused by wheat since it’s the greatest thing and I say ya’ll are weird for not doing it ok mhmm. Nevermind the fact that mine is so brown poor thing.

      I wished it was on Webtoon mate this one’s on Tumblr (IT’S GETTING PUBLISHED SO I CAN ADD IT TO MY GOODREADS CHALLANGE THANK THE MERCIFUL PUBLISHING GODS) and Twitter and basically all over the place since the author like to keep it multi media HAHAHA I AM DEAD I had to consume so much story. I am a happy sponge though.

      Scrolly thiiiiiiing. I am a happy bean with a scrollyyyyy thiiiing. Ok this is getting weird it’s just that I love my theme and my scrolly thing too much. (And it’s name shall forever be scrolly thing I accept nothing else.)

      YESSS I SHOULD. I’ve been so bad at blog hopping recently but AHHH tired and homework and I feel bad because I love commenting on other people’s posts so much. Having a mini crisis but it’s ok I SHALL PUSH TROUGH ❤.

      Liked by 1 person

      1. That just shows YOU CANNOT LEAVE! That’s your body telling you, and you should listen to it!
        I’d love for all webtoons to be on GR to be honest. But alas, they’re not! And my blogger self is just so despondent that I can’t add them to my lists *sigh* I have a huge GR problem, that’s for sure.
        Hahaha glad to hear it! Themes can be a royal nightmare so at least you seem to have found yours! That’s really cool 😀 Scrolly thingy ftw!
        Oh don’t worry, we all need a time out once in a while 🙂 I’ll be looking forward to it! Keep being your awesome self, hon ❤ ❤

        Liked by 1 person

  5. I adore Nightmare Before Christmas! It’s one of my favourite movies of all time and after reading your post, I really want to rewatch it 😍
    December hasn’t been the best reading month for me, either, but it’s great that you discovered a webcomic you enjoyed! I’ve heard a lot about Check Please! in the past and it sounds really good, so maybe I’m gonna check it out soon 😊

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Well it really is amazing I was worried Tumblr overhyped it but nope I was so happy I loved it too and omg definitely re-watch it I want to do it too actually 😂.
      I read Check Please so fast and it lef me craving pie so I definitely recommand it if you’re any kind of slump or just in a need of fluff!

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Okay, it’s decided. I’m gonna rewatch it tonight 😍
        And I’ll keep that in mind and probably read it when my next reading slump comes around 🙈

        Liked by 1 person

  6. I read your post everyday but now I do not remember if I commented or not – so sorry for duplicates?

    Anyway, YES! The year starting on Monday felt so good! ALso, your drawing skills are awesome! You should definitely share more of your illustrations on the blog.

    I think your wheat is just aiming in all directions so it is predicting that you will do a lot of awesome things in lots of areas of your life? I am a wheat-reader!

    Check Please! sounds really good – also it made me think about Yuri on Ice when you talked about queer athletes.

    Congrats on 100 followers!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. No worries I’ll never mind duplicates 😂 (also it’s not one so here’s a cookie for keeping track god knows I’m pretty akward and bad at that myself).

      OMG THANK YOU FOR THE WHEAT READING. It’s…it’s still worryingly BROWN but…hey I like your take on it let’s go with that it sounds way more optimistic.

      Check Please is amazing ok READ IT especially if you liked Yuri on Ice (not to spoil anything but it also features surprising celebratory kisses on ice). AND QUEER ATHLETES DESERVE MORE REPRESENTATION ok those big leagues? Really homophobic. Pls let them get the recognition they deserve.

      Thank youu ❤!

      Liked by 1 person

  7. YAY YOUR BACK I MISSED YOU. FIRSTLY- CONGRATS ON 150 FOLLOWERS YOU DESERVE THIS SO MUCH IM SO HAPPY FOR YOU AHHHH!!! SECONDLY- NEW THEME IS AMAZINGGGG. and you made your own graphic for the site that’s so cool and cute!!! Thanks for mentioning my post!!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. THANK YOUUUUU IT’S SO EXCITING LIKE LOOK THERE ARE 150 PEOPLE THAT MAY OR MAY NOT READ WHAT I AM CONTINUOUSLY BLABING ON ABOUT!! And of course I’ll mention your post because it’s amazing and important and I AGGGGHHH I LIKED HOW PASSIONATE IT WAS OK.

      Liked by 1 person

  8. IOANA!! YES I NOTICED YOU WENT ON HIATUS AND I WAS WONDERING WHERE THE HECK YOU WENT!! AND NOW YOU’RE FINALLY BACK THANK GOODNESS.
    My exams are RIGHT AFTER my winter break and honestly who decided to torture us students like that deserves to go to jail. I finished my exams yesterday and now my heart is happy lol.
    I didn’t know about the existence of Check Please because I live under a rock. I went online and did some research and apparently a lot of people have read / heard of it?
    I love the scrolly thing on your homepage hahaha I decided to add one to my blog last month and it’s the best decision I’ve ever made. + THAT DOODLE IS SO CUTE IT’S JUST LIKE YOUR PROFILE PICTURE BUT CHRISTMAS-FIED. LOVE. IT.
    Your doggo is so adorable hahahaha! ❤

    Liked by 1 person

    1. YESSS OK I FELT KINDA BAD FOR GOING ON HIATUS BECAUSE I’VE MISSED COMMENTING ON SO MANY POSTS BUT TODAY IS THE DAY DEDICATED TO RESPONDING/ COMMENTING BACK AND GENERALLY STALKING EVERYONE SO. I look forward to it (in case you wonder why you’ll be flooded with comments on all of your posts later 😂).
      YEY CONGRATS ON FINISHING YOUR EXAMS you deserve chocolate and sleeeeep you’re a true champion ❤.
      Ha I see Check Please trending sometimes on Tumblr and I decided to give it a try and yup that’s what’s been eating my time. I went down the fandom rabbit hole boi.
      AND YES YESSS I LOVE THE SCROLLY THING ON YOUR BLOG!! It’s so pretty and it shows your beautiful pictures and aghhhjj.

      Liked by 1 person

      1. DON’T FEEL BAD IOANA. IF YOU WANT TO TAKE A BREAK, TAKE A BREAK. DO WHAT YOU WANT ❤
        Aww thanks Ioana! I'm really dreading getting the papers back next week though, I think I did really bad in my exams this term 😦
        I'm definitely going to read Check Please soon! QUEER ATHLETES? SIGN ME UP!!! It sounds so good and the pictures look great!
        Thanks hahaha 😀

        Liked by 1 person

  9. Thank you for sharing my post! Loads and loads ❤

    I was also happy about the year starting on a Monday xD I'm glad I'm not the only one 😀

    I wouldn't have noticed the sketch layer if you hadn't said it xD also, I really want those cookies.

    Oh! Wow! We do the same with wheat, but it's dried wheat and it's used for fortune telling about the next year on Christmas Eve 😀 that's so cool you have a similar tradition.

    Congrats on those followers!!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. I loved your posts seriously it was SO MUCH help and I really think everyone should read it because it’s amazing!!

      Yeah I know most people don’t notice mistakes unless you point them out but aghhhhh my kinda perfectionist is twitching just looking at it.

      Ooo three cheers for wheat traditions then….why is wheat even considered lucky is beyond me 😂. But hey it’s pretty to have plants around.

      Thank youuu ❤!!

      Like

  10. Loved your December recap! You got up to a lot in the past month… and I am glad you were able to achieve so much. I heard about the wheat tradition from Andreea @ Cheeky Lines and it sounds pretty cool actually! I also really like that you did all the Christmas things and made cookies DD: Those look so good! Oh, and I really want to watch The Nutcracker ballet too…

    Like

  11. your dog picture of the month. ahhhh. congrats on 100 followers YOU DESERVE MORE THOUGH. I LOVE YOUR “doodles” THEY’RE SO CUTE. your profile picture actually slays me its so cute and smol??? i love it so much??? how??? is this possible??

    THE COOKIES AND CHRISTMAS PICTURES WHY IS CHRISTMAS OVER WHYYYY I WANT MORE COOKIES. and im sorry about the tests LIKE WHY IS SCHOOL SO STRESSFUL?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!

    im so late one commenting ahahaha go me

    Liked by 1 person

    1. I actually thought 100 was too much ILSA I WAS FREAKING OUT AT 20 OK. NOW I HAVE 180. WHAT IS THIS. WHERE DO THEY COME FROM. WUT. HELP. Too many humansssss.

      And yesss my profile pic is probs the best art i ever did. I think I forgot how to art after that. Now the magic doesn’t work. We’re all very sad about it.

      YEAH I WANT CHRISTMAS ALL THE TIME CAN IT BE CHRISTMAS WEEK EVERY WEEK?? Because that’s life more then half the fun of the year.

      remember: a wizard is never late. i am sure this rule applies to penguins as well so you’re fine.

      Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s