#AMonthofFaves Moments of 2022

It’s that time of year again. That’s right. A Month of Faves is back, baby!

Today’s prompt:

MON | Dec. 5 – #AMonthofFaves Moments of 2022. What were some of the moments this year that you are grateful for. We’re here for hearing all of it! It could be the simple things (I know that’s what I’m celebrating this year) or more epic adventures.

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It’s Monday! What are you reading?: More Five-star Books!

First things first: A Month of Faves is back for this year! Yessssssss. It is one of my favorite blogging events, and I look both for it and forward to it every year.

I did my last update post in July (!), so here are some things that happened since then:

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2022 Christmas Wish List

As my daughter keeps reminding me, next week is Black Friday, so this is as good a time as any to post my list. This year, I actually organized my list in descending order of wanting. So my most wanted gifts are at the top, moving on down.

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How to Apply for Sabbatical #SOL22

I applied to go on sabbatical for next school year (2023-2024), and let me tell you that it has been a PROCESS.

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It’s Monday! What are you reading?: Halfway Point Reading Wrap-Up

Hi.

I cannot believe I have not updated my blog since February. FEBRUARY. I thought for sure the last time had been in April. Clearly, I was very, very wrong. Also: this has been the longest year ever. I know because when prepping to write this post I came across a book I read in April of this year, and I could have sworn I read it last year. That’s all I’m saying.

A brief overview of things that happened since February:

  • I went to a taping of Ellen’s show (guest host)
  • I went to Mexico
  • I went to the LA Times Festival of Books
  • I went to Florida
  • I met one of my cousins for the first time
  • My daughter graduated from college
  • My daughter’s friend gave us COVID (mild cases; everyone was fine)
  • I went to Universal Studios Orlando
  • My chronic eye fatigue came back with a vengeance and brought its friend cybersickness along to play

The latter, as I’m sure you can imagine, contributed to me not updating my blog since I’ve been limiting my screen time.

I hope to talk more abut those later (especially Universal Studios, COVID, and chronic eye fatigue), but for this post, I want to highlight the five-star books I’ve read so far this year.

Onto the books!

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My Toxic Traits

There’s a meme that made its away around Twitter starting in *checks Google* 2018 that has found its way into my everyday speech. If you’re unfamiliar, it’s saying “My toxic trait is…” and then following it up with a tongue-in-cheek truth about yourself that sometimes may cause you discomfort or harm. I did some digging and found the original tweet, written by @nokathy_, who gave the prompt “name a toxic trait that YOU have”:

And this may not be totally accurate (I’m not that interested in doing a deep dive on it, so this is based on a quick Google search), but it looks like the meme really took off–and became tongue-in-cheek–when the original tweet was quote tweeted by @Raquel_Savage who responded with “I’m attracted to men.”

So, in true Akilah fashion, here I am four* years late to the party with a list of my own toxic traits, prompted by me pointing some of them out to my daughter when she was here for break and then me needing a blog post topic.

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It’s Monday and I was very into spoofs this week

Spoof! Spoof! Spoof! Say it enough times and it doesn’t even feel like a word anymore.

Hello. Tomorrow, I go back into the classroom for the first time since the pandemic started. I’m thinking of putting this up on the board to welcome the students.

THE GOOD PLACE — “Everything Is Fine” Episode 101– Pictured: Kristen Bell as Eleanor — (Photo by: Justin Lubin/NBC)

Too on the nose?

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It’s Monday & 2022 Reading Has Been a Mixed Bag So Far

I had so much to say before I started writing this post, and now that I’ve actually sat down to do it, I can’t remember what any of those things are.

I’m tired. This past week has felt like the longest week ever, probably because school is fully back in session. So many Zooms! Ugh. Anyway, onto the books.

Once again, I am starting the year off with adult books. Why? This, and I don’t know. I DON’T KNOW. But we’re just going to roll with it.

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Fave New TV Shows of 2021

This is part two of the #AMonthofFaves on the screen post from last week and officially my last A Month of Faves post.

Figuring out what new TV I watched this past year was a lot harder than figuring out the movies I watched. For one, there is no Letterboxd for TV. For two, there are no real TV seasons anymore! And for three, last year was seriously like two years; it was so long. Anyway, enough of that. Let’s get on with the TV.

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Fave Movies of 2021

Pease bear with me as I attend to the vestiges of the #AMonthofFaves blog event, by finally getting to this topic.

FRI | Dec. 24 – #AMonthofFaves – On the Screen or in Your Ear (shows, movies, audiobooks, podcasts faves, etc.)⁠

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It turns out I only gave one movie five stars on Letterboxd, and that was…

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