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hobonichi 2023

new year, new hobonichi! this year, my friend jifeng (who always offers me one planner every christmas) picked a one-piece themed techo weeks for me, and even though i’ve never read the manga or seen the anime, the cute little embroideries just make me happy.

plus, this year is the first time ever that i have an hobo in english! the planner is easy enough to navigate even if one doesn’t speak japanese, but the novelty of actually being able to read it is something else. the quotes are inspiring and sometimes delightfully quirky!

i’ve copied some bullet journalers from instagram and decided to do a little habit planner on the free pages at the end.

ahah, looking at it, i need to make time for the back exercises, and also to go back to the swimming pool, once my ear unclogs and goes back to normal… πŸ˜…

just life

2022 in books

2022 finally saw me reading a bit more again, and i’m glad for that! here’s a book montage of my reads, courtesy of goodreads:

i visited the local library a few times, and did my best to keep things interesting and always have a few different books around in case i got tired of what i was reading. and as a result, my reading was all over the place: there’s children’s books and graphic novels, sci-fi and romance, historical stuff, a memoir, a couple of productivity-themed books… even an encyclopedia about a particular mummy! about half were digital books (either kindle downloads or audiobooks) and the other half i read as physical books, mostly from the library, but also a few that were gifted to me, and one that i found on the trash!

i’m not going to give myself pressure to keep up this rhythm in 2023, but i’m happy this is how last year turned out. onwards!

one second everyday

2022, one second everyday

maaaaan… 2022 was a ride.

looking at these videos at the end of the year always makes me emotional. although a lot of bad things happened in 2022, the video is so filled with good memories, nice meals, sunny walks and the people we cherish the most! looking back on the year reminds me mostly of the good moments, how much we’ve grown, our little projects and obsessions. :)

happy new year, friends! may 2023 be filled with new adventures!

ps – just as i was writing this blog post, i realized we’ve been doing these 1 sec/day videos for almost a decade now… wow.

one second everyday

december 2022 β€” one second everyday

december’s adventures!

the last month of the year saw a little bit of everything, including cozy nights by the fireplace (or in bed, pumped with pain meds), but also getting out and meeting friends and family over the christmas time. on christmas eve, my 3 year-old cousin maria got a clothes drying rack from santa, and you wouldn’t believe how incredibly excited she was about it! :D

just life weeknotes

weeknotes 49-52/22

– the end of the year is always filled chaos and anxiety, and a million tasks and errands to run. as i grow older, it feels harder to just relax and enjoy the holidays and the warmth of the season, which is a little sad. this year, the boy tried to push for us to do a lot of things earlier on though, which helped β€” i should remember this lesson.

– a highlight of christmas for me is just to spend a lot of time in a bookshop, looking for nice books to give to all the kids in our lives. “the wall” was a neat discovery this year. i helped my 7-year old cousin read through it before i wrapped it (it was not her gift), and by the end of it, she was hilariously indignant at how a king could be so clueless. πŸ˜‚

– in some bad news, it looks like our water infiltration is back, which is infuriating because we’ve spent thousands of euros renovating the terraces in order to fix it, and we seem to be back to step one. :( it really rained a lot though, so it might have been an exceptional thing… but it’s hard to know with water stuff. sigh.

– the end of the year brought lots of acute back pain for me, and random chest pains for the boy (with a trip to the emergency room)… it’s been an eventful couple of weeks, health-wise. luckily, we’re both doing better now.

– i got lots of nice gifts for christmas this year, including a tiny light to read at night, a francesinha-themed t-shirt, a cooking class, a handmade key hanger with a map of our town, deliciously scented bodyshop products… and panties! underwear is my mom’s traditional gift to the boy, my brother and me, and she gives really good quality ones, so everyone is grateful for the yearly stock up. :)

– our christmas cards were really cute this year, and we seem to have sent them at just the right time. pffeew!

– how lovely are the mail-themed socks that my czech secret santa sent me?

– and speaking of socks, i signed up for the awesome socks club this year, since they now ship from europe. it’s a monthly sock subscription that sends all profits to charity. i’m looking forward to my first pair next month.

– our yearly visit to the dentist revealed zero cavities. hurray!

– so grateful that all my family was on board with getting tested for covid prior to christmas dinner (even if some probably thought i was overreacting)! it was a weight off my shoulders to know everyone was healthy, and it helped me enjoy our time together. plus, i’m kind of a pro at swabbing noses now.

and i guess that concludes 2022’s weeknotes! i’m still glad i’ve started doing these weekly recaps, and quite a few friends have told me throughout the year that they enjoy reading them β€”Β thank you for coming around!