March 2020 Wrap-Up

It’s been a year! Oh, wait … it’s just the end of freaking forever-March. I really thought January was the never-ending month, but March sure dethroned it. A lot has been happening, and very few of these things (or none) were according to plan, but more about that later. The one thing that March allowed me to do was get back into reading again. I still can’t plow through 10 books a month, like I used to do in my late High School/early college years (wow, am I getting old?), but I am quite happy nonetheless, because I am just really enjoying diving into books again. I am DEFINITELY on track for my Goodreads reading challenge.

Anna K. The Last Wish (The Witcher, #0.5) The Aftermath

As per usual, click on the covers to get re-directed to Goodreads, where you are always welcome toΒ add me as a reading buddy! My own reviews you’re able to find by clicking on the titles in the list above.

So, now let’s briefly talk about the obvious – the pandemic. I know, I know … we are all bombarded with it on a 24/7 news cycle and I can only imagine that you do not necessarily want to hear about it from me as well. I am not going to go into massive detail, but I just want to say that I hope you are all staying safe and at home (to the best of your abilities). These are trying times for everyone, but we need to remain patient and vigilant to continue flattening the curve.Β 

Having said that, I also want to say that it’s okay to mourn not being able to do something or see people you love. We are humans and therefore capable of more than one emotion. I can worry about the general human populace and still be sad about the fact that I had to cancel some important plans. As mentioned last month, I had planned to move to Canada this March with the work permit I acquired, but that has not happened. Not only was it my decision to cancel the flights and hotels I had already booked because traveling in this climate felt irresponsible, but a couple weeks later and literal all the borders are closed for non-essential travel. I am not going to lie, I threw myself a pity party and still am sad sometimes that I couldn’t do something I had worked towards for YEARS, but … in hindsight it might be for the better? I get to be with my parents right now. And even though it gets crowded sometimes, I am glad not to be entirely on my own an entire ocean away. It can get hard to find the positive, but I keep trying and just hoping that the more we band together (not physically, but by social distancing etc.) the sooner this will get managed.

Btw, don’t be like Vanessa Hudgens. Take this seriously!

Now, on to happier things! Life and Other Disasters has surpassed the freaking 2,500 follower milestone!!! I still can barely believe it, but I am so beyond grateful. As a way of looking back at years of blogging and which content stuck the most with you, my lovely readers, I published a series of posts titled “Kat Made Me Read/Watch It”. In it I listed all the shows, books and whatnot that you have told me you started watching or reading (partially) because of me and to this day, it’s one of the best things a blogger can hear. It makes our work feel appreciated and my heart sing. Here are the parts:

Aside from that, I don’t feel like I have been the most productive during this introspective time. I have barely picked up a brush, only honoring a couple actors for season finales or on their birthdays with a portrait. One was Ronen Rubinstein, who you will surely fall in love with just like I did once you watch 9-1-1 Lone Star (if you haven’t yet, what even are you waiting for?) and of course, the ever formidable Rupert Evans, who plays the whitelighter in the Charmed reboot.

I am serious, TK Strand will capture your heart (and not just that of hot police officer Carlos).

I thought it was especially cool that a friend of mine animated my drawing of Rupert, which made it eerily realistic and like it came to life!

MY FAVOURITE THINGS

I really had to think about this a whole lot, because I initially couldn’t think of something I had enjoyed over the top this month, but then it struck me! I absolutely 100% could not forget about Vampires. I mentioned it in this post, but to sum it up briefly. Vampirism is a matriarchy. This show creates vampires like humans (through birth) and deals with a girl who seems to be a hybrid. Her mother has broken off contact with the rest of the community, but when news gets out about Doina (the hybrid girl), they WANT her. It has a completely toxic ship, but one I am so here for? Like … I just need a second season to have Ladislas and Doina date. That’s literally all I want.

Now, it’s been a while since I’ve done this, but so many bloggers have been so very kind to me. They keep highlighting posts of mine and I always seem to have been too self-absorbed or busy to return the favour. So, here are a couple posts from around the blogosphere that I enjoyed.

  • Marie (Drizzle and Hurricane Books) talked about her book buying process and the fact that she HAS a real, several steps process is just wow! I love that girl!
  • Caro (Bookcheshirecat) has reviewed one of my all time hidden gems – Jackaby! You should really check it out if you haven’t yet.
  • Lois (My Midnight Musing) recommended some binge-worthy TV shows (including some shows that I absolutely 100% endorse as well), so give it a go if you need some more stuff on your quarantine watchlist.
  • Over at The Punk Theory, Becks has reviewed Season 1, Season 2 and Season 3 of Riverdale. That show is a trash fire that I once upon supported and now only hate watch. It’s beautiful to watch her confusion grow as she keeps with it … cause like a train wreck, you can’t seem to look away).
  • Maha (Sunshine n’ Books) made a plan for what she wants to accomplish during self-isolation. Since her to-do-list and mine are quite similar, I just felt the need to share it here too!

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As I said before, I hope you are all staying safe and healthy! Here’s to hoping that we will all be able to accomplish the tasks we set for ourselves this April! If you ever feel like chatting, I am here.

18 thoughts on “March 2020 Wrap-Up

  1. ahahahahaha *laughing hysterically* remember when we thought January was bad what a ride can we go back to January pls
    I’m so sorry you had to put off your move, and agree that we have to be okay mourning our own losses while still caring about the world as a whole that may have it worse
    congrats on the follower count!!

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    • Right!? Why is time passing so weirdly in 2020???
      I just think it’s important to not make people feel guilty about personal stuff nowadays, just because it isn’t something that concerns the greater good. It can still could have been important to one person and that’s enough. Feel the feels you need! ❀
      Thank you!! I often can't believe the number when I look at it. If all my followers and I were to meet, I don't even know a location we'd all fit in haha

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  2. Thank you so much for sharing my post and pushing some of those binge-worthy box sets onto me haha. Any mention of Lone Star makes me happy. That show is just too lovely and we all need out Tarlos fix.
    The world has got to pots basically. It is so understandable to mourn the loss of plans that had been in the making for what seems like aeons. I was gutted on your behalf.
    Hopefully, with patience and sense, we can come out of all this a little bit wiser and brighter. Plus, you got your reading mojo is on form which is impressive.

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    • Always happy to share your posts!! I really meant to do that more often in general, but I wasn’t at my best blogging game either these past months haha
      Tarlos is so adorable, I cannot even just thinknig about them.
      Thank you for always having been there when I was distrought about my plans changing. But I agree, we just have to be patient now. I have come to terms with the situation, because it’s not like I, as a single person, can change much beyond following the suggested measures (which I am proudly doing). Hope you stay safe and will get back into reading more too! Or you can just watch a bunch of stuff and talk to me about that haha I would be more than happy with either.

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  3. Omg I agree, January felt so long but then March came around and time ceased to have any meaning as it lasted forever 😱 I’m so sorry that your traveling plans were put on hold, I hope there might be another great opportunity for you in the future when things are looking a little better and I hope you’re doing okay πŸ’• Also, thank you for featuring my review! Everyone should read Jackaby πŸ˜‰

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    • Right? March was the forever month …
      It’s alright … I mean, of course I was disappointed but my work permit will still be valid for a year as long as I enter the country before February 2021. Let’s hope that tracks.
      Of course!! You always feature my stuff, I was happy to return the favour.

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  4. Thank you so, so much for sharing my post, Kat, you’re the sweetest ❀ ❀
    I'm so happy you're back to reading a little bit again. I am still so excited to get a copy of Anna K., I will probably let myself order one as soon as I go through a little more of my physical TBR, but I am very excited about it ahh πŸ™‚
    I'm SO proud of you for surpassing the 2500 followers mark, this is so impressive and so, so well deserved. You really deserve all the love, you're always my favorite ❀
    Here's to hoping April will be kind ❀

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    • I’ve really had a lot of fun with the books last month, but April has already proven to me that I am not great at keeping up with reading, drawing, writing AND my shows. We’ll see where I land at the end of it.
      Thank you, Marie! I can’t say it enough, but you are really one of my greatest supporters and I cannot express enough gratitude for that.
      Here’s to a kinder April! ❀

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      • Ugh I get that. It’s so hard to juggle with it all it’s so hard to leave some things aside, because… well we want to do it all. At least, I do haha πŸ™‚ ❀

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  5. Congrats on getting to 2500 followers- that’s freaking huge!! I love that you’ve been doing a series on “Kat made me watch/read”, cos there’s so many things you’ve got me into over the years! It’ll be really fun to read what you’ve got people into!
    I’m so sorry about your Canada plans ❀ I hope you and your family are staying safe ❀

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    • THANK YOUUU! ❀ I just thought it would be something a little different to the Q&A I usually do haha
      I've made my peace with not being able to go right now. It will happen when it's supposed to πŸ™‚ I hope you and your loved ones stay safe too ❀

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