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The Best Of January

We’re more than halfway through February and I’m just posting my January favorites. In my defense, January was about 2 years long so I needed more time to choose the best aspects. The good news is that I’ve already started thinking about my February post and will (hopefully) get that one uploaded in a timely fashion. Until then, here are my 5 favorite parts of last month.

Australian Open

My tennis obsession continues. Roger Federer successfully defended his Australian Open title. After an intense 5 setter, which emotionally wrecked me, he became the first man to win 20 grand slams and tied the record for most Australian Opens won. I may or may not have cried…

Family

Like I mentioned in The Best of 2017, a few of my cousins came to spend their holiday with us. It was the first time we’d all gotten together since 2015 so we attempted to make up for lost time. Our daily dance parties and blaring music brought some life to our normally silent neighborhood. We treated our Facebook friends to 490 pictures of us being ridiculous. Having a midnight meal, because a snack just wouldn’t do, was a nightly ritual. Things were chaotic at times but we were never bored.

Food

Being at home spoiled me. I had so many fresh ingredients, a workable kitchen, and the time to cook.  Coming back to uni life has been rough. My attempts at cooking have been disappointing, to say the least. I no longer have the time, or patience, to make intricate meals. My oven is extremely unreliable and I’m craving foods I can’t buy here. After ordering more takeout than I care to admit, I’ve officially gotten tired of every restaurant in this town. The other night I dreamt of being back home for dinner. At this point, I would happily exchange a kidney for food from home.

Milo

My yorkie, Milo, is a character. We still question if he knows that he’s a dog. He spent last month doing his favorite things: chasing the butterflies, receiving endless attention, and barking at dogs that could eat him. Even though he rudely woke me up every morning, seeing Milo was my favorite part of being at home. He made sure that there was never a dull moment and showered me with love. I definitely miss him the most.

Reign

My cousin and I were obsessed with Reign. We binge watched all 4 seasons and were way too emotionally invested. The show covers the life of Mary, Queen of Scots. From her childhood until her death, Reign expertly portrays the trials and triumphs that Mary, and those closest to her, go through.There wasn’t a single episode that disappointed.The writers did an amazing job developing and humanizing all the characters.It was easy to understand everyone’s motivations, even if you didn’t agree with them. Mary was a clear fan favorite, but I will always have a soft spot for Catherine. I never really decided if I loved or hated her but that was part of the show’s beauty. We were devasted when we got to the end but even that was wonderfully executed. 10/10 would recommend.

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