Here we are! At the shortest month of the year. And thank goodness. January often feels like three months in one, so it’s great to have one winter month that flies by.
I’m also feeling optimistic because today is Groundhog Day, and Shubenacadie Sam (our local groundhog) did not see his shadow… probably because we’re having a huge snow/rainstorm today… but I’m going to take it as a good sign that we’ll have an early spring on the east coast.
As per usual, before I get into what’s happening this February, I’m going to do a short recap of the best and the worst of January 2021… let’s get right into it!
January Top 3 Best.
- We went on some really nice winter hikes, walks and day trips, like our adventure to Eastern Passage , last month. It was a cold month, but there were definitely good days to get outside.
- Snowshoeing! We finally got some snow and tried out the new snowshoes on Citadel Hill. A super fun way to spend a Friday night.
- Nick and I celebrated both of our dads’ birthdays in January, which was fun. Nice to spend time with family and, of course, eat some really good food together.
January Top 3 Worst.
- Getting back into routine was tough! I love my school program, but it was tricky to get my head in the game after a few weeks off.
- It was pretty cold and dark… but at least the days are getting noticeably longer now.
- I truly don’t think I have a #3… must have been a great month, all things considered!
1. What I’ve been up to.
Lately, things have been pretty chill. This school semester feels a bit more slow paced than last fall’s semester, at least for now, so it’s been a bit *lite* on homework. Classes have been going well overall, though. The second semester is nice because I actually know my classmates and have school friends to talk to, vs. first semester when it took some time to meet people virtually.
Also, Nick and I have been going on a ton of winter walks, which has been fun. Getting Vitamin D and fresh air makes such a difference for me in the winter. Having the flexibility to go outside during the day when I don’t have class is super helpful, too. In case you’re looking for recos, some of our favourite winter walks have been:
- MacCormack’s Beach Provincial Park
- Regatta Point Walkway on Purcell’s Cove Rd
- Sir Sanford Fleming Park (The Dingle), specifically The Loop Trail
- Dartmouth Harbourfront Trail
- Point Pleasant Park
2. What I’m eating this week.
This week is a little bit different, because I didn’t get the Market Box like normal (missed the deadline last week oops!); however, I did get to the market and chose my own haul of local fruit and vegetables. It was actually really nice to interact with the vendors and get their recommendations (Hutten Farm recommended golden delicious apples and we’ve been loving them all week).
So, we’ve already made a few tasty meals with the veg like squash soup (a fall/winter classic) using squash, carrots and an apple from the market. Last night, I whipped up a spicy, garlicky noodle bowl with local purple kale and garlic. Delish!
And for the rest of the week, a few recipes I’m thinking of making are a golden beet salad, mashed rutabaga (probably will eat on the side of fish we bought), and we’ve been eating shrimp tacos quite a lot… so I can see us having that this week too.
For our weekly Thursday night dinner with our family friend, we’re probably going to try Mary’s African Cuisine together. Nick and I have tried Mary’s once, and it was so good, so looking forward to trying more of her dishes!
3. What I’m loving.
There are a few things that I am loving this month! The first thing is our Circle & Wick soy candles, hand poured in Halifax. I returned two empty Circle & Wick candle jars to The Tare Shop last week, and discovered that I could pick out two new candles for 10% off each in return. So I chose “Forest” and their February special edition “Love”.
Love is such a fresh smelling candle, not too sweet (some of their scents are quite sweet, which I don’t always like). lf you love (ha! pun not intended) taking a bath with a candle, you should definitely pick up Love by Circle & Wick. Anyway, these candles make the apartment feel super cozy, and I love that they’re locally made.
Nick and I also just picked up a citrus press and it is THE best! We’ve really been upping our game with useful kitchen gadgets in 2021: citrus press, apple corer, olive scoop. They’re all small but save so much time when preparing food.
Finally, this isn’t really a “thing”, but I’ve been working out consistently since the beginning of 2021, and it has been making me feel SO happy and energetic daily. The parts I’m loving are: near-daily Yoga with Adriene (specifically her January 2021 30 Day Journey), resistance bands (I recommend getting some if you like at-home workouts) and, surprisingly, the treadmill at our building’s gym is growing on me.
I’ve been doing the 12(incline)-3(speed)-30(minutes) challenge three mornings per week and it’s a decent sweat to start the day. I just need to get into some podcasts to help make the time pass on the ol’ treadmill.
4. What I’m looking forward to.
I am very excited because, this weekend, we are going for a little getaway with a couple of our friends. We rented an airbnb in a small town near the ocean, and I can’t wait to explore the area. We’re also hoping to ski if the weather holds up, and maybe a little snowshoeing. Good or bad weather, I’m just excited to discover another part of Nova Scotia.
Also on the near horizon… I’ve been dabbling in creating vlogs for an East Coast Blog YouTube channel. I’m hoping to share the first vlog later this week, probably on Friday. Filming was really fun, although I definitely felt like a nervous amateur speaking to the camera… but I’m sure that will improve over time. Learning how to edit is really cool too, but definitely time consuming. I can see why some folks don’t enjoy that part.
Anyway, stay TUNED for my very first vlog dropping later this week.
5. What I’m not looking forward to.
I’m honestly not really dreading anything currently. Nick and I have a plan to do a huuuuge apartment clean and reorganization day in two weekends from now. We have some cluttered cupboards that need to be tackled, but I’m lowkey looking forward to that. So this blurb probably belongs in the last section.
6. What I’m trying to change.
This is a constant effort for me, ever since I was a kid, but I NEED to try to go to bed earlier. I love waking up early, but it’s really hard when I don’t get to sleep at a reasonable time. So I know I’ve said this before, but I’m really trying to work on this. And probably always will be.
7. What I’m watching.
- Schitt’s Creek (Netflix): we’re on season 2 and LOVING it. The characters are so funny… not sure how it took me this long to watch.
- For All Mankind (Apple TV+): we started this, and are on episode 3. I’m enjoying it, even if it’s a bit slow at times. Nick is lukewarm on it; I think he wants to like it because he loves Apple TV+, but can’t quite get there with this show. Speaking of Apple TV+, if you have it, you should definitely watch Defending Jacob. We finished the drama in a few days and it was SO good.
- WandaVision (Disney+): I’m not super into the whole Marvel universe, but Nick and his buddies are watching this every week, so I’ve decided to join in… and it’s actually quite good! The first few episodes are based on sitcoms from the 50’s and 60’s, but are also super meta. Recommend this if you have a baseline level of Marvel knowledge, or someone who can watch with you and explain as you go.
- Bridgerton: I still need to watch this; it’s on my list after I finish up Dawson’s Creek (yesssss, still on it… season 5 currently).
And that’s what’s happening in February! Like I said before, super happy that February is here, and that it’s a short month. It should fly by, which means by the next time I’m writing another “What’s Happening” post, we’ll nearly be in spring.
P.S. What are you looking forward to (or not) in February? Let me know in the comments below.