2022: The Year That Is Almost Over
There were days, and hours, and minutes, and then they were gone
What even was this year? What is time? Where am I?
I like best-of posts, so hey here’s mine!
Best decision I made this year: Quitting my horrible-for-me job and taking up book coaching. (If your New Year’s resolutions include writing a book, hit me up!)
Book I read in 2022 that has stuck with me the most: Cloud Cuckoo Land. Just astonishing. If you’re intimidated by it, or started it and gave up, believe me, stick it out. The ending is not one I’ll soon forget (and I forget everything!)
Movie I can’t stop thinking about: Everything Everywhere All at Once. You’ve seen it, right? Of course you have.
Documentary I watched that sent me down a chronic-pain rabbit hole (in a good way): All The Rage. If you’re curious about the mind-body connection when it comes to bad backs, ulcers, TMJ, etc., start here. (This is probably a topic I’ll dive into in a future newsletter.)
Album I can’t stop playing: SOS by SZA.
(Granted, this has only been in the past week.) (Before that it was Beyoncé’s Renaissance, all the time. All the time.)
Album I listened to every morning when I sat down to work in 2022: St. Cloud by Waxahatchee (I can’t normally listen to music with words while I’m writing, but I can’t understand a word she’s saying, so this works for me.)
Podcast I bought a Spotify subscription for in 2022: Heavyweight. I am an Apple Music user, typically but I will do almost anything for Jonathan Goldstein. I don’t even want to explain what this podcast is, I just want you to listen to it. You want your heart to be warmed? Start with this mini episode: Heavyweight Short: Cody. Sorry about your overly warmed heart!
Favorite new podcast: If Books Could Kill. Michael Hobbes & Peter Shamshiri tear apart airport bestsellers. All the episodes are very good, but the Malcolm Gladwell one might be my favorite.
Best purchase of 2022: High-Waisted Pull-On Pixie Wide-Leg Pants for Women. Do you enjoy the comfort and ease of a pull on pant? Not exactly sure what size you are anymore and don’t want to think too hard about it? Here you go. These are flattering and can be dressed up, down, and sideways. Thanks, Old Navy.
Runner-up best purchase: This USB fan blows directly into my menopausal face, and is adorable to boot.
See you next year, my friends! Tidings of comfort and joy for everyone.
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It’s a couple of months later, but I’m just now listening to the Cody episode of Heavyweight. While it is just THE MOST touching story, I accidentally found myself crying in COSTCO like a baby. A little warning next time, Alice! 😆🥲
Wishing you a new year filled with awesomeness!