Random Life Update: November 2022

Right now I’m still recovering from the flu, so please pardon me if this post is rather scatter brained. I’d really rather be sleeping right now. XD And I never ever say that, so that tells you that I’m either sick or depressed. πŸ˜‚ Otherwise I prefer to be doing something productive and useful.

Anyway. No more rambling. Probably. Note to self: in the future, try to only write posts while not sick and when it doesn’t feel like someone is standing on your chest, but also do so when you aren’t trying to listen to friend’s YouTube videos. You aren’t great at multi-tasking.

I also have the Dear Evan Hansen songs stuck in my head, so that probably isn’t helping my mood at the moment…Seriously though there are some beautiful songs.

There was a lot of celebrating this month. Yoveil’s birthday came first. MY BABY TURNED SEVEN. SEEEEVEN! NOOOO! How is that possible? I was just looking through old photos and wailing about how everyone is getting so old. *sniffles* We don’t have any babies left in the house and man I really miss them.

I sadly had to work on Yoveil’s birthday. She was very devastated because not only did Daddy and I have to work, but Baruch was also doing a week long program to help with his dyslexia. She was sure that she wouldn’t have any fun and that no one would be able to celebrate.

However, she ended up having a nice day. I did a bunch of fun stuff with her in the morning before I had to go to work. Then she had a special meal of *gags* corndogs. I was extremely glad to have been at work during supper and missed those dogs because there are very few things that are grosser. We had a beautiful cake and gifts after I got home from work. It was super fun. ❀ My baby is ancient now – she begs to disagree, though.

A fishing pole from Grandpa! She was thrilled.

My cutie…<3

Yoveil’s birthday cake. Isn’t that so pretty?!!

Next celebration was Thanksgiving. That was SUPER fun. I was sure that I would have to work on it, but we split up the holidays and I got Christmas and New Year instead. So I was quite happy.

Tragically, though, the stinkin’ flu decided that it would visit us that week. Jehosheba and Baruch got it on Wednesday. We didn’t know if we’d even be able to have the big Thanksgiving meal. But they rallied and praise God we were able to celebrate!

It was a lovely day, everything I hoped it would be. We started the day with getting up very late. XD I wrote for a long time and then those who were hungry had banana bread for breakfast. We spent a while playing various Thanksgiving games. I was very pleased that Yoveil & I won on trivia over Jehosheba and Nahum – aka The Lofty.

Of course they say that it’s just because there were too many turkey related questions and not enough on the actual Thanksgiving story. I still count it as a win.

We ate our big meal around 3 PM. Everyone helped with the cooking and baking and it was all super delicious. We had the usual things – stuffing, turkey, potatoes, pretzel salad, homemade rolls, cranberry sauce. I feel like I’m forgetting something but I’m tired and don’t want to go look through my journal. Let’s just say that it was all super delicious.

We took a nice long walk to get rid of (some) of that food so that we could make room for the desserts that I now regret making such massive batches of. We just finally finished them and everyone was very pleased.

Baruch for all of the nights we were having Thanksgiving desserts: Ah, man, you know, I’m just kinda full. I’m still sick, I think. I don’t want any.

Baruch, the night after all the desserts are gone: We’re having ice cream tonight? Oh yes! I feel so much better, I think I can have a whole giant portion now. Phew, I’m so glad that the flu is gone.

Me: *glares* Of course.

I got the flu the day after Thanksgiving. NOT FUN. I literally laid down around 11:30 in the morning and pretty much slept the rest of the day. I didn’t even want to listen to my beloved audiobooks. It was very much not enjoyable.

At work two of our clients had birthdays. That was fun and stressful at the same time. I really do enjoy celebrating birthdays with them clients. It makes me happy to see them so excited. But man, those birthdays tend to be more chaotic days that normal and that stresses me out. One of our clients has a really big family and all of them decided to come visit for her birthday (which I am SO glad of. People are so important to her). But man, the house was absolutely packed. People were running everywhere and making a ton of noise and generally being chaotic. Once everyone was fed and watered with ice cream, me and the two other introverted staff members retreated to the kitchen. We all co-miserated about how much we hate crowds and loudness. One of the staff members literally curled up in a little ball in the corner of the kitchen while she ate her slice of cake. I really wanted to do the same thing, lol.

What do writers think about when they hear the word NOVEMBER? That’s right. NANOWRIMO! This was my second year doing it and honestly I wasn’t sure I even wanted to. I put off plotting and brainstorming until the very last minute and then found a random short story idea and decided, “Hey, this would be perfect to turn into a novel because I’m sure I can stretch the one page of notes into 50,000 words. It’ll be no big deal.”

Turns out that I am not a very good panster. I prefer to have a very detailed plot. Last year I had forty pages. This year, one.

The result was quite sad. I’m far too embarrassed by the story to ever THINK of letting ANYONE ELSE read it. But hey, I’m proud of myself for at least writing 50,000 words in November and completing NaNoWriMo for the second time. Next year will be better, I promise.

I realized that food had become way too important to me. The stress of work and of NaNo basically made me into a frantic eating machine. When I wasn’t eating, I was thinking and dreaming about food and how much I wanted it. It had taken a place in my heart that was supposed to belong only to God.

So.

My friend Rosy and I decided to do a fast. I am sooo glad that she did it with me, it made me very happy to know that there was someone else just as miserable as I was. LOL, not really, but I am so thankful for her companionship. You’re amazing, Rosy!

The water fast lasted a week. At the beginning I thought, “Hey, this won’t be a problem at all. Sure, I’ll be hungry but it’s worth it.”

Well, my optimism died on day three when I was extremely hungry and there were still four more days left. Let’s just say that I learned a ton during that week, that I prayed a lot, drew closer to God in many ways and decided that fasting for extended periods of time was extremely not fun. It hurt like a lot. *shakes head* I thank God for giving me the strength to complete the fast, though. Praise him for his goodness. ❀

I’m 19 and I don’t have a driver’s license. *melts* SO ANYWAY this month Daddy and I started driving lessons. I really thought that I would destroy the van on the first time, but I didn’t thankfully. It went much better than I expected. Daddy is a good teacher and very calm, so that helped. XD Eventually I will get my license. Hopefully sometime next year. XD We’ll see.

Other than that? Not a ton happened. I had quite a few sales on my Etsy shop which made me happy. There’d been a lull but the holidays inspired people to spend a bunch of money. Thanksgiving is commercialized. Hurrah. I also realized that I should have set my prices with the insane shipping costs in mind because I actually spent half of my profits on shipping. WHY PEOPLE WHY.

I spent a lot of mornings before work anxiously pacing the house and wishing I could stay home, a lot Saturdays being miserable and almost wishing I could be at work and a lot of time taking long walks and freezing my fingers off because hey it’s already winter here. But at least that means that we can start listening to Hanukah and Christmas music. Gotta love that.

Why do I even write these posts anyway? Probably just for myself, lol. I enjoy looking back on them years later and seeing how we spend various months of our lives. Hopefully you are partially entertained by something here.

Happy Holidays, friends.

~Hattush

How was your November? What did you do? How do you celebrate Thanksgiving? What are you looking forward to in December.

18 thoughts on “Random Life Update: November 2022

  1. GIRL, you are not the only one who reads these. 🀣🀣🀣 (At least, I read them at times. πŸ˜‰) BAHAHAHAA, THE INTROVERTED MOMENTTTTTT!!!!That would be me when I’m not feeling the peopling. πŸ˜‚πŸ€£πŸ€£ Your poor coworker though … πŸ˜…
    And awww, your little sister is just adorable!!! She must’ve had a lovely day. (Even if she had corndogs and corndogs are not your thing.) And the part about your brother and ice cream … πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ Does he not like Thanksgiving desserts? πŸ˜‰
    But I hope you feel better soon!! Praying for you! πŸ€—β€β€β€ Don’t overwhelm yourself, too. πŸ˜‰

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    1. Lol, well, I’m glad I’m not the only one reading them. XD
      INTROVERTS UNITE…over snail mail. Or zoom. Or something where we don’t have to talk and be awkward. XD Lol, I know, I felt so bad for my co-worker. She was so stressed out.
      Nope, Baruch doesn’t like cheesecake and he doesn’t like pumpkin. XD So that limited the enjoyment of the desserts. *shakes head*
      Thanks so much. ❀ ❀ It means a lot.

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      1. Yes’m!
        LOL, I mean, technically, I’m an ambivert. An ambivert who tends to be shy and inwardly a recluse at times. XD YES, um … snail mail is email, right? XD
        WHAT??? *screams and falls over in shock* YOUR BROTHER DOESN’T LIKE CHEESECAKE??? *gasps and clutches my chest* How does he LIVE???!!! Okay, the pumpkin could be excusable … BUT EVEN THEN, I’D STILL EAT PUMPKINY (that’s a word now) DESSERTS!! Especially with whipped cream. Truwhip, preferably. πŸ˜‰
        You’re welcome! *hugs you*

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        1. Very interesting! Ambiverts have always facinated me. I’m just a total and complete introvert. πŸ˜† Unfortunately.
          Yes. Email. That’s my snail mail. I have a massive stack of letters that I need to respond to and I’ve been putting it off. πŸ˜†For months.
          I KNOW!!! HE IS CRAZY! Cheesecake is so good. Do you like plain cheesecake or flavors? Oh yes, whipped cream makes everything 100 times better!!
          ❀😘

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          1. Really? πŸ‘€ What is there to us that fascinates thee, dear Hattush? πŸ˜‚
            Ahhhhh, it’s not unfortunate that you’re an introvert! God makes us all different for a reason. πŸ˜ƒβ€
            LOL, I can be the same way, too. πŸ™ˆ Thou art not alone.
            *screams some more
            Ooooooh, well, it depends. I’ve had some wildberry kind or something like that, and it had drizzled icing on it?? But I like cheesecake bites, regular kind of cheesecake or not. πŸ˜‚ What about you? πŸ˜ƒ

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            1. I dunno, it’s just interesting that there is a mix of introvert and extrovert.
              I always wished I was extroverted, lol. It’d be great to like being around people. XD
              Oooooooo that sounds DELICIOUS! Anything cheesecake is aaaaamazing. I like nutella cheesecake best, lol.

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  2. Adorbs Birthday cake! I like turkey corn dogs.
    I got a zebco fishing pole last month when my dad upgraded our fishing tack😁
    Fast! My tummy cries out for you. I would try to fast but if I did I would faint I’m sure. I think I almost did earlier when I put off breakfast till lunch time.
    I love your Thanksgiving spread.
    I wish I could drive! I really hope you feel better, I’ve never had the flu but it sounds horrible. I will be praying!

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    1. Isn’t it? It was a cinamon roll cake, so it was filled with little rolls. SO FUN and so delicious.
      In my opinion, all corn dogs are disgusting. XD
      Ah nice! That’s awesome. Do you like fishing?
      Ugh, no fun! Yeah, I really thought that I would feel a lot more faint because normally if I don’t eat for more than a few hours I start feeling not great. But God gave me strength and I was able to do all of my work and take walks without passing out, lol. So that was another praise.
      Thanks!
      Wow, you’ve never had the flu? Lucky you!! Thanks so much, Corrie. ❀

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      1. Ooooooo! My grandma made an apple cinnamon roll cobbler like dessert. That was really good.
        They are not my fave. I am not a big fan of meatloaf or hamburgers, we eat Turkey burgers but even still, they are only slightly better.
        I don’t hate it. It’s not my fave past time, (mostly cause I suck at itπŸ˜‚) but it can be fun. I love casting.
        Oo! Walking without passing out is a great bonusπŸ˜‰
        I’ve not been sick much. It may be the stuff we eat or living on a farm and not getting out much. Whatever it us God has blessed me well in the health aspect. The worst I ever got sick was when I think we got covid in January before lockdown and everything started. Idk though, we never bothered to test it.
        Can gliders get covid? I was wondering if you knew since some animals can get it I’ve heard.

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        1. Ooo that sounds amazing!!
          Lol, yeah, I get that. Meat in general isn’t my favorite.
          That’s awesome. I’m so glad that you haven’t been sick very much. Something to thank God for! Ugh, covid isn’t fun. 😐 We’ve had it twice and it was not enjoyable!
          Yeah, there have been a few cases of gliders getting Covid, but it wasn’t serious and it was rare. So that’s a relief for me, lol!

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          1. It was delish!πŸ‘Œ
            I just eat Turkey and chicken. My family eats mostly kosher. We are not strict about it though, if someone serves us pork we eat it.
            I’m glad too!
            No it’s not! I’m pretty convinced what we had was covid. And also, I, of course, was the person who got it the worst. It seems like whenever my family gets sick, I’m always the one who gets the worst of itπŸ˜‚
            How are you feeling today? Does the flu last a long time?
            I think goats can get it but none of ours have gotten sick. I’m glad your little babies stayed safe😍

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            1. Oh cool, why do you eat mainly kosher? I like certain chicken dishes, but we have it for dinner literally every night at my work, so I’m gettin’ a little tired of it. XD
              Ugh, that stinks. 😦 I’m sorry that you guys got Covid. It’s really not a fun illness.
              I’m feeling much better. I still have a stuffy nose, but I’m able to function again! It depends, but this flu lasted around a week and a half. Ugh.
              Oh interesting. Can goats get a lot of human sicknesses?

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              1. Because it’s healthier and we like it. Mostly cause we follow the Old Testament way of eating. But not stricktly.
                Ah, we don’t eat chicken too much but we eat lots of turkey. I experiment with it.
                I think we got it, not for certain though.
                I’m glad you are on the mend!
                I’m not sure, I’d not heard of them getting any before covid.

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                  1. Eating kosher? Most Jewish people do. But they are really strict about it.
                    I make a mixture of ground turkey, onions, potatoes, and then whatever other vegetables I have, I usually season it with Paprika or basil, some herb of sorts, and then salt. It’s really tasty!
                    You’re welcome!

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