Hello friends and welcome to my September 2020 wrap up! This one has been a year for the books, I’d say. We’re all a little dazed, even still—at least I am! It’s been several months in pandemicland and I’m only really starting to get back into things now. It’s been a really challenging year personally, too! All around it’s been tough but there definitely have been bright spots! Also, to be honest with you, I can’t remember the last time I did a wrap up post, but now felt like as good a time as any to jump back in.
September has been a time of new beginnings, in more ways than one. The most notable for me was that I started school again! This is a pretty typical occurrence in September, I know. Especially since I started this program last year so it’s no surprise! However, like I mentioned, this year has been tough for me in many ways, and a lot of those ways started well before the pandemic.
After my first semester in grad school ended around Christmas, I was a mess. I ended up needing to get extensions on my work and deferring the winter semester. I am so grateful I made that decision and was supported. All of the trouble I was having (as well as an unfortunately necessary amount of self-advocating) led me to a diagnosis I wish I’d received 20 years ago: ADHD.
At first, I didn’t understand how I could possibly have ADHD. Nothing that I knew about it fit me. But, as it turns out, the general population’s understanding of ADHD is severely flawed. After doing a bunch of my own research, I found how accurate this diagnosis was for me and how it explained so, so many, if not all, of the major issues I’ve struggled with in my life. It was incredibly validating and helped me make a lot of positive changes in my life!
When I started back at school at the beginning of this month, I started with a mindset of showing myself compassion and not pushing myself too hard. I want to work with my strengths, not fight my perceived weaknesses. This semester, I’m getting the support I need and hopefully it will help me be more successful. It’s kind of bananas, really. If things are nearly impossible for me to do it feels like cheating. I guess that’s what happens when you go undiagnosed for nearly thirty years and develop a a few comorbid conditions!
Now that you’re caught up on my life, let’s get into the good stuff! I’ve been reading, watching, and listening to a lot of great content this month. Let’s talk about it!
September was the month of comics and graphic novels for me. I read a ton and loved them all! Each one was a four or five star read for me. I read: Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me; Saga volumes 6, 7, and 8; Giant Days volumes 5-13; The Wicked + The Divine volumes 4, 5, and 6; and I’m about halfway through This One Summer! For class I read Feminism by Deborah Cameron, and it was a great little primer on the movement generally (the author does note that it focuses on “Western” feminism). I’m also nearly finished reading My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell and just started One by One by Ruth Ware!
My favourite new podcast started around the same time as the pandemic. It’s called Bananas and it’s these two funny dudes talking about weird news stories. Highly recommend. There’s also a new season of Uncover that I just started listening to. It’s about my little home city, and that feels a bit weird. Other than those two, there are the usual suspects! My Favourite Murder, Crime Junkie, Casefile, and Armchair Expert!
During the pandemic I finally gave in to my desires and started collecting vinyl records. And I’m obsessed. For the last month I’ve been mostly listening to HAIM’s new album Women in Music III, the CHVRCHES album Love is Dead, and the new Avett Brothers album The Third Gleam. The first two I’m completely obsessed with, the third I’m slightly disappointed by. The Avetts are my all-time fav, and this short album, while it has some bops, missed the mark for me a little bit. I think it might have to do with my aversion to the song Women Like You.
Generally speaking, since the pandemic started, I have been watching fewer TV shows and movies. Sitting still made me feel too anxious. Seeing people out in the world made me sad. Now, where I’m located, things have settled down and we can sort of go places again. However, I know that second wave is coming but I’m trying not to think about it. In September, I watched some good shows, mostly in the two weeks before my classes started!
Betty—I stumbled across this delightful HBO show and thoroughly enjoyed it. Read more here!
Umbrella Academy—I finally watched this. And let me tell you. I’m probably going to watch it again. TWO bi (or pan, it’s not entirely clear) main characters?! Yes, yes, thrice yes!
Four Weddings and A Funeral—Mindy Kaling’s TV adaptation of the film by the same name was surprisingly good. I love Mindy but the premise just didn’t do it for me. That, and the acting wasn’t that great at first. It felt a little too cheesy for me. But I kept watching and I’m glad I did! It kept getting better and was the perfect amount cheese.
The Vow—This docuseries is about the cult NXIVM! There’s a great season of the CBC podcast Uncover about it as well. I’ve been watching this one weekly and it’s a delight. Cults are bananas.
The Good Place—They basically just added season four to Netflix and I watched it all in just a couple of sittings. It’s SO GOOD and just SO FUNNY and I’m just SO SAD that it’s over now.
What did you get into this September?