December Recap | Winter 2022

I know I said that I wasn’t going to make these diary-style blog posts but I am even less inclined to write anything if I am going to stick with the original plan. So out with the old plan and in with the new plan! And right on time for the New Year.

You can read my blog post about the 6 Most Annoying Types of Blogs, right here.

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Do I care if this makes me a hypocrite? Maybe. But honestly, who is keeping tabs on me and who cares?! 🤷‍♀️

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(っ◔◡◔)っ Serious Question: Are you familiar with the game, Never Have I ever?

1. Never have I ever written a monthly recap blog post.

I’ve never written a monthly recap before but I think now’s a good time to start. I want to write this post in order to encourage myself and hold myself accountable, but also so others can take something away from what I’m writing.

I am still a little confused about what I am doing with my Medium profile. Traffic has declined a lot but I am still gaining followers. I have currently reached 1,100 followers and it is crazy to me. Whoever is reading my articles, thank you for your support!

In case you haven’t been following me on #Twitter or #Medium, I forgive you. Seriously though, you haven’t been getting updates from me if that’s been the case.

2. Never have I ever had COVID-19 😷

December sure didn’t start out that well for me. I got sick the first week of the month and had to call in for 5 shifts. That’s a lot of work! I ended up getting laryngitis and bronchitis, which resulted in this awful cough that wouldn’t go away. I’m glad I’m finally feeling better, though, and haven’t had a coughing fit in three days now.

One would think that I had been diagnosed with the COVID-19 plague, but I still haven’t been diagnosed with COVUD-19! It annoys me when people incorrectly claim to have had COVID-19 and refuse to get tested by a medical professional. You don’t actually know IF you have it unless you take the test. Honestly, I don’t know how I haven’t gotten it yet but I have a theory that I may have caught it in the earlier days before we had to get tested. Who knows!

Now that I feel better, I will be returning to work this weekend and need to make some money to cover the expenses this month. It’s a relief that I live debt-free and don’t have to live paycheck-to-paycheck, but now I’m trying not to feel overwhelmed by the bills this month.

Other Life Updates

My daughter got her ears pierced. My husband was hesitant about it, but he quickly got over it. I took my six-year old to get her ears pierced on December 26, 2022, which is what we call Boxing Day here in Canada. My daughter’s earrings are the color of her birthstone which happens to be October.

My kids had a lot of appointments this month. With so much to do on a day-to-day basis it can be a struggle to keep track of it all. My calendar is pretty crappy and I am ready for a new one! Looking forward to some new stationary in January 2023.

I had a massage last week, for the first time in years. The last time I had a massage was 2019 before the pandemic happened. Although the massage was quite painful, I felt so much better afterwards. This weekend, I am less achy than usual. I plan on going back for another massage in the new year.

I started using the treadmill again. I was using it religiously during the summer, but then I stopped for some reason, and noticed that I have been maintaining my weight. This does not make me happy because I have 20 pounds to lose and most of it is belly fat. All I want to do is wear cute clothes and feel good about myself. And being skinny fat does not feel good. There is no denying that, and I do want to mention that “every size is beautiful” is an empty statement which does not change my reality. It’s not enough for me to tell myself that I look great when I don’t feel the same way about myself. The most important thing for me right now is getting in shape.

We did not see family this Christmas, and nobody visited us either. My mom is afraid of flying in an airplane, my dad doesn’t like to fly by himself, and my parents fear COVID-19. There is no convincing them to visit us this year as they are worried about their safety. My husband didn’t want to use his vacation days to visit family in Ontario this year because they would all be gone anyways since most of his extended family weren’t going to be there. Our Christmas was very scattered and uncoordinated. We didn’t do much at all.

My ASUS laptop is dying a slow, painful death. I need a new laptop and am at the point where I won’t even turn my laptop on. I have been having issues with my laptop for a while and know that I need a new one but am having a hard time choosing which brand. I currently have an ASUS and I am not interested in getting a MacBook. In case you missed my blog post about my experience with owning a MacBook, you can read about it here:

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My ASUS laptop got me through nursing school.

(っ◔◡◔)っ ♥ FINAL THOUGHTS ♥

I have a feeling that this will probably be the last blog post for December. I don’t typically reply to blog posts on days that I am working, and I happen to be working this weekend.

I really appreciate it when readers take the time to read my posts, and I hope that you found them interesting. I know they were pretty straightforward and uneventful, which is why I want to hear from you. What was your December like? Are you enjoying the holidays so far? Feel free to join the conversation below ↓ And if you don’t hear from me, I wish you a happy and prosperous New Year! 🎉🥂

Thanks for stopping by! ❤️


29 thoughts on “December Recap | Winter 2022

  1. Pooja G says:

    Your daughter looks so adorable with her piercings! And I got my first massage this too… and then a few more lol. If the massage is painful just ask them to use less pressure. It’ll feel really good then.

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    • Hilary Tan says:

      Thank you! I really like her birthstone color and my plan was to get her birthstone. When I was little, my mom got my birthstone when I got my ears pierced too. Yes, unfortunately the massage was painful and I probably won’t go back to that place. I had the worst back pain these past couple of days, which I think was a result of that massage. I don’t know for sure though.

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    • Hilary Tan says:

      I’ve been sick several times in 2022 and it’s been really bad, but none turned out to be COVID. It’s so strange. It could be that some ppl are immune or have antibodies. My husband hasn’t had COVID yet either!

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      • Hilary Tan says:

        It truly is a mystery but also incredible to think about. Especially someone recovering naturally from HIV. You made a good point about biological variation. I guess it comes down to good genetics.


  2. Feets says:

    That’s so interesting! I have never been diagnosed with COVID and rarely get tested. I have sickness with other stuff, but rarely respiratory.

    I got my ears pierced as a small toddler. I don’t remember.

    Happy New Year!

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    • Hilary Tan says:

      Thank you so much, Devang. I spent the end of 2022 upset about a few things. I need to write my thoughts down on paper. It’s the only way to find closure or at least make sense of things that don’t make sense, if that makes sense.

      I haven’t been able to reply until now because I was super nauseous on Jan 1 and bedridden as a result. Couldn’t stand up without feeling the need to vomit. It was awful. I’m feeling a lot better now and finally left the house today.

      I hope your New Year started off better than mine did! 🙌✨


  3. buddy71 says:

    Happy to hear that you’re feeling better. It seems that traveling during this time of the year can be very frustrating with the bad weather conditions that are happening and few people are making it to their destinations. Have mask will travel! I have flown but I wore a mask and I visited San Francisco but every place that I went to that was inside or in a crowded situation I did wear a mask. I do have allergies, but I do feel that I have not come down with covid-19. I have some home tests and they have been negative. But since I am a healthcare professional I wear a mask at all indoor activities and when traveling on public transportation. But I don’t really go many places or visit people that I would consider high risk. I have observed that there are fewer and fewer people wearing masks in the area that I live. Even though my area is considered a high risk for covid-19. I am fully vaxxed and boosted and I even got my flu shot. Christmas was spent quietly and so was New Years except for the assholes who repeatedly broke the law by celebrating both days shooting off fireworks. I had to sedate one of my dogs has she gets very nervous and upset with fireworks going off. I hope 2023 is a good year for you and your family and I look forward to reading your posts next year.

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    • Hilary Tan says:

      Me too. Im fully vaxxed, boosted, the works 🙌 The flu shot didn’t protect me from getting the flu this winter. Nobody wears masks here but I avoid crowds and rarely go out. If I do go out I try to avoid people. At work it’s a requirement to wear a mask and I don’t plan on stopping that if they were to remove the mask mandate in the hospitals. I feel safer wearing one, especially when patients are coughing on me.

      The New Year started off rough for me. I had a stomach bug Jan 1 and couldn’t stand up without feeling the need to vomit. Luckily I didn’t vomit but I felt super nauseous, was bedridden, and couldn’t eat for 2 days. I’m finally feeling better and am working on replying to the comments. I hope you are having a better New Year than I am! Stay safe and healthy! 😷


    • Hilary Tan says:

      Thank you, Pepper Valentine! My daughter really loves her new earrings. And thank you for your kind words – Interestingly, I’m still accumulating followers but I hardly get engagement on Medium. People don’t read my content on Medium as much as they do on WP. I’m still trying to figure it out lol

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    • Hilary Tan says:

      Thank you so much! I wish you a very Happy New Year as well! I’ll continue writing and have no plans to stop any time soon ✍️ And thank you – she’s Eurasian 😊💕


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