Friday 11 August 2023

Month In Review(s) - July 2023

Warning: this post briefly discusses Depression

July. Ugh.

Well... let's look at the positives.

Once again, nobody in my life - either human or animal - died, almost died, or had a life-changing diagnosis.

Which is a low bar for a win, but that's the bar that I have - so it's a win.

Title: July - Gorffennaf. Background: ice cream cones

Probably as a result of how sh**ty my year has been so far, my mental health has not been good this month.

Depression sucks. It sucks so goddamn bad.

So, I'm having to remind myself, yet again, that I need to self-care the sh** outta everything.

...You'd think after a decade of this I'd have learnt this lesson, but apparently not. ๐Ÿ˜…

On the plus side, July was summer the way it's meant to be here in Wales - rain, wind, and nice mild temperatures.

(I'm not being sarcastic - I love summers like that. This is what our climate is supposed to be like, and I don't feel like I'm gonna die like I did in June.)

Unfortunately the rest of the world is on fire because, say it with me, CLIMATE CHANGE IS REAL AND IT IS HERE.

As a reminder, all of my regular post series are taking a break in August.

Because I am tired and spinning multiple metaphorical plates ๐Ÿ˜…

I usually plan to try and get ahead with scheduling during breaks like this - and while that would be nice, I'm not going to pretend it's likely. I always intend it, and it never happens.

(I saw something the other day that said that Virgos are ultra-organised and I'm like... nope! Just a Queer disaster over here! Lol.)

Anyway, my regular blogpost series will be back on the following dates:

Comics Wrap-Up - 7th September

Friday Fics Fix - 8th September

Nerd Church - 10th September look out for those!

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Comics Wrap-Up

Title: Comics Wrap-Up. Background: lined-notebook-style with speech bubles containing heart symbols

The World Needs Samuel L Jackson Trying To Figure Out If Something's Cake - ...I think that speaks for itself ๐Ÿ˜…

Yellow. Costume. - Deadpool 3 news & more

Those Pesky Mortals - Persephone-related webcomics & more

Chaos In The Best Possible Way - The Marvels & more

Friday Fics Fix

Title: Fics Fix! Background: purple with lightning bolt shape

Five Hargreeves Is Ruminating, OK? - The Umbrella Academy fanfic with an interesting look at Five's character and relationships with his siblings

Quite Frankly Batpoop OFMD Vibes - A continuation fic for Our Flag Means Death (OFMD) that somehow also allows the fic author to pretend they're studying medicine while writing fanfic (#impressive)

Solid SamBucky - We all need some solid SamBucky emotional/mental-health-based Hurt/Comfort every now and then, right?

Nah, They Gay - Lucius from OFMD tries to explain that the Captains are Queer af to a disbelieving crew

Nerd Church

Internet Pitchforks: The Cases of Elisa Lam and Nicola Bulley - Two sad disappearances. Two examples of what can happen when the internet fills in the gaps.

Short Story: New Money - Introducing you to one Anna Sinclair. (You're gonna love her.)

The Nebulousness of Self-Care (Or 'What Do I Need?!') - how the hell do we figure out what we need and when we need it?

Watching Tennis With Depression - when you can't enjoy the things you enjoy

And Yet - Is idealism a fool's game?

Other Non-Review Posts

Month in Review(s) - June 2023

So that was my July, how was yours?

Talk to me! ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ’ฌ

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  1. My July was hot as hell and tiring and...just about the same as my latest year it's been, ever since my husband's ulcer forced him to stay in bed. It's slowly healing - keyword being "slowly" here - so yeah, I'm sick and tired of everything, and the summer is POISON for me on multiple levels. At least I have my books and my blog keeping me sane...

    I hope your break is kind to you. And the universe too. You deserve a break ๐Ÿงก.

    1. *hugs for you* That sucks <3

      And thank you so much :)

  2. There is hot outside... Nice post :D

  3. Have you seen the Barbie movie? There's a joke where Mattel wants to make a "depression Barbie." My sister chuckled, she said it was way too accurate. Idk joking about my mental illnesses helps me cope XD Hope you're ok, Cee!

    1. I haven't - still not really comfortable with the cinema because of living with a vulnerable person, and the Covid numbers being up (...we think, the data-collection is almost non-existant here now.) But I so wanna watch it when it comes to streaming or TV or whatever! :)


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