My February Favorites

Here we go: another month full of trying to be a more positive and appreciative person. So here are some of the things that I’ve found happiness in this month.

Beat Saber

I bought my boyfriend a copy of Beat Saber for Valentine’s Day and it is probably the best purchase I’ve ever made. I can honestly say that, without a doubt, I have never had so much fun with a video game before.

If you’re unaware, Beat Saber is a rhythm game in VR where you are slicing at notes with a light saber. You can also add custom songs, so I’ve been playing along with some of my favorite songs, which makes it even more fun.

It’s also a VR game that I could play for an extended period of time without experiencing motion sickness. I am, however, limited on play time by sweat. Seriously, Beat Saber is such a workout and I get sweaty almost instantly, so I try to take breaks so that I don’t get the headset too wet.

It sucks that VR headsets are still not mainstream or cost-efficient yet because I wish more people could experience this game. This is the exact opposite of high school where literally everyone I knew had Guitar Hero or Rock Band except for me.

Here’s a video of the game being played if you need a visual:

Playing the guitar

I got a guitar for Christmas and I’ve slowly been teaching myself how to play. Previously I played the ukulele, but for some reason could not for the life of me play while singing. But for some reason I don’t have that issue with the guitar.

So I’ve been jamming out and singing my little heart out to All Too Well by Taylor Swift. So fun.

I’m still learning, but I feel like I’ve already improved so much in the past few months. Chord changes are starting to come a little easier, and I’m improving on strumming patterns that I initially struggled with.

Going to the library

Ever since I bought a Kindle, I’ve become so much more comfortable reading on it than reading physical copies of books. Obviously reading on a device has it’s benefits, but the one thing I do miss about reading physical books is going to the library.

Luckily, some of my library job has been restored recently when I rented a few movies while killing time in the library before a book club. That has kind of a sparked a new routine of me going to the library every few weeks. I may not be reading books, but there are so many other things that the library offers, and I’m trying to take advantage of those more.

I spent so much of my childhood in libraries, and being in them now makes me feel so happy and brings back so many happy memories.

I’m also starting to get to that age where I don’t hate children, and it makes me so happy seeing parents bring their children to the library and getting them interested in reading at a young age. There are so many happy and positive things about libraries!

Returning library books before they’re due

Okay, maybe this is just me, but I love returning library books early, especially if I know it’s a popular book that people are waiting on.

In Overdrive’s Libby app, it sometimes tells you how many people are waiting for the book, and I love the idea that someone who’s really excited for a book might get it a few days or weeks before they had thought. I know this may sound silly, but to me, it feels like I’m giving a nice little gift to a stranger. I think this is the bookworm equivalent of paying for the order of the person behind you in the Dunkin’ Donuts drive-thru.

Switchfoot / concerts

I was always aware that Switchfoot existed, but I always thought they were a Christian band so I never really ever went out of my way to listen to them. I’d heard their two really popular songs, but that’s about it.

My boyfriend, on the other hand, is a huge Switchfoot fan. He’s seen them live several times, so when I saw they were touring again and would be stopping near us, I bought us tickets. I started listening to them prior to the concert, but wasn’t a big fan until the night of the show.

Man, do those guys put on a great concert. I had the most fun that I’ve probably ever had at a show, and for a band whose music I wasn’t even familiar with until a few weeks earlier.

Their lead singer, Jon Foreman, was so interactive with the crowd, and you really felt like you were part of the show. He kept jumping off the stage to come into the audience, which was super fun for us because we were on the floor and actually pretty close to the stage. There was one song where he just walked around the entire venue, even climbing over the railing to the mezzanine to go up to the second level. He even walked right next to me!

I had so much fun that night, and now I’m listening to all of the songs they played that night, remembering how much fun it was.

That was the first of three concerts we’ve got planned so far this year, and it was the perfect way to kick off concert season. Next up is Muse, which is hands-down my favorite band, and then Queen + Adam Lambert. So exciting!

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