Here are the foods and drinks, songs and sounds, films, books, clothes, places, and sensations that carried Bwog through the shortest, grayest month of the year.

We’re eating and drinking…

  • Hot chai from Joe Coffee
  • Peanut M&Ms in the new seasonal Easter colors
  • Gong Cha’s Strawberry Crème Brûlée Boba (!?!?!)
  • Cadbury Creme Eggs
  • Mango White Claws
  • Russian coffee from The Hungarian Pastry Shop
  • The chocolate chip cookies my sister made to avoid being sad because of the bad weather
  • Van Leeuwen’s Earl Grey Tea Ice Cream, which tastes like the best Earl Grey tea latte in the entire world
  • The $7, 1.5L bottles at 3139 Broadway Liquors
  • Chocolate covered pretzels from Trader Joe’s

We’re listening to…

  • The Spider-Man Far From Home Soundtrack, which has been on repeat basically all month
  • Julien Baker’s new album
  • Punisher by Phoebe Bridgers on vinyl :,)
  • Daft Punk (rip)
  • Cobra Starship
  • Wolf Alice!
  • FKA Twigs and everything she stands for
  • “Love Story,” (Taylor’s Version) of course
  • Our sad, February soundtrack of “Freakin’ Out On The Interstate” by Bristol Maroney, “Beacon Hill” by Damien Jurado, “Being Alone” by Gatlin, “Debt” by Eliza McLamb, and “Fake Plastic Trees” (a Radiohead cover) by Holly Humberstone

We’re watching…

  • Wandavision
  • The Spanish show Veneno on HBOMax
  • French Netflix
  • All the Golden Globe-nominated movies

We’re loving…

  • That the sun isn’t setting at 4 pm, finally
  • Sitting at Low, when it’s cold and until we can’t feel our legs
  • Sudoku
  • Plants! So many plants!
  • Sitting in a warm spot with a cup of tea and napping
  • The feeling of distance you get standing outside on a warm windy and sunny day—that nothing else matters, not your schoolwork, not your stress, not anything
  • A photo of my grandfather getting vaccinated by the National Guard, which looks like it belongs in a future APUSH textbook
  • The Science and Technology Library
  • The bamboo carrels and sage-green tiled bathrooms in the Science and Technology Library
  • Walking alone in the cold: you’re right where you need to be and you’re doing the best you can with what you’ve been given

We’re reading…

  • My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite is about exactly what the title suggests. It’s short and sweet and a nice complete vision of sisterhood. And also murder.
  • Love Is A Mixtape by Rob Sheffield, which is a gorgeous autobiography. He tracks his life and his memories of his deceased wife through the mixtapes she left behind. The mixtapes themselves are incredible and the story is heart-wrenching but beautiful.

We’re wearing…

  • Trusty Sperry Boots, which are the only suitable shoe for sidewalk slush
  • Pants that are not jeans
  • New running socks with neon green stripes :)
  • The same sweater literally every single day

Feel free to check out Bwog’s January favorites, too!

“February” by Hendrick Meijer via The Met’s Open Access library