Whatever Best of 2021 (Athena Version)

Athena ScalziHello, everyone! It is I, the junior Scalzi, returning to bring you a few of my favorite pieces I wrote this year. Since I haven’t been writing for the past couple months, I have a smaller selection of posts to choose from than some people on this blog, but I guess that makes the selection process easier for me, anyway.

Before we begin, I’d like to take this time to thank everyone for the happy birthday wishes last week, it means a lot to me! I really appreciate the warm wishes, and for those of you that asked about how my semester away from the blog went, I am planning to write about that soon, so bear with me a little longer.

Back to the matter at hand, 2021 was, as it surely was for everyone, an interesting year. It’s definitely one for the history books, anyways. I have no hope that 2022 will be better, but I suppose we’ll just have to wait and see. Optimism aside, here are some of my favorite posts from this year:

I was going to go for ten, but I threw a couple extra ones in there, hope you don’t mind. And I hope you have a great day! I’ll be back very soon.


17 Comments on “Whatever Best of 2021 (Athena Version)”

  1. It had been a joy to watch you progress as intern here. It was also interesting to learn how you looked at the world. Thank You

  2. I’m also wanting to know if the “long COVID” situation has improved any.

    I also wanted to note that since you’ve been doing those Japanese snack box reviews, I’ve had the chance to try mochi with real red bean paste in and found that I in fact like it. (The mochi that I bought earlier, apparently were cheap stuff with too little filling to actually taste.)

  3. Not only are your posts fun, many of your post’s titles are a hoot as well. Have a happy new year!

  4. I too was glad to see your byline reappear. Thanks to your Japanese snack box reviews, I was re-gifted with some green-tea flavored kit-kats a friend had been sent and didn’t like. I thought they were yummy. And probably that’s why I tried dokudami tea when I saw it recommended on “Ingenuity of the Househusband” on Netflix. Pretty good, too. Keep ’em coming, when you can.

  5. I’m another who is looking forward to hearing from you again when you have the time and energy. I’ve been wondering what you have been cooking/baking ;-)

  6. Not to be a downer but narcolepsy can have serious repercussions. My uncle had it, fell asleep while driving. Resulting crash killed him and my aunt. So be careful please. Want to continue to read you.

  7. Love reading Whatever – have done so sporadically for years. Somehow throughout I have never hit any of your original posts. Just saw this one and read through your favorites and they made me want to go back and read all of your musings and insights. Thank you for sharing so much of yourself and your struggles with this crazy world, these crazy times, and your own humanity. You have proven yourself to be a strong and amazing young person. My hopes for you and all of us in 2022 are for an upward trajectory in everything we do!

  8. Athena, glad to hear you’re doing well. A couple of your posts of the past year really stuck with me, about your struggles with education and physical fitness, and I’m looking forward to any updates you care to share.

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