March. proper noun. The month of St. Patrick’s Day, spring break for college kids (halleluiah), weather that is frequently disappointing, my sister’s birthday, and basketball madness.
I’m linking up with Leigh Kramer to share what I’ve been into and up to this month. Head to her site if you’re curious how other bloggers have spent March, too!
This month started out as a weird reading month for me. A summary of my activity…
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay – Michael Chabon. The story follows two cousins who write comic books while one of the men tries to rescue his Jewish family from Europe as the Nazis take over. For some reason, I just couldn’t get into this one, even though it comes highly recommended and the writing itself is well done. Maybe it was my reading it in stunted 15-minute snatches while traveling, or the way Chabon would start chapters with brand-new characters who wouldn’t fit into the overall story until a few pages later. At any rate, this goes on the bottom of the maybe-try-again-later pile.
Looking for Alaska – John Green. Leave it to John Green to get me back into the “I love books!” mindset. He has insight into the adolescent mind like no one else. I devoured this story of a boy at boarding school who falls in love with a moody girl named Alaska. Warning: PG-13 for sex, booze, and language.
The Secret Keeper – Kate Morton. Like all of her other stories, it’s a winding tale of secrets and intrigue told in multiple perspectives. It’s fun.
The Irrational Season – Madeline L’Engle. I mostly want to be her best friend and have her pour wisdom over my life. Reading a few pages right when I wake up makes getting out of bed easier.
Cinderella. My sister chose this movie for her birthday. It was great fun. The costumes and sets and filming are gorgeous, the prince is dazzling, and the plot is slightly updated from the Disney classic, with enough newness to make it worth watching. My only complaint is that Lily James does a lot of breathy bosom-heaving. We can blame it on the corset.
The 6th season of Parks and Rec. I accidentally finished it on a Friday night (accidentally as in I thought there were 22 episodes in a season, not 20). I was not emotionally prepared for that.
House of Cards. Because there’s no way that I’m going to convince my boyfriend to watch Gilmore Girls with me.
The Great Gatsby. Extravagant and a little hopeless. Best watched with someone who will help you look for symbolism and theme and deeper meaning, or all you will get from it is the enjoyment of staring at Leonardo DiCaprio (though that’s admittedly not a bad thing).
Enchanted. I forgot about how splendid Amy Adams is in this movie. How is she so clueless without being the least bit annoying?
The Prince and Me. Because accidentally falling in love with a prince without leaving the Midwest is completely realistic.
T-Swift – How You Get the Girl
Echosmith – Bright
James Bay – Hold Back the River
The Well Pennies – All My Loving
Bonus: this ragtime version of Thrift Shop. It’s awesome even if you’re over the song.
White Converse. Because I finally can wear shoes that don’t cover my ankles and these go with everything.
This song is meh. But Tom Hanks is the best.
The Prayer of Examen. It’s exactly what I need at the end of the day.
This guest post by Micha Boyett. Because I am too often a frantic monster.
SPRING. I sat outside in shorts and a t-shirt yesterday and the sun actually felt warm. I can’t contain my excitement about this.
Spring break. I split my time between flying to DC to see my boyfriend and driving home to see my family. It was the best of both worlds. Highlights of DC: learning how to use public transportation, seeing the Library of Congress, and getting lots of quality time. Highlights of home: making puppy chow with my mom’s kindergarten class, prom dress shopping with a friend, and watching girly movies (see above).
Quad 4. Senioritis has hit. The homework motivation has died. Real life kinda sucks after spring break.
Running. I started training for a half-marathon after spring break, and I’m telling everyone about it so I don’t chicken out. I’m only up to 4 miles (as of yesterday!), but running consistently (with a schedule!) has been motivating and endorphin-boosting.
Hanging out with my mom and grandma in the Cities. Cue thrifting and Cinderella-watching.
The continued summer job hunt. More applications are being sent out. An interview is approaching. Prayers are appreciated.
What have you been into this month?