Well, would you look at that? Another month has passed. *glares at calendar because time is slippery and rude*
March was such a crazy month. Oh man...I still can't believe how much happened. In comparison to February (which was also pretty busy), March was a tornado of activity. So here I am to give you my very very very long-winded life update.
Most normal people love March because it means the arrival of spring. Well...yeah, I'm not exactly normal. I was actually dreading this month because it meant the arrival of blazing hot days. Where I live, we don't get all the beautiful blooms and cool, crisp spring days. Nope. Our summer essentially begins in the month of March and goes all the way through September. And in case you weren't already aware, I do not like the heat. Also, March meant the arrival of Daylight Savings Time so I feel I'm justified here.
The first couple weeks were relatively uneventful. Panic attacks over geometry, excessive book consumption, whining about the time change...you know, the usual. (Side-note: DLST is truly a plague upon mankind.)
On March 14, we celebrated Pi Day. Now, I'm not a math person at all, but hey, if it means we can eat pie, I'm all for it.
This is where it gets crazy. As you all you know, I left for a vacation about two weeks ago. We actually left on St. Patrick's Day for a little "mini" vacation. It was in the same state that we live so nothing major. We had a grand time, and the trip involved lemon raspberry cheesecake (SO DELICIOUS), vintage umbrellas, and fluffy pillows. (Am I the only one who loves hotel pillows? Ever since I was little, I've had this strange adoration for them.) It was during this side trip that I discovered I won a giveaway! Much to my delight, it was the Northanger Abbey film. I've been participating in the read-along of the book by the same name (which, sadly, is coming to an end; but I'll link to it anyway), and won one of the two giveaways that the hostess was holding. Much squealing and dancing ensued.
|Here it is in all its blurry glory! (We're just gonna pretend|
I'm not being lazy by refusing to take another picture.)
After crashing at our house Friday night (technically Saturday because it was 1 in the morning), we hit the road the following morning and set out for the "main" vacation. We stopped at the cousins' house for the night, and I reveled in the sudden weather change. It happened to be our luck that there was a sudden cold spell up north so I was obviously pleased with that. We ate lunch with the fam on Sunday before finishing the journey to Virginia. The last leg of the journey was only about 4 hours so we got to our hotel in time for dinner.
On Monday, we visited Liberty University. The main reason for our trip was to tour the college I'm interested in attending. And let me tell you, that campus was amazing! It was absolutely gorgeous and had SO many things to do. There was a horseback riding facility, a snow center on Liberty Mountain (which is essentially the campus's year-round place for skiing, snowboarding, and tubing), and most importantly, a beautiful library. Oh gosh...that library was breathtaking. They had somewhere around 250,000 books, I think. And they still have room for about 200,000 more. It was crazy. My bookish heart may have nearly burst with joy.
Needless to say, I applied to Liberty and now have a great desire to go there. It was just incredible.
We conquered the long drive home in one day on Tuesday. Thankfully, it was spring break so I could sleep in the next morning after the exhausting trip. We had another local excursion on Thursday, but the rest of the week was relatively relaxed.
Resurrection Day weekend brought with it a major shopping trip (wherein I got an Easter dress and pink stuff and lots of gorgeous shoes), the morning worship services, and a delicious Sunday dinner. It was all in all a fairly laid-back weekend...especially after the busyness of the previous week.
|Aren't these shoes to-die-for??|
|All the pinkkk!|
|These shoes are Italian. Nuff said.|
|This is the glorious, aforementioned umbrella. Isn't it darling?|
On one final note, I discovered during our trip to Virginia that I had won another giveaway. This time it was the book Blood Ties by Hazel West. She just released her new book and was doing a blog tour. Since she was hosting a giveaway, I thought "sure, why not" and decided to enter. Imagine my surprise when I found out I had won two giveaways in one month! And they are some of my favorite things ever (a book and a movie about a book).
The rest of the month has mostly been me freaking out over the explosion in the blogging world (so sorry I haven't commented in forever, y'all), adjusting to school once again, and bemoaning the fact that our trip didn't involve the snow which was originally forecasted (I'VE BEEN ROBBED).
For your personal enjoyment, I've included some pictures from our trip.
|One of the dorms.|
|This was the stage at the on-campus theater. Apparently, the plays|
are so good that Disney watched their production of
The Little Mermaid and gave them the rights
to make more Disney plays.
|The sunset was gorgeous one night, but my|
iPad apparently doesn't take good photos
when we're in the car. So now the moon
looks like a blob. :P
|The view from where I sat in the car. Say hello|
to my sloth Flash! :)
|Their pizza is soooo yum.|
ALL THE BOOKS. March has been a wonderful reading month for me. I read a total of seven books...which, believe me, is nothing to sneeze at. What with school and vacations and the like, I've been hard-pressed to find reading time. But praise be to the good Lord, I read seven books this month. Can I get an amen? XD
- Entwined (by Heather Dixon) was my first read. Upon finishing the beauteous thing that is Illusionarium, I quickly ordered the author's other book from the local library. And the result? Um...LOVE. Yeahhh, I think I'm in love. If it's even possible, I think I enjoyed it more than Illusionarium. And that's saying something. There's (lots and lots of) dancing; the most squishable, adorable couples; fantastic characters; hilarious dialogue; and oh, magic tea sets. Seriously, peeps, GO READ THIS BOOK.
- Still recovering from the awesomeness of Entwined, I decided to read The Horse and His Boy. Ack, the Narnia books are always so fuuuun. And Shasta and Aravis? Yup, they're adorable.
- After discovering that Wayne Thomas Batson had released Isle of Stars, the third installment in his pirate series, I
furiously attacked the link to the ebook and laughed like a crazy person and devoured the book in dayscasually checked it out. And good gravy, of course I loved it! It's Wayne Thomas Batson; what's not to love? Although I will say that it might not have been quite as good as I expected? I dunno. But the ending was precious so it made up for it. (The ending was also cliffhangery, which made me scream, "I NEED THE NEXT BOOK RIGHT NOWWWW!" in the wee hours of the morning. You know, the usual response.)
- Okay, so I finally did the thing and read Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. Because my beautiful purple copy was just begging to be read. I absolutely adored it! It was so funny. The characters, the quotes, the tea party (yep, lots of tea sets this month). All the important things. (Gosh, I'm beginning to wonder how I even functioned without some of these books in my life. Peter Pan and Alice in Wonderland have seriously brought my life so much happiness.)
- Book number five this month was...drumroll...Heartless! That's right, Christine, you can rest easy now knowing that I have read one of Anne Elisabeth Stengl's golden masterpieces. (Get it? Because it's from the Tales of Goldstone Wood series? Okay, I'm done.) I really enjoyed it, although maaaybe not as much as I thought I would. (Or wood. Hehe, yeah, I promise that's the last pun.) It was a bit slow, but the writing was gorgeous and the characters were delightful little squishies. *stares pointedly at a certain catlike charrie* So yes! I can't wait to read the next one!
- No amount of emotional preparation could ready myself for the tearjerker that is Deluge (by Lisa T. Bergren). I thought I was ready but noooo. It destroyed me. I decided to tear through the saddest part of the book on Easter of all days. And...yeah. Needless to say, my family didn't see much of me that day. I seriously was sobbing because of this book. Like literally every chapter I was tearing up and having my heart crushed. It was a good day. I had a few issues with this book (mostly all the DEPRESSING STUFF) so it didn't really measure up to my expectations. But it was still good--in a very depressing way. Hopefully I'll recover...eventually...
- I've been reading through Northanger Abbey (by Jane Austen) a chapter a day in March...well, at least I've been trying to, but I keep getting distracted by other books. (And am also lazy sometimes, but that's beside the point.) I have *cough* six chapters to read today in order to be caught up, but I'm still including it in this month's books read. Hey, I'll probably end up finishing it today anyway. It's such a good book--I honestly probably like it even more than Emma, if you can believe it. The characters are wonderful: sweet, naïve, adorable Catherine and charming, clever, teasing Mr. Tilney. And now I have the movie to watch when I finish the book. Score!
I didn't really watch a whole lot of movies this month...which is honestly probably a good thing. My TBR pile would have fallen on top of me and squished me to the size of a pancake if I didn't get a move on and start reading those books. Since you guys want me to live (you do...don't you? *stares at you expectantly* hint: the answer's "yes"), I chose to read instead of watch movies.
Anywhozens, these are the flicks that actually made their way to moi.
~ North & South (2004): Ohhhh my goodness. EEEEP! What has happened to my life?! *flails in a puddle of feels* This miniseries really wrecked me emotionally. Just...just...the things that happen in this are going to ruin you. It was a lot deeper and darker than most of the period dramas I have seen thus far, but it truly had a sense of rich realism that I quite liked. Watch it right now! (But don't blame me when you can't function and walk around the house in a daze because feeeeels.)
~ Pursuit to Algiers (1945): Call me weird, but I still love the old Sherlock Holmes movies. There's just something about an old-school Sherlock film (you know, before Sherlock was young and attractive and popular and *cough* Benedict) that makes me giddy. They may be a bit unbelievable at times, but hey, it's Sherlock Holmes. He's not your average detective.
~ The Absent-Minded Professor (1961): Another old-school movie for old souls like me. This movie is just really fun. Kinda kooky, but in the best possible way. ;)
~ Pride and Prejudice (2005): I've been watching this in fragmented pieces since way back in February and finally finished it just this Tuesday. As always, it was delightful. I think this was my fifth or sixth time watching it? I don't even know anymore. But now I feel I'm completely qualified to review it. (It's gonna be a massive review...just so you know.)
~ OWL CITY. Lots and lots of Owl City. (This one in particular has become a favorite.) I'm addicted; there's no turning back now.
~ Embarrassingly enough, I've been listening to the periodic table song...like a lot. I'm talking enough to have memorized elements 1 through 97 in order. Yeahhh, I'm a bit of a nerd. (But seriously, it's super catchy.)
~ Since it was St. Patty's Day a couple weeks ago, I broke out my Brave soundtrack. And yes, I know Brave is set in Scotland, but I figured it was close enough. (Plus, ya know, I just wanted any excuse I could to sit and listen to bagpipes.)
~ This lovely little ditty (don't you just love that word? I could say it all day) called "Peter Pan." Because, guys. This is a song about Peter Pan! I know, I know. AWESOMENESS OVERLOAD.
~ "The Call" by Regina Spektor. Though to be fair, I've never really stopped listening to it so...
~ The soundtrack for Anna Karenina, which to be clear I have never seen and probably never will...for reasons. But I stumbled across the soundtrack just yesterday, and 'tis gorgeous, darlings. Just take this track for example.
Here is a comprehensive list of all the posts you lovelies have trudged through this month.
- Lovely Books ~ Villains. Essentially where I discuss why villains make me want to hug them, hit them on the head with a baseball bat, and run away from them and hide all at the same time.
- Lovely Books ~ Quotes. The final post in Tracey's Lovely Books linkup...which I completed on the same day as the villains post...which also happened to be the last day of the linkup. Ehehe. Not procrastination at all. Nooope.
- The Happy Tag. This is where I made you all sick with my infectious happiness. You're welcome.
- À Bientôt, Auf Wiedersehen, and All That Jazz. Wherein I broke the news of my departure to you guys. It's a wonder you survived without me.
- February 2016 Period Drama Challenge Tag. My fashionably late answers to (in case you couldn't figure it out from the title) February's tag for the Period Drama Challenge.
Here are some photos I snapped this month. Just a sampling of my
|(Happiness is Owl City and jelly beans.)|
|(This is an edited photo. Shhh, don't tell.)|
I've also had a rekindled fondness for the color mint green. Not only is it gorgeous but it also perfectly matches the color of my toothpaste. You know, just in case I accidently get some on my shirt. Not like that would ever happen. I'm not clumsy at all. *waits for lightning to strike*
I've discovered the power of a messy bun.
Oh, and most importantly, I ate cake.
Yup, March has been good to me.
Well, there you have it. My version of March madness. It's been a crazy yet exciting 31 days. (And upon reflecting back, I seem to notice the notable appearance of delicious food. I apparently have my priorities right.)
Back to my earlier question about what posts you want to see more often. I've been trying to create a poll but haven't been able to figure out how to include one in a post yet. :/ (Oh, the glories of technology.) So I'll just list a few options below, and you guys can let me know in the comments.
- Bookish Discussions
- Movie Reviews
- Other (you can specify in the comments)
I'm trying to make my blog a little nicer, and your feedback would be a wonderful asset!