It's a bit strange thinking about March because it feels so far back. After three months of experiencing post-grad life (also known as unemployment), I started a new job! It's been about a month now, and I'm so thankful to be working. It's full-time so I spend most of my days there, but it hasn't been too bad because I'm always busy. Compared to my packed days in April, nothing much happened in March. Due to some health issues, most of my time was spent at home. I wouldn't consider the problems that serious, but it has been taking a toll on my body both physically and mentally :(
But enough about the things I can't control. Here are some of the happier things that happened in March and April:
- March began with a trip to the theater to watch Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella with Stephanie. We didn't have the best seats, but we could still see and enjoy the music. Wicked is still my favorite musical thus far but if Cinderella happens to visit your city, go see it!
- One of my friends, Sandra, had been wanting to visit a hill in our city (to light-hike on, emphasis on LIGHT) and she asked me to tag along, so I said yes! I don't normally adventure the outdoors (I spend a lot of time cleaning and reading at home) but I love fresh air ... as weird as that sounds. And spending time with Sandra, of course :)
- There were two big book sales in April - my public library's and Chronicle Books' - both of which I was able to find some great things. My favorite find was, hands down, Burial Rites by Hannah Kent. The title actually caught Sandra's eye first — she thought it said "Bridal Rites" LOL.
- A bunch of girls around my age at church got together and started a book club! We just started reading Living the Cross Centered Life by C.J. Mahaney and our first discussion session was yesterday. It's been great hearing what everyone thinks and being able to encourage one another.
WHAT I READ
Favorites: Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi, The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord
Loved: Ms. Marvel, Vol. 1: No Normal by G. Willow Wilson
Liked: The Life Intended by Kristin Harmel, Through the Woods by Emily Carroll, Last Will and Testament by Dahlia Adler
Was Okay With: Love, Lucy by April Lindner, Locke & Key, Vol. 2: Head Games by Joe Hill, Paper Towns by John Green
Could've Skipped: A Wicked Thing by Rhiannon Thomas
Number of books and pages read in March and April: 10 // 2,931 pages
Number of books and pages read in 2015: 22 // 6,213 pages
THESE ARE A FEW OF MY FAVORITE THINGS
1. Muji's 0.5mm Gel-Ink Ballpoint Pen in black
I have gone through at least four of these in the past year or two, and I'm so sad they never have any refills in stock whenever I visit. If you know of a pen similar to this one, please let me know! I bought the same pen in 0.38mm and it's not the same (#firstworldproblems.)
2. Baublebar's Crystal Zelda Collar Necklace
I don't usually think to wear jewelry, but I've been making more of an effort for work so I can appear "put together." It goes great with a lot of my outfits (which isn't really saying much because all I wear is black) and it's very nice in quality. Very Great Gatsby-esque :p
3. boscia's Makeup-Breakup Cool Cleansing Oil
WHY DIDN'T I LEARN ABOUT THIS OIL SOONER? I've been trying to find a better way to take my makeup off (see ya, wipes!) and this product is the answer. All I have to do is rub it gently around my eyes and it washes right off with water. THAT'S IT. It might seem expensive, but you really only use 2-4 drops a day.
4. Urban Decay's Cannonball Ultra Waterproof Mascara
With the help of this, my eyelashes actually exist. I love that it dries fast and doesn't clump.
5. First Aid Beauty's Ultra Repair Cream
My skin has always been pretty good but at the beginning of this year, I started getting dry patches on my face. I'm not sure if it's because the weather is different back home, but I knew I needed to find a different moisturizer. The smell of this cream is a bit strange but it works well for me!
POSTS I PARTICULARLY LOVED WRITING
- The Weekend Line-Up #2 - I still haven't finished the second season of Sherlock ...
- Breaking Up with My Books - I have a hard time letting go of books, even if I don't have plans to re-read them.
- 4 Reasons to Read The Winner's Curse by Marie Rutkoski - I really love this approach to reviewing books. I'll be doing it again if the opportunity presents itself!
SONGS ON REPEAT
What were the best parts of March and April to you?
Did you read anything worth mentioning?