I know I'm pretty much repeating myself each month, but I'm ready to file an official complaint against the speed with which the time is flying by this year. I mean, where the heck has March gone? When I look at my calendar, all I can feel is an absolute puzzlement - and a tiny twinge of anxiety. It feels like I have absolutely no control over my time. How can tomorrow be April already?
All my time-related musings aside, March was definitely an eventful month for me. I filed (and paid *sniff*) my taxes, I succumbed to a bug that clued me to bed with the biggest migraine I've ever experienced, but it was also a great month in terms of business, and I finally (!!!) made it to the mountains to check the last item on my winter bucket list off. I was so happy to find out that I hadn't forgotten skiing :) Even if a few more trips to the Alpes will be necessary for me to gain the assurance I once had on the slopes.
These were the highlights of my March. This month I was:
Reading lots of YA books. Don't judge me. I recently realized that I tend to do this when I feel kind of overwhelmed with my own life (which happens to me more often than my composed self cares to admit). Getting lost in an elaborate, fully invented world always helps me to get out of my own head and it also prevents my mind from spinning endlessly and helps me fall asleep. That, to me, is priceless. This month, I practically devoured Rick Yancey's The Fifth wave, closely followed by The Infinite sea. It wasn't an easy story to keep up, but the post-apocalyptic world Yancey constructed was really fascinating. It made me anxious to put my hands on The Last star as soon as it comes out in May.
While I was in bed with that nasty bug of mine, I also tore though the first two books of Sarah J. Maas Throne of glass series. It makes for an interesting plot, too, but I'm really curious to see how the author keeps up with it when it's supposed to be a series of seven books. Especially since I'm currently a few chapters into the Heir of fire, and I can already sense the pace slowing. We'll see how it goes direct payday lenders WWW.paydaynow.NET.
I also read some non-YA literature: I was biting my nails while reading The Dark secrets and laughing out loud and rooting for the revenge-seeking heroine in The Dressmaker. And as disgusting as it may sounds, I practically licked the pages of The Nigellissima - that book is a real treat for both the eyes and the taste buds.
Listening to John Williams. I love to listen to the instrumental music while working, writing or blogging, and John Williams is definitely one of my favorites. Whether it's his music for the Harry Potter movies, or the Schindler's list score, it always helps me focus on my work without any unnecessary and distracting lyrics.
Eating wild garlic. I'm positively crazy about this stuff. Its short, but bountiful season is in full swing, and it's been spreading like a wildfire just at the edge of the forest near our country house. My parents have been picking it practically daily and I've been trying to find creative ways to incorporate it into my meals. So far, wild garlic pesto is one of the best things I've ever tasted! Recipe to come soon.
Traveling to Austrian Alps. My Easter trip to Hochkar was hands down the best thing about my whole month. It was my first ski trip in 4 years (!!!), and I savored each and every second of it. And the fact that our hotel and its staff were an absolute charm, didn't hurt either. Everything, from the location to the welcome drink of Prosecco, to the delicious and bountiful cuisine was absolutely perfect. I wasn't even back home yet and I was already plotting ways to get back there as soon as possible!
Planting herb and tomato seeds. I have some grand plans for my tiny balcony this year. I want to turn it into a green oasis, with potted herbs and tomatoes waiting to be harvested and tossed into a slew of easy summer salads. For the first time in my life I'm trying to grow cherry tomatoes from seeds, and so far, it looks rather promising (fingers crossed). I'm also looking forward to growing my own basil and cilantro (and who says cilantro, says endless supply of homemade guacamole. Yum!) I can only hope that my black thumb is definitely a thing of past!
Drinking Côtes du Rhône. My brother and his wife went for a ski trip to France (and yes, before you ask, I was jealous as hell and I absolutely want to go with them next year :) and when they asked me what they should bring me, a nice bottle of Côtes du Rhône was all I could think of. What can I say? I love myself a lovely glass of red wine, and Côtes du Rhône is definitely one of my favorite varieties. And I definitely wasn't disappointed. Time for another trip to France, perhaps?
And now it's your turn to share what were the highlights of your March. What did you enjoy and what made you smile?