Another month in the books! March felt like a long month. We had a week of gorgeous, amazing weather mid-month which had me thinking that maybe we would actually get a real spring this year... and then it snowed and was cold the last week of the month. Here's hoping April brings warmer temps and RAIN showers (not snow showers) as we really need some moisture here!
Heartbeat by Mat Kearney - Mat Kearney's new album came out last month so I have been listening to it on repeat. This is one of my favorite songs - it so peppy and upbeat. And the music video is super fun. I heart Mat Kearney so much... and it might be a bit of a stretch to say this, but after watching some of his live videos it makes me realize that Phil kind of resembles him.
March was another strong reading month for me as I read 9 books. I know that is a lot of books. People sometimes ask me how I find so much time to read and the answer is that I barely watch any television. Most nights, unless Phil is over, I don't even turn my TV on as I don't really have any shows that I watch anymore now that Parenthood is over. Most days, the only time my TV is on is in the morning when I listen to the news while getting ready/eating breakfast.
It was a month of dichotomy as I read some really great books (I'd recommend any of the 4-star books) and some really not great books, the worst of which was The Empathy Exams. The starred books are books that counted toward the read harder challenge. I'll be doing a recap later this week about the books I read in the first 3 months of the year for that challenge!
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot* - 4 stars
Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng - 4 stars
The Empathy Exams by Leslie Jamison* - 2 stars
It's Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini - 3 stars
Paris Letters by Janice Macleod* - 4 stars
The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down by Anne Fadiman* - 3 stars
Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri* - 4 stars
Redeployment by Phil Klay* - 2 stars
Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins - 4 stars
March was a strong month for running as well. I ran 85 miles and also fit in quite a few barre classes (8 to be exact) and other strength training workouts. My goal is to keep my mileage around this level for the next couple of months and then starting in June, I'd like it at 100+ miles so I feel ready for my marathon come October.
March was all about cropped pants as it was warm enough in the office to bare my ankles (I froze at work all winter).
Outfit #1 is from Banana (as usual). I got the top and pants with a 50% off coupon. It pays to have a credit card at that store as 3-4 times a year they have 50% off 5 items sales events. I NEVER pay full price for anything at Banana - I always hold out for a 40 or 50% off coupon!
Outfit #2 is an oldie but a goodie. The top is from stitch fix, the pants are from Banana (purchased on clearance last spring). I wore this on a day when it was 70 degrees outside. It was great to wear something bright and summery for a change!
Looking at these photos makes me SO glad that I am chopping my hair tonight! It's just so long and listless. Right now my plan is to chop it to my shoulders, we'll what my hair girl has to say about that, though!