Archive - March 2016

March planner spread

I’ve been dabbling with planners for the last few years, and this year I gave into the washi tape and stickers.

At first I was using the Poppin planner until they changed the format from softcover to spiral bound. Their spiral planner started coming apart in the second month of carrying it in my bag, so I switched to a planner from Paper Source. This one is spiral bound as well, but the coils and covers are much sturdier.

This was my March monthly spread and I think I went a bit overboard, but it ended up cute.


I’m going to reel it back in a bit in April, because I’m trying to walk the fine line between fun and “not embarrassed to open it up at work.”

Beautiful Ruins book review

Beautiful RuinsBeautiful Ruins by Jess Walter
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book had everything I usually hate: jumping through time, crazy eyeroll-inducing events, and a multitude of characters.

And I loved it all. So well done, Jess Walter!

Although you’d think this is Pasquale Tursi’s story, Beautiful Ruins is the story of an actress, Dee Moray, and the dozen or so people who are tied to each other through her. There’s a part where you say, “Richard Burton? Seriously now?” Just realize that it could have happened and probably happened all the time, and let it roll over you. By the time I reached the halfway mark, I yearned for happy endings for at least one of the characters. (Spoiler: Burton died in 1984.)

When I finished the book on the train, I was snuffling and weepy with happy tears.

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Easter Sunday

Happy Easter! This weekend zoomed by in a puff of flour. I spent yesterday baking Easter bread and ham pies with mom…and then gave them all away, like the magnanimous person I am. Or rather, the person who would eat them all if they were still here.

I'm happy Max is here for another spring. It was touch-and-go for a bit.

I’m happy Max is here for another spring. It was touch-and-go for a bit.


Spending: Quality nephew time. He’s yummy.

Springing: The high temps have been scooting into the high 60s and low 70s lately. That with the clock change means I can sit in the yard after work.

Losing! Yo! I’m now down 21 lbs! (probably 20 now, thanks to the 3 pieces of Easter bread I quaffed tonight) And I’m not even halfway there yet. Ugh. (mood deflates)

Watching: Some more Fuller House. They need to recast DJ’s middle kid. He’s from the “SCREAMING = Cute” school of acting. Or send his character off to Judy Winslow’s boarding school. I hope DJ ends up with Matt, the cute veterinarian. I don’t remember Steve being such a manipulative twit.

Polished: This week’s Essie color is the new “Lounge Lover” It’s a little more hot pink than pinky peach, but I still love it.

OMG STILL READING: Hamilton. It’s not that it’s bad, it’s just so long! I’m only halfway through and my eloan is up tomorrow. Luckily, I have a paperback copy incoming. Unluckily, it’s too large to lug on the train every day, so it’ll be some at-home reading.

Working: Heavy on the meetings at work this week, but I think I’m taking a personal day on Friday.

Healing: I’m on my second week of Soolantra for rosacea. Week one was … difficult … as I’m apparently in the “it gets worse before it gets better!” camp. I’ve been loading on the moisturizer (jojoba oil in the morning and Cerave PM at night) and the redness and flaking are starting to subside. Thanks goodness.

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