I thought March was going to be a great month but it ended up being a real doozy.
In the beginning of the month we went to Orlando for a few days to enjoy sunshine and Disney World. It was spring break, so it was packed. It was an OK trip, but it was exhausting as well. I suppose most trips are.
When I got back, I ended up getting the flu. This was the first year that I didn’t get a flu vaccine and boy, do I regret that! I was down for almost two weeks. I felt terrible. This put me behind on work, especially following our little vacation.
On top of this, my mom was in ICU for a collapsed lung and other stuff for two weeks. This was extremely stressful. I will be spending two weeks of April in Nashville to help her transition to home (I’m here now, so I’m not updating EauMG that frequently).
And other than this stuff, everything was annoying. Like it was a month of annoyances. Frink cut his paw on broken glass. Work stuff was irritating. The post lost some of my packages. There was a leak in the kitchen. It was an annoying, disappointing month. And I’m happy it’s over.
Anyway, here were my favorites from March:
Wearing (fragrance) – Honestly, fragrance made me sick for 75% of the month. Before the flu, I packed some refreshing fragrance samples for Florida (Chanel Homme Sport Cologne, Tom Ford Neroli Portofino, HEELEY Sel Marin). After the flu, I could only stomach naturals like Phoenix Botanicals Linden Moon, Roxana Illuminated Perfume Green Witch and Ayala Moriel Zangvil.
Summary – I feel like shopping my perfume collection again. This is an improvement!
Wearing (cosmetics, etc.) – When I went to Florida, I brought all my obnoxious lipsticks from neon purple to traffic cone orange to Barbie pink. I had fun wearing these (above is Makeup Revolution in Depravity, great color, crappy formula*). Post-flu, I was all about eye makeup again. I liked to wear golden olives like Alima Pure Luminous Shimmer in Maya with Kiko Kajal on the waterline. I’d pair this with one of my favorite neutrals, Rimmel Lasting Finish by Kate Moss #14.
*I’ve also came to the conclusion that most liquid lipsticks are garbage. It doesn’t matter how much you pay, you will get a dud, even in brands you think you like. They tend to apply unevenly, flake off and wear like a total mess. And forget reapplying them. They just will not reapply evenly. I think I’m through with them. Life is too short to wear non-luxurious lipsticks (and luxury has nothing to do with price).
Wearing (clothes) – I can’t remember wearing anything other than robes. The weather hasn’t been bad. I’ve been wearing jeans, a t-shirt, a leather jacket and ankle boots. This is my favorite sort of outfit. I did buy a dress from Totokaelo because I had a gift card. I haven’t worn it yet.
Summary – It is so liberating to go out not feel the weight of a winter coat! I can’t wait to wear spring stuff.
Summary – As soon as I fix the dryness, I know there will be something else. It’s always something else.
Eating/Drinking – Well, I ate my way around Epcot more than once. My favorite thing there was a beet margarita in “Mexico” (which is inside a pyramid that has a pyramid inside it). I don’t even remember eating anything for the other three weeks.
I don’t know if I have ever mentioned Budget Bytes before, but that is my favorite home cook blog. I’m like this evangelical Budget Byter. I realize that I tell all my friends about it but I don’t think I’ve mentioned it here. Check it out, it’s good stuff. It’s easy and most of it is cheap to make.
Summary – Screw you, turnips and kale! I’m ready for spring produce.
Listening – Bhangra (video). And jazz (like Pharaoh Sanders).
Summary – Jersey City has really gotten to me.
Watching – The best thing about March was that RuPaul’s Drag Race is back! And that Season 8 is making me forget just how shitty Season 7 was. This keeps me distracted. A distraction is good.
Summary – Between Drag Race and Empire, I’m set for the next few months.
Reading – I read Elaine Dundy’s “The Dud Avocado“. It’s one of those books that totally fits into the “Poolside Reading” genre. It’s entertaining; one of those “easy reads”. But, the deal with it is that 55+ years after being published, it still feels modern. “Bridget Jones’ Diary” is frequently compared to this. At times the main character drives me mad. Other times, I love her for the hot mess that she is. Why? Because, she’s delightfully self-aware and self-depricating.
Summary – I’m trying to read all the books that I’ve purchased in the past year but never started reading.
Wanting – People to be in good health, sunshine and at least one laid-back, relaxed weekend.
Summary – I know, I know. This is too much to ask for.
What were your favorites from March? Did you do anything inspiring? Go anywhere inspiring? Eat anything inspiring?
*Phoenix Botanicals pic from Phoenix Botanicals. Pharaoh Sanders pic from allmusic.com. Totokaelo dress from Totokaelo. Rupaul Drag Race pic from usatoday.com. Blossoms from freeimages.ocm. All other pics are mine.