Wednesday, 28 March 2018

The March Edit

Okay, so March started off a bit shit. I was all set to spend the first weekend in Chicago. I had a hotel room all to myself. I had plans to meet friends. I had a ticket to HAMILTON. But it was not to be. Winter Storm Riley blasted the northeast of the USA and as a result, all the flights out of LaGuardia got cancelled. Oh, and I didn't find out until I'd already gone to the train station to get my train to the airport. 

Whilst I know that it's far better to have had the flight cancelled than to have flown in dangerous conditions, I lost out on quite a bit of $$$$ and ended up spending the weekend in Stamford barely leaving the house as the weather was so bad and it just put me in a right funk. And I'd taken a tonne of books out of the library on a whim the week before and none of them were wowing me and I was just BORED.

But the rest of the month picked up quite a bit. I realised that with my own trips planned and my mum and sister coming to visit, I didn't have too many free weekends left and that I better make the most of it and visit New York a little bit more. So I've checked out the Brooklyn Bridge again (one of my favourites), DUMBO, the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum and China town. This weekend I'm going back and hopefully checking out the Smorgasburg food market as it opens again for the summer.

So despite the weather not being great, I've really tried to make the most of the month. That being said, I'm glad to see the end of it. 



What I've been reading...

My favourite book this month was Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman. It follows Eleanor who leads what appears to be a very organised and simple life. But things happen that shake up her routine and we find out that she may be hiding a darker past. This book was gripping, sad, heartwarming and hilarious all in one go. I'd really recommend it! And after I said I wasn't going to buy a copy of Ruby Tandoh's Eat Up in the US, I found a cheap copy of it online and can't wait to get stuck into it, though I did say I'd read all my library books first.

I was a bit late to the party but finally signed up for the Slow Sunday Club newsletter. It's written by Allie and her sister, Sophie, and hits your inbox every Sunday funnily enough. It's a nice little round up of what's going on in the blogosphere, there's a book club. I just really like it. Sign up for yourself here

Speaking of newsletters. You all know that I love Kirsty's blog. Especially her little things series which she has also turned into a newsletter. YAS. I am super excited about this one too. She's also started a hashtag #tenlittlethingslist that you can use on Instagram to have your pictures featured. 

What I've been baking...

If you can't already tell from my for the love of bread blog post, I got really into making bread in March. More rosemary bread, a few variations on stuffed challah and rosemary and cheddar soda bread.  I had two snow days this month and I spent both of them making bread, which was really nice as it feels super cosy and homey.

I've also been attempting to perfect a pancake recipe and my flatmate and I have taken to having pancakes for breakfast at the weekend. They're good but not quite how I used to have them as a kid. I'll get there one day.

And towards the end of the month, I gave making my own hot cross buns a try. I love a hot cross bun so I was very disappointed to have not seen any in the shops over here. So I decided to try making my own. They take almost 4 hours from start to finish with the amount of proving using this recipe from Paul Hollywood. And let me tell you this... mine were absolutely AWFUL. Oh my god. Not worth it. Next year, I'm going straight to Tesco. 

What I've been watching...

I started watching the TV show Madam Secretary and I LOVED it. It fully satisfies my love for US law enforcement/politics shows and there were three seasons on US Netflix for me to binge watch to my heart's content. I really loved the characters in this show, they all had their own unique storylines. 

The Bachelor came to an end and... wow. I knew that I didn't like Arie but bloody hell that was something else. A little painful to watch. Hopefully, I won't be watching any more trashy TV like this for a long while!

After finishing Madame Secretary on Netflix I was looking around for something new when I noticed The 100 was available. I watched the first season of this show years ago and loved it. So I decided I'd start it again from the beginning, honestly, I didn't really enjoy it as much as I thought I did the first time around so I'm not sure I'll carry on with the next three seasons. Maybe it will get better.

I watched 1 movie in the cinema this month and 2 at home. Which is actually a lot for me as I'm normally a series kinda gal. Red Sparrow was my cinema pick of the month and I really loved this movie. It was dark and gripping and we totally saw a different side to Jennifer Lawrence. I also watched Brooklyn for the second time, the first time having been on the plane to Canada, after reading the book and picked up on so much more.

And finally, I watched Julie and Julia. A movie based on a real-life story where a girl called Julie decided to cook her way through Julia Child's cookbook and blog about it. I LOVED this movie. And it's left me feeling inspired to start a new blog series this summer.

What's next?

April is set to be a busy month for me. I'm going to visit Leda in Boston and we're going to take a day trip to Maine. Then the weekend after that my mum and sister arrive and are in the states for 10 days. I am very excited for both of these things! However, this may mean that things get a bit quiet on the blogging front from me.

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