Currently: March 2018
March came and went just like that. It was both a nice wrap-up to the first quarter storm of 2018 but also hopefully a good foundation to build the next quarter on. I remember Janna saying that we should treat every new quarter like a new year cause we're always so damn optimistic at the arbitrary start of the year, that we might as well do it every single quarter.
- It's been a couple months of me getting monthly tarot readings from the superb, Chinggay but my March reading was so exceptionally uplifting and just so actionable that I found myself re-reading and going back to it so many times in the month. In case you're interested in this, you need to check her out because I honestly look forward to the start of every month because of this.
- The trip to Sorsogon for Marla's wedding was tiring but so very worth it. Taking 4 flights in the span of one weekend is not something I want to do again but the wedding was just so beautiful (and it was so nice to see old friends and colleagues) that it kind of makes up for the delayed flights and all.
- Apart from all the taroting, it's been fun to keep updated with my horoscope and The Cut's Madam Clairevoyant has been a source of entertainment because it's just vague enough but also poetic and somehow uplifting but more importantly consistent. I don't check out the Astro Twins as much anymore but after this prediction, it definitely made me laugh.
- I'm still forever a pop girl at heart but I always like discovering other pop-crossovers and I fell into a major country-pop spiral thanks to Kelsea Ballerini (is that even a real name!?) and Hunter Hayes (also probably not a real name). I can't help it. Spotify Daily Mixes do not lie. I kind of wish I had discovered Kelsea last year when her album came out then she would have definitely made it to the year end list. Oh well, until the next album. I hope she doesn't stop being country, though. Ahem, Taylor.
- I'm so behind on everything entertainment but 2 magazines that popped out at me this month were Radhika Jones's first Vanity Fair issue and Entertainment Weekly's Dawson's Creek reunion. I've been so tempted to subscribe to VF for so very long and I think with Radhika taking the helm, I might finally take the plunge and this first cover of hers was definitely something that's pushing me towards the edge. Then of course there's the EW reunion issue and how gorgeous it the Dawson's Creek cast? This issue is always wonderful because of the nostalgia factor but now it's actually something that I did grow up watching. It makes me feel both old but also that I want to re-watch this series (again).
- I'm still trying to figure out this entire podcasting business and this month, it was both difficult and easy to find things to talk about given I didn't quite date as often as I did in January (or February for that matter) and Bumble is proving to be not a good match for me (in that I'm not converting as much). But I did manage to get my cousin Jeannie (and her husband, Toby) to come on the show and tell me about their love story. But also, one of my blasts from the past, Mike, who had both encouraged me to start this blog (my own domain) and knew about my wanting to do a podcast, kept giving me useful feedback that I asked him to come on the pod (after 7 months of not having seen each other) and it was both interesting, cathartic and had some semblance of closure. I don't know how I'm going to top these two episodes to be honest, so let's see how April goes.
- My brother, Lex and his wife, Ash gave me a knitting party pass to make this Amsterdam bag (which I then realised is actually a crochet project) and I finally got around to scheduling time to start it and I'm super excited to bring it all together. I haven't crocheted a non-rectangle project in a while so I'm curious as to how it'll turn out. I'm also still on Pamy's shawl that is the last of the sibling projects but somehow with all my non-travel, I haven't gotten time to finish it. I hope by the end of this quarter, I have something to show for.
- There is so much entertainment and internet culture to consume, I'm shocked I made it through March alive
- This entire March Madness bracket system was so fun but also so very saturated. There were some great ones but also some really annoying ones. I'm thinking of coming up with one for next year. I'm not sure what yet but for sure, I want to do something.
- I also am back to catching up on all the TV (i know it's not actually working on something, but for me, it is). I recently started catching up on Elementary because I stopped and because Joan Watson's outfits deserves to be seen. And though I still am not in love with the show, Lucy Liu's presence is enough for me to want to watch this show. And again, her outfits are ace.
- Looking forward to April though and seeing my new godson, Matteo! One of my bestest childhood friends, Lee-Ann gave birth to an awesome little human whom I'm excited to meet in person. I feel very FOMO being the only godmother who hasn't met the little one, but I will rectify this soon. It's also so surreal to me that Lee-Ann is now a mother. First she got a boyfriend and that rocked my world. Then she got engaged. Then she got married and now she's a mom. This is my friend of 27 years. It still blows my mind.
- And because I better put that tennis court and the tennis racket to use, I look forward to playing tennis 3x a week now! Mondays with my colleagues/neighbors who do not take it easy on me (I'm easily the worst member of this quartet); Wednesday's with Toby (who is the best ever tennis partner because he makes me feel like I can actually return the ball) and weekends learning it again with my roomie, Hannah. I need to somehow fit in training for the 21K in May and yoga zen because I haven't done that in forever. Who is this active person?!
And finally, not necessarily a new regular section of this series but I'm quite in love with Ira Madison's podcast, Keep It, and so I was inspired to have one point that I wouldn't mind getting rid of in my life (or how the phrase is loosely defined, at least). I don't want this to be negative at all because I want to keep this happy and grateful and all of that but sometimes, there's just that one thing that is worth documenting anyway.
With that long-ass preamble, this month's keep it is Taylor Swift's video for Delicate. First, I was incredibly excited about it. This was one of my favourite tracks off the album, but honestly, all the videos from this album have not impressed me. I wanted Blank Space aesthetic meets Back to December feels. I was not impressed that Joseph Khan was all defensive about the damn robots. I was trying to keep my hopes low, because we all know I'll never get what I want. And true enough, the first video was just not my thing? This self-deprecating/self-aware Taylor thing is not my thing at all. And as if that wasn't enough, she releases a second video where I skipped through most of it to go to the end, hoping there was some sort of romantic interest reveal in the end. And nothing. Oh well.