february was strange. i felt extremely unproductive because i got behind on my schoolwork and took a break from BBG and also didn’t really read or blog all that much, nor did i dance a considerable amount.. so what did i do? i’m not quite sure either. i could try and defend myself by saying february is a short month, but that’s a lame excuse because it was really only one or two days shorter. but the month wasn’t entirely unproductive; i’ll get to that later. for now, FAVORITES:
early in feburary, the hamilton soundtrack on spotify consumed my soul. (perhaps THIS is why i didn’t get anything done.) i don’t actually want to flat out say that i’m “hamilton trash” because i don’t think i’m THAT obsessed – only like 75% obsessed. i kept hearing people talk about it, so i decided to give it a go without realizing what it would become. i’m actually surprised i like it because 1/ i’m not a fan of hip hop or rap music, 2/ i knew nearly nothing about alexander hamilton, 3/ i’m only mildly interested in american history. but now, all three of those things have changed and i’m helpless for this soundtrack.
meal prepping and lent
i was raised as a christian, but never took lent really seriously. i’d say “okay, i’ll give up book buying” but end up caving after a few weeks. i recently started thinking about changing my diet since i was looking up ways i could feel more energized and found this article about veganism. so i’ve decided to be a pescatarian for lent, and see how it goes. the biggest difficulty is probably when my parents order korean bbq and i can only eat the bibimbap. *sigh* i also tried meal prepping (aka cooking all your meals for the week beforehand), which was kind of fun and kind of exhausting and kind of a struggle.
the first week of the month was spent stressing over a ballet competition, and the following week actually competing. i was going to have a recap post, but it was really uneventful. we didn’t go anywhere aside from the hotel and competition venue and occasional restaurants. i performed three classical solos and one contemporary solo. i personally thought my first two classical solos were performed
HORRIBLY very poorly, and i was CRYING BACKSTAGE extremely disappointed in myself. (no, REALLY. if i were to rate it on a scale from 1-10 i’d give it a 2 – and that’s me being generous.) but for the third solo, i did a lot better considering my motivation was already down the drain. as for results, i managed to place third(!!!) which is crazy because the best i’ve gotten in previous years was top 12. (they only count the highest scoring solo, so thank goodness i redeemed myself with that last one haha.)
my camera and phone broke within days of each other, so i was a sad slump for a bit. i ended up buying a new camera because i actually need a camera. (i had to film a ballet video audition.) it was a good excuse to finally (finally) cave and get the mirrorless camera i’ve been eyeing for months: OLYMPUS OM-D E-M10. i’m really happy with it so far, and a bit grateful the old one broke (even if it means no book shopping for a bit). i didn’t get a new phone (yet) and am using my mom’s old one at the moment. but at least, i can continue bookstagramming!! 😀 i think that’s all that really happened in february?
read this month
- LADY MIDNIGHT, by cassandra clare – ★★★★★
- ENTER TITLE HERE, by rahul kanakia – ★✩✩✩✩
- LOVE ROSIE, by cecelia ahern – ★★★✩✩
on the blog
foresights of march
there are two more ballet competitions in march, but i’m about 500% more relaxed than i was a month ago because it can’t get worse than last time. ALSO because one is going to be in san fransisco (!!!) and the other in boston (!!!!!). i love traveling, so these competitions actually feel more like vacations than anything else. annnnnnnd because it’s the same one as before (a semi-final) but in a different location, i’m not allowed to place in the top three a second time. these are more like performances than competitions, so FUN STUFF! i’ve never been to SF either, so i’m excited to explore (and meet up with kaitlin from next page please!!!!!!) (I SIMULTANEOUSLY WANT THIS WEEKEND TO COME FASTER AND ALSO TAKE ITS TIME). my sister will be visiting me when i go to boston, and i’ll be going to NY with her for a day once i’m finished with dancing. MARCH WILL BE SO EXCITING.
- AGAINST ALL ODDS, by patricia vanasse
- A WRINKLE IN TIME (THE GRAPHIC NOVEL), by madeleline l’engle & hope larson)
- THANKS FOR THE TROUBLE, by tommy wallach
- HALF BAD, by sally green
- ME BEFORE YOU, by jojo moyes (currently reading)
- A COURT OF THORNS AND ROSES, by sarah j. maas
- THE WINNER’S KISS, by marie rutkoski
i’ve never had a set monthly tbr before, but it doesn’t hurt to try! seven books is a bit ambitious for me, especially since i’m dancing and traveling for the majority of the month, but i think i’ll be able to handle it. all the books i chose are fairly small, and who knows, maybe i’ll be able to add a book or two to this list!
goals for the month:
- begin driving again! (i actually scheduled another driving lesson, so this is a thing that’s happening!)
- get as caught up on school as you can
- continue on with the pescatarian diet