March month-by-month // Music camp, SAT, quarantine

In summary

March was… certainly a month of firsts? In the first week of the month I had music camp, which was amazing as always, but my last one (I’m considering coming back as a kitchen helper next year if I’m around though!). So it started off normally, but then I went to Queenstown to sit the SAT, and I was lucky to be able to do so as a lot of others had their test centres closed due to COVID-19. My second day after getting back (well, basically first, since I got back the Sunday evening) a jazz band gig on the following day is cancelled with a possible COVID-19 case, and the day after that said case is confirmed… and I’m identified as a close contact due to jazz band rehearsal and hence I’m now in self-isolation, aka quarantine, until the end of this month. I’m staying calm through this, and it is certainly interesting times, but a lot of events have been cancelled so I’m hoping it’s all over soon?

Why do I always write these bits like ten days before the month ends because obviously something extra’s gonna pop up and hey, here I am again two days before the month ends telling you that a few days ago the entire country went into lockdown and basically quarantine is an extra twenty days for me now so we love that. It’s not that I don’t mind being in lockdown, I just miss travelling to visit my pets and I hope they’re doing well, we set up enough food for them for the month hopefully but everyone thinks lockdown will be extended so… :/ Oh, and SAT scores came out, I’m a lil disappointed but it’s a good baseline and provided things don’t get cancelled I plan to retake it in August.

Books I Read:

One benefit of my current situation is more time for reading and things I love. I’m pretty satisfied with my March reading:

A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams
First Sentence: “The exterior of a two-storey corner building on a street in New Orleans which is named Elysian Fields and runs between the L & N tracks and the river.”

The Second Hostage (Colter Shaw #1.5) by Jeffery Deaver
First Sentence: “‘Okay. We’ve got a situation.'”

Captivated (Colter Shaw #0.5) by Jeffery Deaver
First Sentence: “She’s been gone for a month.”

Chain of Gold (The Last Hours #1) by Cassandra Clare
First Sentence: “Lucie Herondale was ten years old when she first met the boy in the forest.”

Unite Me (Shatter Me #1.5, #2.5) by Tahereh Mafi
First Sentence: “I’ve been shot.”

Find Me (Shatter Me #4.5, #5.5) by Tahereh Mafi
First Sentence: “I’m already awake when my alarm goes off, but I haven’t opened my eyes yet.”

Alone in the Wild (Rockton #4) by Kelley Armstrong
First Sentence: “I wake buried under a hundred and forty pounds of dog.”

Write That Essay! High School Edition by Ian Hunter
First Sentence: “If you find writing school essays difficult, congratulations, you are in the right place!”

Average pages read daily: 52
Total pages read: 1633

Music of the month:

Okay so another thing that happened in March was I finally signed up for a 3-month trial of Apple Music (because my 3-month Spotify premium discount ran out again, and I could not be bothered with ads and no offline listening), so I haven’t been as organised with keeping track of songs. But here goes anyway. So Lauv released an album and I love it so much? Especially the track Julia, man that hits hard. My obsession with Alec Benjamin has only grown, his YouTube demos are so good?! And yet another One Direction member released an album, again it was better than expected. Black and White is one of my new favourites off of Heartbreak Weather, so thanks Niall. Lennon Stella and FLETCHER released new singles and that’s the kinda music I’m living for, and when I forgot they existed again OneRepublic reappeared with Didn’t I and I learnt to appreciate Ryan Tedder’s songwriting prowess once more (hey, why can’t I have that). YouTube kept shoving Sean Stemaly’s music in my face until I finally listened, and I have very mixed feelings about it all and haven’t decided whether to love or hate it; let me know. And super recently, Kelsea Ballerini’s new album came out and I’m really vibing with that one as well.

Television of the month:

I started watching the Netflix docu-series The Staircase for school, and other than that I’ve been going on with Brooklyn Nine-Nine and Homeland (so good so good so good), and The Blacklist S7B is finally here so that’s my April sorted! (Plus HTGAWM is coming back so yes!!)

Blog posts of the month:

Looking ahead

Spoiler alert: April isn’t gonna be that exciting in my life. Books, music, and TV though; perhaps more so. But, I plan on finally watching the High School Musical movies (I’ve had a sad childhood, I know) as well as the series because I love Olivia Rodrigo.

Book releases

I don’t know if I’m gonna be able to read any of these considering the state of lockdown, but I can still be excited about them. I don’t know how I feel about a new Veronica Roth book but I’ll probably give it a go. Something She’s Not Telling Us: from the author of A Simple Favor, which I read because the movie adaptation was coming out and it had Rupert Friend in it. Will I read this one? I’d like to, if I’m able to get my hands on a copy. And okay finally there’s a new book from Kody Keplinger, while I’m not super enthused about the synopsis of Lila and Hadley, Hadley sounds like the type of main character Kody Keplinger would pull off really well (see Whitley from A Midsummer’s Nightmare). And Sarah Vaughan, Anatomy of a Scandal, has a new book called Little Disasters and I’m all for it. Whycan’twegobacktonormalalreadyIjustwanttoreadthesebooksokay. Melissa Marr is releasing a Wicked Lovely prequel (hmm, following in Suzanne Collins’s footsteps are we) and while I read the series a long time ago I’d love to read it.

Music releases

My top picks are the new albums from Maddie & Tae and Lennon Stella. I feel like I’ve already gotten to listen to most of the tracklist from Maddie & Tae’s The Way It Feels, and Lennon Stella’s album is more of a mystery? But I have listened to numerous unreleased tracks on YouTube. Sam Hunt’s also releasing an album, which I’ll be interested to hear since I did enjoy Montevallo.

TV releases

I’ve already mentioned it, but HTGAWM is gonna be back! I’m so excited, but also it’s gonna be the end of the show so 😥 that’s all that I know about though.

Events

What’s even happening in April other than school holidays… Everything’s getting cancelled. Normally at this time I’d be like hurray school holidays, but right now since I basically have a holiday it feels different. So I’mma say, social interaction—maybe.

How has COVID-19 affected your March? Are you looking forward to April?

10 thoughts on “March month-by-month // Music camp, SAT, quarantine

  1. Omg yes Lauv’s new album is amazing and Julia is my favorite too! Along with Sweatpants and Who. Actually, who am I kidding the whole album is my favorite 😍

    Thank you so much for including my post and don’t worry that much about your SAT scores, I’m sure your next attempt will be better. Stay safe!

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  2. Ah, I’m sorry you were in contact with someone who got the coronavirus! Hopefully you stay healthy ❤ I’m also sorry that you were a little disappointed with your SAT score, but I fully believe that you’ll do better when you retake it! You got this :))

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  3. music camp sounds exciting! i’ve recently watched the two camp rock movies so i can’t help but picture as that, hahah. but i’m pretty sure it does not involve cocky boyband members and cringey dance sequences. i hope you’re staying healthy and safe! 💛
    niall’s album is amazing! my favorite song is everywhere, but i love still as well. i didn’t know if i was going to love this album as much his debut, because that one is gold, and while i don’t love it to the same extent, it was no disappointment. there are a lot of great tracks and you can see his growth!
    i really hope you love the high school musical movies and the show as well. the movies are my entire childhood, so i can definitely understand you *not* loving them as much, though i think they aged fine and aren’t as cringey as some other things i loved as a kid. but the series is PHENOMENAL! olivia rodrigo truly is the best, i love her on instagram! i was really surprised by how much i loved the show, because it had a lot of topics i didn’t expect to be covered in a disney show.
    what i’m looking forward to the most in april: i’ll probably return to work on the 27th. it’s still 20 days away, but i’m counting down the days, hahah. i’ve never thought i’d be this excited to go back to work, but i miss it!

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    1. Hahaha I feel like I need to watch camp rock, there’s so much Disney stuff I haven’t watched that I should? And no it does not but it does involve music rehearsals, friends and a quality Saturday night concert! I hope you’re staying healthy and safe as well 💙 I feel like that’s similar to how I felt about hopeless fountain kingdom? Because I think I love badlands more but hfk is also really good (as is manic). His debut is really sweet though and I think this one definitely showed growth and more of a rock vibe. I feel like when I watch hsm it will definitely be younger me that’s watching it haha, and yes Olivia Rodrigo is amazing. That’s interesting though but good that such topics were covered.
      And ooh okay well if you do good luck and stay safe, I think we’d all give something to get out of the house right now haha

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  4. I’m sending you all the love and hope you will stay healthy during this time, you’re strong and amazing ❤ ❤ ❤ Don't worry too much about the SAT scores, it's a good start and I'm certain you'll do better, I believe in you and am always here to support you ❤ ❤

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  5. Oh my goodness, I really hope you’re doing emotionally and mentally well with the self-quarantine (inside national lockdown) after being close to a confirmed case.
    Ahh, my friend introduced me to Lauv, and I listened to his music on repeat for maybe a good two weeks? I also like Canada and Invisible Things. And I saw Kelsea Ballerini’s album thanks to a Spotify banner! I didn’t like it as much as Lauv because I don’t like country, but the same friend who introduced me to Lauv added the whole album to his monthly playlist.
    And thank you so much for linking to my notes on Malcolm’s book!

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    1. I’m out of self-isolation now thankfully but yes I am doing well, thank you for your concern 🙂 and yes I love Lauv!! That’s fair enough haha, and Kelsea Ballerini is in the region where hardcore country fans argue that she’s hardly country but yeah. And no problem, I loved reading them!

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