What I’m Into March 2014 Edition

March 31, 2014

When in Rome, you forget you have a blog. At least I did.

Well, I’ve fallen off the blogging wagon lately. Too much life and lack of preparation kept this space all too quiet. Within the month of March, I traveled to Italy for a week, packed and moved to a new house, dealt with 3 children and strep throat, and read some Harry Potter. Welcome to What I’m Into March 2014. I’m linking up with Leigh Kramer and friends. It’s a fun party. You should check it out.

Books Read

The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie: Flavia de Luce is an unlikely hero for a mystery series, but that’s precisely why I liked this book so much.

Cress: The Lunar Chronicles continues with adding Cress, the Rapunzel of the fairy tale theme in this sci-fi world. Cinder and her team of outlaws and misfits race to stop the lunar queen from marrying Emperor Kai and taking over the world.

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire: I read these two books while traveling. (Did you know you can borrow a book a month from the Kindle store if you have Amazon Prime?) I needed to read both Harry Potter books because I joined Jessica’s Young Adult Movie and Book Club. It’s a tough job and all that.

Bridget Jones: Mad about the Boy: Yes, she’s ridiculous and over-the-top cheesy and predictable and way too lucky in love, but Bridget Jones continues to crack me up, and just like everyone else in the world, I can’t help but love this girl.

Before my husband and I left for Italy, my kids and I read Olivia Goes to Venice, Rome Antics, The Magic Tree House’s Vacation Under the Volcano, and parts of The Magic Tree House companion book. Then I could say, “We saw St. Mark’s and the Bell Tower today,” while we chatted over Face Time, and they would sort of get it.

On My (Virtual) Nightstand

(Our Library has Overdrive, so I can borrow books for my Kindle):

The Night Circus and Hollow City: The Second Novel of Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children

Venice says, “What? This is a normal street.” Then, I say, “My normal street would include a parking lot and a Whataburger sign.” I cry.


Once life settles down a bit here, I’m going to share some of my thoughts about our travels.

Until then, here’s what I loved in a nutshell:

Florence: Michelangelo’s David and his buddies The Prisoners, all of the Venuses in the Uffizi, the Duomo, the Arno River, St. Lorenzo’s Market, Mercato Centrale, and Trattoria Osvaldo, where I sampled two kinds of pasta and roasted goat meat. I also quickly learned the phrase, “Vine Della Cassa!”

Mercato Centrale and its beauty. Be thankful. My husband’s picture of this place is a skinned rabbit. Eyeballs in tact.

What I loved about Venice: Riding a vaporetti down the Grand Canal, St. Mark’s Eastern flair, winding alleys with tempting shops, the vendor who sold us some Pinocchio dolls, and getting a little lost and not worrying too much about it.

A fountain behind the Pantheon and a street cafe.

What I loved about Rome: a nighttime passeggiata down the Via del Corso, St. Peter’s in the early morning, the Trevi Fountain at night, a gelato stand just around the corner from The Pantheon (rose jam gelato. So good.), and The Sistine Chapel (totally worth the hype).

St. Peter’s Basilica. I love the streams of natural sunlight. This church has no stained glass.


American Hustle, Catching Fire, A Roman Holiday (My husband had never seen it!), The Italian Job (great shots of Venice in this one.)

Movies I watched on the plane to and from Rome because you have a little screen right in front of you, and they turn off all the lights: Ocean’s 11, Iron Man 3, Funny Face, Philomena (loved!), Austenland (so glad I didn’t spend money to go see it.), Ender’s Game (enjoyed it), Sense and Sensibility (always a fave).

Pinterest & Moving:

We are finally in a home that will, someday, be ours, and I hope it can stay our home for a long while. We’ve moved 9 times in our 12 years of marriage, but this opportunity fell in our laps, and we couldn’t say no.

We are getting settled in, and I am using Pinterest as my muse to help me actually decorate this time. Our houses in the past have been so small and so temporary feeling, that I never found energy or time to put forth much effort to decorate, aside from hanging a few pictures on the walls.

I’ve been inspired by: this command center, this kitchen idea, and this head-board made from reclaimed wood.

My Contributor Posts:

Though I’ve been quiet on here, I wrote a review of The Rosie Project for The Library Adventure, a post for Upside Down Homeschooling entitled, “Does Grace Live in Your Home?” and another post for The Marathon Mom called, “Four Phrases Every Homeschool Mom Should Embrace.”

Just for Fun:

19th Century Novelists Sorted into Houses at Hogwarts. This is why the internet wins.

What are YOU Into this Month?

Kelly Wiggains

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Kelly Wiggains, a high school English teacher turned homeschooling mom, likes to surround herself with good literature, beautiful things, and big ideas, and she wants her home to reflect those things, too. Here at KellyWiggains.com she talks about everything From Literature to Living.
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4 responses to What I’m Into March 2014 Edition

  1. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE all of your photos from Italy. (We took a trip to Europe in 2012, and went to Rome and Tuscany – and I WANT TO GO BACK – PRONTO!) :) Such gorgeous photos – I definitely want to see Venice someday. Glad you were able to step away from your blog to fully enjoy your trip. Thanks for your post!

  2. When you go to Italy for a week, you don’t have to do anything else for the rest of the month. It’s a rule. Also: JEALOUS! Love all your pictures. I haven’t heard anything good about the 3rd Bridget Jones book until you. I cannot believe Fielding killed off Mark Darcy. I shall never forgive her and probably won’t read it just to punish her.

    • Leigh,
      This was definitely my least favorite of the series. However, the best moments of the book are the parts where Mark Darcy appears. Well, that and Bridget opening a Twitter account.