And . . . here we are at the very end of March. It looks like this:
Cold, dreary rain.
Mud. Puddles. Ugh.
(But. It's not snow, and for that I am grateful.)
So. What's happening . . . Right Now?
Watching - Basketball. Pretty much my entire March Madness bracket is toast at this point (beginning with Villanova; I had them to win the whole dang thing!). I think I have North Carolina in there still, but otherwise? A bust. As usual. I'm also looking forward to watching the new season of Grace & Frankie, although I haven't tuned in to one episode yet. (Anyone watched it yet? Thoughts?)
Reading - It seems like I've been reading a lot lately! In the ears, I'm reading Little Deaths by Emma Flint. In print, I'm reading Exit West by Mohsin Hamid (and, while this one is quite short, I'm moving slowly -- because it's one of those books where the writing is So Fine that I keep re-reading, and then reading parts aloud to Tom). Other recently finished books worth mentioning include: The Lesser Bohemians by Eimear McBride (this one was really irritating to me; I don't recommend the audiobook version -- and I'd avoid it altogether unless you're particularly fond of stream-of-consciousness writing without punctuation - à la James Joyce, but more "modern" . . . and quite a bit of fairly graphic sex); The Sport of Kings by C.E. Morgan (which I adored, but it won't be for everyone); and The Keeper of Lost Things by Ruth Hogan (a whimsical, rather "lite" little story that is a bit fun and kind of like dipping your hand into a candy jar).
Stitching - (you'll notice I don't even bother to call this category "Knitting" anymore . . .) I've been totally captivated by my Alabama Chanin wrap skirt this month. I'm finished with the stitching and cutting portions of the project, and now just need to stitch it together. I'm so excited -- and already planning my next project! Despite the allure of the Alabama Chanin world, I did manage to knit one sock this month. Pretty basic. (I'll show you sometime.) But. . . as so often happens, the stripe-ish yarn pooled badly in the gusset portion. And I despise pooled yarn. So I'm Not Thrilled. In other news, I decided I want to try the helical knitting thing (because how cool is learning something new???), and found this (stay tuned) . . .
Listening to - Podcasts. March has been #trypod month, where listeners are encouraged to recommend the podcasts they enjoy. It's still March, although right at the wire . . . so here are a few I especially like: Happier with Gretchen Rubin, Freakonomics Radio, The Moth, From the Heart: Conversations with Yoga Girl, and - of course - NPR's Wait, Wait. . . Don't Tell Me. There's a new one that just came out this week - S-Town - which seems promising, too (although so far I've only listened to the first episode). (Also, S-Town's website is one of the most beautiful websites I've ever visited. Worth a click!) (I also listened to Missing Richard Simmons, which was . . . well. A bit weird.) How about you? Tried a pod? What ones do you recommend?
Drinking - YES! Thanks to my sister, I can now enjoy wine - by the cup! - first thing in the morning. (Does she know me, or what????)
Delighted by - A couple of little things that just make me smile every time I look at them. First, my new coffee mug . . .
and then, my Women's March pin from Penzeys . . .
Both of things keep me smiling -- and remembering that even though there is serious work to be done, we can still share humor and kindness and love in the world.
Gold Star - Awarded to ME . . . for not stressing about my taxes. Here's the deal. Every year, I do and file my taxes right around April 10. It doesn't take me long, really, and as a former CPA (yeah . . . ) I pretty much know what I'm doing. But. Every year, I begin stressing in January about how I haven't done my taxes yet. This year, I decided to drop the subterfuge. No matter when I started the stressing, I still didn't DO my taxes until April. This year? I'll start stressing tomorrow.
Trying Hard - to tackle my Big Projects by spending small bits of time working on them on a regular basis. I tend to put off my Big Projects (things like digitizing all of the old family photos . . . or a digital clean up of all my computer files . . . that kind of stuff) because I feel like I will need huge blocks of time to complete them. And, really, that's true. Those projects WILL take a lot of time to complete. But . . . if I tackle them in small, 15-minute mini-chunks of time -- every day -- I will be able to get them finished! So. That's my plan now. Project completion by degrees!
Blooming - Before yesterday's day-long deluge of rain, I was able to get out in the garden and find my first hellebore bloom of the season. It gives me hope for what's to come! (And deer don't like to eat them, by the way. . . )
Celebrating - While the main birthday hoop-la is now complete, I am still celebrating! Right now, I'm celebrating the incredible support from all of you yesterday -- when I revealed that this birthday was a struggle for me, without my Mom. Your words felt like hugs -- all day long. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. You all helped me get through a difficult day. (I can't really express how much your comments meant to me.)
Coming Up - Although I tend to like March (this year it was rather challenging -- because the weather was so nasty and didn't much feel like spring at all), I'm looking forward to April. I'm taking part in Michelle's Just Five Things workshop for the first couple of weeks in April. (We'll see how things go, but maybe I'll share some of my experience with you.) And (although I haven't officially signed up yet - but plan to yet today), I'm going to dive in to the #The100DayProject. (Stay tuned.) I'm also going to continue my quest to find BALANCE . . . by balancing my chakras and following moon phases! Yeah . . . things are going to get interesting around here!
How about YOU? What's going on for you . . . Right Now?