I rule! I skipped the month of March. Ahem. And by rule, I mean, boy have I been busy, and then on top of that my computer and the school dial-up service may or may not be getting along. Or maybe itâ€™s just itunes which hates my internet connection. Sometimes the computer works, sometimes it freezes pretty much constantly. Iâ€™ve just started using Opera instead of Explorer in the hopes that it will solve the problem. I donâ€™t really want to wipe the computer and start over, but I might have to if it doesnâ€™t stop freaking out.
I think itâ€™s pretty telling that one year ago in February was when my excessive posting ended and my sloooow decline to a monthly update status began. So letâ€™s just say I was celebrating by taking the entire month of March off, and by doing that Iâ€™ve stopped the decline and will once again find this a fruitful space full of interesting observations and stories. Absolutely.
How about some news?
To celebrate the leap year Michelle and I threw our housewarming/leap year party. It was great. We made leap year resolutions, which are especially hard because you have to keep them for 4 years. I made two: 1. to be really good to my plants. And that includes Michelleâ€™s plants. And 2. to be more timely in my correspondence. I started a correspondence journal and started writing letters. I love getting mail, and I know other people do too.
Also, to celebrate the new leap year I cut all of my hair off. Iâ€™d been growing it for quite some time and it was falling to halfway down my back. It was beautiful (if I do say so myself) but it was also incredibly hard work. Iâ€™d been growing it out for locks of love, and decided that Leap Year was the time to get rid of it all! A photomontage of my new hairdo, if you please? (did you know photomontage was one word? Thank you MSWord!) I think the cut makes me look very much younger than I used to.
The month of March was pretty much a blur of: working hard at school, working hard at work, running out of money, finding out my tax refund will be of a very pleasant size, making gooey chocolate cakes and eating them all up, planning baby shower gifts for my stepsister and not starting on them, having a nice spring break and seeing old friends, reading 6 months of back Martha Stewart Living magazines, washing windows and enjoying it because the weather was so pleasant.
Spring makes me want to adopt good habits. Iâ€™ve started working on schoolwork much earlier than usual, reading books from the library, and knitting while I watch tv. Itâ€™s good for me. Iâ€™m planning for the Summer of Fun. Iâ€™m planting things in old yogurt containers with holes poked in the bottom. Iâ€™ve got my worm bin bought, and when the Tax Refund of Financial Security comes in Iâ€™ll buy some worms to stick in there and eat up my leftovers. Michelle and I are excited to pull together a little seating area on our back porch (currently a big cracked and heaved concrete slab) with chairs and a little table made out of a wire spool, and I canâ€™t wait to have cultured summer living with cocktails on the back porch and a little charcoal grill making yummy simple food. I want to buy Capri pants and high heeled flipflops, and I need to start sewing my apron collection for my hot summer accessory of choice. I guerilla planted some meadow flowers down the side of our driveway to see if the very old seeds would still grow. I write postcards to my nephew almost regularly. And the big news is that Iâ€™m staying at school until December thanks to a very generous grant and some research to work on. So the CSA that weâ€™ve joined was the absolute right decision, and I feel like once those vegetables start coming in my entire world will change for the better. And itâ€™s pretty good already, so that will be even more Wonderful. You see? Summer of Fun, on its way!
(in case youâ€™re interested, Iâ€™ve updated the knitting page in crafts. Springtime good habits abound around here. Mahvelous.)