0033. march favorites
Of course, March surpassed my expectations. I found the exact opportunity I was looking for in a new to me field. We found a wonderful apartment and even enjoyed the process of searching (I miss you not NYC prices). And the best, most wonderful news of all - we're to welcome a niece this summer! All the party emojis!
I will admit, prior to all this excitement/good fortune I was feeling down. I was severely missing skirt weather and all the delicious, affordable produce, I knew I had to get into some good habits to reverse the blues. Some things that brought me joy:
Person: This birthday man. Can't wait to see him as a nuncle.
Activity: Daily walks. Crunchy, slippery snow. Long days, bright rays, and a sun you can actually feel - I love you, March. Even though it was cold I could feel spring in the air.
Book: This Mournable Body by Tsitsi Dangarembga. I found it a little hard to get into at first but reading less to stretch it out by the end. Poignant, moving, disconcerting ... this book acutely describes the trials of a Zimbabwean woman struggling through the efforts of trying to survive, let alone thrive.
Show: Deadwood. Set in 1876 South Dakota this semi-historical series reads more like a play. It's hard to watch at times but that's the 19th century for you. I find the medical scenes fascinating and love that it includes the tribulations of immigrants, minorities and women.
Girl crush: Sandra Oh on SNL. Gosh, I love her. From her days on Grey's to Killing Eve, she's just wonderful. I can't remember the last time I watched SNL but on AB's birthday we stayed in with his parents and visiting brother and I'm so glad I caught this outfit. Barely noticeable plaid in an electric color ... perfect. Not pictured: mod, white booties which really rounded it out as the best outfit I've seen in a while.
Legislation: Statewide single use plastic ban! As a proud New Yorker I have to say ... what took so long?? It's a big step in a great direction but as always there is plenty left to do and change.
Habit: Journaling everyday. Let's just say on April 1st I noticed and seriously missed not doing it. Journaling has always been a way to relax for me. I like that there are no expectations or need to find the right words. I write what I did, special moments I want to remember and if all else fails just whatever flows out. After years and years, it still surprises me how much clearer my thoughts are when I consistently do this. Fun tracking diagrams never hurt.
Sound: Birdsongs + chirps ... the most welcome, magical uproar. Naming the ones I spot is a fun game too.
System: Setting a monthly priority. For March: taxes. I waited until the last day of the month but got it done. Nothing feels better than checking off a big to-do (or getting a refund).
Treat: Marinated artichokes. On sourdough with refried beans, spinach and a giant dollop of whole grain mustard. Also on salads, pasta or anything really.
What's inspiring you lately? Happy spring!