First, what I didn’t like about March:
- 31 more days of winter including a huge snowstorm on the 26th
- Paying for yet another boiler/furnace repair (have decided to replace it with a heat pump/air exchanger system soon)
- Lots of work meetings impacting my fitness schedule! Same # of home workouts but only half as much walking and skating in March as in February. Sigh.
But there was lots to like!
First of all, Rom is a new Canadian! His citizenship ceremony took place at Pier 21 where over a million newcomers first landed in Canada. He was one of 197 who took the oath that morning. A happy day!
We did our duty as citizens and filed our taxes (and I did my parents’ as well). I got a massive tax refund from my RRSP contributions, but I must remember it is balanced out by paying the deferred tax later. Meanwhile it is going right into a TFSA.
Rom and I planned a trip to Toronto for mid-April. We’ll visit with our kid, Link, and take in the sights – always plenty to do. Looking forward to a get-away and some down-time! We have booked into a guest house in a busy part of downtown.
Entertainment-wise, there were no big-ticket events such as concerts and plays. We went out to see the new Muppets movie, Muppets Most Wanted. I liked it a lot better than the last one (2011) because it didn’t have such aw-shucks humour as the last one, and it had more jokes for adults. I am a life-long Muppet fan!
I saw two movies on DVD this month. I had read The Hunger Games but somehow never watched the movie, so I finally saw it. In February, I read the book Oscar and Lucinda, and this month I watched the movie, which featured Ralph Fiennes and Cate Blanchett. I was glad I saw it – it really brought the book to life. But I don’t think the movie stands up very well for anyone who hasn’t read the book.
As you may have seen, I read 6 books in March (a very wintery month), although I must say they were all short ones. I went to a book club meeting, and started the next book club choice, A Thousand Suns. (A list of what our book club has read so far is over at Goodreads – it is mainly fiction set in developing countries).
I finally tried out the recipes I wanted to make from the One Dish Vegan cookbook, a tagine and a risotto. They were both very good and I have some ideas about variations for next time. I felt inspired again because I had been only cooking old favourites for a few months. (I am mostly vegetarian, but not vegan. However, we end up eating a lot of vegan meals, whether intentionally or not).
Also food-related, Rom and I went out for lunch three times over the course of the month. Our three lunches probably cost us the same as one semi-elegant dinner!
I signed up for a one-time class on needle felting. I hadn’t done any crafts in ages and it was really fun – incredibly simple but satisfying results. In the method I learned, you use a needle to poke wool fluff into a piece of wool fabric, making a design or a picture on the backing. Then you tighten up the whole thing in hot water and a bit of detergent. My kinda craft!
At work, the library renovations kicked off, and several small projects were squeezed into the current fiscal year which ended March 31.
March has been good despite the interminable winter (which has continued this week with snow and ice). I feel I’m never lacking things to do!
What did you think of March?