What a strange middle-March we’ve had: not a harsh and cold winter month, but still far from Spring. We’ve had more rain than snow, and the ice on the lakes has long since thawed. But not even the crocuses are blooming yet. It is a waiting time. I am feeding the winter songbirds at the bird feeders: goldfinches, chickadees, sparrows and juncos – and hundreds of starlings are chattering on the bare branches of the trees nearby. I have arranged to get my car’s winter tires swapped out for the all-seasons in a few days, but we are expecting flurries for a week or two yet.
I laid low for most of March. I have not been shopping. I had 16 days with no discretionary spending. My personal spending for the month consisted of one work lunch, some snacks brought in for work, a take-out coffee, a haircut, two postage fees, tickets for skating at the rink, my $15 cell phone bill, my Apple music subscription, and one thing that felt like an indulgence, Uncut magazine’s David Bowie special edition.
I read far-ranging books this month, some mentioned in previous posts:
Sean Yates: It’s All About the Bike by Sean Yates with John Deering. Sean is a personal friend of Rom’s who was a professional cyclist and directeur sportif of Team Sky. I know nothing about that world. I wondered what he’d say about growing up in his hometown, so I read the book, and ended up engrossed in the world of cycling – quite a feat, since I don’t even ride a bike myself. I was impressed!
Be Good: How to Navigate the Ethics of Everything by Randy Cohen
Chloe Sparrow by Lesley Crewe. A light, not-entirely-believable and somewhat fun novel, weighed down by a lengthy section about depression. I concede that depression does weigh one down, but it was disconcerting in an otherwise comic novel.
The Year of Living Danishly by Helen Russell
Where Did You Sleep Last Night by Lynn Crosbie. Experimental fiction about an abused teen who goes adventuring with a reincarnation of Kurt Cobain. I put it down many times because I tired of reading about drug use. A difficult but rewarding read.
Thinking in Systems: a Primer by Donella H. Meadows. As you would expect, an introduction to systems analysis.
I rarely watch movies these days, but I watched Big Eyes on DVD and liked it a lot. Now Rom and I are watching (last year’s) Season 5 of Game of Thrones!
I had 4 days off over Easter and it was nice to have a mini-break. I did an extensive house cleaning (which does not happen very often) and I feel another round of decluttering coming on. Meanwhile I have enough Cadbury eggs and jelly beans to last me a couple of weeks!
We are making plans for our upcoming trip to the UK, and will do a couple of day trips from London, rather than our usual Brighton run. Despite what anyone in the UK might say, it will feel more Spring-like to me: the forecast for our travel dates is 9-17C, whereas the prediction is only 1-9C here, and rain is inevitable in both places. I’m counting the days until vacation!
Over all, I felt that March was work-oriented, productive, and thoroughly normal. Not a bad thing!
How was March for you?