In March I was:
I filled in for more than 4 weeks at another work site and only returned to my old job this week. I really enjoyed the change. I had been nervous going back because I had worked there 3-4 years ago and the staff are used to another manager now. But they liked working with me as opposed to a “stranger” because at least I knew them. I worked flat-out every day and it was energizing.
It was also a reminder about the health affects of work. I went back to spending 90 minutes a day commuting by car, compared to my usual 30-minute walk. I worked hard and the days were longer. I kept up with my morning workouts but had no time for walking. We had lots of snow and cold in March and I rarely got outside. After the first few days of dealing with new work issues, I was lying awake at night mulling them over. Back at my old job this week, I have already upped my fitness and started sleeping soundly!
…contemporary art. I’ve been looking up artists and learning about them and their work. Every day I have a new favourite!
I watched a bunch of new movies on DVD.
Manchester by the Sea – Great acting and exquisitely sad. I found it very suspenseful – what could he have done? Why was he so reviled?
Moonlight – An independent film with an all-Black cast; a harrowing story, and the character leaves so much left unsaid (also especially fine performances by Mahershala Ali and Naomie Harris)
Jackie – I could not get over the voice of Jackie Kennedy and I had to look up historical footage to see if it was for real; it was. From start to finish, my impression of Jackie changed from seeing her as a vapid society girl and trophy wife, to seeing her strength under pressure. The movie was not 100% engaging, but it inspired me to earn more about her.
Loving – The true story of an interracial couple in Virginia who took their fight to have their marriage recognized to the Supreme Court in 1967. Interestingly, the couple were both quiet, steadfast people and the film was subdued. I am not sure if the couple experienced little racism from their families and co-workers, or if it was seriously underplayed. The location, set design and costumes were spot-on.
Rom and I were out for two concerts. One was a performance of my favourite piece of classical music, the Brandenburg Concertos, by our local symphony. Well, actually only 3 of the 6 concertos, because we weren’t able to attend two nights! I loved seeing it live and seeing what instruments were used and how it was played. The second concert had an unexpected twist. I had seen a local band about 10 years ago and described them as “a young Rolling Stones” to Rom. So we finally go see them and they have turned into a Celtic rock band, a la Dropkick Murphys and Flogging Molly! I had no idea they’d made such a change. But I wasn’t entirely surprised because those sorts of bands are super-popular here, almost the norm. And I am not opposed to such music either. One of their opening acts was our favourite local band, Like a Motorcycle. The other was a band with a guitarist whose parents I know, and it was fun to see the family cheering them on. It was a good night out.
Well, you know about the new car. That took up most of my spare time. I did some research, compared makes and models, considered new or used, got quotes on our old cars for trade-in or resale, and got quotes for a new car from multiple dealerships before making a decision.
I have a friend who sells cosmetics and skin care products and I asked her to come over and show me her line. Of course I ended up buying the works. The success is 50/50 since I am sensitive to some of the products while others are fine. I am very unaccustomed to using anything at all (just one light moisturizer, and sunscreen in the summer) and I don’t know if it will become a regular routine.
The reason I did this was because I went for a contact lens fitting this month and got some single-vision contacts that I can wear for sports, fitness and driving. I am not used to seeing my face naked (without glasses!) and it was a bit of a shock to see what I look like 😊
I am still trying to get by without an iPhone. I have a used one in hand, but it was bought in the UK and can’t be used without a SIM card from the original carrier – not even used as an iPod Touch (without phone service!) Talk about locked down. I may try to get it set up on my next trip to the UK so I can use it for wireless apps and music. I am not sure if I’ll break down and buy a new or used iPhone that can be used in Canada with cell service.
Since the snow and cold have continued all month (we had snow and freezing rain twice last week and more is on its way this week), I have been keeping the bird feeders full. I can’t claim to like all birds equally. I like to see the songbirds, but I don’t always like to see the proliferation of starlings, blackbirds and pigeons. I don’t get to choose, though!
I did tax returns for myself and my parents. We were all getting refunds, so I filed them early in the season.
Two things I didn’t do this month – no baking, and not much reading (2 books that took me 5 or 6 weeks to read) – uncanny!
That was March for me, lots of work and indoor pursuits. Tell me about your month!