… A Teen Ritual, A Retro Pastime and Cheap Local Eats …
So, I had an odd number of ear piercings; no big deal. I had the requisite single pair of ear piercings when I was 13, then added a second one in my left ear when I was 17. To have 2 piercings in one ear was daring back then, and I received constant comments! Fast forward almost 40 years and now I am constantly asked if I have lost an earring, since I look “old” and don’t have matching sides!
I could have done nothing, but I wanted a change. I debated getting another hole on the same side so I would have 3-and-1 and it would clearly be not-a-mistake, or even it out to 2-and-2. I decided on the latter. So I went to the mall and stood in line at Claire’s with the young teens to get another ear piercing, attracting many stares through the mall window.
While I was there, I overheard some other teen girls debate getting lip and nose piercings. One said, “According to my mom, my body doesn’t belong to me until I’m 19.” They knew their parents would never sign the consent forms. I informed them one only had to be 16 to get lip or nose piercings. I know this since Link went out and got a lip piercing as soon as they turned 16. (It is still 19 – legal age – for tattoos). The girls were quite surprised but then wondered (dramatically) if they would be kicked out of home. The Claire’s employee dutifully told them, “You don’t need permission, but it’s still nice to have,” thereby losing the sale. I thought everyone had acted with admirable restraint.
Wow, ear piercing is so much easier now. It barely pinches and you can change earrings after only 3 weeks!
Sticking with a jewellery theme, I am trying to figure out storage. My old jewellery box is in horrible condition but has the best storage trays. It has a vinyl outer case, so I will try to re-cover it. Meanwhile I bought a 3-tier necklace holder which I’m using for bracelets and beads, at least until the cats discover it.
It’s been a spendy month. I decided on 4 more things to complete the new master bedroom look: a headboard for the bed, new curtains, a stool or chair for the dressing table, and a painting or two! Found and purchased a lovely headboard at Winners. The rest can wait.
Another highlight for the month was a blast from the past. This month the library managers had an off-site meeting followed by bowling. I think compulsory work/social activities are mostly dreaded by all, but we actually had a great time. I vaguely remember the last time I went bowling; it was probably at a birthday party Link was invited to at age 6! It came back to me. I could do it. I stress-tested my pants at home to ensure they wouldn’t split in a deep lunge! But the best part was when we got there, we found out it was a black light bowling alley! I did not know there was such a thing. (I should have, since I have played black light mini-golf.) I was greatly amused.
My other entertainment for the month was finally going to see Black Panther, one of the few recent Marvel movies to keep my full attention. I loved the diverse Black cast – the characters represented urban, professional and tribal peoples – and I was delighted with the strong Black female roles. It had socially conscious themes throughout. Recommended!
I started a local food experiment. Rom and I have favourite restaurants, but we’re only regulars at one neighbourhood spot, our default. We have 3 other favourites in the city at large; otherwise we go for new dining experiences. This month we used the rest of entertainment budget for lunches at 4 neighbourhood restaurants, one a week. We batted .500. First we tried a Chinese restaurant that has been in the neighbourhood for 10 years so we thought it must have staying power for a reason; not so. Will not be returning. We looked forward to the opening of a new Jamaican spot. I have eaten Jamaican food many times and was seriously appalled by the food at this place. Sad! We rebounded by going to a diner and had a happy diner experience. Finally, we revisited the Turkish place where I once had the best vegetarian moussaka ever, and I loved it again on visit 2.
Since I knew I would be getting a refund, I filed my taxes as early as possible and got my money back on March 5! I filed my parents’ returns later in the month and they got their refunds in 2 weeks. With netfiling and free online tax software, I don’t know why anyone with a basic return would ever pay for tax preparation services or software. If you are not already doing it, I personally recommend StudioTax – you can download the annual program so your personal info is not stored on an online site.
Speaking of personal info, I downloaded my Facebook data. My use of personal Facebook has been steady but cautious. Have you ever heard that question, “If being Christian was a crime, would there be enough evidence to convict you?” I was disturbed by my Facebook data. They know about my tastes in shopping and movies and music, and family life, but very little about my political, environmental, or social justice interests. They were on my data list, but barely. I need to be more “out” with my beliefs.
That’s it – how was March for you?