March is a great month, typically. It has the first spring holiday (St. Patrick's Day) even though, technically, it's the last winter holiday. But in my mind it's more spring-oriented with all the clover and green. Most of the time we end up getting nice weather for St. Patrick's Day as well, so that's always a plus. Winter becomes something of a memory and I'm giddy to wear green and eat soda bread. But the spring-feel (plus the actual arrival of spring) wasn't understood by all and we ended up getting the most snow of this winter during the month!
|St. Patrick's Day dinner|
March was introduced with a snowstorm and then, slowly, it became warmer and I was able to go hiking in a tank-top and capris. It was wonderful and nature agreed. Crocus bloomed, the trees budded, and robins were happily digging for worms. Then it snowed again -- on the first official day of spring.
But winter was slowly slinking off to hide until the end of the year and the first big sign of this was that I had my first full week of work at my office since December! The warmer days are starting to outnumber the cold days and I am confident that soon enough I'll be complaining about the heat and humidity. Just last week we had nearly 80-degree temperatures and ridiculous humidity, followed by our first thunderstorm, so summer isn't far away.
This month was also busy as I worked on a big release at my job and finished up a copyediting course I was taking. Let me tell you, editing documents from 7:30 in the morning until 9 at night, with breaks only being to drive and eat, is exhausting.
|Copyediting final and cats.|
With the class taken care of, I finally had a chance to pleasure read without feeling guilty, and better yet--I was able to write blog posts again! April will be a month spent catching up.
- Summer and Bird by Katherine Catmull
- The Circle Cast: The Lost Years of Morgan le Fay by Alex Epstein
- The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton
- The Lost Summer of Louisa May Alcott by Kelly O'Connor McNees
- My Salinger Year by Joanna Rakoff
- For Wanderlust Wednesday we visited the city of San Francisco and got some coffee from Caffee Triste--my favorite coffee spot while I was in San Francisco in October. Believe me when I say that once I'm back in that city, it'll be one of the first places I go to eat breakfast.
- I discussed my goals for the next year and a half while I head toward the ripe, old age of thirty.
- We visited California and the San Francisco Bay area for a peek at Ashley's reading nook. Complete with comfy pillows and cuddly cats. I can verify that the cats are cuddly as I've met them and cuddled with them until they found their food dishes more interesting.
- The Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge for all of those die-hard readers and Gilmore Girls fans out there.
Must Reads from the Web:
A lot has gone on around the web, much of it I didn't have the chance to capture by means of sharing links, but here are some highlights from the past month!
- Spain finds Don Quixote writer Cervantes' tomb in Madrid
- The beloved Sir Terry Pratchett, author of many, many fantasy books and so much more, passed away at the age of 66
- A brief history of female authors with male pen names
- 12 Books for Young People That Will Turn You Into a Feminist at Any Age
- Writing Strong Female Characters? That's a Great Goal, But I'd Rather Write Strong Kick-Heart Characters
- Henry VIII's evidence to support break with Rome turns up in Cornish library
- The Go Set a Watchman book cover has been revealed!