I didn’t write a February month in review post. Nor one for March. But as they make me happy, and even though we’re 1/3 the way through April (how did that happen already?), I’m going to do a catch up on Feb/March post instead.
Don’t everyone jump with glee at once!
The most exciting thing that happened in February was that I got to present at Life, the Universe, and Everything, which is a conference for fantasy writers. It deserves its own blog post, but to sum up: awesome. Can I do that again every day of my life?
In February, we celebrated our 22nd anniversary by going to...oh, yes, Thai Village. Every year I think, I should plan something fun for our anniversary and then, nearly every year, I run out of enthusiasm. What I wanted to do: Go to Zion for the weekend and hike Angel’s Landing. Instead we had pumpkin curry for dinner. And then went to Costco.
As Kendell hates crowds, we got take out for dinner. From Taco Bell. (I love Taco Bell so it’s OK.)
Oh! Speaking of Taco Bell! A decade ago, my favorite thing to get there was the chili cheese burrito. Then they took it away. I had my AP students write persuasive letters to Taco Bell, asking the company to bring back the chili cheese burritos. They must’ve finally found those letters, because in February? They brought back the chili cheese burrito. This made me ridiculously happy.
Haley came home on President’s Day weekend. It was a lovely visit. Before she left we all ate lunch together at our favorite Chinese restaurant.
February 19 was the first day we spotted flowers. This is always a remarkable day because it helps us feel like...spring really will come.
We watched some of the Olympics, but it didn’t grab my attention very much this year.
At the very end of the month, Kaleb had his heart check up. Which means I worried about his heart check up all month. But he was as good as we can ever expect (meaning, the bulge in his aorta hasn’t grown; his bicuspid valve is still, yes, a bicuspid valve). I felt giddy with relief when we left!
Of course, the coolest thing that happened in March was visiting the bear den, but there was other good stuff.
On the first Sunday of March, I convinced Kendell and Kaleb to go on a walk with me up the canyon. We discovered this:
An avalanche at Bridal Veil Falls. It was pretty cool to walk over all of that snow!
I baked Snickerdoodles, lemon cake, chocolate chip cookies. Hmmmmm. I also wondered a lot why I wasn’t losing any weight!
Kaleb and I went to a program at the library where he learned about the best way to fold paper airplanes. His was second in the competition!
I went to Nathan's choir concert.
I ran roughly thirty miles. Not at lot, but more than in February. I’m still building up slowly.
March was a pretty good month for Jake. He was named as the employee of the month at his job. His Parli team won the state HOSA competition, which means he gets to go to Florida in June. Also he asked his girlfriend to prom!
March was maybe not Kendell’s favorite month. One day, one of his back teeth started bugging him a little bit. It got worse and worse, until finally he went to the dentist. They confirmed that his back molar was cracked and would need a crown. Then, a few days later, he woke up in excruciating pain. Of course it was a Saturday, and we couldn’t get a hold of our dentist, so my sister-in-law called her dentist, who drove in to help him. He did a mini root canal to get rid of most of the pain. Then, on the following Tuesday, Kendell went to the endodontist for a full root canal. They got about twenty minutes in when they decided that the tooth was too cracked and it would have to be pulled. So, next he was off to the oral surgeon for a tooth extraction. Now he’s down a tooth, and trying to decide if he should get an implant or not. It was a painful few days for him!
My daffodils bloomed. Then they were promptly picked by some little girls. I get it: I was a flower child when I was little, too. But don’t pick the daffodils, please! I was so sad to come home and find them all gone.
Nathan started back in track. He is doing the high jump, and sometimes the long jump and sometimes the 800 (depending on who comes to the meets). He had a long jump PR at his first meet! His knee is doing much better.
Haley came to visit for a few days. (Also to get her car checked out, which is burning oil for no reason that any mechanic can figure out.) It was a nice, peaceful visit. She has grown up so much this year! (Well, peaceful except for the tooth problem meant that I had to take Kendell to the dentist instead of going to lunch with Haley, my mom, and my sisters, and she wasn’t pretty unhappy to miss it.) She seems happy!
To finish off March, I completely out of the blue decided to investigate a trip to Yosemite. Then I fell in love with Half Dome and decided I must hike it. Then I found out that to climb the cables on the back side of the dome, you have to have a permit, which you can only get by winning a lottery. A lottery with the deadline of March 31. As it happened to be March 31, I took it as an omen and entered myself into the lottery. Cross your fingers that I win!
Tell me something remarkable that’s happened to you recently?