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I am writing to you today, dear reader, from my favorite hot spot Books-A-Million. Sometime last night, my Wi-Fi router decided to conk out for good. Therefore, since it is Sunday and our internet provider is closed today, my household will have no internet service until tomorrow afternoon. And, that is if our provider has the items we need (router and modem) in stock, and I can figure out how to put everything together and activate my new router and modem. Aah, the joys of modern technology!

Today marks the end of March and the end of the first quarter of the year. What a whirlwind of a month! Slowly, but surely, I am clearing out the front bedroom. The closet has been cleared, cleaned, and the baseboards inside it finally painted. As soon as the room is cleared and cleaned, it will be repainted and a ceiling fan and crown moulding will be installed. It would be nice if I could complete this project by the end of April. I’m itching to get some scrapbooking done prior to my annual convention in June.

SophieAndrew is officially registered to attend Southeastern in the fall. Over the Mardi Gras break, he applied for housing and just this week selected a roommate. Thankfully, Dane is a friend from high school and someone he has known since Pre-K. Andrew also applied and was accepted to the Honors Program and scheduled his orientation for June. In four and a half months, my baby will be officially moving into his dorm and starting his college career.

March ushered in Daylight Savings Time and was a month of birthdays for some important individuals in my life, including my hubby, some awesome friends (two turned 50…Jeff and Georgia), and Sophie (our German Shepherd). She turned 11 years old on the 27th. For being an old lady, she is still a beauty.

In Other News:

Since our evenings now have more daylight, I have been walking almost every evening with my BFF Shelly. Sometimes, her hubby walks with us. If we cannot coordinate our schedules, then I walk by myself and listen to the latest episode of the podcast Levar Burton Reads. Yesterday, I listened to an excellent short story called “Jackalope Wives” by Ursula Vernon and read by Levar Burton.

As for my 19 for 2019 list, I completed:

#16 Take a voice-over class. At the beginning of the month, I attended a voice-over class with Marc Preston. It was an introduction to voice-over with a ton of good information. I am interested in studying with Marc during the summer.

#8 Read one book a month for self-improvement. For March, I chose Outer Order, Inner Calm: Declutter & Organize to Make More Room for Happiness by Gretchen Rubin. I am a fan of Rubin’s writing and her new book did not disappoint. It is a terrific little book chock full of advice on how to declutter your home, office, etc. and create a happier environment. The suggestions that Rubin gives are practical and easy to follow. Before I even finished the book, I had already started implementing some of her tips. For example, “follow the one-minute rule” is one of my favorites. If you can do a task in less than a minute, then do it at once instead of delaying it. This book, along with Marie  Kondō’s book, has gotten me even more excited about decluttering.

In two months, it will be summer break and a chance to catch my breath before helping Andrew get ready for college. However, the next two months are going to be busy for both Andrew and me. In the midst of all the excitement, dear reader, I will continue my quest to create outer order in my home so that I may achieve inner calm in my life. Happiness!

“Once outer order emerges, take the opportunity to enjoy it, to experience the ease, space, and growth that come from inner calm. Revel in it! Take time to pause and feel happy.” ~ Gretchen Rubin

 

 

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Yesterday was Groundhog’s Day, and Punxsutawney Phil did not see his shadow which means an early spring. Woo-Hoo! While I have no right to complain about winter in Louisiana compared to the hellish winter weather that citizens in the Midwest and Northeast are experiencing, I am not fond of cold weather. For me, anything below 50 degrees feels frigid, especially during early morning carpool duty. And, I am definitely not fond of it coupled with shorter days of daylight. I am steadily counting down the days until Daylight Saving Time begins again. In five weeks, I will no longer suffer from the wintry blues. I will be like a butterfly emerging from its chrysalis. Dramatic, perhaps. Be that it may, extra daylight in the evening will positively boost both my mood and energy level.

Today, I should be watching the Super Bowl amongst family and friends. That was my plan before the Saints were stripped of the opportunity to play in it two weeks ago. I do not want to relive the ugliness of the no-call that ultimately cost them their victory; however, I want to acknowledge that as a member of the Who Dat nation, I am boycotting anything to do with it. Along with everyone else who feels cheated, I am spending my day participating in more pleasant activities. Even changing the litter in Puar’s litterbox is more exciting than watching the Patriots beat the Rams. Yawn!

In Other News:

Andrew was invited to attend an evening at Southeastern to meet SLU’s President Dr. John Crain, tour the new housing complex, and obtain more information about the university. Unfortunately, Andrew cannot attend. He will be competing at BETA State in Baton Rouge. Fortunately, I will attend in his place. This will be a terrific opportunity for me to learn more about registering Andrew for housing on campus next year.

For 2019, I challenged myself to read 50 books. Last month, I read three books. My self-improvement book for the month was Year of Yes Paddingtonby Shonda Rhimes, which I loved. I’m a huge fan of children’s literature, so I always read a couple of books per month in that category. I read Paddington: Here and Now by Michael Bond. I adore Paddington Bear and his adventures. When Andrew visited London last year, he brought me back a Paddington Bear figurine which I keep on my bookcase. I completed the Magisterium series by reading The Golden Tower by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare. All excellent book choices. You can follow me on Goodreads to keep up with the books that I am currently reading, as well as the ones that I have read in the past.

We are officially in the second month of the new year, the month of Love. This year, I bought Valentine’s cards to send to the people I love. Therefore, I will be spending my spare time this week addressing envelopes and expressing my sentiments of love and appreciation. Are you planning anything special for this month, dear reader? How about today? Are you planning to watch the Super Bowl or did you also boycott? Happiness!

“Don’t knock the weather; nine-tenths of the people couldn’t start a conversation if it didn’t change once in a while.” ~ Kin Hubbard

 

 

 

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