Sunday, April 11, 2010

March, 2010

I waited too long to write about last month.  There's very little I can remember.  Thank heavens I wrote a few things down on my calendar.  On the first and 2nd, I finished my trip to visit my kids.  It was so warm in Salt Lake that I drove with my window down.  It was sheer bliss.  I got back to Vernal on Tuesday to overcast skies and cold weather.  Jeez.  Jordan turned thirty this month.  How did that happen?  I'm very proud of him.  He has decided to quit his job and go back to school.   What a hard decision but ultimately, it will be so good for him and his family. 
Annie passed away on the 10th after a fifteen-month struggle with cancer.  It's hard to imagine her gone since she was so full of life.  Even sick as she was, she always had that beautiful smile on her face.  The funeral was on the 13th.  Everything was spoken in English and Spanish as she had so many friends who spoke one or the other.  Her parents don't understand English much at all.  It was a very moving service.  Eric spoke and gave a wonderful tribute to Annie.  We will miss her so much.
Cassie came out for the funeral, and it was so good to have her here.  We mostly spent time at Mom's house visiting with all the other family members who came to say goodbye to Annie. 
Jordan, Stacey and Lincoln spent a few days in Vernal on the following week.  I had to work but spent one lunch hour with them all at the Natural History Museum.  Lincoln loves dinosaurs and it was watch him look at all the dinosaurs and other preserved animals in the exhibits.
The only other thing I have written on my calendar is that on the 20th, I hung sheets and towels on the line.  Yay!!  My house smelled so fresh for days because I didn't fold them for days.  It didn't stay warm but I sure enjoyed the warm days that we did have.
Books Read  I read eleven books this month.  No fives, but three books were rated 4.5 which is pretty darm good:  The Great Bridge by David McCullough (Fascinating history of the Brooklyn Bridge), The Whistling Season by Ivan Doig (I love the way he writes) and The Time Travelers by Linda Archer (Great children's book about time travel and medieval England).  One book I did not finish:  Farewell Summer by Ray Bradbury.  I just couldn't get into it. 
TV  On the first, I watch the Batchelor final with Cassie and her friends in Salt Lake.  That was a lot of fun even if Jake did choose Vienna.  Dancing with the Stars started and I love watching it that.  Otherwise, nothing much has changed except I may be watching more TV than usual. 
Movies  I went and saw "Nine" with Cassie in Salt Lake.  It's a musical with Daniel Day Lewis, but I didn't love the movie.  I watched "Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince" on video one Saturday.  I don't watch movies at home very often even though I own twenty or so that I've never seen.  But I do enjoy the Harry Potter movies.
Weight Loss  I lost about a half pound.  I guess that's better than gaining but still . . . I think I include this in my journal just to shame myself to get more proactive.  So far, it's not working.
Overall Impression  It's getting warmer!!!  I can't remember when I've so excited to see the end of winter.