On paper, March should be quiet, we have no family birthdays or special events it’s an ordinary month. However, this month seems to have been full of little activities that made for a busy time, many school based, Science week, World Book day, Red Nose Day all requiring a little something to be done.
After a quiet start to the year, I’m in the groove with my reading again, having read four books this month. My favourites were This Will Only Hurt a Little by Busy Phillips and Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell. Busy’s book is such a strong read, it’s so much more than a Hollywood memoir, it’s about teenage life, trying to get a job and being a mum and wife. It’s not glossy and gossipy but honest, real and at times quite horrifying but a fantastic read. I’ve also started to read some YA novels as Little Miss begins to read them. I thought Eleanor and Park was a really suitable read, great characters and a solid ending. It’s wrong to label it a teen romance, it covers domestic abuse, racism and self worth but in an age appropriate way.
Its been a quiet month for television, I love Derry Girls and have also started to watch Gilmore Girls after reading so many fabulous reviews, obviously I am many years behind on this series! I went to the cinema to see The Lego Movie 2 with Little Man, I quite liked it and did prefer it to the original. A big treat of Red Nose Day was the 25 year reunion of the film, Four weddings and a funeral. I loved this film when it came out and think I ended up seeing it 3 times at the cinema with different people. The mini movie was great and brought it all up to date.
It’s not quite been Spring yet and we’ve been caught in that funny inbetween time where layers are key. I bought this new tunic from White Stuff this month which fits the bill perfectly. I like a strong print and its been easy to wear.
This year for World Book day, the children did not dress up as their favourite characters but were asked to make a favourite book character from a potato! This was actually quite a fun, creative activity and I was pleased with our results, Where’s Wally and The Boy in the Dress. There was a display at the primary school of all the potatoes and there were some very impressive models.
I’ve also made an Eco-brick this month by filling a bottle with single use plastic that can’t be recycled. It’s a great project that we’re developing at school which I’ve brought home too. The density of plastic is high, it’s 220g for a 500ml bottle but it’s great way to be more eco friendly. We’re planning on building some players with our finished bricks.
One of my #19for2019 was to create themed playlists for special occasions. This month was St Patrick’s day so with some Celtic heritage I made a playlist of some of my favourite Irish musicians. It surprised me how much of my music taste from the 90s was Celtic inspired, in addition to the Irish songs, I loved Scottish bands such as Deacon Blue and Hue and Cry. I’ve enjoyed making and listening to this list.
Whilst busy there were some real highlights in March, a lunch out with my parents, Mother’s Day and some nice, simple family times, including a bit of a train spotting of the Flying Scotsman and a fun workshop at our local library.
I’m now looking forward to April, an 18 day school holiday, Easter, a family get together for my Father in Law’s birthday and much more.