Usually March is my LEAST favorite month of the year. Why do I hate on March so much? Oh, let me count the ways, darling.
No school breaks (at least not this year – Easter’s in April), daylight’s saving time (I wake up at 5:30; I don’t need darkness in the morning), and crappy cold rainy weather everywhere (NJ, get it together). Plus my family’s trees filled to the brim with accountants, so I worry about their stress levels at work. Tax season isn’t a joke.
I hate March.
I. Hate. March.
Uh, now that I’m done complaining, March was actually pretty … cool this year?
Seriously, it was super cool.
I think 2017 wants to flip my expectations upside down.
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What I’m Reading
Yet again, my lazy literary butt only read books in the classroom this month. Meaning I read because my job required me to do it. I still haven’t finished my books from February either. Not good. Can someone kick motivation into me?
Romeo and Juliet – William Shakespeare: I’ve taught this play fifty million times so I have it practically memorized at this point. Still, I can never tell if Romeo and Juliet is truly meant to function as a love story or if it’s a cautionary tale about how stupid and impulsive teenagers are. Hmm.
A Walk to Remember – Nicholas Sparks: I swear I’m not trying to kill my students with romance. This lovey-dovey novel is in the senior curriculum, after all. I’m not sure how I feel about AWTR. I mean, it’s fun to read, because it brings back memories of 2002 (oh, high school)… However, try teaching this book to a class of eighteen year old boys and keep a straight face. Spoiler alert: You can’t. You just can’t.
Favorite Travel Item of the Month
Tumi Voyageur Calais Backpack: My absolute favorite backpack! I even have it in gold, haha! I use lots of Tumi products for a reason. This backpack is perfect for day and weekend trips. I don’t know what I did without it, seriously. Visiting my brother in Manhattan is so much easier.
Let’s talk about jobs! I’m pleased to announce that I’m staying at my school for another year! I’m super happy, because this is the first summer that I won’t frantically send resumes, hoping someone will take pity on my beautiful blond soul. And, obviously, I’m thrilled that I can keep my apartment and learn more about the teaching profession.
As for other aspects of my life, uhhh, relocating to North Jersey was a super cool decision, because I’ve had so many chances to connect with super cool people.
What else, what else.
I’m gonna try and make it to more travel-related events too – including Trav Fest in New York City! Networking needs to happen. I had such a great time at TBEX in Stockholm. Say “hi!” if you see me there at Trav Fest!
Upcoming Travel Plans
I’m going to … AUSTIN very soon! Like, next Sunday soon. I can’t believe April’s already here.
I’ll be honest: I haven’t done as much research as I should have. Meaning I’ll probably figure out attractions, food trucks, and live music shows at the Newark Airport. I’ll need the distract (as ALWAYS, argh). Hopefully I can survive the 4 hour flight (both ways) without whimpering and covering my eyes. Does Austin have thunderstorms this time of year? We’ll find out! Dun, dun, dun.
And, yeah, I’m still swooning about going to Scotland again.
Tell me about your March favorites! Or, if you traveled in March, tell me about that too.