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Dear March,

We're over a week in already! I spent the better part of the first week in New Orleans, having a blast with my sister. It's a good thing, too, because -- though there are some lovely things to celebrate this month -- it's mostly going to be about nose-to-the-grindstone work of one sort or another, almost all of it leading to TAXES.

I can tell you that I'm really looking forward to the coming weekend. When my day off is on a Monday instead of the usual Wednesday, it sure is a long ways 'til Saturday!

I am looking forward to Daylight Savings Time -- well, not really, but if we have to play around with the clocks, I like the "springing forward" a lot more than the "falling back."

Book Club is coming up in the middle of the month. We read (I listened to) When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi. Heartbreaking, sad, beautiful, uplifting.

My brother's birthday is on St. Patrick's Day, my 13th blogiversary on the First Day of Spring (YAY!!), and an overdue hair appointment a couple of days later (my hair is getting super long) (and also, I've noticed, a bit more "shimmery") (you might call it "gray"). Heh.

And, March, you're also all about The Quit. I smoked my last cigarette close to midnight on March 17, 2005, then tore up the rest and threw them in the trash. The End.

I can't believe it's been a dozen years! And with numbers like those... well, let's just say that I'm more than happy to be spending that money on DOING things and GOING places these days rather than turning it into ash & trash. (And remind myself of that whenever I might begin to feel a little guilty about so much doing and going on).

And, SPRING!! I know you, March, you are volatile. Here in NE Wisconsin, I've experienced everything from blizzards and ice storms, to 70s and bare-toe days over the years. It's looking pretty chilly in the current forecast, and it sure has been windy and dramatic these past few days, but also very beautiful.

I'll take whatever you've got, March. Let's do this!!

Love, Vicki



I loved When Breath Becomes Air - so much great stuff in there for discussion. You've got lots of other great things in this post, too. I'm ready for spring!


When you start out March in New Orleans it's tough to fill the rest of the month with good stuff, but you have! I'm not fond of the fiddling with clocks part, but I so appreciate the extra hour of daylight at the end of the day - darkness is no longer an excuse not to walk. We've got 50 degrees today, but snow on the way tonight and tomorrow - ahh, spring. Congratulations on 12 healthy years!!


You've turned your quit money into positive doings and goings! NOLA, Spain, Scotland, Brazil, to name just a few. Blogiversary! Can you believe...? So many years, so much done, and so much fun. Bring on the time change. I am ready! Let's do this, yes!!


Oh, Vicki! Twelve years! What an amazing accomplishment! No wonder March is such a special month for you. XO


Congratulations on 12 years!! I'm trying...but it is very, very difficult (as you know). I'm ready for extra light at the end of the day (not ready for a darker morning though). Can't wait to hear about your plans for Spain!!


I read and then also listened to When Breath Becomes Air - so hard but so good. Congrats on the end to your smoking. That is not an easy thing.


Congratulations on all those wonderful anniversaries. Good choices! and MOST EXCELLENT follow-through!


Oh, Vicki! What incredible things to celebrate for you this month! ESPECIALLY the NO MORE SMOKING anniversary! Bravo to you - that is something to be incredibly proud of! XO

Robin F.

Happy blogervisary! Congrats on 12 yrs without the nicotine - I stopped 36 yrs ago - cold turkey and never looked at it again. Love the yarn for the arm warmers. Enjoy your weekend.

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