March 2020 Monthly Wrap-Up

Literally all I did this month was go to the hospital and write letters. Lol. March largely revolved around my health and I spent a lot of time at the hospital (and observed it get emptier and emptier throughout the month): two doctor appointments, four procedures/tests, two new diagnoses, two infusions, and started physical therapy. At the end of the month, I was very sick from normal symptoms combined with infusion side effects, and spent a few days at my parents’ house to recover that ended up being an awesome weekend once I got a little stronger.

Until COVID-19 shut everything down, I went to church, small group, dance class, and voice lessons. Other fun stuff included shopping for cute dresses (which I now have nowhere to wear lol), having mine/my dad’s birthday dinner, Brooke coming over, and spending a lot of time with an older lady who needed food. I also had a ton of work this month and it was stressful at times.

This month I’m…

Reading: Wait and See, Wendy Pope (reread). Children of Virtue and Vengeance, Tomi Adeyemi. Save Me the Plums, Ruth Reichel. Red Queen (reread), Glass Sword (reread), and War Storm, Victoria Aveyard. Scammed, Kristen Simmons. The Girls, Abigail Pesta. The Year of Eating Dangerously, Tom Parker Bowles. Lovely War, Julie Berry. My Father’s Dragon, Ruth Stiles Gannett (reread). Hattie Big Sky, Kirby Larson (reread). The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert, Rosaria Champagne Butterfield. 13 total.

Listening to: Em Carey’s “Chill” playlist. Six: The Musical. Maisie Peters. Golf On TV, Lennon Stella. Best of You, Andy Grammer. Human, dodie. RAIN, Ben Platt. Tattoos Together, Lauv. everything i wanted, Billie Eilish.

Watching: Cheer on Netflix. Em Carey on YouTube. Heath Hussar on YouTube.

Eating: Field Roast (Chao) DF mac n cheese. Pan-fried cinnamon sugar bananas. Then basically nothing for a week–and after that I started back slowly with lots of Pedialyte, and then was overjoyed to loosen up my diet and begin enjoying some foods that I haven’t had in months.

Writing: I wish I had had more time to work on my current novel. I was very slammed with freelance work, including rush projects about the Coronavirus. Which was good. I also wrote a piece for The Mighty titled Disappointed You Can’t Make Plans Due to COVID-19? Welcome to Life With Chronic Illness.

Loving: “What I Eat in a Day Videos:” Why We’re So Obsessed With Them, Huffington Post. Myth Busting: What Sara Reich Wishes You Knew About Tap Dance, Dance Magazine.

Grateful for: Income, and more income. Sunny Saturdays/sunny days in general. Opportunities to meet needs in the spoonie community. Washi tape! (Which I became completely obsessed with this month!) That feeling of sleeping with the fan on for the first time that year (for some reason this is just a sensation I’ve always loved, and it signals spring to me).

What did you do in March? Hope you are staying safe, well, and happy!