I can't believe March is over. It feels a bit sad to be leaving it behind. It was hard to hit the milestone of Margaret's first birthday, but also feels weird, sad, lonely to move into a new year, to move further and further away from her when she was alive, when we planned out life with her.
I didn't find something to be joyful for or thankful for every day, like I'd originally planned. I guess that was just too much happiness for me to deal with - or in actuality perhaps just too much blogging to deal with. Although I could write 30 posts alone about all the desserts I'm joyful for (1. caramel brownies, 2. gellato, of all types, 3. strawberry pie, 4. cupcakes, of all types - you get the idea). It began to feel a bit like I was forcing myself to be thankful. Although in a way, that feels false, too - I am thankful and joyful for a lot of things, even in the midst of being sad and angry at the loss of my greatest love.
So the last week has been a good one, one about getting away from computers & getting back to nature. We took a little road trip. No computer, Facebook taken off my phone.
We drove out to Las Vegas to see my brother and nephew, who were there for a water polo tournament. We then headed into Death Valley. It was the perfect time of year to go - lovely but not too hot. There were moments when I thought we actually should have planned the trip in advance - we actually had to cut our stay in Death Valley a night short because the hotels were sold out! But that's what a spontaneous road trip is all about - rolling with it. We did have a newly purchased tent in our trunk, but realized that we didn't have the water for an overnight stay... and also didn't know how to put together a tent. (whoops!)
So with that we headed into Lone Pine.
This map was supposed to tell us what the rock formations resembled - "Turn right at the Pumpkin to find Wounded Warrior", that kind of thing. The rocks were beautiful, although we recognized exactly ZERO of the formations. Oh well!
And then back home. I had an entire to do list of things that I was going to accomplish. And I didn't do any of it - not even Sephora! But I did manage to go to Happy Hour. Twice. So I guess we can cross that one off.
And now we move into April. While I ran out of thankfulness in March, April is going to bring a lot of change, and I am grateful for that. I start a new job tomorrow, and while it was sad to leave many of my coworkers behind, I'm very excited for this new beginning. I feel rejuvenated, excited. Who knows what else this month and year will bring, but I'm hoping for good things.