March was mostly an uneventful month. Until the end that is. The kids went to university and work, hubby went to work, and I pottered at home and did plenty of reading. Some events of note.
* The first quarter of the university year is over. Miss 17 sat and survived her first ever exam.
* I finally got around to getting my CV in order. So far the only advertised job I could apply for is delivery driver for a pizza chain. Let's just say I've yet to send out any job applications.
* The kitchen renovations were practically completed. All the appliances work and most of the cupboards are usable. Due to an ordering mishap some are without shelves, but hopefully they'll arrive and be installed very soon.
* I've been helping out with wedding planning. I don't recommend trying to organise a wedding at short notice when the bride and groom are not even in the same country!
* I started a series of MOOCs . The first was Religious Literacy: Traditions and Scriptures. The rest of the series focuses on each of the world's major religions in turn. When I was at university, many years ago, I always wanted to take a religious studies course but I could never make it work with the rest of my course load. I had my eye on this series for Miss 17's final year of homeschooling. But she ended up not doing her final year - and I realised I could enrol myself.
* Extended family from overseas were visiting other extended family who live locally. Turns out Miss 17 has a teenage second cousin who is also very interested in birds. We were able to take him out one day and track down the world's most endangered wader.
* We also went out by ourselves later in the month and tracked down another couple of species that we hadn't yet seen this year. There was also a banding session.
|Greenfinches were by far the most common bird caught and banded.|
* Plenty of Hot Cross buns and chocolate eggs were made (and consumed) over Easter.
* We helped my parents get settled into their new home. They've moved from an area they've lived in or near their entire lives and are now just an hour away from us.
* The journal with Miss 17's first ever peer reviewed article was published. So nice to finally have it in our hands.
|Definitely the highlight of the month.|
* All the reading time means I'm more than half-way through every reading challenge I'm undertaking this year. My favourite reads for March was An American Marriage and Pride and Prejudice (again) but The Birdwatcher, Love, Hate & Other Filters and Behind the Beautiful Forevers were also very good, albeit very different from each other.