There’s an old English Proverb that says March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb. The only thing is, I don’t see a lamb. Anywhere! The weather is, of course, straight cray. We had a snow day on Monday. It didn’t start snowing until around 4:00 that afternoon. It did get pretty blizzard eventually, but we didn’t have it nearly as bad as UND (University of North Dakota–up in Grand Forks). They had a snow day on Monday and Tuesday. So, that’s how much went out. Like a raging beast. Oh, and the whole April showers bring May flowers thing. If I may quote one of the students here, “In North Dakota, April showers are…frozen.” That’s cause it’s been flurry-ing for the past 48 hours or so. Soon we’ll see what sort of May flowers NoDak gets…
Speaking of May flowers. It’s April. Which means it’s only one more month until May. Which means my first year as a missionary is almost done. I think we’re released from the chains of Fargo sometime in mid-May. Then, at the beginning of June, I’ll be down in Florida (where I will certainly, immediately get sick because of the imminent extreme change of weather…) for New Staff Training, A.K.A. summer training. Anyway, then I’ll be back in Wisco for July and in August I’ll be heading to……..who knows?! I may be back in Fargo I may be somewhere totally different. I’ll let you know when I know.
March was a crazy month. Spring break was smack dab in the middle of it. I thought, “Wow, since I’m the only one around over break I can blog a ton, sleep a ton, read a ton, etc…” Well, I haven’t blogged in forever. I haven’t really been reading a lot. I ended up mostly working on two big projects for…work. I’m a grown up. No more spring breaks filled with nothingness. Now, I have spring breaks filled with work! It was still relaxing since I spent most of the week doing work at the kitchen table or on the couch…so no complaints here!
But, Jane, didn’t you do anything fun over spring break? Why, yes, I did. I got to hang out with a few students/friends in town on various nights. I went to the local Catholic high school’s production of Singin’ in the Rain. I Skyped with my long, lost roommate-soulmate and she got me hooked on a new Netflix show, Chuck. I did a lot of workin’ out. I wrote a talk for a retreat. I made a plethora of twine Rosaries. But, most importantly…
THE BABIES CAME TO VISIT!!!!! Little Bezzie, Jobie, and Zel Bell came for the weekend (of course accompanied by their parents, Maggie and Phil, and my little sister Emma). It was so fun. We went to my favorite restaurant, Doolittles; we went to the Children’s Museum; we let the kids watch Over the Hedge…more than once. I even got a video of little Bezzie singing I Just Can’t Wait to be King. If I can figure out how to get it off my phone maybe I can post it (mainly so BB in Singapore can watch it!). But, seeing those cute babies was just what I needed to get me through April until I go home for Easter and spend the weekend with them.
Fish Fry. Every Catholic’s favorite Lenten tradition. Except mine. I don’t actually like fish. I think it’s gross…and fishy. But, every year the Knights of Columbus here at the Newman Center have a fish fry after some students do the Living Stations of the Cross. I went because I’m a good missionary (and felt like I had to). I am proud to admit, I kind of liked the fish!! It was really thin and mostly the fried breading with only a little bit of fish. So, that’s why I liked it! It wasn’t one of those big, fishy things that you usually find at a fish fry. Anyway, tonight a bunch of people are going to a fish fry at Farmhouse (that’s one of the Frat’s here). I’ll probably go, but I have very low expectations and will probably pack a PB & J, just in case.
Finally, because you care, here’s a picture of me over spring break. I probably enjoyed break so much because I didn’t have to go into the Newman Center in the morning…so I didn’t even have to fix my ponytail after I slept all night. Don’t worry, mom, when I went out in public I made myself a bit more presentable.
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