March 2021 Extras

March 31, 2021

Here are some photos and thoughts from March that were a little thin for their own posts.

Like others, I watched the saga of the Ever Given, the giant cargo ship that was stuck in the Suez Canal. After a year of tragedy, it’s a little bit of a relief to watch a national news story that is mostly victimless. The memes have been on point, too.

the ever given cargo ship and the tiny digger.

I entered my brother’s annual NCAA March Madness Pool and was destroyed in the first round. I should have set the $20 on fire.

my printed out NCAA bracket, torn in half.
Oral Roberts University. Oral Roberts University? Who even knew?

We discovered a snail in our fish tank. It must have been tiny and hitchhiked in with the gravel last year. We named him Willy.

a snail stuck to the glass of our aquarium
Of course the lifespan of a trumpet snail is a year so I expect the worst in a week or two.

Many of you will know that I’m a lifelong nailbiter and I quit every spring just to pick it back up in the fall. It’s spring again and I’m working on healing my messed up cuticles so that I have less to pick at. I’ve tried a bunch of different expensive cuticle creams and oils through the years and do you know what works the best for me? A little tube of Aquaphor. It’s thick and goopy instead of oily and it takes about 10 minutes to absorb so if that texture bothers you, you’d probably be better with an oil. But for the price, which is around $5 for a 7 oz tube, it can’t be beat. (no photo of my cuticles)

Murphy gets very excited when I roll out my yoga mat and immediately becomes bored.

murphy, bored while I practice yoga
Downward facing dog while facing a down dog.

My Duolingo streak is at 161 days and I have set a brand new NYT crossword streak. It’s 101 days and counting!

screenshots of my duolingo and NYT crossword streaks.

For the crossword, I allow myself 2 Google searches per puzzle. Any more than that and the streak is broken. I don’t use my lookups often, only for sticky geography questions.

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  • Joanne April 1, 2021 at 4:02 pm

    Congrats on your duolingo streak! That’s fantastic. My sister brought a few tiny snails home from our lake to put in her fish tank and they multiplied like crazy and then seemed to have eaten all the fish!

  • Kimberly April 3, 2021 at 4:54 pm

    That’s a big oh no about the snails. We have endured so many tragedies within this tiny tank of fish that I think a snail-led ‘purge’ of the fish would end up with us giving up the tank.