Please forgive me for my absence and your better late than never March checklist. I’ve been feeling pretty crappy lately tbh. It’s not a cold sick but more of an exhausted sick. Beyond exhausted actually. It’s been going on for a little while now, only escalating with the never ending acne discussed in this post and a few other new side effects. Finding no relief from family doctors, dermatologists, and internists, I’ve opted to go the holistic/naturopath route. Giving me a creme or bottle of pills for something is great, but what’s actually causing my problem? When that doesn’t work, I’m just reloaded with new stuff to try. Nope, new stuff didn’t work. Problem still there. After dealing with three sick dogs and digging to the ends of the Earth to understand their underlying problems and also providing them holistic care that has done wonders for their ailments, I guess I finally figured it was time to see if the same route would work for me. I go in for the Ferrari of blood work-ups on Friday, to include food allergy and environmental allergy tests, Celiac Disease testing. It even covers genetic markers! Don’t get me wrong. I’m all for science and medicine. But when nothing works, my gut tells me there’s some underlying “thing” everyone is missing.
I want to also tell you I’m being completely optimistic with the photo in this post. Even though I know Mother Nature is about to dump another 10+ inches of white stuff on the DC area tomorrow, my mind is dead set on Spring. Dead. Set. The house is full of fresh flowers, and I’m already Spring Forwarding in my mind to crisp, new bedding that doesn’t involve flannel sheets and plotting out the flowers and plants for our little outdoor oasis come April/May. You won’t find anyone that loves winter more than me, but I’m so over it. Alrightey then, let’s dig in to March. As you’ll see in your checklist below, both the stuffing of the belly and the mention of math (ugh, I know) play predominant themes this month! A month I used to somewhat despise, I now welcome it with open arms.
The name of March comes from Latin Martius, the first month of the earliest Roman calendar. It was named for Mars, the Roman god of war who was also regarded as a guardian of agriculture. March was actually the first month of the year at one point, by when Julius Caesar reformed the calendar, it became the third month. While Spring kicks off officially on the 20th or 21st of March, meteorological Spring actually begins on March 1st.
My favorite thing about the month happens to be the saying “March comes in like a ______________ and goes out like a ______________.” When my mom was a first grade teacher, she would have the kids do an art project with however March started. The construction paper lions and lambs with fluffy, white, cotton ball bodies (the weather dictating which project would be made) were always the cutest, and it’s the first thing I think about when March rolls around. I think with the freezing rain that kicked off March this past Sunday, the month definitely roared in as a lion. Hopefully that means we out go out like a little lamb. Fingers crossed!
This month make sure you…
 Spring Forward! Yay! This weekend we move the clocks ahead! I know, I know. We lose an hour of sleep, but we gain daaaaaaylight!! I am craving sunshine like you cannot believe. I’ve even started laying in the sunny spots in the living room during the afternoons with my dogs. I’m not kidding. I. Want. Sunshine.
 Have your Pi (and eat it too!) Oh Pi Day. I have fond memories of Pi Day in high school. My chemistry teacher pulled out all of the stops for both Pi Day and Mole Day (October 23 for all you non-nerds…and sidebar, how sad is it that almost five years later I just now realize I was married on Mole Day! Smh.) Pi Day is celebrated on March 14th around the world. Pi (Greek letter “π”) is the symbol used in mathematics to represent a constant — the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter — which is approximately 3.14159. This year the day is known as the ultimate Pi Day. Why? Something significant will happen that will never happen again. At 9:26:53 a.m., you”ll be able to write 3/14/15; 9:26:53, which are the first ten digits of Pi in perfect order. If you feel like celebrating, Pinterest is chock full of Pi Day party ideas. I mean, how creative is this pie?
 Fill Out Your Bracket. March Madness college basketball kicks off on March 15th with selection Sunday. Play-in games kick off on March 17th with the actual tournament starting on the 19th. Do you know the odds of completing a perfect bracket are less than one in 9.2 quintillion?! For the math nerds that’s 9,223,372,036,854,775,808. If you’re one of those people that lose your mind over picking the wrong team or constantly start sentences with “I was going to pick them!”, check out Real Time Brackets. You can actually change your choice based on how the game is going in real time….but there’s a catch. It’ll cost you.
 Wear your green! You can’t have a March checklist without mentioning St. Patrick’s Day. A day for me that was once filled with green beer and Irish sing alongs starting off at 8:00 AM sharp, it’s now become a Holiday for stuffing my face. I whip up these boozy Shamrock shakes, make some Shamrock spinach chips and indulge in gluten free Shepard’s Pie. I will tell you, if you ever get the chance (and save up some energy for what is the party of the century), head to Savannah, GA for St. Patrick’s Day. When I lived in Charleston, SC years ago, I made the trip down. And while I’d never want to do it again (mostly because now I wouldn’t last more than a few hours), you have to experience it once.
 Visit DC (and me!). The annual DC Cherry Blossom Festival starts this year on March 20th and runs until April 12th. It’s a gorgeous (and busy) time in the city, and the few times I’ve actually gone down to see the blossoms in person, it’s either been terribly rainy and cold or I’ve missed them blooming by a few days. I’ve got to tell you all though, right now with the cold and snowy March we’ve been having, it looks like peak blossom time is forecasted to fall right outside of the festival dates. They announced yesterday peak blossom time is now April 11th – 14th, and there’s always a chance it could be moved even later. If you don’t know much about the festival, each year the National Cherry Blossom Festival commemorates the 1912 gift of 3,000 cherry trees from Mayor Yukio Ozaki of Tokyo to the city of Washington, DC. The gift and annual celebration honors the lasting friendship between the United States and Japan and the continued close relationship between the two countries. If you’re planning on visiting for the festival, there’s a lot going on every day in DC. But if you’re thinking the main reason for your visit is the blossom viewing, I’d wait until April 11th to head this way. This site is a wealth of information on the blossoms, to include picture taking tips!
 Get Your Waffle On! March 25th is Waffle Day! While I haven’t had a waffle in ages, I can tell you I’ve never met a waffle I didn’t like. I made these gluten free Waffle Donuts last year, which were pretty delicious. Waffle Day actually began in Sweden. Their day historically marks the beginning of spring (known as Our Lady’s Day) and is celebrated by the eating of many waffles. I’m totally on board with a day made for gobbling these up. I’m thinking of whipping up this recipe in honor of the day, a little bit both sweet and savory.
image via this wallpaper site here. writing overlays by me.