Holy canoli, what the heck happened to March?
I think I remember.
First, I went to New York and ATE ALL THE FOOD.
And then I got back to Michigan, where it snowed a whole bunch, and I watched every single episode of Scandal on Netflix until I convinced myself that I am Olivia Pope. (IT’S BEING HANDLED.)
So, I guess this means it’s time to tell you what I’m grateful for this month, huh? Here goes:
1. Spring!Yes, I know it was still snowing in Michigan as of yesterday. But it was that wet rainy-sludgy-snow, so that’s kind of spring-like, right?
Plus, if you live or have ever lived in Michigan, then you know that spring doesn’t begin when the snow stops. Because, really, you guys, if we had to wait until then, it would probably be June.
Nope, spring starts when they start selling Oberon, a pale wheat-ale, which is only sold from March to Labor Day each year. So when you see that stuff on the shelves, you know that spring is here no matter what the pile of snow on the ground says.
Yep, you heard me. The seasons in this state are dictated by beer. As they should be EVERYWHERE IN THE WORLD EVER.
2. Random strangers who compliment me on stuffWho doesn’t love being complimented by strangers? Isn’t it like the best feeling ever to have someone you don’t know say something really nice about you?
Last week, I had two random strangers compliment me, and I’m pretty sure neither of them wanted money from me. How sweet is that?
The first person was a woman at Panera who told me she’d seen me there before, and she always thinks I look super stylish, and that when she returns to work, she wants to start dressing like me. (Expert tip: In order to dress like me, you must buy all your clothes at Old Navy and Target. No exceptions.)
The other was the clerk at Subway who told me he really liked my hair. And then he kind of just kept staring at my hair in a way that made me slightly uncomfortable and also worried that he might try to grab a chunk of it if I made the mistake of getting too distracted.
This is not to say that I didn’t appreciate his compliment. It’s just to say that I made sure to watch my back when I turned around to get a bag of Sun Chips from the rack behind me.
3. Reese’s Peanut Butter Eggs
4. Friday fish fryI grew up in Buffalo, where they are all about the Friday fish fry. Every single greasy spoon, seedy tavern, Irish pub and church basement has a fish fry on Friday during Lent.
The fish is usually the size of your head or bigger. And you get a pile of fries, coleslaw, macaroni salad and bread because WE LIKE OUR FOOD, OKAY.
I didn’t really realize that this was a Buffalo thing, until I decided to find a fish fry here in Kalamazoo. It took me an entire morning of Google searching, and asking people at work, but I finally found a place in town that had one.
The portions weren’t nearly as insane as they are in Buffalo. And they gave me a piece of baked cod in addition to my fried fish, which I was like, “What the WHAT NOW? BAKED cod? This isn’t called a FISH BAKE, you guys.”
But it was still pretty good.
Also, super cheap.
Plus, beer. So there.
5. Movie theaters with beer.Divergent in the movie theater on opening weekend because I’m seriously a fourteen-year-old girl.
But I got to drink beer while I was watching it because I went to a cinema that serves beer. Which is totally a thing here in Kalamazoo. In fact, the two theaters I’ve been to here both serve beer. As all movie theaters should EVERYWHERE IN THE WORLD EVER.
Sure, I was watching a cheesy teen movie. But I was also drinking a fancy-pants microbrew beer.
So that made me feel real mature.
That is until I moved on to the milkshake portion of my meal.What are you grateful for this month? Also beer in movie theaters? Do they have that where you live? I’m asking for a friend.