In Real Life (IRL)
March was full and lovely, and I can't believe it's April! I've been savoring the rainy weather, going on nature hikes, and spending time with friends and neighbors in real life.
One of the best things about living in our apartment complex is the management’s focus on bringing people together. For example, they have a “community care team.” Throughout the month, these folks organize and host events at the complex.
Recently, we attended “pie night.” I shared a slice of coconut cream pie from the Cozy Diner with The Husband and chatted with our neighbors. I also love the Wednesday breakfast. Every Wednesday, the community care team hosts a delicious—and free—breakfast for residents. It's a great way to meet neighbors.
Spring Break with The Husband
A few weeks ago, we took time off during spring break and explored Butte County together. Below is a list of our favorite places we visited:
— Old Barn Kitchen burned in the Paradise, CA fire, and they opened a new location in downtown Chico. The food is delicious! Arrive early on the weekends because the restaurant fills up fast.
— Burgers & Brew is a sweet place to grab a burger. I had a burger with spicy guacamole and sweet potato fries on the side. I don’t know if the beer is good because I drank water with my meal.
— The Chico Certified Farmers' Market is my favorite place to shop in Chico. After reading Kiss the Ground by Josh Tickell, I’m even more committed to buying real food.
— I visited Table Mountain and it was a fantastic experience. I'm looking forward to going back again.
— I also visited the New Clairvaux Vineyard. The vineyard has a fascinating winemaking history. Also, the land is home to Trappist-Cistercian monks.
Spring break was delightful and relaxing. Also, my list of places to explore in Butte County continues to grow.
Brain Candy | Books & Articles
Below is a list of books, articles, and podcasts that inspired me last month. Enjoy!
Books & Magazines
— Kiss the Ground by Josh Tickell is a mind growing introduction to regenerative agriculture.
— A Deadly Wandering by Matt Richtel is informative. I'd love to make Richtel’s book required reading for drivers and policymakers.
— No One Tells You This by Glynnis MacNicol is a beautiful and honest memoir.
— The Collected Schizophrenias by Esmé Weijun Wang is a generous and moving book about mental and chronic illness.
— The latest edition of Flow Magazine is delightful.
What I Published in March
— On RowdyKittens.com, I published a few articles and photo essays. See all my posts here.
— I also shared four essays on the Everyday Adventures in Siskiyou blog.
— I'm also sharing photos on Instagram. Last month, my shot of Christie in the wind was a favorite. In 2013, I shot the photograph with my iPhone 4S.
PS: This was originally shared in my newsletter.