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Ru in Vancouver is doing 31 things including…

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Watching the egg

Whew! What a weekend. Yesterday’s birthday party for Isak was amazing – I don’t think it could have gone better. The weather was perfect, and while some people couldn’t make it, others we wouldn’t have seen the previous week did.

The pop-up canopy tents were great, I attached big, colorful balloons all around, we had fresh fruit galore, copious snacks, another cupcake cake (Angry Birds), spray park fun, watergun fights, shrieking balloon chases, croquet, really thoughtful presents and handmade cards, appreciated gift bags… everyone got along really, really well.

It was extra nice to see my parents after their long trip away, my brother and his family came, one of my oldest & dearest friends made it, and our old neighbors too. Isak’s old school friend who he’d lost touch with when they both moved was unexpectedly there and joined the other kids, and there were cousins and a little sister of Isak’s buddy for Iris to play with. It stretched from the planned two hours to nearly six, so we were there for the live bands too, which was a bonus.

Previous party guilt has been fully washed away. It was perfect.

In other good news, my computer may have kicked the bucket, but the soul survived. The Great Computer Guru sent me home with a functional hard drive (it’s alive!) to hook up externally with a usb cord, a fresh ThinkPad that will meet my immediate needs, and a funky little celphone as a handy bonus. I happily sprung for the lot of us to fill up with a delicious Indian buffet afterwards and everyone left happy and utterly stuffed.

Today I’m going to try to exhale, clean up, relax, and ponder new paths. It feels like there are a lot of crossroads, endings, and new beginnings around the corner.

Main focus today: Relax, clean up, get outside, deliver cupcakes, play with technology


۞  Daily

  • Health: Body test, exercise, water, vitamins, sleep
  • Home: Dishes, garbage, recycling, flylady mission, sort/declutter - 3/5
  • Happiness: Joynotes, catch-up entries, mindfulness, photos, me time - 4/5
  • Summer learning: Khan Academy, summer journal, summer reading club, Starfall - 4/5
  • Relationships: Connect w/3 friends, family game/adventure, read w/kids, downtime w/M


۞  New

  • Flylady Mission of the Day: 15 min on hidden LR clutter
  • Set up interim laptop, familiarize, get it online - 1/2
  • Dabble with freebie cel, look into charger √ – Scored a new one at VV for 1.99!!
  • Post weekend, post-party clean-up - Started…
  • Rainbow loom band storage plan √ – Another score! re-purposed bright green Polly Pocket carrier!
  • Help Isak tidy birthday explosion
  • Type up daily happiness notes √ – (half)
  • Drop off cupcakes, play?
  • Outside adventure
  • Transfer photos
  • Organize fridge - Started…
  • Library
  • LHOTP
  • Relax!


۞  Repeat

  • Bedtime reading with Isak: Continue A Necklace Of Raindrops  √ – Finished! Too soon…
  • Continue March happiness entries
  • Watch/delete DVR: 1 hour
  • Khan Academy
  • Potty practice √ – Super day!
  • Music!
  • Read
  • 365


۞  Recycled

  • Call cable company re. DVR lockout √ – Issue negated
  • Consolidate bookcrossing boxes
  • Message re. mortgage tweaking
  • Sort + put away clothes (Iris)


۞  Queued

  • Hang bedroom mirror
  • New doorbell


Weekend Top Ten (July 26 – July 27)

Top 10 Things To Do This Weekend

  • Computer nightmare: Get back online with something somehow
  • Computer nightmare: See tech guru. Salvage and/or backup
  • Rainchecked party prep: cake, fruit, games, etc.
  • A Happy 9th Birthday for Isak!!! Party!!!
  • Whirlwind house clean-up
  • Family adventure outside
  • Relax: bath, book, breath
  • Baby welcoming BBQ
  • Banking, library
  • See parents


Avoiding blades

Edit: This evening my computer crashed and seems to be dead. I don’t know if it’s going to be possible to get it going again or not. I haven’t backed up since last month and have irreplaceable files and photos on the drive, plus my backup of my years here. Feeling gutted again – I can’t work now either (or transfer photos). Grateful for the iPad, but all I can to is hunt & peck my misery. F@$?! Why now.


Yesterday offered hours of tandem stressy kid meltdowns that flanked other various monkey wrenches, all of which gobbled up time and energy. The evening was salvaged (thanks to Lush bombs and a rocky rum & coke), but I very much want to avoid a repeat today. I’m also feeling frustrated that 75% of the kids that were coming out last weekend are away this weekend, but we’re going to try to make the best of it.

Today is a fresh day. I slept pretty well, the sun is out, I’ve made a head start on some things that need doing, and at it’s Friday!

Main focus today: Party calls, clean-up, catch-up, order cake #2, outside time


۞  Daily

  • Health: Body test, exercise, water, vitamins, sleep
  • Home: Dishes, garbage, recycling, flylady mission, sort/declutter
  • Happiness: Joynotes, catch-up entries, mindfulness, photos, me time - 4/5
  • Summer learning: Khan Academy, summer journal, summer reading club, Starfall
  • Relationships: Connect w/3 friends, family game/adventure, read w/kids, downtime w/M


۞  New

  • Postponed party plans: Make calls, order cake
  • Flylady Mission of the Day: Freshen beds
  • Call cable company re. DVR lockout
  • Movie + popcorn with M
  • Hit the vintage shop
  • Outside adventure
  • Clean the kitchen
  • Hotspot bust (x5) - 3/5
  • Laundry
  • LHOTP


۞  Repeat

  • Bedtime reading with Isak: Continue A Necklace Of Raindrops 
  • Continue March happiness entries
  • Watch/delete DVR: 1 hour
  • Khan Academy
  • Potty practice
  • Music!
  • Read
  • 365 - Taken, can’t post


۞  Recycled

  • Random room-by-room decluttering
  • Consolidate bookcrossing boxes
  • Message re. mortgage tweaking
  • Sort + put away clothes (Iris)


۞  Queued

  • Hang bedroom mirror
  • Visit with parents
  • New doorbell
  • Banking


Wetter

The rain continues – this morning it was coming down so hard it was hard to see. Sunday the weather folks say 0% rain, so fingers crossed. I’m going to re-call people later today.

The kids are going stir crazy today, but I have a lot to catch-up on at home. Maybe if the rain lets up more we’ll go dance in some puddles later. I’m in a bit of a teacups and cupcakes mood right now. Hoping to get to that bubble bath today…

Main focus today: Party calls, clean-up, catch-up


۞  Daily

  • Health: Body test, exercise, water, vitamins, sleep
  • Home: Dishes, garbage, recycling, flylady mission, sort/declutter
  • Happiness: Joynotes, catch-up entries, mindfulness, photos, me time - 4/5
  • Summer learning: Khan Academy, summer journal, summer reading club, Starfall
  • Relationships: Connect w/3 friends, family game/adventure, read w/kids, downtime w/M


۞  New

  • Flylady Mission of the Day: Tidy jewelry box
  • Postponed party plans: Make calls
  • Bust the procrastination list
  • Conquer dish mountain
  • Tidy movies/books
  • Take a wet walk
  • Scrub tub
  • Laundry
  • LHOTP


۞  Repeat

  • Bedtime reading with Isak: Continue A Necklace Of Raindrops 
  • Continue March happiness entries
  • Watch/delete DVR: 1 hour
  • Khan Academy
  • Potty practice √ – Success!
  • Music!
  • Read
  • 365


۞  Recycled

  • Random room-by-room decluttering - Progress
  • Consolidate bookcrossing boxes
  • Message re. mortgage tweaking
  • Sort + put away clothes (Iris) - Progress
  • Journal update (Isak)
  • Bubble bath √ – Bliss!
  • 27 Fling


۞  Queued

  • Hang bedroom mirror
  • Visit with parents
  • New doorbell
  • Banking


Running through raindrops

As the weather poohbahs warned, it’s a rainy, rainy day. Hopefully the sky will tire itself out over the next few days. I feel funny re-instating the birthday party while cats and dogs are descending, but I really should clarify plans with people. And order another cake.

Despite the Big Wet, I want to make sure we get out for a walk today. The library messaged me that the next Walking Dead books are in, and since the kids need to get their reading club charts stamped, we’ll try to head by there on route.

Best get on with it… the day is swimming along.

Main focus today: Birthday plans II, clean-up, library


۞  Daily

  • Health: Body test, exercise, water, vitamins, sleep
  • Home: Dishes, garbage, recycling, flylady mission, sort/declutter - 4/5
  • Happiness: Joynotes, catch-up entries, mindfulness, photos, me time - 4/5
  • Summer learning: Khan Academy, summer journal, summer reading club, Starfall
  • Relationships: Connect w/3 friends, family game/adventure, read w/kids, downtime w/M


۞  New

  • Flylady Mission of the Day: Tidy nightstands
  • Random room-by-room decluttering - Started…
  • Consolidate bookcrossing boxes
  • Birthday: Postponed party plans
  • Sort + put away clothes (Iris) - Started…
  • Add to hand-me-down box
  • Blanket + box to storage
  • RSVP to BBQ invite
  • Take a wet wander
  • Re-check heads
  • Clean out purse
  • Scan computer
  • Tidy patio area
  • Library


۞  Repeat

  • Bedtime reading with Isak: Continue A Necklace Of Raindrops 
  • Continue March happiness entries
  • Watch/delete DVR: 1 hour
  • Khan Academy
  • Potty practice
  • Music!
  • Read
  • 365


۞  Recycled

  • Message re. mortgage tweaking
  • Update reading club calendar
  • Journal update
  • Bubble bath
  • 27 Fling
  • LHOTP


۞  Queued

  • Hang bedroom mirror
  • Visit with parents
  • New doorbell


Fruity

Tuesday… again, bright sun, fluffy clouds, blue skies. Wheee! Weather folks say a few days of rain between now and the weekend, which makes me nervous, but we need to solidify postponed plans soon. We also need to gobble up the delicious fruit platter we got, because it won’t last until Sunday.

Our long-standing Friday playdate has been switched around (my friend is now working Fridays) and we’re catching up today while the kids play. I need to paint Isak’s nails (he’d really wanted some polish for his birthday and I picked up glow-in-the-dark and ‘Supernova’ which is a mix of dark purple and blue glitter). I have to check heads again, but all looks good (knockknock).

Hoping for a good productive week. It’s hard to believe we only have a few more functional weeks here. I’m not sure how well the transition will go for me, but I’m trying to think positively and work up to making it as good a change as possible. I wish it was a choice instead of something I have no control over. I’m going to go eat fistfuls of cantaloupe instead of sulking. I love a decent cantaloupe.

Main focus today: Birthday plans II, clean-up, visit with friends, outside time, kid-nails


۞  Daily

  • Health: Body test, exercise, water, vitamins, sleep
  • Home: Dishes, garbage, recycling, flylady mission, sort/declutter - 4/5
  • Happiness: Joynotes, catch-up entries, mindfulness, photos, me time - 4/5
  • Summer learning: Khan Academy, summer journal, summer reading club, Starfall - 3/4
  • Relationships: Connect w/3 friends, family game/adventure, read w/kids, downtime w/M


۞  New

  • Flylady Mission of the Day: Bedroom 27 Fling
  • Pre-company whirlwind house tidy
  • Birthday: Postponed party plans
  • Update reading club calendar
  • Coffee + playdate with friends
  • Delve into the fruit platter
  • Paint the kids’ toenails
  • Sunshine time / water!
  • Send congratulations
  • Double check heads
  • Open new lego set
  • Sort clothes bag
  • Bubble bath
  • Vacuum
  • LHOTP


۞  Repeat

  • Bedtime reading with Isak: Continue A Necklace Of Raindrops 
  • Continue March happiness entries
  • Watch/delete DVR: 1 hour √ – X2
  • Khan Academy
  • Potty practice
  • Music!
  • Read
  • 365


۞  Recycled

  • Message re. mortgage tweaking
  • Continue sorting kid clothes
  • Journal update


۞  Queued

  • Hang bedroom mirror
  • Visit with parents
  • New doorbell


Them!

Monday… there are post birthday / after-weekend things to clean up, and M has returned to work after his week off. I’m still digesting this morning’s Banner of Doom. As much as I lament the fact that this site is closing soon (and oh, I do, I do), I’m glad to finally have a solid idea as to what’s going on and have a time frame to work with.

I’m still pretty bummed that we had to cancel Isak’s party yesterday, especially seeing as we’ve gone back to hot and sunny now. We’re planning to raincheck for next weekend, but some families are going camping. Frustrating. He still had a great birthday, and 75% of the stuff we got will keep (though we’ll be eating a lot of cupcakes this week!).

I heard from the mom of a friend Isak plays with a lot that she found magical head-bugs on her son last night, so I’ve launched into a full on battle against a potential nit-nightmare. I checked thoroughly and found nothing (whew!), but am doing all I can just in case, including a lengthy olive oil and tea tree oil treatment, extensive laundry, and furious vacuuming. I totally appreciate this mom telling me right away and have my fingers crossed – fortunately we’ve yet to experience this in our family, knock on wood.

Main focus today: Birthday plans II, clean-up, bug precautions, library, start new book


۞  Daily

  • Health: Body test, exercise, water, vitamins, sleep
  • Home: Dishes, garbage, recycling, flylady mission, sort/declutter
  • Happiness: Joynotes, catch-up entries, mindfulness, photos, me time - 4/5
  • Summer learning: Khan Academy, summer journal, summer reading club, Starfall - 3/4
  • Relationships: Connect w/3 friends, family game/adventure, read w/kids, downtime w/M


۞  New

  • Flylady Mission of the Day: Clean under the bed
  • Thorough head check + preventative measures
  • Choose a new bedtime book with Isak
  • Ponder the big wrap-up + wind-down
  • Birthday: Postponed party plans √ – Same time next week?
  • Post weekend clean-up
  • Tackle dish mountain
  • Test new squirt guns √ – AAAAAAAwesome!
  • Outside adventure
  • Journal update
  • Laundry √ – X 5
  • Vacuum √ – Even the stairs!
  • Library
  • Baths - 3/4


۞  Repeat

  • Bedtime reading with Isak: Start a new book!
  • Continue March happiness entries
  • Watch/delete DVR: 1 hour
  • Khan Academy
  • Potty practice
  • Music!
  • Read
  • 365


۞  Recycled

  • Message re. mortgage tweaking
  • Continue sorting kid clothes


۞  Queued

  • Hang bedroom mirror
  • Visit with parents
  • New doorbell

By the way… does anyone know if the closure message goes away if you use the export tool? I’m glad to have seen it, but if I do another mirror-style back-up, I’d prefer to not have that prefacing all my content. It’s depressing.



Weekend Top Ten (July 19 – July 20)

Top 10 Things To Do This Weekend

  • Party prep: pick up cake, gift bags, e-mail
  • A Happy 9th Birthday for Isak!!! Party!!!
  • Polish + send new memoir project
  • Whirlwind house clean-up
  • Start LHOTP series
  • Finish book w.Isak Fini!
  • Family adventure
  • Clean bathroom
  • Banking, library
  • See parents – Jetlagged (soon).

Edit: The heat wave broke into cold, stormy weather. I’ve had to cancel Isak’s party and feel terrible about this. Still trying to reach a few parents. Damn. I feel like a rotten mom.

Edit 2: We’re rescheduling for next weekend (the heat wave is supposed to return), I took 3 of the boys to Menchies, and we’re planning a special family party tonight. He’s happy, that’s the important thing.



Overhead

The weather is shifting, shifting… currently there aren’t matching precipitation plans for Sunday anywhere, but there’s hope, and we picked up one of the pop-up canopies last night. Cake’s ordered, more friends coming, list shrinking. There’s still a lot to do, made a bit more difficult with our crossed fingers, but we’ll get there.

Yesterday we were gone until fairly late (capped off with a beautiful walk as the sun was sinking), but took care of everything at my parent’s house – they’ll be back this evening. I got up early today and blazed through a number of new project files. Now I’m revving my energy stores with coffee and timbits. Mmmm doughnuts.

Main focus today: Birthday plans, clean up the house, toy store


۞  Daily

  • Health: Body test, exercise, water, vitamins, sleep
  • Home: Dishes, garbage, recycling, flylady mission, sort/declutter - 4/5
  • Happiness: Joynotes, catch-up entries, mindfulness, photos, me time - 4/5
  • Summer learning: Khan Academy, summer journal, summer reading club, Starfall
  • Relationships: Connect w/3 friends, family game/adventure, read w/kids, downtime w/M


۞  New

  • Birthday: Canopy 2, gift bags/swag, outdoor games
  • Flylady Mission of the Day: Clean bathroom floor
  • Work: Work on new memoir project √ – Finished 10/10, need to polish/send
  • Touch base with parents post-flight √ – They left a message
  • Battle accumulated house chaos
  • Check in with a few more friends
  • Pick up supplementary presents
  • Pick up canopy tent #2
  • Tackle dish mountain
  • Pull up some weeds
  • Pamper tootsies
  • Journal update
  • Laundry
  • Baths


۞  Repeat

  • Bedtime reading with Isak: Continue The Yggyssey 
  • Continue March happiness entries
  • Watch/delete DVR: 1 hour
  • Khan Academy
  • Potty practice
  • Music!
  • Read
  • 365


۞  Recycled

  • Tidy medicine cabinet, sink area
  • Message re. mortgage tweaking
  • Continue sorting kid clothes
  • Make iced mochas


۞  Queued

  • Hang bedroom mirror
  • New doorbell


Tut tut it looks like rain

Bah… I’m doing more than “tut-tutting” – it looks like in the middle of a lengthy, overly sunny heat wave, this weekend is descending into lower temperatures and rain before amping up to hot and sunny again. Isak’s outdoor birthday party is set for Sunday. The bright side is that the weather poohbahs have been wrong more often than right lately, it should still be fairly warm, and the plans are at a spray park, so the kids at least were planning on getting wet anyhow. Fingers crossed whatever happens will be fun.

My parents fly home tomorrow, so we really need to get out to the house there and prep for their return. We meant to go yesterday, but traffic was insane and we decided to bump the trip again. I have another project to work on (despite saying I was going to be hellishly busy this month) and there’s now a fire ban on, which poops on our potential camping plans.

Chin up. Letting go of things I have no control over. Forward march.

Main focus today: Birthday plans, White Rock (drop off groceries, check house, water plants)


۞  Daily

  • Health: Body test, exercise, water, vitamins, sleep
  • Home: Dishes, garbage, recycling, flylady mission, sort/declutter - 3/5
  • Happiness: Joynotes, catch-up entries, mindfulness, photos, me time - 4/5
  • Summer learning: Khan Academy, summer journal, summer reading club, Starfall - 2/4
  • Relationships: Connect w/3 friends, family game/adventure, read w/kids, downtime w/M - 2/4


۞  New

  • Flylady Mission of the Day: Bathroom sinks + counters
  • Birthday: Figure out potential rain-out plans - Sort of…
  • Work: Work on new memoir project
  • Order chosen birthday cake
  • Make room on camera card
  • Pick up canopy tent
  • Whirlwind clean-up
  • Journal update - Started…


۞  Repeat

  • Bedtime reading with Isak: Continue The Yggyssey 
  • Continue March happiness entries
  • Watch/delete DVR: 1 hour
  • Khan Academy
  • Potty practice
  • Music!
  • Read
  • 365


۞  Recycled

  • Go to White Rock, check in on house
  • Message re. mortgage tweaking
  • Continue sorting kid clothes
  • Buy groceries for parents
  • Tidy medicine cabinet
  • Make iced mochas


۞  Queued

  • Hang bedroom mirror
  • New doorbell


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