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A pause in the chaos

Day 105: April 15



find at least one thing each day that makes me happy and record it everyday for a year (read all 2035 entries…)
Blue glitter on a gray day

Retroactive happiness…

January 9, 2014

  • A chilly, rainy day. Feeling lousy (a cold on the horizon? I had to cancel my blood donation), but pulling on a warm sweater and bright boots (a present from M) and taking a long walk helped.
  • Homemade teddy bear sugar cookies.
  • Quiet library time and a movie binge.
  • First-time potty success for Iris (yay!)
  • Punchbuggy GREEN!


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Spinning round, getting dizzy

Flip flopping between groggy and energetic. There’s a weather change lurking, so hopefully I can avoid an accompanying migraine. Things continue to be busy, but there’s a week break in my usual projects so I can take on the extra one and hopefully finish off our taxes before the next bunch come in.

M has his exam tomorrow, so that’ll be a main focus for him later, hopefully we’ll have time to unwind together sometime this evening. Isak has an egg-dropping project for school on Thursday, so we need to put some plans into motion for that, or it’ll be omelette time. The annual meeting is this week, and the spring cleaning bin lands too. Whooo. Then there’s Easter…

I also need to shuffle some finances around before payday – bills, birthdays, mortgage payments, groceries, and 6 months of auto insurance at one go was a bit of a money whirlpool. We both have paydays at the end of the week (and should be getting a refund once I send the paperwork in) so I can replenish the savings by the weekend.

Main focus today: Start new project, tax steps, spring clean, help M study, transfer $


۞  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
  • School: Update planner, check folder, study spelling, home reading, homework
  • Relationships: Connect w/3 friends, family game/adventure, read w/kids, downtime w/M - 3/4


۞  New

  • Flylady Mission of the Day: 27 fling/returns, replenish bathroom supplies
  • School: Return books, send recorder, work on egg-drop
  • Work: Start side project – keep track of hours!
  • Start sorting new under-bed storage bins
  • M level II week (help him study)
  • Find mortgage site password
  • Transfer $ between accounts
  • Update fb: photos + thanks
  • 15 minutes: Paper purge √ 1 hour+!
  • Weed + tidy refrigerator
  • Solidify playdate plans
  • Outside time w/kids
  • Clean bathtub
  • Goal update
  • Laundry


۞  Repeat

  • Bedtime reading with Isak: Continue The Neddiad 
  • Continue January happiness entries
  • Watch/delete DVR: 1 hour √ Mad Men
  • Potty practice √ Success!
  • Music!
  • Read
  • 365


۞  Recycled

  • Taxes: Add additional SE info √ + Electric bills
  • List April bootcamp plans
  • Contact doctor re. referral
  • Movie + popcorn w/M - Too busy, bump to tomorrow


۞  Queued

  • Pick up some Easter goodies
  • Hang bedroom mirror


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Death of a flower

Day 104: April 14



Celebrate International TableTop Day
Well played!

April 5th we celebrated International TableTop Day at an event put on by our local library. It was raining cats and dogs, and spending hours playing games with the kids was fantastic.

There were over a hundred, completely diverse games to choose from – some already set up on tables ready to go, and others stacked up that you could pick and trade for your library card while you were there. There were passionate game players, toy shop owners, and librarians there, all happy to answer questions, give suggestions and demonstrations, or help you play a game.

Lots and lots of people showed up, everyone had a great time, and we ended up learning to play five new games (I’ll update my board game playing goal with those later). They were also giving out freebies and discount coupons to neighborhood games shops, which is a bonus – we liked some of them enough to add them to our collection.

Apparently it was a huge success this year, with 3,123 official gaming events in 64 countries worldwide (including every state and province in North America and every continent on the planet). Definitely worth participating in, and we plan to do it again next year!



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No punch back!

Retroactive happiness…

January 8, 2014

  • RainRainRain. There are so many beautiful umbrellas these days, plus it made coming home sweeter, twice.
  • Cars that stop when they should and/or avoid puddles so they don’t splash you.
  • Punchbuggy yellow!
  • The kids having a tea party and quietly watching Batman in the little circus tent while I made smooth, quick work of my latest files.
  • Finding out our property tax is annual (not bi-annual), so we’re paid up for the year. Yay!
  • Fresh slices of gala apple and homemade burritos.


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Busy days in April

I was up early this morning, filling the coffee-tank and making plans. M is back to work (his exam is on Wednesday, I hope he takes part of Tuesday off), and Isak’s back to school.

We had a busy and productive weekend that ran the gamut from work and study and somewhat stressy things to cutting loose at a carnival and enjoying leftover birthday cake. Things were checked off. Fun was had.

And here’s Monday, joining us again. I need to polish off my current file and get it sent in before starting on an additional project to clean everyone else’s work up. I also need to have everyone dressed and out the door in 15 minutes.

There’s a lunar eclipse tonight… hopefully it’ll be clear.

Main focus today: Finish current project, tax steps, spring clean, skywatch


۞  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
  • School: Update planner, check folder, study spelling, home reading, homework
  • Relationships: Connect w/3 friends, family game/adventure, read w/kids, downtime w/M


۞  New

  • Flylady Mission of the Day: 27 fling/donation box, bathroom laundry - 3/4
  • School: Update reading, sign exam, brainstorm egg-drop
  • Taxes: Add additional SE info, double check info
  • Work: Finish, polish + send current project √ Yes!
  • Solidify Easter plans for Sunday
  • M level II week (help him study) √ A little…
  • Post weekend household tidy
  • Contact doctor re. referral - No answer
  • Movie + popcorn w/M - Picked up American Hustle
  • Outside time w/kids
  • Goal update
  • Eclipse? - Clouding over… looks doubtful
  • Baths


۞  Repeat

  • Bedtime reading with Isak: Continue The Neddiad 
  • Continue January happiness entries
  • Watch/delete DVR: 1 hour
  • Potty practice
  • Music!
  • Read
  • 365


۞  Recycled

  • Fill/store large cardboard box
  • List April bootcamp plans


۞  Queued

  • Hang bedroom mirror
  • Pay car insurance √ – Did over the weekend – ouch!


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Ring toss

Day 103: April 13



complete project 365 (read all 105 entries…)
Under the ferris wheel

Day 102: April 12



find at least one thing each day that makes me happy and record it everyday for a year (read all 2035 entries…)
Just you and me and rainbows

Retroactive happiness…

January 7, 2014

  • Countless rain-drips and drops outside; cozy clothes, gumbo, and coffee within.
  • A little, pink, tiptoeing ghost that made me laugh (it may or may not have been Iris with her favorite blanket over her head making dramatic “wooooooo-wooooo”-ing sounds).
  • Salted chocolate caramels and a dark & stormy on ice. In the bath.
  • Red tinsel. Shiny beetles. Better moods.
  • Kid-scrawled rainbows.


Cauterize Heartbleed (read all 2 entries…)
Heartbleed band-aids

This moved slowly but fairly smoothly; a bit stressful and tedious, but it’ll be a very worthwhile file of important, updated information.

First I compiled a master list of log-in info (taken from memory, pre-crash pics, cryptically written hard copy, an old w/p file hidden externally, bookmarks, etc.) – as much as I could, so the list is loooooooooong.

Then M and I came up with some strong new passwords and decided which would be designated where (important sites get separate, full strength passwords, a few basic sites can overlap, and I’m deleting unused accounts.

I made a color key: blue for sites that don’t use SSL, green for updated sites where I’ve changed the password, red for vulnerable sites that need to be updated when I know they’ve updated, etc.

I started with known compromised (but updated) sites and worked my way through – carefully changing the passwords, updating pertinent info (new addresses, numbers), setting up additional security, etc., then made a note of what I’ve done, highlighting it according to the key.

I also noted re-used passwords that might have been compromised elsewhere. I’m changing everything, but this helped with order of importance. A few servers have yet to update, but I’ll finish this off quickly when they do, and the most important ones are secure now.

The file is backed-up safely off the computer. In the future I won’t have to go crazy trying to figure out where this information is (I’ve panicked a few times in the past, especially with log-ins attached to dead e-mail addresses where you have 3 tries or they auto-change and send you a new one).

Having everything together makes changing passwords simple, so I’ll do it more frequently and have better online security. There are silver linings to bloody hearts.



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Weekend Ten (April 12 – 13)

Top 10 Things To Do This Weekend

  • Work: Continue work on project (aim for half) – 3/4!
  • Change passwords if SSL cert. updated
  • Continue January happiness entries
  • M: Help balance study and play
  • Taxes: Just keep swimming
  • Bootcamp: List April plans
  • Family adventure outside
  • Movie + popcorn w/M
  • Attend local carnival
  • Spring cleaning


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The good heart

Day 101: April 11



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The joy of 3!

Friday! Iris turns three today! The kids and I have our last doctor’s appointment, M has his last class, and there are birthday shenanigans in the works. The sun is out, the flowers are popping up all around, and the weekend is unfolding. There’s work to do too, but the main focus will be celebrating with the family. Happy weekends to all!

Main focus today: Last visit with Dr., current project, tax steps, birthday fun with Iris!


۞  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
  • School: Update planner, check folder, study spelling, home reading, homework
  • Relationships: Connect w/3 friends, family game/adventure, read w/kids, downtime w/M


۞  New

  • A Happy Birthday for Iris: pick up Batman cake, wrap presents
  • HB: Continue master list, change where SSL cert. updated √ Plugging away…
  • Taxes: Deep breath, take another step forward √ Questions answered
  • Flylady Mission of the Day: clean kitchen floor
  • Prep for / go to last doctor’s appointment X 3
  • Work: Continue new project (aim for half)
  • Deliver box of old mail to post office √ Finally!
  • M level II week (help him study)
  • Movie + popcorn with M √ – Putting Gravity on now…
  • Lunch with mom + dad
  • Clean couch cushions √ – Spot clean
  • Laundry part III
  • Outside time
  • Goal update


۞  Repeat

  • Bedtime reading with Isak: Continue The Neddiad 
  • Continue January happiness entries
  • Watch/delete DVR: 1 hour
  • Potty practice
  • Music!
  • Read
  • 365


۞  Recycled

  • Fill/store large cardboard box
  • List April bootcamp plans
  • Baths + hair pampering
  • Transfer doctor notes


۞  Queued

  • Hang bedroom mirror
  • Pay car insurance


complete project 365 (read all 105 entries…)
Waves & cherries

Day 100: April 10



Cauterize Heartbleed (read all 2 entries…)
Bleeding hearts

Ah, good times in technology-land. There’s plenty of info on what’s going on with this, so I’ll just state my plan. It’s an annoying plan, as I just changed a bunch of my passwords recently, which is always a HUGE chore, but I’m going to be more systematic and clever about it this time so next time will be easier.

Step 1: Make a master list of sites, user names, and current passwords to be saved on a protected flash-drive. Consolidating everything will be a pain in the patoot, but it’s something I should have somewhere safe anyway. (Emphasis on safe.)

Step 2: Check which sites I use are vulnerable, which aren’t, and which have updated their OpenSSL certificate recently. (A good place to check seems to be LastPass)

Step 3: Come up with some fresh, new, kick-ass passwords.

Step 4: Change the passwords and update the master list when appropriate (when the vulnerable sites have updated).

Step 5: Exhale.



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Bugged

And the busyness continues, compounded by this Heartbleed nightmare, which I’ll start addressing elsewhere. Exhaustion kicked in this morning, and I slept in by nearly an hour. The alarm on my body clock usually kicks in at the right time, but not so today. At least we were only 20 minutes late for school, and that’s a rare thing. Thankfully, tomorrow is a pro-d day.

Iris turns 3 Friday, so we need to sort a few things for that. We also have our final appointment with our longtime doctor, and need to be prepared (both with information and for saying goodbye after years and years). M has two classes left and then takes his exam next week, so his brain and schedule are bursting at the seams, and I’ve got work galore, but continued kudos lately (more this morning) so that feels good. Taxes are coming along slowly but surely… I just need to do like Dory.

I gather there is splendiferous sunshine landing this weekend, so we’ll all look forward to that. There will be more work to do, but we’ll make sure some major unwinding comes with it.

Main focus today: Start new project, tax steps, library, deal with HeartBleed


۞  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
  • School: Update planner, check folder, study spelling, home reading, homework
  • Relationships: Connect w/3 friends, family game/adventure, read w/kids, downtime w/M


۞  New

  • HB: Make master list, check sites, change where SSL cert. updated - Made an excellent start (but will be more time consuming than I thought)
  • Flylady Mission of the Day: Wipe down big appliances
  • Taxes: Deep breath, take another step, find PT form
  • Prep for last doctor’s appointment X 3
  • Library: Return DVD, pick up holds
  • General room-by-room house tidy - Progress
  • Work: Set up/start the new project √ + did 1/4
  • Track down ladybug bike helmet
  • M level II week (help him study)
  • Declutter 2 messy surfaces
  • Spring clean something
  • 15 min: Bookmark tidy
  • 15 min: Paper purge
  • Recharge batteries
  • Laundry part II √ X2
  • Outside time
  • Goal update
  • Clean floors - Spot cleaned kitchen


۞  Repeat

  • Bedtime reading with Isak: Continue The Neddiad 
  • Continue January happiness entries
  • Watch/delete DVR: 1 hour
  • Potty practice √ Success!
  • Music!
  • Read
  • 365


۞  Recycled

  • Fill/store large cardboard box
  • List April bootcamp plans
  • Baths + hair pampering
  • Transfer doctor notes
  • Order Batman cake
  • Sew button √ X2


۞  Queued

  • Hang bedroom mirror
  • Pay car insurance
  • Pick up meds


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Filthy footprints

Day 99: April 9



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Blushing Blue Monday

Retroactive happiness…

January 6, 2014

  • Back to school! (and back to work with another file finished.)
  • Frost on lost objects. Warm mugs of tea, good books, and quiet libraries. Imaginary butterflies landing on my nose.
  • Meowing back and forth to keep Iris awake when we were out and about (so she’d nap at home and I could get things done). We made a lot of people laugh as we passed them (and it worked. Funny though, she fell asleep standing up at the coffee table).
  • Smiling and waving to the same old gentleman sitting in the meditation garden again. He remembered us and burst out in a big grin, waving back again and again until we were out of sight.
  • Homemade chicken korma and naked salad leaves.
  • Unwinding together with a cold rum and coke after a warm, Lush infused bath (pink and blue with gold dust) to watch the new Star Trek movie. All in all, Blue Monday was pretty rose tinted.


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BusyBusyBusy

Love and respect to David Malki ! of Wondermark who completely nails where my head is at today

I had a very nice birthday. Despite a chaotic week, there was cake and presents and cards and well wishes (plus a quiet bubble-bath at the end of the day). Low key and homey, but delightful.

Today my list seems to have exploded, but I’ll do what I can. We’ll make it through the day/week/month with flying colours, because it’s spring, and the colours are coming out regardless of whether or not the laundry gets done.

Main focus today: Finish current project, play-date, spring cleaning, tax steps


۞  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
  • School: Update planner, check folder, study spelling, home reading, homework
  • Relationships: Connect w/3 friends, family game/adventure, read w/kids, downtime w/M - 3/4 (M studying)


۞  New

  • Flylady Mission of the Day: Shine sinks and faucets
  • School: Send ribbons for Sports sharing
  • Taxes: Deep breath, take another step √ Started S/E section
  • Work: Finish the current project √ Finished! Polished! Written! Sent!
  • M level II week (help him study)
  • Fill/store large cardboard box
  • Declutter 3 messy surfaces - 1/3
  • Spring clean something
  • Baths + hair pampering
  • Transfer doctor notes
  • Clear fireplace ashes
  • Isak playdate (3 – 5)
  • Write thank-you to N
  • 15 min paper purge
  • Order Batman cake
  • E-mail re. scooter
  • Sweep/vacuum
  • Sunshine time
  • Trim Iris’ nails
  • Goal update
  • Movie break
  • Laundry


۞  Repeat

  • Bedtime reading with Isak: Continue The Neddiad 
  • Continue January happiness entries
  • Watch/delete DVR: 1 hour
  • Potty practice √ Success!
  • Music!
  • Read
  • 365


۞  Recycled

  • List April bootcamp plans
  • Sew button


۞  Queued

  • Library: Return DVD, pick up holds
  • Hang bedroom mirror
  • Pay car insurance
  • Pick up meds


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