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RuFabulous Friday

I’m thrilled it’s Friday. Last night was… better, but I’ll expand on that elsewhere. Better is good. We had a smooth morning (remembered it was a special day at school at the last moment) and it’s time for our weekly visit with friends again – it’s nice, both the regular social time and the extra motivation to keep things tidier knowing company is coming.

F * R * I * D * A * Y ! (Worth another cheer!) I’m extra happy about this. The weekend is going to be somewhat busy, but in a good kind of way. I’m looking forward to it. Hoping to brave a sale this evening to pick up a great deal on some furniture we need AND to have a smooth night. Happy weekends, all!


۞  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

  • School: Jersey Day! Find Canucks jersey, request catch-up work
  • Flylady Mission of the Day: Detailed vacuuming
  • iTunes account, sort iPad download issue
  • Calm bedtime routine, wake before NT
  • Brave Black Friday (for shelving units) √ Meh. Website wrong re. stock – they apologized for hours wasted – pondering a complaint letter
  • Pre-company whirlwind clean-up
  • Continue new memoir project √ Longest yet – good progress
  • Coffee + playdate with E + A
  • Clear kitchen + coffee tables
  • Make snail fridge magnets √ Multicolored, glittery, drying
  • Green day X 3 prize √ Great day! + 20/20 on test
  • Post visit clean-up
  • Outside time
  • Baths


۞  Repeat

  • Bedtime reading with Isak: Continue George and the Big Bang 
  • Continue August happiness entries
  • Sudoku and/or crossword puzzle
  • Watch/delete DVR: 1 hour
  • Music!
  • Read


۞  Recycled

  • Start sorting big bag of baby things to give away
  • Collapse/store leftover boxes
  • Warm bath, hair pampering
  • Prep for vent cleaners
  • Launder new clothes
  • Buy red kerchief
  • Buy snow tires


۞  Queued

  • Hang bedroom mirror
  • Buy kitchen pantry 7 months ago

RuSky blue heart

Retroactive happiness… #1943!

August 9, 2013

  • Flipping the pillow to the cool side and sleeping in after an excruciatingly late night.
  • Long hikes over bridges and through shady woods with the kids before hitting the spray park and getting ice cream in waffle cones. The kids had an extra good time playing together.
  • Frozen coffee slushies.
  • Freshening up in an evening lavender bath. 7 months ago

RuI'm sorry

That’s awful – what seems to work for you? I went through a bout of NT as a kid and deal with panic attacks from time to time (not the same but there are similarities) – it’s hard to reason yourself out of such things; sometimes as adults it takes delving into the far end of the closet to face past monsters that are all too real. I hope you gain more peace in this area.

I was going to say I read a helpful book a number of years ago but forget the name, then realized it was listed on a 2006 reading goal. If you’re interested it was Managing Your Mind by Gillian Butler &Tony Hope.

Extra sweet dreams to you… 7 months ago


RuThanks TG -

If you don’t mind me asking, how old was your daughter and how did you deal with them in her case? Was she ill at the time? Just curious. It’s funny how fast they can go from the height of fear to fast asleep in minutes – he really doesn’t seem to remember it today.

Hopefully we won’t get a repeat tonight, I hate seeing him in that state. There’s also a concern with neighbors who may not know us terribly well if they hear him shouting for help at 1AM – that could cause problems. I’d definitely debate calling the police if I heard something like that in the middle of the night.

I once had pneumonia with a hella high fever – I was talking to a massive angel in the corner of the room and then panicked thinking I was dying; got up and ran full speed into the wall while shrieking bloody murder. Scared the heck out of my roommate at the time. Brains/consciousness/imagination… interesting beasts indeed.

Happy Thanksgiving! 7 months ago


RuPavor Nocturnus

A lengthy post, but I thought it would be helpful if anyone out there is dealing with something similar.

Horrors. Aside from being sick this week, Isak has had several episodes (1 – 3 a night) of night terrors. It hasn’t happened before, and at first I thought they were fever-dreams, but it was quickly obvious that despite sitting up, moving around, his eyes being wide open, talking (wild things; half articulated) and obviously terrified, he wasn’t actually awake and had trouble differentiating between reality and what was going on in his still half asleep mind.

He’s within the age, gender, and temperament when this is most common in children, plus he’s been stressed, sick, missed sleep, had a fever, nausea, others in the family have had anxiety and parasomnia issues (myself included), the list of triggers goes on. I’m really, really hoping it was just a perfect (perfectly horrible) storm and that we can get this under control very quickly.

Nightmares and night terrors are quite different, occur in completely different phases of sleep, and need to be dealt with in different ways, some of them specific to the person having them. Some people can’t stand to be touched and won’t communicate at all (or will just scream or become violent), whereas he’d eventually let me hug him and rub his back, told me (more or less) what was scaring him (even though it was irrational and unclear in content/context) and was halfway able to let me help him calm down, or at least quiet down.

At times he’d thrash around and call for me to help him, even though I was right there, or say he was going to explode, curl up in a ball hyperventilating with his face contorting in terror/dread – he went back and forth for quite a while. It was scary for everyone (thank goodness Iris was asleep).

What seemed to finally help was getting him to stretch out while I held him and told him calmly that I was there and he was safe, over and over. I also got a special talisman ‘hope’ stone I did a little magic trick with and put under his pillow, which made him suddenly smile, visibly relax, and drop off to sleep almost immediately.

Unlike nightmares, where frequently there will be a strong memory of what was so frightening, these episodes are usually not remembered at all – or only very vaguely (a blessing). There’s a debate over forced waking during an episode – getting them out of it vs. having them be terrified to go back to sleep and making things (anxiety, sleep cycles) worse. Again, that’s probably person specific and I haven’t decided in our case.

Some suggestions I haven’t tried (but will if necessary) include waking the person up approximately 15 minutes before an anticipated episode (it generally happens 45 minutes to an hour after falling asleep), then letting them go back to sleep to shake the cycle, cooling the feet/head/air in the room, having them get up and use the washroom, turning on a light to help eliminate visual confusion, there are also dietary things, the list goes on and on. I’ll build a mighty tool-box to fight the monsters if need be.

For now we’re going to cross our fingers, try to pinpoint and lower any specific anxieties, keep a calm, solid routine in the evenings, and hope this was just a blip in the somniac realm.

A couple of helpful links (though I have many now):

  • A helpful study, survey, and compilation of experiences and advice from parents sent in over the last close to a dozen years on the Berkeley Parents Network (I found these were particularly helpful).

Sweet dreams, all. 7 months ago


RuAiming for calm

Isak’s recent illness has unfortunately brought on night terrors for two or three nights in a row now, which is something I also dealt with briefly when I was a kid. I’ve done a ton of research in the last couple of days and am hoping to nip this in the bud as soon as humanly possible. Fingers crossed being sick / fevered was the main contributing factor and they won’t return tonight.

School was happily embraced today, there is a pile of new work I’m grateful for, I had a lovely call from my brother this morning, and it’s crisp out, but not damp – nice favorite sweater weather.

I’m aiming to tidy up, launch myself at the new work, get some fresh air, and hopefully have a very relaxed evening.


۞  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

  • Do further research on night terrors, talk to mom + dad
  • School: Return to school, pack Show + Tell: Sports
  • Flylady Mission of the Day: Bust out the duster!
  • Download and start new memoir project
  • Touch base with E + A re. Friday visit √ – Sent message
  • Resort bed (remake, return stuffies)
  • 15 minutes per room: general tidy
  • Clear kitchen + coffee tables
  • Prep for vent cleaners
  • Calm bedtime routine √ (Tried)
  • Launder new clothes
  • Buy red kerchief
  • Outside time


۞  Repeat

  • Bedtime reading with Isak: Continue George and the Big Bang 
  • Continue August happiness entries
  • Sudoku and/or crossword puzzle
  • Watch/delete DVR: 1 hour
  • Music!
  • Read


۞  Recycled

  • Start sorting big bag of baby things to give away
  • Collapse/store leftover boxes
  • Warm bath, hair pampering
  • Buy snow tires


۞  Queued

  • Hang bedroom mirror
  • Buy kitchen pantry 7 months ago

Ru:)

I’m sorry you’re going through a rough patch and feeling stuck. This season can really magnify that; make it hard to find and grasp the shiny bits. I’m so glad if something I kick myself for being terribly behind on could be part of one of your shiny bits – thanks for letting me know. I hope today is infinitely smoother for you. 7 months ago


RuLadybug, ladybug

Retroactive happiness…

August 7, 2013

  • Golden hours of sleep.
  • A break in the waves of heat.
  • Crushing a mountain of boxes and reclaiming space.
  • Having parks so close. Contagious laughter. Slide static.
  • Quiet, uninterrupted Me time: a cool, green bottle of apple cider in the tub, deliciously scented conditioner and soft, shiny hair.
  • It was cool enough for hot & spicy Indian food.



August 8, 2013

  • Subtle breezes and cold cola with clinky ice.
  • Long talks with old friends.
  • Carefully retouched paint.
  • A neighborhood adventure with the kids. We took new trails, followed a creek through the woods, picked wild blackberries, saw 1 coyote and 100 white butterflies, discovered another new playground, and found a short cut home.
  • Passing decomposing dirty magazines – I diverted kid-attention from these, but they made me laugh. I didn’t know anyone actually bought tangible old-school porn anymore.
  • Finding and unpacking our art/craft/games boxes.
  • Making a humongous pitcher of iced mocha. 7 months ago

RuFeeling (almost) like new

Isak’s feeling 99% better, but I think I’ll hold off on school today in favor of rest, mint tea, and perhaps a bit of a walk for some fresh air. This afternoon is mostly PE and reading, so I’ll e-mail the teacher for any additional work and send him back tomorrow.

There’s extra cleaning to do after last night, and I’d like to get out for a few errands and battle the procrastination list a bit more (finally getting that big paper pile recycled feels great), but mostly the focus today will be a recuperation day. The OCP meeting tonight is being streamed, so if we can’t make it in person at least we can still participate.


۞  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

  • Attend Official Community Plan meeting: in person or online √ (The venue was overfull, so we streamed live)
  • Google kid concerns: bad dreams, moles, anxiety
  • Post ill cleaning + laundry (bathroom, bedding)
  • Flylady Mission of the Day: Bust out the duster!
  • Suggest art therapy experiment for nightmares √ Discussed
  • Rest, liquids, reading, and gentle fun at home
  • Buy clothes for Xmas party + Xmas concert √ – Awesome cowboy hat + dress shirt for Isak
  • Tidy kid clothes, books, and toys
  • 15 minutes: digital decluttering
  • Catch up with mom and dad
  • Library: Drop offs + pickups
  • Warm bath, hair pampering
  • Brainstorm presents for M
  • A little outside time


۞  Repeat

  • Bedtime reading with Isak: Continue George and the Big Bang 
  • Continue August happiness entries
  • Sudoku and/or crossword puzzle
  • Watch/delete DVR: 1 hour
  • Music!
  • Read


۞  Recycled

  • Start sorting big bag of baby things to give away
  • Collapse/store leftover boxes
  • Buy snow tires


۞  Queued

  • Hang bedroom mirror
  • Buy kitchen pantry 7 months ago

RuRunning high, running late

Things finally seem to be quieting down, though it’s well into the wee hours of Wednesday at this point. Today Isak woke with a high fever, sniffles, and a cough. I kept him home and he seemed to be feeling better halfway through the day, well bounced back by dinnertime, but then after he’d gone to bed he ended up first waking to a terrible nightmare and then 20 minutes later got sick to his stomach.

At this point he’s feeling better – cleaned up, in fresh pajamas, and snuggled up on the floor (the loft bed is out for tonight), another load of laundry is in and I’m hoping it was a one-off so he can get some rest. Grateful that Iris is asleep in her room instead of wanting to party all night.

Barring a miracle turnaround tomorrow will be another stay-home day.


۞  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
  • School: Update planner, check folder, study spelling, home reading, homework - 4/5
  • Relationships: Connect w/3 friends, family game/adventure, read w/kids, downtime w/M


۞  New

  • Flylady Mission of the Day: free the feather duster
  • Rest, reading, and gentle fun at home
  • Get Isak’s fever down, rest, liquids
  • Read Official Community Plan info
  • Hot baths (+ cold wine for me)
  • Post ill cleaning + laundry
  • RSVP Xmas dinner party
  • Take extra recycling out
  • Return phone calls


۞  Repeat

  • Bedtime reading with Isak: Continue George and the Big Bang 
  • Continue August happiness entries
  • Sudoku and/or crossword puzzle
  • Watch/delete DVR: 1 hour
  • Music!
  • Read


۞  Recycled

  • Sort big box of dailies + paperwork, recycle excess FINALLY!
  • Start sorting big bag of baby things to give away
  • Collapse/store leftover boxes - (Turned into a fort and a car)
  • Buy snow tires


۞  Queued

  • Hang bedroom mirror
  • Buy kitchen pantry 7 months ago

RuHydrangea happiness

Retroactive happiness…

August 5, 2013

  • Sleeping in just enough to feel rested and still have lots of morning left over.
  • Unpacking! Furniture placing! More unpacking!
  • A luscious ice-cream break (with edible bowls).
  • Isak returned from his visit overnight and a day playing with his cousins to find all of his favorite books unpacked and sorted into his big bookcase.
  • Races on the patio: Worm VS Skateboard. Everyone won.
  • Relaxing with a sci-fi flick we hadn’t seen before (Sunshine).



August 6, 2013

  • The painters have returned to touch up the balcony.
  • Long, in-depth conversations with my mom and an old friend.
  • A heat wave hike in pursuit of a new box of untried ice-cream (we chose Pecan Caramel Supreme) then home for cool cucumber sandwiches and sweet experimentation.
  • M patiently getting a remote control car untangled from someone’s fine, fine hair.
  • Attending an evening story circle with vibrant librarians. 7 months ago

RuBalancing on Monday's back

After a night where I can count hours asleep on my thumbs I nearly gave into Isak’s feeling a bit off this morning and called a PJ Day, but I shook off the sleepies, dove into a deep mocha, injected some breakfast into the situation, and motivated us all to get dressed and out the door somehow. I’m glad to be headache free, but energy is a bit sparse today.

The weekend was busy and productive – I’m shocked to be at the tail end of another month – I was hoping to be further along with Christmas plans and shopping, but so be it. Things are already starting to weigh down the calendar next month. I don’t want December to be too busy; mostly fun stuff for the kids and time with family and friends.

I’m getting ahead of myself – it’s still November. Maybe I can finally get through those dratted papers.


۞  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

  • School: Do numeration and linear measurement activities
  • Flylady Mission of the Day: 15 minute trash bust
  • Start sorting big bag of baby things to give away - Located bag
  • Sort winter accessories into wooden box
  • Ask about borrowing Just Dance set-up
  • Look for 100 free prints coupon
  • Post-weekend house clean-up
  • Collapse/store leftover boxes - Consolidated
  • Outside time with the kids
  • Search for a tiny saw mill √ – LL now discontinued :(
  • Make hair appointment YES!!
  • Pick up library holds
  • Return phone calls
  • Baths for all √ Squeaky clean family!
  • Laundry
  • Toy tidy
  • Rest √ (sort of)


۞  Repeat

  • Bedtime reading with Isak: George and the Big Bang 
  • Continue August happiness entries
  • Sudoku and/or crossword puzzle
  • Watch/delete DVR: 1 hour
  • Music!
  • Read


۞  Recycled

  • Sort big box of dailies + paperwork, recycle excess - Continued progress
  • Buy snow tires


۞  Queued

  • Hang bedroom mirror
  • Buy kitchen pantry 7 months ago

RuIce, ice baby

Retroactive happiness…

August 4, 2013

  • Attending a baby shower for two of our oldest and dearest friends. The kids were great (made new friends, invented games with ice), we reconnected with people we haven’t seen in ages, and thoroughly enjoyed sitting back and being social (with iced coffee, fresh berries, and cold cream-puffs) outside, shaded from the hot sun. We’re all SO excited for this new little person to arrive!
  • Dropping Isak off to spend the night with my parents. He called later excited to tell me about picking apples to add to an apple/blackberry pie they were making and because he missed hearing Iris laugh.
  • An evening walk under a peachy sunset with M pulling Iris in the wagon – picking out fresh veggies and delicious local ice-cream (chocolate caramel pecan).
  • Watching a couple of interesting documentaries with M: Richard III: The King in the Car Park and TIME ZERO: the last year of Polaroid film. 8 months ago

RuWeekend Addition

Top 10 Things To Do This Weekend

  • School: 1 blog entry, update notebook, read e-mailed material
  • Continue reading George and the Big Bang with Isak
  • Try, try, try to get tickets to the show at the Orpheum YES!!
  • Continue August happiness entries
  • Buy bike/skate helmets for the kids
  • Bottles + cans to recycling depot
  • Sew button on coat (again)
  • Family adventure outside
  • Sunday night zombies!
  • Banking8 months ago

RuPassing go

Retroactive happiness…

August 3, 2013

  • Fresh blueberries with breakfast.
  • A cool enough day to enjoy a really hard, hot shower.
  • An overnight invite (for Isak) to grandpa & grandma’s tomorrow.
  • Soft new sleeveless shirts: gray, black, raspberry.
  • Buying a new cabinet for the house. A domestically thrill!
  • Playing monopoly (I was the hearse) and laughing a lot.
  • Raw ginger. 8 months ago

RuSummer rain

Retroactive happiness…

August 1, 2013

  • Night rain (after a record breaking dry spell).
  • Waking to someone papering over the windows to paint the house exterior.
  • Long walks, new playgrounds. Iris’ first time on a big kid swing. Shared archery.
  • Good break-up news from a dear friend that has been dating a schmuck for far too long. She sounds strong and free and happy.
  • Nando’s spicy chicken sauce on a home cooked meal.



August 2, 2013

  • More productive rain clouds while we slept. Happy grass, quenched flowers.
  • Productive early morning work hours at home.
  • Discovering a hidden playground.
  • Picking blackberries until our fingers were stained purple.
  • Fisherman’s Friend.
  • Pizza! Everyone was tired – it was tasty and easy and comfortingly cheesy. 8 months ago

RuFriday freedom

Friday! Huzzah! A weekly playdate means whirling about to prepare, but it’s nice to have it every week; catching up while the girls play. I need to make another trip to the school because after all the hours spent doing last night’s homework it (and the planner) was somehow removed from the backpack this morning (sigh) and I want the teachers to know he did it all.

At least it’s Friday, and we thankfully don’t have a pile of plans already slotted for this weekend – aiming for some much needed down time, family fun, and relaxation.


۞  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

  • School: Take over forgotten homework + planner
  • Flylady Mission of the Day: Clear dresser top
  • Sort some kid winter clothes (that fit now)
  • Sort some hand-me-ups to pass on
  • Pre-company whirlwind clean-up
  • Start August happiness entries
  • Solidify sitting for Xmas party
  • Make plans for the weekend
  • Coffee + playdate with E + A
  • Ponder party dress options √ (Tried to shop – fail)
  • Attend to the toddler owie
  • Pick up a bottle of wine √ – Chilled white
  • Return nursing pillow
  • Update calendar
  • Outside time √ – Hours!
  • Vacuum


۞  Repeat

  • Bedtime reading with Isak: Continue George and the Big Bang 
  • Sudoku and/or crossword puzzle
  • Continue happiness entries
  • Watch/delete DVR: 1 hour
  • Music!
  • Read


۞  Recycled

  • Sort big box of dailies + paperwork, recycle excess
  • Buy snow tires


۞  Queued

  • Hang bedroom mirror
  • Buy kitchen pantry
  • Buy bike helmets
  • Recycling depot 8 months ago

RuAlso in recent 'not dating smarter' news...

The young lass planning to wed Charles Manson. Not sure what you’d wrap up to celebrate those nuptials. 8 months ago


RuCounting lambs, sawing twigs

Retroactive happiness…

July 31, 2013

  • Pieces of sleep.
  • Cooler weather, fresher flowers.
  • Making box fort apartments with the kids.
  • Diffusing an escalating kid row (eventually).
  • A wander with Iris; hopping over sidewalk cracks.
  • An evening wind-down with M after I finished my file for work: frosty glasses of gingery beer and watching a silly Canadian horror/comedy (Blood and Donuts). 8 months ago

RuThe sparkly frost is thickening

No snow yet, and the sun is shining, but the morning frost is getting louder underfoot, white featherfingers sneakier, puddles icier. We’re all happy to have velvety gloves, thick scarves, and readily available cocoa.

The seminar last night was great – not only did it have a lot of good insight but we laughed, tasty snacks and childcare was included, and it gave us a lot to talk about… it was the closest thing we’ve had to a date for a long time. Bring on more seminars!

My head’s a bit off today – this afternoon I’m hoping to stay outside with the kids until the chill drives us back home and then pop on popcorn and a dvd; curl up on the couch for a stretch.


۞  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: Clear nightstands
  • Info re. Nick Cave + The Bad Seeds show
  • Gently get on N’s post-healing hair radar
  • Send coffee + playdate for tomorrow
  • Re-read paperwork from seminar
  • Finish last July happiness entry
  • Return 3 messages to friends
  • Movie + popcorn with the kids √ – The Lion King
  • Find out Xmas party date
  • Earlier, shorter naptime
  • Ditch headache
  • Outside time
  • Toy tidy


۞  Repeat

  • Bedtime reading with Isak: Start George and the Big Bang 
  • Continue July happiness entries
  • Sudoku and/or crossword puzzle
  • Watch/delete DVR: 1 hour √ X2
  • Music!
  • Read


۞  Recycled

  • Sort big box of dailies + paperwork, recycle excess
  • Buy snow tires
  • Update fb pics


۞  Queued

  • Hang bedroom mirror
  • Buy kitchen pantry
  • Buy bike helmets
  • Recycling depot 8 months ago

Ru.5 B!

:D 8 months ago


RuShooting at spam

Absolutely! The Neighborhood Watch is here. You can flag people or goals, but you want to be careful and actually make certain you’re not voting down legit accounts.

I know with the huge number of spam & bogus accounts it might be easy to go on auto pilot, but every now and then you come across a real person who may have posted a relevant link and been flagged needlessly. There is also a “report this user” link under account names.

A bonus? You get paid in extra cheers! Yay for helping with the battle! 8 months ago


RuWith a lemon on my knee…

Retroactive happiness…

July 30, 2013

  • Reviving the computer with no issues (after a mysterious crash).
  • Working on other people’s memoirs while a power washer cleaned the outside of the house; the kids dancing around and laughing at all the water streaming down the glass doors, trading funny faces with the workers.
  • Isak picking me fresh mint for my lemonade.
  • Making frozen lemon pops; drippy in the hot sun.
  • Library time, connecting with another neighborhood mom, happy book hugs.
  • Yarn bombed door handles and vintage photos.
  • Homemade burritos! 8 months ago

RuCopious!

“Spoken like a gentleman, sir. Now, are you going to give me a fish license?”

There were many salmon, most quite energetically making their way upstream. I got a few photos and some good video, but the camera is unfortunately starting to go.

Isak had been studying salmon life cycles at school and had a field trip to see them in a spot nearly, so he took me to see them too. He was excited to be leading an adventure and sharing the wealth of his coho knowledge… 8 months ago


RuDipping the flamingo

Another bright day – I feel happy and energetic. Everything sparkled with frost this morning, which was beautiful but I was glad to be wrapped up in a cheery scarf I knitted ages ago -someday I’ll get my needles out again. My camera was working well (it’s been really dodgy lately) so hopefully I caught some of the cold glitter.

We’re registered for a seminar this evening; hopefully we can get everything organized smoothly so we can go. Other than that it’s time to finish off another month of very late happy things and start a brand new book. And maybe ponder Christmas.

I’m filled with gumption and joy – I just can’t stop (earworm of the day by the Tee-Tones).


۞  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

  • School: Show & Tell: Guatemalan worry dolls, extra clothes, pizza coupon order, aim for green
  • Flylady Mission of the Day: (Anti-procrastination Day) Clear closet floor
  • Library: drop off returns, pick up dvds and new George book
  • Pack snacks/toys for kids (for seminar childcare)
  • Attend seminar on behavior and discipline
  • Finish July happiness entries - 1 left!
  • Feed frost to the photobug
  • Start new book with Isak
  • Send get well message
  • Fix computer speakers YES! After a year…
  • Trim kiddie claws
  • Relax twitchy eye
  • Update fb pics
  • Outside time
  • Baths


۞  Repeat

  • Bedtime reading with Isak: Start George and the Big Bang 
  • Continue July happiness entries
  • Sudoku and/or crossword puzzle
  • Watch/delete DVR: 1 hour
  • Music!
  • Read


۞  Recycled

  • Sort big box of dailies + paperwork, recycle excess - Progress…
  • Buy snow tires


۞  Queued

  • Hang bedroom mirror
  • Buy kitchen pantry
  • Buy bike helmets
  • Recycling depot 8 months ago

RuWall o' spam

It’s terrible, I try to battle the spam too, but it’s overwhelming – growing by thousands of accounts daily, pushing new legit people here out and clogging goals & zeitgeist.

Maybe try leaving a message for the robot poohbahs too? The most recent response I found (and I left a message as well) was here – it couldn’t hurt to hear from other members here who care about the site. Cheers! 8 months ago


RuGood luck adds another card to the deck

While out on a wander to watch wild salmon we came across this card in the grass. I checked online and it’s still loaded with a considerable amount.

I posted a found ad on craigslist, but haven’t heard back from anyone, so we’ll happily reward our keen eyes with some fresh new books. 8 months ago


RuWild about saffron

I’m guessing we were having Indian that night? It was back in July, so… it’s divine stuff though, saffron. I’m also a fan of the crocus (the flower, not the band). Ooo, I came across a recipe for saffron, pistachio and chocolate-chunk ice cream… I wonder how that would be? 8 months ago


RuSunlight through sap

Retroactive happiness…

July 29, 2013

  • A busy morning unpacking, cleaning, and starting a new project for work.
  • An expedition in a new direction! This kids and I explored a thrift store along the way (where Isak excitedly picked up a Star Wars lunch box for 99 cents). Fresh air, sunshine, and various playgrounds.
  • Passing a collection of near new kids toys with a free sign. Iris became enamored with an inchworm riding toy and Isak offered to help carry it for her, so it came home with us. I thought she might lose interest, but she loves it. I remember loving those old inchworms from the 70’s. And the coveted Green Machine…
  • A warm bath before slipping into flannel PJs when I was feeling unwell (headache, chills).
  • The pressure washer fellows are coming tomorrow, so our new home will have a fresh face. 8 months ago

RuSpreading out

Some welcome sunshine has kicked in again. Puddles are drying up and it may be chilly but the fluffy clouds and blue skies make it seem warmer, and the rest of the week is supposed to be equally nice.

Yesterday was another Good Day – lots accomplished at home and a great day at school for Isak. There was a minor sleep disruption last night from 2 – 3am, but my sleep sandwich seems to have been hearty enough to give me energy today (which is good, there’s a lot to do!). Aiming for another day of rising thumbs. S t r e t c h i n g…


۞  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

  • School: Return library book, aim for green, redo toy essay
  • Finish reading George’s Cosmic Treasure Hunt
  • Flylady Mission of the Day: Slay clothes piles
  • Store overnight stuff (air mattress, blankets)
  • Empty living room box (books, clothes)
  • Try to contact council poohbahs again √ – Heard back, sent photo and e-mail
  • Store keepable cardboard boxes - Consolidated
  • Pack extra clothes for school
  • Plan for seminar tomorrow
  • Put Elmo potty dvd on hold
  • Put away clean laundry
  • Start new donation box
  • Clean tub/sink/toilet
  • RSVP skating party
  • Repair book spine
  • 15 min: desk tidy
  • Update calendar
  • Outside time


۞  Repeat

  • Bedtime reading with Isak: Continue George’s Cosmic Treasure Hunt 
  • Continue July happiness entries
  • Sudoku and/or crossword puzzle
  • Watch/delete DVR: 1 hour
  • Music!
  • Read


۞  Recycled

  • Sort big box of dailies + paperwork, recycle excess - Progress…
  • Buy snow tires


۞  Queued

  • Hang bedroom mirror
  • Buy kitchen pantry
  • Buy bike helmets
  • Recycling depot 8 months ago

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