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RuGood sleep, energy unfurling slowly

I’m kicking my own butt gently (it’s still tired and sore) but firmly – we all slept well last night (Iris didn’t even come in until after 7AM, which was nice), so my energy levels have gone up a bit. I’m thanking whatever lucky stars govern stomach bugs for having whatever hell that was over the weekend miss the littlest member of the family. M had a rough, rough day at work and then various errands, leaving at 6 something in the morning and not making it back until after 9PM, so he deserves a break this evening. Heck, me too, but what can you do.

I’m getting back on track slowly. The list of things I haven’t done yet is growing, so I’ll try to tick a few of those things off as well. Plans for Friday need to come into better focus – hopefully all the residual snurffles and coughs will have vanished by then. I want to spend a bit of time outside today; it’s quite cold and crunchy, but very pretty and sparkly and bright. A fresh air break this afternoon would help everyone.

Main focus for the day = getting that project in!


۞  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

  • School: Send Show and Tell (30 cm), update planner for Dec. - 1/2
  • Flylady Mission of the Day: Front area, dining room hot spots
  • Pamper M tonight: waiting hot bath, comfort dinner
  • Plan disposable lunch for science field trip
  • Finish and send current memoir project - Finished! Need to polish + send
  • Calm bedtime routine, wake before NT
  • Clean upstairs bathroom again √ Antibac time!
  • Touch base with mom
  • Cleaning catch-up √ -(quite a bit)
  • Return messages - 2/3
  • Outside time
  • Vacuum
  • Baths


۞  Repeat

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


۞  Recycled

  • Start sorting big bag of baby things to give away
  • Brainstorm clothes for dinner Friday
  • Send polite complaint
  • Back up hard drive
  • Buy red kerchief
  • Buy snow tires
  • Laundry √ X2


۞  Queued

  • December boot camp entry
  • Hang bedroom mirror
  • Buy kitchen pantry 7 months ago

RuCement spirals and suspended raindrops

Retroactive happiness…

August 16, 2013

  • Less rain = long walks and some fun shopping.
  • Success finding rain boots (because I know it’ll be back). Finally! Stripy and on sale yet.
  • A cute soft doll for Iris. (Odd how hard it is to find a cute, simple doll these days – though there’s an abundance of scary ones slathered in makeup wearing platform boots and thigh-highs to offset their blatant cleavage.)
  • Isak bought himself a funky, colourful necklace (with a rainbow of lei-type flowers painted on big chunky black beads). He just loved it. The fellow at the store was so tickled that he gave him a discount and there was excited hula dancing all the way home. He insists this will make the rain stay away for a while (perhaps it was a backwards hula?).
  • Cool magnetic robots.
  • Friday! Happy weekend plans, cold pints and evening exhalations. 7 months ago

RuThank-ye

Hopefully that wasn’t too whiny.

Fortunately she seems to be extra bubbly and cheerful today, so I’m hopeful it’s passed her by. I’m feeling much, much better, just sort of sore and wrung out – I’d love to collapse into a teapot, but the to-do list seems to be growing more heads by the hour. Hope your Monday is off to a good start…

Edit: Oh dear, it really isn’t is it. I hope things iron themselves out quickly. At least a fresh new year is on the horizon. Be gentle with yourself.7 months ago


RuFighting dragons

This weekend wasn’t what I’d hoped for. Three of the four of us got hit with a brutal tummy virus (pleaseOpleaseOplease let Iris not explode today) – not quite how I wanted to work on that pesky BMI lowering goal. This thwarted many weekend plans, put my project behind, and has left everyone feeling pretty weak and wobbly (it also led to my decidedly undesired tumble down the stairs last night – a straw that nearly broke the camels back). At least we’ve maintained our senses of humor. M insisted on going to work today, so fingers crossed there’s no backlash.

On the positive side the NT issue is much better (possibly due to exhaustion, but we’ll take it), and the skies are sunshiny and blue today, so we can get some much needed fresh air. Other than cleaning up everything I lacked the energy to deal with over the weekend, my main focus today needs to be the current project (which I’d like to have in by sometime tomorrow) and getting everyone re-hydrated and rested.

Happy December! (sigh)


۞  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

  • School: Send craft $, catch-up work, update planner for Dec., festive garb
  • Flylady Mission of the Day: Front porch area
  • Pamper the post sickies (myself included)
  • Calm bedtime routine, wake before NT
  • Brainstorm clothes for dinner Friday
  • Send missed party apologies X 2
  • December Bootcamp brainstorm
  • Continue current memoir project √ – Halfway…
  • Post weekend/illness clean-up - Some…
  • Clean upstairs bathroom
  • Send polite complaint - Started
  • Back up hard drive
  • Waterwaterwater
  • Baby my back
  • Outside time
  • Laundry
  • Rest


۞  Repeat

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


۞  Recycled

  • Start sorting big bag of baby things to give away
  • Buy red kerchief
  • Buy snow tires


۞  Queued

  • Hang bedroom mirror
  • Buy kitchen pantry 7 months ago

RuGeorge and the Big Bang * Six by Seuss

We’re 6 chapters into the final book in the Hawkings’ George trilogy, George and the Big Bang. It’s great timing with the things they’re studying about space in school and some of the recent news (Comet ISON, Jade Rabbit, India’s Mars Orbiter Mission), plus he’s obsessed with Star Wars and his birthday is the anniversary of the moon landing – he has stardust in his bones, so this series has been right up his ally and educational for both of us.

Explore how the universe began—and thwart evil along the way—in this cosmic adventure from Stephen and Lucy Hawking that includes a graphic novel.

“George has problems. He has twin baby sisters at home who demand his parents’ attention. His beloved pig Freddy has been exiled to a farm, where he’s miserable. And worst of all, his best friend, Annie, has made a new friend whom she seems to like more than George. So George jumps at the chance to help Eric with his plans to run a big experiment in Switzerland that seeks to explore the earliest moment of the universe. But there is a conspiracy afoot, and a group of evildoers is planning to sabotage the experiment. Can George repair his friendship with Annie and piece together the clues before Eric’s experiment is destroyed forever?”

This engaging adventure features essays by Professor Stephen Hawking and other eminent physicists about the origins of the universe and ends with a twenty-page graphic novel that explains how the Big Bang happened—in reverse!

We also picked up Six by Seuss, which both kids are enjoying (I had fun revisiting The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins). Isak has taken to reading to Iris, who in turn ‘reads’ to her various stuffed animals – it makes my heart happy.

Now I’m off to plant some Truffula seeds. 7 months ago


Ru 8 months ago


RuSlow swirl

Retroactive happiness…

August 13, 2013

  • Early morning stars.
  • The great toy exchange – there was something previously coveted and now half price (The Weird and Wacky Contraption Lab – sort of a build your own Rube Goldberg machine that sends metal balls hither and thither to launch a pig into the air), which Isak’s thrilled with.
  • Library time & toddler puzzle pride.
  • Curling up in a blanket and munching peanut MNMs



August 14, 2013

  • Gentle rain; not too cold. Inside time with good books and hot baths.
  • Unpacking glassware, which was 100% intact.
  • I took out the garbage and was surprised by several shiny mylar balloons that rose out of the bin when I took the lid off.
  • Take out Chinese food from our favorite place.



August 15, 2013

  • The water marbles continue to expand – pretty and colorful and peculiar; like rainbow alien eggs.
  • A phone warmingly long chat with an old friend.
  • Fresh blueberries.
  • An extended game of Canadian Monopoly while the rain came down hard.
  • Extra gratitude for loved ones after a friend suddenly lost one of their core circle. 7 months ago

RuSuccess #1!

Last night we had a relaxing evening, read a book, tucked him in and watched the clock. 45 minutes after he fell asleep I gently woke him and talked to him for a minute or two, then he fell asleep again and that was it. At one point he was talking in his sleep a little, but not in an upset way, and he stayed in bed all night. Huzzah! We’ll do it again tonight and hope for a repeat. 8 months ago


RuWeekend Addition

Top 10 Things To Do This Weekend

  • School: 1 blog entry, update notebook, catch-up work – (Except blog, too ill)
  • Continue reading George and the Big Bang with Isak
  • Work on new memoir project: Aim for half – 1/3…
  • Attend Xmas skating party with family X
  • Continue August happiness entries
  • Continue night terror thwarting plan
  • Prep for and have vents cleaned
  • Hair appointment (re-reddify!)
  • Battle procrastination list
  • Sunday night zombies!

Edit: Got hit with killer stomach flu or food poisoning Saturday – this ate the day and has left me weaker than grass. Not counting on shaking this list too hard.

Edit II: And Sunday it’s Isak’s turn. I feel so awful for him. Hoping it ends soon and spares the rest of the family. No Ice skating party for us today…8 months ago


RuAll that glitters

Retroactive happiness…

August 10, 2013

  • Finally sorting the hydro bill, backing up the computer, putting together the cabinet, and getting a ton of boxes unpacked.
  • Having our credit bumped up X4. A huge stress relief in case of an emergency while we’re rebuilding our savings.
  • My hands are healing.
  • The kids’ chalk-art skateboard.
  • M went to a Guy Night with some friends – a rare and much needed outing (he also came home early with a guitar and tales of tequila).



August 11, 2013

  • Waking to early morning thunder and rain.
  • Rhinestone sandals – my feet sparkle in the sun now!
  • Isak took great pleasure in buying himself and his sister glitter filled gummy bracelets with his own allowance.
  • School prep: cool new kid duds, supplies, folder sorting.
  • A visit from an old friend and her daughter; making Big Art on re-purposed Ikea paper.
  • Driving to the forest (sunlight light on mossy trees) and lake (rolling, rolling, rolling), pausing to check out canoe rentals and buy sour candy keys.
  • Seeing a several shooting stars despite the muddy skies.



August 12, 2013

  • Notably better sleep, then blueberry waffles and coffee.
  • Visiting our neighborhood toy store. They’re wonderful – Isak’s fancy squirtgun broke and they apologized and gave him credit (which he used some of to buy me a heart shaped mood ring – he’s so very generous). They also have the most cheerful ceiling pipes I’ve ever seen.
  • An excellent trip to the library – we read, built foam forts, and left with Dr. Seuss and Nefertiti.
  • Water marbles. Beautiful and surreal.
  • Empty boxes, full of potential. 8 months ago

RuA kick in the tick-tock

Last night we came so close…

The plan was to note the time he went to sleep and wake him 45 minutes later, just long enough to disrupt the cycle, but when that time came around I was finishing up with getting Iris to sleep. I thought, “a couple of minutes won’t hurt” and then 3 minutes later down the stairs he came, eyes huge & pupils dilated, a fear grimace spreading across his face, muttering and getting louder, even shouting at one point for us to help him.

Fortunately I’d prepared ahead of time. I’d cleared his floor well, left a rice paper lamp on, had a spritzer of cool water and a gel pack ready. I listened to him rant for a minute while misting his feet, then led him upstairs to his room, asked if he wanted a hug (he didn’t at first but then did), tucked him in with the wrapped cool pack against his feet and calmly repeated that I was there; that he was safe. Within 10 minutes of him coming downstairs ready to set off a fear bomb, things were diffused and he was sound asleep.

He slept deeply and peacefully for the rest of the night (we all did) and remembers nothing about it today (he said it’s hard to believe he was up walking around upset and that I should film him if he does it again so he can see himself – I think that would be scary though. It would be if it was me.).

Definite, definite progress. Now I just need to get to him before it even starts. Fingers crossed tonight things will go even better. One night terror free would be a great first goalpost. 8 months ago


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 8 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. 8 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… 8 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! 8 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. 8 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 8 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. 8 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. 8 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 8 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 8 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. 8 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 8 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

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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

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