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RuSidewalk cupcakes

Retroactive happiness…

July 18, 2013

  • Sleeping in until 9:30 (sweet, sweet pillow time).
  • A slightly cooler day – the afternoon was hot, but comfortable enough to go for a long walk. Buying a carton of cookies and cream ice cream and edible waffle bowls. Discovering a shady shortcut home.
  • Drinking chilled bottles of water with ice crystals inside.
  • The recycling of many, many empty boxes.
  • Home (home!) cooked Indian food and cold apricot beer.
  • The cool of the night arriving with bright sprinklings of stars.


    July 19, 2013
  • Sorting out the cable issues. All is running smoothly now.
  • A visit to our new neighborhood library – it’s lovely! The librarians were really, really wonderful and welcoming. I got a cheque in the mail just in time to use it for secondary ID to get new cards, and Isak signed up for the summer reading club.
  • Iris had an extra long nap so I got a lot more unpacking done. I also found the AWOL family health care cards (which had been stressing me out).
  • My dear, dear old friend G called to offer the kids and I tickets to go to Folk Fest with him this weekend as his husband got free passes for arranging some of the artists but doesn’t want to go. I haven’t been for years (it’s gotten too expensive) and am really excited to go! 10 months ago

RuPsychosphere & Beggars of Life

Two here – one finished last night and one freshly chosen – both to be bookcrossed as part of the memorial project when done.

For October I grabbed something Halloween flavored, Psychosphere by Brian Lumley; the second book in the Psychomech Trilogy, which I haven’t read the first of. Science-fiction horror stuff… it was okay, readable, but it didn’t grab me by the throat and refuse to let go. I remember reading one of Lumley’s vampire books (in the Lovecraftian vein) 20 years ago liking it – perhaps I wasn’t in the right mood or should have read the first book in the trilogy.

My new pick looks great: Jim Tully’s autobiography, Beggars of Life.
Looking forward to finding some quiet time…


“Jim Tully left his hometown of St. Marys, Ohio, in 1901, spending most of his teenage years in the company of hoboes. Drifting across the country as a “road kid,” he spent those years scrambling into boxcars, sleeping in hobo jungles, avoiding railroad cops, begging meals from back doors, and haunting public libraries. Tully crafted these memories into a dark and astonishing chronicle of the American underclass—especially in his second book, Beggars of Life, an autobiographical novel published in 1924. Tully saw it all, from a church baptism in the Mississippi River to election day in Chicago. And in Beggars of Life, he captures an America largely hidden from view.

This novelistic memoir impressed readers and reviewers with its remarkable vitality and honesty. Tully’s devotion to Mark Twain and Jack London taught him the importance of giving the reader a sense of place, and this he does brilliantly, again and again, throughout Beggars of Life. From the opening conversation on a railroad trestle, Beggars of Life rattles along like the Fast Flyer Virginia that Tully boards midway through the book. This is the book that defined Tully’s hard-boiled style and set the pattern for the twelve books that followed over the next two decades. Startling in its originality and intensity, Beggars of Life is a breakneck journey made while clinging to the lowest rungs of the social ladder.”10 months ago


RuChasing light

It’s a gray, gray day – not as cold and wet as yesterday, but enough to crave extra tea and look forward to a warm bath later this evening. Isak has a skating trip with his class today, so he was excitedly bundled up and we had piles of extra things to truck out the door, plus the booster seat and a pinball machine.

I finally finished the book I was reading, so I need to find new pages to crack, something… better. Maybe I can coax the family to curl up and watch a movie together tonight too. I think I’m fighting a cold – I’m stuffy and low energy, so extra rest and liquids are probably a good idea.

Feeling sort of chagrined that my lovely new coat is leaking down all over me – a zillion little white feathers covering me for months at a time won’t do, so sadly, I need to return it and add winter coat back to the things to buy list.

Time to whip up some energy invoking lunch and wake up the little lassie! (And put on more tea…)


۞  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: Dress for ice skating, pack booster seat, bring show + tell, have a green day! √ (Yellow)
  • Flylady Mission of the Day: Declutter storage containers
  • Sort wooden box in kitchen (weed and store)
  • Tackle dish mountain
  • Start a new book
  • Clean mirrors
  • Return coat
  • Bubblebath
  • Laundry
  • Library


۞  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!


۞  Recycled

  • 15 min: decluttering kitchen chaos boxes
  • Finish unpacking thin black bookcase
  • Green day = 30 min. any Wii with me X
  • Movie + popcorn with the family


۞  Queued

  • Hang bedroom mirror
  • Buy kitchen pantry
  • Buy snow tires

Edit: Unfortunately a massive 8-year old meltdown (Halloween candy fueled?) ate our evening plans and siphoned the rest of our energy out – my tank is empty for all but a hot bath. Bumping the remainder of the list forward. Sigh.10 months ago


RuLovenotes and new paths

Retroactive happiness…

July 17, 2013

  • A sweet love note from my favorite little boy.
  • Finding new homes for things. Like dishes and tea and bubble bath.
  • Walking around the new neighborhood. Discovering playgrounds, a wonderful looking ice cream parlor, local produce shop, and a great grocery store (the last of which was full of friendly people and free samples). We bought some fat free turkey (Isak’s choice), veggies and garlic bread and made wickedly delicious sandwiches when we got home.
  • Mio!
  • A not great but entertaining enough for insomnia hours flick called Entangled. (I preferred Tangled though.) 10 months ago

Ru#29: Lego Lava Dragon

Another Lego game! This one I picked up at a second hand place for a song, thinking that even if I got home and untaped the box to find numerous bits missing, it was still worth it for the remaining pieces. To my surprise I opened it to find the entire game intact, but there were extra random mini figures, spaceship pieces, and blocks inside. Score!

This was the reward for a great week at school + for Isak, going through the box was like finding treasure. He put together the game, added the extra pieces to his Lego collection, and set about learning how to play the game.

This one is quite flexible in that you can change up the rules easily. Isak’s even talking about connecting it to other Lego games to make a “mega-game”. Pretty simple and fairly quick (15 – 20 min) with a nice twist to how the dice is used.

As far as the Lego games go, I’d say this one falls in-between Magikus and Minotaurus (still the family favorite), and was definitely worth it for the price. We should probably give Ramses Pyramid and Creationary another go sometime. 10 months ago


RuNovember rain

This morning we opened the door to leave for school and found cold, hard rain on the other side. It’s going to be a day for doing things inside and drying off and pampering ourselves when we return from the after school walk.

Fortunately all the costumes we picked up yesterday seem to be firing up imaginations, so perhaps we can have a cocoa party and then turn into royalty, wizards, beasts, and fairies for the rest of the day.


۞  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 books, prep for skating tomorrow, have a green day! √ (Yellow)
  • Flylady Mission of the Day: Clean underneath the sink
  • Clip new costume tags, sort, add to dress-up box
  • 15 min: decluttering kitchen chaos boxes
  • Prepare to brave the cold + rainy day
  • Green day = 30 min. any Wii with me X
  • Movie + popcorn with the family (Bumping)
  • Play dress-up with the kids
  • Find no-slip socks for Iris
  • Dry clothes and cocoa
  • Flip couch cushions
  • Wash bathtub/sink
  • Put away clothes
  • Tidy kids rooms
  • Finish book
  • Laundry
  • Nap


۞  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!


۞  Recycled

  • Finish unpacking thin black bookcase
  • Put ring/bead back in
  • Vacuum


۞  Queued

  • Hang bedroom mirror
  • Buy kitchen pantry
  • Buy snow tires 10 months ago

RuWhite lightning

Retroactive happiness…

July 15, 2013

  • Hooking up further media (dvd/wii/etc.) properly.
  • Cleaning up; finding things amidst the chaos
  • Exquisite sunshine.
  • Taking the kids to the complex playground. Getting pooed on by a giant eagle. (Okay, it didn’t make me happy, but I gather it’s supposed to be good luck.)
  • M switching places with me at the playground so I could change my shirt therefore avoiding making first impressions our new neighbors while covered in eagle shit.
  • Excellent air flow here; appreciated during the continuing heat wave.
  • Giving into fast food after a long day and finding a playroom there.



July 16, 2013

  • Hot. Not unbearably, but hot. The happiness came on little breezes.
  • Unpacking, cleaning, settling in.
  • Dreamy sunset colours.
  • Magnetic words.
  • All-nighters.
  • Home. 10 months ago

RuTaming winged monkeys

Monday! It’s the first Monday in November and the final day of a big costume sale I wanted to attack with gusto (to stock the dress-up box) and the last day S is in town. It was a frosty but sunny morning – blue skies and falling leaves. Time to get busy with plans for the new month! (Seeing Xmas stuff out already is shocking!)


۞  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: Fill out/send pedestrian safety survey, have a green day! √ (high yellow)
  • Shopping: Look for a winter coats, hit the big costume sale
  • Flylady Mission of the Day: Clean kitchen counter tops
  • Take a long, hot bath (then soak the kids too)
  • Touch base with S. before she leaves town
  • Post weekend house clean-up
  • Try new gifted bath products √ – Wondrous!
  • Outside time with the kids √ Hours!
  • November bootcamp post
  • Put ring/bead back in
  • Recycle extra boxes
  • Sort winter duds
  • Trim claws
  • Vacuum


۞  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!


۞  Recycled

  • Finish unpacking thin black bookcase


۞  Queued

  • Hang bedroom mirror
  • Buy kitchen pantry
  • Buy snow tires 10 months ago

RuThrive to survive, makin’ it jive

AHhh, I changed my mind and showed up for this month’s bootcamp after all. Oooh, I’m number 43!

Still brainstorming the monthly goal list. The following is a mix of leftovers from October with a few extras added in. I’ll update it later…

Buy: Kitchen pantry, carbon monoxide detector, snow tires, winter coats, costumes
People: Visit with friends/family, extra kid adventures + quality grown-up time w/M
$: 3+ work projects, look into making extra mortgage payments, add to savings
Health: Sleep more, lower BMI, family flu shots, walks, relax
Find: White shelves, AWOL jewelry, clothes + camera card
Set up: Media cabs (movies, games, music), bookshelves
Sort: Kitchen junk-boxes, desk drawers, swaps/donations
Catch-up: Finish July + half of August happiness entries
Put up: Curtains, bedroom mirror, art
Continue daily routines and plans 10 months ago


RuWeighing in amidst the chaos

Thanks! I think I’m generally too hard on myself for the things I don’t get done (especially when they’ve been stagnating on the list) and need to pat myself on the head for all the things I DO do, which always seems to outweigh the leftovers.

Congratulations in advance for meeting your Ativan weaning goal (happy hallowed wean?) Anxiety is a bitch, and when you find something that helps make things easier, it’s hard to walk away from. Kudos, and here’s to the next 21 days. 10 months ago


RuThanks!

Yes, October was pretty epic for getting things done – it feels great, but I’d like to keep the ball rolling forward (as well as nailing some of the leftovers). Happy November! 10 months ago


RuNew doors and birthday candles

Retroactive happiness…

July 13, 2013

  • Lots of fresh, empty cardboard boxes (which were filled and moved to the new place) and saying goodbye to old furniture friends.
  • Spending some down time with the family at the new place. It’s almost there… hoping we’ll move ourselves in tomorrow?
  • Sunny skies and friendly neighbors.
  • Beautiful clematis growing on the fence.
  • Relaxing after the kids were asleep with popcorn and Looper.



July 14, 2013

  • Sleeping in – we needed it.
  • M’s birthday! We celebrated by finally moving into the new house!
  • My folks showed up with the ice cream cake and we had a little low-key party.
  • Getting various important media connected and imperative furniture set up.
  • Taking the kids to the water park – it was a gorgeous day and there were free jazz bands playing.
  • Spending the first night in our new house! Hard to believe we’re finally here! Happy exhalation. 10 months ago

RuWeekend Addition

Top 10 Things To Do This Weekend

  • Continue reading George’s Cosmic Treasure Hunt with Isak
  • School: Plan for the week/month ahead, update notebook
  • October bootcamp post/plans for November
  • Smooth out misunderstood feathers of yore
  • Continue July happiness entries
  • Post-Halloween clean up
  • Play a new board game
  • Sunday night zombies!
  • Banking + groceries
  • Change the clocks10 months ago

RuPost October sweep-up

October was busy, busy, busy. It was also positively gorgeous as far as autumns go, which made things feel lighter, even though it’s obviously darkening earlier and now time to kick the clocks backward.

I was working with a brainstormed paper list of things to do, some were added along the way, but I managed to get a ton of things accomplished this past month. Bright lights in growing darkness indeed.

Sneaking out on November because I have a longstanding aversion to the word ‘thrive’, but will return at some point… best of luck bootcampers! I’ll cheer you on from the sidelines.

Done

Halloween! Costumes, carve jack-o-lanterns, decorate, trick-or-treat, hand out candy
Home: Place skinny black bookshelf, change doorknobs, Set up closets X 3
Fire safety: Fresh smoke detectors on each floor, safety booklet, fire plan
Post happiness entries for June + start July, continue present joynotes
Buy: Car seat, beyblades, new board game, 6 months car insurance
Prep house + visit with dear friend from Newfoundland (3 days)
Community: Ghost town, trains, fireworks, farmer’s market
Find: jewelry box, air mattress/pump, skull, winter clothes
Maintain health goals, monitor moods, migraines & O.R.
Friends: Stay connected, visits/playdates, family over
Start new books: George trilogy w/Isak + my own
Work: Finish 5 new projects, congratulate boss
Collapse/store wardrobes, blue bins, suitcases
Take scrap metal + solvents to recycling depot
Keep up with Flylady missions, decluttering
$ IN>OUT, Savings +, consolidate cash
Write teachers, get school on track
Thanksgiving dinner with family
Back up computer for October
Buy + play a new board game
Start new AHS/TWD seasons
Potty practice, book, video
Listen to more music
Organize kid clothes
Daily brain games
Print photos



Undone

Buy: Kitchen pantry, carbon monoxide alarm, snow tires
Set up media cabs (movies, games, music)
Finish sorting kitchen junkboxes
Place big black bookshelf
Unpack books + media
Hang bedroom mirror
Find: white shelves
Solidify BMI @<23
Put up curtains
Put up art 10 months ago


Ru 7 years ago


RuJack-o

So it wasn’t as smashing as the infamous bumkin of 2012… it was still a fine effort for a speedy scoop and slice. Iris clapped har hands with glee and squealed “happy, happy pun’kin!”, and it lent that delicious orange glow and Halloweenie fragrance to the place so that’s good enough for me. I hope there were happy Halloweens all around! 10 months ago


RuHalloween targets

Delayed catch-up

Isak suddenly came down with a bizarre middle-of-the-night fever that kept him up wired most of the night but by morning had vanished as suddenly as it appeared. I kept him home for the first half of the day, but he felt 100% by lunchtime, so he costumed up and I took him and his ghost treats to school for the party and he had a great day. I was so relieved he didn’t have to miss Halloween.

Halloween night was fantastic! Really up there with the best ones I can remember. We had a fantastic time finishing the decorations, dressing up and wrapping the mannequins in webs, setting up the candy bowls, getting our costumes on, passing out candy, hitting the neighborhood.

Our friend visiting from out of town was tired and wanted to stay home and hand out more candy, so the whole family was able to go trick-or-treating together with our other friends before catching the fireworks/music show where all the kids were dancing around wildly. Then we went home home to unwind and have a candlelit dinner together. It was warm, didn’t rain, the kids had a brilliant time, and we could barely carry all the loot.

After the little people and M went to bed, S. and I stayed up late catching up, talking old times, drinking really gingery beer, nibbling leftover treats and watching spookerrific old flicks (Häxan and Abominable Dr. Phibes). Great, great, memories!


۞  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

  • Enjoy visiting/catching up with S, give her the neighborhood tour
  • Finish setting up Halloween display/decorations
  • School: Send ghost treats, have a green day!
  • Flylady Mission of the Day: Extra dusting
  • Touch base with fellow trick-or-treaters
  • Buy flameless candles, find tealights
  • Get everyone’s costumes ready
  • Get candy ready to give out
  • Carve our big jack-o-lantern
  • Trick-or-treating (complex)
  • Attend fireworks
  • Unwind


۞  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!


۞  Recycled

  • Finish unpacking thin black bookcase
  • Post entry for October boot camp
  • Fix hatband for Isak’s costume √ S sewed one
  • Back up photos / clear camera
  • Finish Halloween prep


۞  Queued

  • Hang bedroom mirror
  • Buy kitchen pantry
  • Buy snow tires 10 months ago

RuPirate treasure and faux froggies

Retroactive happiness…

July 12, 2013

  • Playing in the cool blue pool.
  • Laughing at the ridiculous little boy who dropped suit and proceeded to pee proudly into the pool like a wee whizzing statue. This led to a frantic mass pool exodus (and gratitude that we’d been in long enough that the shaded craft tent appealed by that point.) I felt badly for the kids mom though, she was mortified.
  • Mom and dad offering to pick up M’s ice-cream cake so it doesn’t melt.
  • A lot more things packed and sent.
  • Getting rid of a black widow. Ew.
  • Finding money in an old pocket.
  • A trio of much needed naps. 10 months ago

RuFlying home

Today I could use a couple of clones. I have another project to turn in, our friend from Newfoundland arrives this evening, and Halloween is tomorrow. Lots to do lots to do – a lot of it fun and festive but still time consuming. At least I’m half done the memoir, M found the air mattress, and we have a giant box full of treats (and shiny pasties for the mannequin).

Now – to hop on that broomstick and get sweeping!


۞  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 + dust living room
  • Clean up as much as possible around the house
  • Make Sunshine Coast collage for sharing time
  • Make ghost treats for school Halloween party
  • School: Send show + tell, have a green day! √/yellow
  • Find silver horse skull w/fiberoptics
  • Find/wash extra bedding, blankets
  • Set up guest area, towels, drawer
  • Finish + send memoir project #2
  • Take out extra recycling, boxes
  • Back up photos / clear camera
  • Clear tables (kitchen + coffee)
  • Outside time with the kids
  • Baths X 4, pamper hair
  • Tidy bathrooms X 2
  • Put away laundry
  • Sweep, vacuum
  • Flip cushions
  • Potty video


۞  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!


۞  Recycled

  • Finish unpacking thin black bookcase
  • Post entry for October boot camp
  • Fix hatband for Isak’s costume
  • Finish Halloween prep


۞  Queued

  • Hang bedroom mirror
  • Buy kitchen pantry
  • Buy snow tires 10 months ago

RuAgreed

Saw the ‘93/Glastonbury VU reunion, hard to believe that was 20 years ago. Sorry he’s gone, but glad he’s left so much music behind. Cheers and goodnight to you, Lou!

Cue more dancing…10 months ago


RuBetter red

Sunshine is blasting through red leaves and melting the frost (the first morning I’ve seen it – I must find our gloves and scarves ASAP). It’s an early dismissal day at the school, memoir project 2 is due, our greatly anticipated house-guest arrives tomorrow, and Halloween is Thursday! Busy, busy, busy.

Time to crack the licorice whip!


۞  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 library books, early pick-up, plan Wed. show + tell, have a green day!
  • Flylady Mission of the Day: Living room vacuuming
  • Shopping (grocery + Halloween tail ends)
  • Finish unpacking thin black bookcase
  • Buy treats for school Halloween party
  • Find air mattress, set up guest area - Mattress + pump found!
  • Finish + send memoir project #2 - Half
  • Outside time (bring beyblades)
  • Fix hatband for Isak’s costume
  • Look for winter clothing bag √ Found!
  • Renew library books
  • Return messages
  • Banking
  • Baths!


۞  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!


۞  Recycled

  • Post entry for October boot camp
  • Spooky movie + popcorn √ The Woman in Black
  • Finish Halloween prep


۞  Queued

  • Hang bedroom mirror
  • Buy kitchen pantry
  • Buy snow tires 10 months ago

RuMinions

Retroactive happiness…

July 9, 2013

  • Taking the kids to see Despicable Me 2. It was $2 Tuesday, we got treats and popcorn, ran into friends, managed to get great seats, everyone was marvelously behaved and the movie was even better than I’d expected – the whole theater was laughing out loud. It was really enjoyable and worth braving the heat.
  • Pausing in shady pockets. Stepping out of the heat wave on the way home to cool off with chilled fruit smoothies (we got unexpected movie swag there too).
  • Another trip up the hill with a sleeping girl over my shoulder. Barely made it, came home wilted and took extreme pleasure in lying on the floor covered in frozen gel packs.
  • Finding the AWOL bolts for the couch.
  • Cold, fresh strawberries.



July 10, 2013

  • A new and slightly cooler day.
  • Walking to the playground pool for crafts, games, mini golf, and cool water.
  • A picnic with friends in the old ‘hood: sandwiches, watermelon, homemade cookies, veggies, a Kool-Aid tea party… delicious and full of laughs.
  • Isak getting invited for dinner with his friend next door while Iris had a long, long nap and I rested.
  • My parents are coming by to help out with the kids tomorrow. Hoping to be in the new place… eventually?



July 11, 2013

  • Cooler still. Blue skies and sunshine, but not walls of heat.
  • Picking up some much needed Tylenol and empty boxes.
  • My parents came by and took the kids to the playground so I could clean and pack uninterrupted, then came back to scoop everyone up for lunch. It was a much needed break.
  • My folks lent me a big stand-up oscillating fan and their cel phone until we finish moving so I can keep cool and not be cut off from the world when M is out.
  • I made a hair appointment for Saturday! I desperately need a pampering break.
  • Counting sheep, going to sleep. Dreaming of home. 10 months ago

RuMasked Monday

This past weekend was somewhat on the manic side but full of many good and productive things: many things cleared from various lists, Halloween preparations, house fixin’, a lovely visit/walk with my parents, etc. Now Monday is here again.

Halloween is this week, as is our much anticipated houseguest’s arrival. The main focus today is tidying up, working on getting the current memoir projects sent in, and getting ready for the rest of the month. It’s also Isak’s special week at school (he’s the “star student”) so fingers crossed all goes extra well.


۞  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
  • 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 photos for star student poster, have a green day! GREAT day!
  • Flylady Mission of the Day: 15 min decluttering living room
  • Try on costumes, see what is still needed
  • Finish + send project for work √ On to #2
  • Post weekend house tidy
  • Spooky movie + popcorn
  • Finish Halloween prep - 95 percent!
  • Test black lights
  • Outside time
  • Laundry


۞  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! √ It’s a Lou Reed day.


۞  Recycled

  • Post entry for October boot camp


۞  Queued

  • Hang bedroom mirror
  • Buy kitchen pantry
  • Buy snow tires 10 months ago

RuWater, water everywhere

Retroactive happiness…

July 8, 2013

  • Walking to the library and then the water park with the kids – it made for a hot afternoon packed with misty fun and new friends.
  • Going to DQ for Oreo brownie earthquakes, which were ridiculously delicious.
  • Iris fell asleep before we finished our ice cream, so I carried her home over my shoulder, which was a long, hot slog uphill with a cute bag of heavy potatoes. I was very happy when we finally hit the cool shade of home and could tuck her in, drink a bucket of water, and lie down.
  • Thin-crust chicken chipotle pizza. 10 months ago

RuWeekend Addition

Top 10 Things To Do This Weekend

  • School: Plan for the week ahead, update notebook, pick/print 5 photos – 11 pics printed
  • Continue reading George’s Cosmic Treasure Hunt with Isak
  • Do something fun + Halloweeny with grandparents
  • Work on new memoir projects (Due Monday)
  • Continue July happiness entries
  • Prep for out of town guest – Still need to find air mattress
  • More pre-Halloween stuff
  • Continue sorting house – Stupendous progress!
  • Sunday night zombies!
  • Outside adventure – With my parents, a wonderful wander, autumn leaf collecting, gelato… 10 months ago

RuMovement

Retroactive happiness…

July 7, 2013

  • Another big moving day… bil and his big yellow truck worked wonders.
  • Packing, packing, packing – sending things off to the new place (or donation bins).
  • The difference between the before and after photos so far – focusing on how far we’ve come instead of how far we still have to go.
  • Sweet and spicy sandwiches and ice cold cokes after a long, hot day.
  • Heading for home one box at a time. 10 months ago

RuSmoke and chlorine

Retroactive happiness…

July 6, 2013

  • Sleep. Sweet, sweet sleep.
  • The lovely painter lady is continuing the work at our new place despite having some heavy personal things on her plate.
  • Going swimming with dad and the kids. The pool website info was wrong and they weren’t open when we got there, but it turned out returning an hour later meant free swimming, so that’s just what we did. Great splashy fun and excellent exercise – Iris especially loved hopping up and down like a little frog.
  • Isak learned to wood-burn with a magnifying glass and spelled out his name on a piece of driftwood while Iris joyfully popped in and out of a little pink tent on the porch.
  • Sitting in the sunshine and painting my toenails a bright, metallic red.
  • Packing up and heading back to the old place for the night. It was a smooth, fast drive back into town.
  • Having a subway sandwich picnic in the empty living room and chilling with M and some cold ginja ninjas after the kids went to sleep. 10 months ago

RuZzzzzs caught

I slept last night – I think I actually managed 7 solid hours, which is unheard of. The kids went down fairly early, nobody work up in the middle of the night, and aside from a brief wake when M came to say goodbye when he left for work, I was dreaming until after 8. My tank is full again.

It’s a pro-D, so both kids are home – less sunny today, it’s moist and foggy out at the moment, but the weekend is supposed to clear up nicely, especially Sunday. We’re expecting company soon, so off I go to keep cleaning up and chasing ticks. Time to put on more coffee and shake off the week residue.


۞  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
  • 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: Freshen the bed, linens, pillows
  • Pre-company whirlwind tidy (whole house)
  • Friday coffee klatch / playdate with E + A - Postponed? She’s feeling off
  • Start going through pics for printing
  • Replenish ice-cream and eyeballs
  • Load + start new project for work
  • Top up changing area supplies
  • Movie + popcorn with the kids
  • Pro-D day fun (games, crafts)
  • Clean sinks, toilets, taps
  • Polish bathroom mirrors
  • Vacuum living room
  • Put away clothes
  • Outside time
  • Laundry


۞  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!


۞  Recycled

  • Clean bedroom light switch plates, vacuum
  • Hang storage racks in Iris’ closet
  • Post entry for October boot camp
  • Collapse/store wardrobes
  • Organize kid clothes - A bit…


۞  Queued

  • Finish Halloween prep
  • Hang bedroom mirror
  • Buy kitchen pantry
  • Buy snow tires 10 months ago

RuFlattened bat

Last night = 2 hours of sleep. Iris was partying like a fiend and refused to stay in bed, sleep or even just sit still until after 5 in the morning. When she eventually passed out I did the same, but it was extremely short lived. I hit the French press around 7am and have been a bit of a write off today.

Isak had a fantastic day at school though – it was a big thumbs-up green day: great behaviour, he aced his spelling test, and has been chosen as the star student next week, so that’s extra nice. Tomorrow is a pro-D day (grateful) so hopefully I can sleep tonight and wake with enough gumption to clean the magical messes that invariably pile up whenever my auto-pilot craps out.

Oh, to have magical cleaning elves to summon (I spelled that wrong initially, but a “magical cleaning elvis” would work too. He could sing while doing the dishes).

Tomorrow = a new day. I look forward to it.


۞  Daily

  • Health: Body test, exercise, water, vitamins, sleep √ (ehh – except the sleep part)
  • Home: Dishes, garbage, recycling, flylady mission, sort/declutter - 3/5
  • 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 - 2/4


۞  New

  • School: Return interim progress report form, Green day = treat (current aim 2/4)
  • Flylady Mission of the Day: Clean bedroom light switch plates, vacuum
  • Re-register online for behaviour + discipline seminar
  • Download new projects for work X 2
  • Plan visit w/ E + A tomorrow
  • Outside time with the kids
  • Rest when Iris naps √ 1 hour…


۞  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 √ X2
  • Music!


۞  Recycled

  • Hang storage racks in Iris’ closet
  • Post entry for October boot camp
  • Collapse/store wardrobes
  • Organize kid clothes
  • Baths for all!


۞  Queued

  • Finish Halloween prep
  • Hang bedroom mirror
  • Buy kitchen pantry
  • Buy snow tires 10 months ago

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