Ru ~ dig deeper

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Ru ~ dig deeperGranules

Flight from a blizzard
She fights the long white lace shawl
Trailing behind her


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Anxiety coils
In the depth of my belly
I wait and count scales


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Sand dusts giddy cheeks
Gulls sob over harsh gray seas
Calm footprints draw pools


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Clicking quietly
Three marbles warm in his hand
Incubated worlds


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They’ve fallen asleep
Boat drifts, a lazy lily
Fingers trail ringlets


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Her favorite paintings
Were on the soles of her shoes
She could walk for days


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Warm from noon sunlight
Unwilted Forget-me-nots
Blues in white china


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Chairs ache with wet moss
Old dirt mars stark tablecloths
Hushed trees gather round


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All my dropped glasses
All those accidental shards
Glitter at my feet


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Roots aching for soil
Fists strike unfamiliar doors
Hopeful for sugar 12 months ago


Ru ~ dig deeperBeaming

Retroactive happiness…

November 14, 2012

  • Another bookcrossing release found! There have been some particularly cool ones journaled lately – this one made it all the way to Mick Fleetwood’s restaurant in Maui.
  • Clothes sorting in green comfy pants. Finding way too big jeans (into the donation box – bye-bye!).
  • A great (smaller) martial arts class – Isak earned a special respect stripe. Walking home together under a big pink sky.
  • Mandarin oranges and The Help.


November 15, 2012

  • A beautiful mild and sunbeamy morning. I had a wonderful walk with the kids.
  • The yucky squash-a-ma-rat in the alley was being attended to by a modest murder of crows. Not so happy, but I’m full of gratitude.
  • After shattering my favorite necklace (sad) I managed to find the old box and artist’s info sheet so we can track him down (happy).
  • The kids and I ran across a hilarious family of young raccoons. They were very curious of us and we traded funny noises back and forth and watched each other for quite some time.
  • A big bag of pennies for the Free The Children Penny Drive (for clean water). 12 months ago

Ru ~ dig deeperWeekend Addition

Top 10 Things To Do This Weekend

  • Prepare all paperwork, questions for Monday’s big meeting, call broker + bank Whew!
  • Download and start new memoir project Half done!
  • Continue November happiness entries
  • Bookcrossing: register/label 5 books
  • Library, banking, + donation drop off
  • Quality garage busting time
  • Weed and post Friday haiku
  • Isak to dental appointment Barber too!
  • Family movie and popcorn Tintin!
  • Calm my mind monkeys12 months ago

Ru ~ dig deeperJokers in the grass

Retroactive happiness…

November 12, 2012

  • A day off! Of course we spent much of it on a mad couch cover exchanging expedition at one Ikea and then another (none left at the first store, and thankfully the very last one in stock at the second), but we had yummy Swedish meatballs as a reward.
  • Visiting a favorite old bookstore that may not be long for this world.
  • The endless joy of the cardboard boxes continued.
  • At the end of the day we were able to lounge on our lovely new red couch with popcorn and a movie!


November 13, 2012

  • The great clothes sort-o-rama! I gave a bag to the neighbors for their daughter when I went to babysit (which went very well, the girls played together beautifully).
  • The rain stopped. We all needed a break from the Wet.
  • Chicken followed by chili chocolate and chai. (C is for all those things, and that’s good enough for me.) 12 months ago

Ru ~ dig deeperWe're doing our best...

It isn’t fancy or big, but feels like a very, very good fit, very friendly, and we’ve felt this for a long time, continuing to look at the same complex. We’re living on top of each other here, especially since we added another family member after moving in!

We would love to feel like we were making a monthly investment in our own place rather than paying someone else’s mortgage (though our landlord is wonderful). We want to put the big roots down! Hopefully we’ll be able to get into gear fast enough. 12 months ago


Ru ~ dig deeperRollercoasters

So we’re trying to learn this dance for real.

The townhouse we were really interested in waaaaay back (mentioned in the last couple of entries from over a year ago – it disappeared and we assumed it sold) is back on the market. We’ve seen numerous other places, but this one still stands out strongly. We love the area and the complex is wonderful. They’ve finished the upgrade there and we’re on friendly footing with the seller’s new Realtor (who lives in the complex as well) from seeing several places. We’ve read the new depreciation report for the next 30 years, which looks good, spoken with residents on the complex playground (who love it), and fantasized about moving in – probably too much.

We’ve been to the new opening (and both still really like it), had back and forth e-mails with the seller’s Realtor, and been back in touch with our own agent who we’re meeting with on Monday, along with a mortgage broker she’s put us in touch with. We’re trying to get our financial ducks in a row, get the appropriate letters and paperwork, etc. but it all seems so complicated and huge. Hopefully after Monday’s meeting it’ll feel lighter – we’d love to get an offer in, though I gather there have been two already (too bad, we’d hoped to make the first one).

The poker game of deciding what to offer is mind boggling. We’ll be disappointed if we don’t get a chance to at least throw our offer in – even if we don’t manage to leave the ring with keys, it would be great experience for next time. I wish we’d known it was going back on the market and had been able to jump faster. At least we have very few conditions that would apply – we have the downpayment ready to go, interest rates are still great, a recent raise should mean more generous lenders, and we wouldn’t need a lot of conditions (like selling a place first).

This is still one of our biggest dreams – the ride is less than relaxing, but at least it feels a little bit closer. 12 months ago


Ru ~ dig deeperStormy Friday

The sky is awash with stormy weather which is supposed to stick around all weekend. Lots to do before our meeting Monday. I had a better sleep last night and once I get a big cup of coffee in the vicinity of my face and have a walk to the school and back I should be well perked. Ahhhhhhhhhhhhh, Friday, I may write you a love letter.

Main focal points today: Send in memoir project, house paperwork, write something

Regular
  • Basic house maintenance: dishes, garbage, recycling, compost
  • Eat well, drink plenty of water, and take vitamins/supplements
  • Exercise/movement for 1 hour minimum: walk, yoga, Wii fit+
  • Flylady Mission of the Day: ceilings and sills
  • Reading & homework with Isak
  • Laundry: wash, sort, put away
  • Me time: bath, bubbles, book
  • Family game / adventure
  • Transfer new photos
  • Downtime w/M.
  • Joynotes
Recycled
  • Continue reading Systematic Training for Effective Parenting
  • Continue November happiness entries
  • Finish/send current memoir project YES!
  • Family movie and popcorn (Bumping to tomorrow)
  • Taxes: 1 step forward
New
  • House buying stuff: DP $ list, find last 2 year’s returns, work letter √ (2/3, and the box the returns should be in – the letter was the important one)
  • Bedtime reading with Isak: The Horse and His Boy: Chapter 11
  • Continue tossing unneeded receipts
  • Touch base with 3 friends
  • 1 level DKCR with Isak
  • Tidy virtual desktop
  • Martial arts class
  • Sort 1 box
  • Write - In progress…
Queued
  • Find somewhere to sell/donate old car
  • Iris: Update immunizations
  • B-Day plans X 2
  • Isak: Haircut 12 months ago

Ru ~ dig deeperRerun rain

And again the skies are darkening – for a while it looks like. Between the weather downturn and various unavoidable stress monkeys, my sleep pattern has been skewed and I’m struggling to sidestep a damp mood. I’m trying to use it constructively as a lever to be up early, and here I am with breakfast and coffee already under my belt, ready to go.

I’m making a gentler list today in the hopes of a few permanent strikethroughs and some downtime. Thankfully tomorrow is Friday, we’re all looking forward to the weekend.

Main focal points today: Send in memoir project, shrink catch-up list

Regular
  • Basic house maintenance: dishes, garbage, recycling, compost
  • Eat well, drink plenty of water, and take vitamins/supplements
  • Exercise/movement for 1 hour minimum: walk, yoga, Wii fit+
  • Flylady Mission of the Day: Tidy entrance
  • Reading & homework with Isak
  • Laundry: wash, sort, put away - Soaking…
  • Me time: bath, bubbles, book
  • Family game / adventure
  • Transfer new photos
  • Downtime w/M.
  • Joynotes
Recycled
  • Continue reading Systematic Training for Effective Parenting
  • Bookcrossing: Register + label 3 books √ 9!
  • Continue November happiness entries
  • Pack maternity/baby box for D.
  • Shelve old-school kid books
  • Message re. TWH tapes
  • Taxes: 1 step forward
  • Wash chair cover! (Bumping until the sun returns)
New
  • Bedtime reading with Isak: The Horse and His Boy: Chapter 10
  • House buying stuff: Return e-mail to seller’s agent √ Our rep too. + this year’s complex sales
  • Finish/send current memoir project (2) - Almost done…
  • Check library return dates/holds
  • Start tossing unneeded receipts
  • Family movie and popcorn
  • Touch base with 3 friends
  • 15 min: bedroom pick-up
  • 1 level DKCR with Isak
  • Martial arts class(?) (Bumping to tomorrow)
  • Sort 1 box
  • Rest
Queued
  • Find somewhere to sell/donate old car
  • Iris: Update immunizations
  • B-Day plans X 2
  • Isak: Haircut 12 months ago

Ru ~ dig deeperHeavy plate

I feel like I’ve overloaded my plate and need to catch up. I really need to work on current projects and clean up after cleaning up (boxes, donations, store consolidated stuff), but there are also time munching obligations today that will mean I won’t even be here for decent chunks of the day.

Anxiety is riding on the high side with lots of life decisions to consider and timelines to meet (plus the computer tried to crap out this morning). I dream of having more space in our lives, both internal and external. Trying to move closer to this bit by bit. Exciting, but overwhelming too. I just need to breathe deeply and keep moving in the right direction.

Main focal points today: Memoir project, babysit, martial arts, relax

Regular
  • Basic house maintenance: dishes, garbage, recycling, compost
  • Eat well, drink plenty of water, and take vitamins/supplements
  • Exercise/movement for 1 hour minimum: walk, yoga, Wii fit+
  • Flylady Mission of the Day: Clean wall smudges
  • Reading & homework with Isak
  • Laundry: wash, sort, put away
  • Me time: bath, bubbles, book
  • Family game / adventure
  • Transfer new photos
  • Downtime w/M.
  • Joynotes
Recycled
  • Continue reading Systematic Training for Effective Parenting
  • Bookcrossing: Register + label 3 books
  • Continue November happiness entries
  • Continue current memoir project √ 1: finished/sent, 2: 2/3 done!
  • Shelve old-school kid books
  • Message re. TWH tapes
  • Taxes: 1 step forward
  • Wash chair cover!
New
  • Bedtime reading with Isak: The Horse and His Boy: Finish Chapter 9
  • House buying stuff: Solidify Monday appointments
  • Pack maternity/baby box for D. - Started…
  • Fix laptop power source issue
  • Touch base with 3 friends
  • Pick up tricycle (2), clean
  • Set up Netflix account
  • Babysit baby H. 4 – 6
  • Vacuum and sweep
  • Martial arts class
  • Shrink anxiety
Queued
  • Find somewhere to sell/donate old car
  • Iris: Update immunizations
  • Isak: Haircut 12 months ago

Ru ~ dig deeperRain and remembering

Retroactive happiness…

November 11, 2012

  • Remembrance Day.
  • A lovely visit with a good friend and our kids at her new place. Hand-me-downs, funny movies, and chocolate pudding.
  • Cardboard box fort fantasticness!
  • A wild book (crossed at the aquarium) found.
  • Spicy Indian food on a dark, rainy night. 12 months ago

Ru ~ dig deeperLetting go

So simple and so complicated at the same time…

For many reasons this needs to be a month of intense sorting and purging and downsizing in general. We made an excellent start over the long weekend and it’s inspiring to see tangible progress (Behold! The mess behind the mess!), but there’s so far to go, and some of the sorting is very emotionally draining.

Sometimes physically small things feel as big as pianos, so I’ll be focusing a lot on the fact that anything out the door is a step in the right direction. If those things are elephantine (size-wise) too, all the better!

Aiming for daily progress, however that feeling comes about. 12 months ago


Ru ~ dig deeperGray skies and gumption

The uncharacteristic sunshine has left for now, but it was a huge boost to have it around for the last four days of freedom. We got so much done in the last few days and enjoyed the summery weather as much as we could.

We’re really trying to push out the clutter this month, so that lines up with April bootcamp. I’ve overwhelmed myself a bit, but there are clear spots to show for it. Lots of leftovers from yesterday, so I have a lengthy list today – I don’t think I’ll get to everything, but I’ll jump in wholeheartedly, then let the bathtub flow!

Main focal points today: Memoir project, garage bust, babysit, write our agent

Regular
  • Basic house maintenance: dishes, garbage, recycling, compost
  • Eat well, drink plenty of water, and take vitamins/supplements
  • Exercise/movement for 1 hour minimum: walk, yoga, Wii fit+
  • Flylady Mission of the Day: 15 min: multi room hotspot bust
  • Reading & homework with Isak
  • Laundry: wash, sort, put away
  • Me time: bath, bubbles, book
  • Family game / adventure
  • Transfer new photos
  • Downtime w/M.
  • Joynotes
Recycled
  • House buying stuff: Touch base with agent re. appointment, paperwork
  • Bedtime reading with Isak: The Horse and His Boy: Chapter 9 √ Well into 9
  • Continue reading Systematic Training for Effective Parenting
  • Continue current memoir project (aim for half)
  • Continue November happiness entries
  • Get the whole family squeaky clean
  • Wash chair cover!
New
  • Fill out school progress report/parent comments, return
  • Bookcrossing: Register + label 3 books
  • Garage: Quality time sorting boxes! √ A bit..
  • Update school reading list (<200)
  • Martial arts class (if there’s time)
  • Back up hard drive to March
  • Shelve old-school kid books
  • DVR: watch/delete 1 hour
  • Touch base with 3 friends
  • Message re. TWH tapes
  • 1 level DKCR with Isak
  • 15 min clothes pick up
  • Old backed up media? √ Dad has access to 3.5 floppy and zip drives
  • Taxes: 1 step forward
  • April Bootcamp plans
  • Babysit baby H. 4 – 6 √ 4 – 7
  • Bike to J. (plans)
  • Trim kid claws
Queued
  • Find somewhere to sell/donate old car
  • Iris: Update immunizations
  • Isak: Haircut 12 months ago

Ru ~ dig deeperApril fools and garage duels

It’s a beautiful new month, the sun is still shining, the extended long Easter weekend rolls on! This month we’re putting in extra time on getting rid of things, so back into the garage we go. It seems as though the flow of boxes is endless, but every one we get through gets us closer, even if it’s hard to see. Outside time with the family will hopefully balance out the work we’ll be doing, then baths for all!

Main focal points today: Memoir project, garage bust, outside time, donations/drop offs

Regular
  • Basic house maintenance: dishes, garbage, recycling, compost
  • Eat well, drink plenty of water, and take vitamins/supplements
  • Exercise/movement for 1 hour minimum: walk, yoga, Wii fit+
  • Flylady Mission of the Day: Tidy entrance
  • Reading & homework with Isak
  • Laundry: wash, sort, put away
  • Me time: bath, bubbles, book
  • Family game / adventure
  • Transfer new photos
  • Downtime w/M.
  • Joynotes
Recycled
  • Continue reading Systematic Training for Effective Parenting
  • Continue November happiness entries
  • Wash chair cover!
New
  • House buying stuff: Touch base with agent re. appointment, paperwork
  • Bedtime reading with Isak: The Horse and His Boy: Chapter 9
  • Bookcrossing: Make prepped books accessible, find labels
  • Continue current memoir project (aim for half)
  • Drop off box of kid VHS tapes with baby H.
  • Garage: Quality time sorting boxes! GO! √ Hours!
  • Get the whole family squeaky clean
  • Send D. list of available baby stuff √ Wants all!
  • Flatten empty boxes for recycling
  • Drop off 1 carload of donations √ Yay!
  • Sunshine time with the kids √ Playground and b-ball/soccer
  • DVR: watch/delete 1 hour
  • 1 level DKCR with Isak
  • Photos of TWH tapes
  • See if J. wants bike √ Yes!
  • Post weekend tidy
  • April Fool Isak √ Mannequin attack!
  • Creative time
  • Relax
Queued
  • Find somewhere to sell/donate old car
  • Iris: Update immunizations
  • Isak: Haircut 12 months ago

Ru ~ dig deeperWonderwalk

Retroactive happiness…

November 10, 2012

  • A cool but lovely walk with the kids in the November sunshine, through the woods (Isak was such a good big brother helping Iris over the tree roots) and to the playground at the top of the hill, which we were glad to see wasn’t torn down after all, they were just laying down fresh mulch.
  • Coffee and thin but intense ginger snaps.
  • Fun with synchronicity: 943 days of Wii! 943 subs!
  • Iris conked herself on the noggin, but was AOK (yay ready-to-go gelpacks!)
  • We got our wonderful, wonderful new red couch! 12 months ago

Ru ~ dig deeper 7 years ago


Ru ~ dig deeperEggtravaganza

Another late night of dyeing – this year we were in rainbow PAAS land with tablespoons of white vinegar carefully measured out by Isak, who impressed his little sister into redundant “wow”s with his egg tinting abilities. They were on the psychedelic side by morning, speckled or two tone, but bright and cheerful and ready to share.

Happy Easter!!12 months ago


Ru ~ dig deeperJuliet’s paintbox

May April vacuum
The perpetually wet grass
Carpeting March days


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Under melted snow
And silty dark hardened earth
Ancient seeds kindle


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Milky way naked
Venus whirls slow in calm skies
Stirring the black holes


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Tracing dirty words
Fingertips mar the mirror
Invisible ink


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Forced apologies
Are five and dime store band-aids
In a surgeon’s hand


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Awake and floating
Drifting below the thought waves
A sinking feeling


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Too many boxes
Yearning for long lost treasures
Long since dispossessed


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Life shines in young smiles
Reflecting shadowed cave gems
Returning their light


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Juliet painted
Stars midtwinkle on your palms
Balcony blazing 12 months ago


Ru ~ dig deeperFirst release of the year!

New Masses; An Anthology of the Rebel Thirties – left on some stairs along the Trans Canada Trail on a gorgeous sunny day while hiking with the family… happily, about half an hour later I saw a colourful looking fellow by the beach at the bottom of the trail reading it intently and spoke briefly with him about this project.

Very glad to be back at this now that the weather is getting to be conductive to wild releases outside again, especially since yesterday I found a whole box I’d missed and spent the morning sorting and prepping to register/label a whole new batch.

54 down!12 months ago


Ru ~ dig deeperWeekend Addition

Top 10 Things To Do This Weekend

  • Easter: dye eggs, family gathering in White Rock, egg hunt
  • Sort box of books for memorial bookcrossing project Nearly 50 sorted and cleaned
  • Outside family adventure (ride train and hike?)
  • Continue November happiness entries
  • Library, banking, bottle depot
  • Finish current memoir project – Not quite…
  • Weed and post Friday haiku
  • 1 carload donation drop off
  • Sunday Night Zombies!
  • Pick up tricycle A like-a-bike too! 12 months ago

Ru ~ dig deeperBraving moths and dust

Spectacular weather – third day, still charming, we’re loving the springy warmth outside, which is inspiring some hardcore cleaning: today we’re hitting the garage with all our fists flying, making sure to allow for outside time and a burst of work and a wee bit of creative flow. Then… down time. A good Friday indeed.

Main focal points today: Various hopeful house hunting things, continue new memoir project, outside time, garage bust!

Regular
  • Basic house maintenance: dishes, garbage, recycling, compost
  • Eat well, drink plenty of water, and take vitamins/supplements
  • Exercise/movement for 1 hour minimum: walk, yoga, Wii fit+
  • Flylady Mission of the Day: Dust
  • Reading & homework with Isak
  • Laundry: wash, sort, put away
  • Me time: bath, bubbles, book √ Lush snowman melt… Niiiice
  • Family game / adventure
  • Transfer new photos
  • Downtime w/M.
  • Joynotes
Recycled
  • Continue reading Systematic Training for Effective Parenting
  • Continue November happiness entries
  • Wash chair cover!
New
  • House buying stuff: Call bank re. dormant accounts and DP transfer, Look into ex-pat gift tax issues surrounding DP transfer and title holding options, find RRSP info
  • Start sorting previously AWOL memorial books to label / bookcross
  • Bedtime reading with Isak: The Horse and His Boy: Chapter 8
  • Call E. about Dora bed frame, potential delivery time √ Delivered!
  • Big job: Serious garage sorting time with M!!!
  • Start donation / recycling / dump boxes
  • Moisten and add vitamins to soil, prep
  • Continue current memoir project
  • Sort bag of kid clothes from J.
  • Sunshine time with the kids
  • DVR: watch/delete 1 hour
  • Sort at least 1 hard box
  • 1 level DKCR with Isak
  • Solidify Easter plans
  • Wash baby carrier
  • Write something
Queued
  • Find somewhere to sell/donate old car
  • Iris: Update immunizations
  • Isak: Haircut 12 months ago

Ru ~ dig deeperBlue stems

Retroactive happiness…

November 9, 2012

  • A day off for M! Morning coffee and chili chocolate together.
  • Wearing a skirt for the first time in ages – with teal tights and loose braids yet. I felt female and fresh (plus Iris was thoroughly fascinated with my legs).
  • An extra friendly fellow working on the new sidewalks by the school – so glad they’re finally putting in more pedestrian-friendly walkways.
  • Plans set into motion for a new couch, we celebrated with meatballs.
  • Bright red poppies for our lapels.
  • Junk store cruising, just for fun.
  • Pink grapefruit juice – a killer thirst quencher. 12 months ago

Ru ~ dig deeperPast the rust

Retroactive happiness…

November 8, 2012

  • Delicious sun, cold but clear as far as the eye could see.
  • Long walks with a little girl, boy pal connections.
  • Ooey gooey pizza.
  • Grown-up movie night: Jean-Luc Godard’s Breathless (1960), and NOTLD (1990) with lots of popcorn. And brains. 12 months ago

Ru ~ dig deeperBusy but brilliant

It’s beautiful and warm out again, so fantastic to have a streak of such nice weather after all the rain – rain – rain – weird snow – rain… we’ve spent as much time outside as possible.

It’s been an exhaustingly busy day, starting right off the bat with a parents’ coffee klatch with the school principal in the morning and continuing on with work at home, visits, assemblies, more outside time, etc. I didn’t even have a chance to post this before I left this morning and haven’t been home long enough since, but it’s been a good day. I need some down time before picking up where I left off. At least now Easter weekend has begun!

Main focal points today: Various hopeful house hunting things, continue new memoir project, outside time

Regular
  • Basic house maintenance: dishes, garbage, recycling, compost
  • Eat well, drink plenty of water, and take vitamins/supplements
  • Exercise/movement for 1 hour minimum: walk, yoga, Wii fit+
  • Flylady Mission of the Day: Fingerprint bust living room
  • Reading & homework with Isak
  • Laundry: wash, sort, put away
  • Me time: bath, bubbles, book
  • Family game / adventure
  • Transfer new photos
  • Downtime w/M.
  • Joynotes
Recycled
  • Continue reading Systematic Training for Effective Parenting
  • Continue November happiness entries
  • Wash chair cover!
New
  • Write our real estate agent back, check accounts and online assessments
  • Bedtime reading with Isak: The Horse and His Boy: Chapter 7
  • Attend morning parent coffee and school meeting in library
  • Attend end of month assembly and musical performance
  • Continue new memoir project
  • Download new new project
  • Sunshine time with the kids √ Tons!
  • Fix desktop computer issue
  • DVR: watch/delete 1 hour
  • 1 level DKCR with Isak
  • Playdate with E and A? They had to cancel
  • Library renewals
  • Sort 1 box √ See below ;D
  • Pizza! √ Just showed up! Yay!
Queued
  • Find somewhere to sell/donate old car
  • Iris: Update immunizations
  • Isak: Haircut 12 months ago

Ru ~ dig deeperDance of the falling leaves

Retroactive happiness…

November 7, 2012

  • Bizarre semi-lucid dreams about pumpkins and silver spoons, wading in glittery water, and gold mud you could rub into your skin to become a star.
  • A long walk in the bright sun and autumn colours.
  • A near-bottomless pot of mashed sweet potatoes.
  • Smaller classes = more attention.
  • Sharp and shiny new scissors.
  • Warm baths and gingerbread tea. 12 months ago

Ru ~ dig deeperLooking for home

Gorgeous and warm out – Iris and I (with some other parents, pre-school siblings, and a very cute puppy) spent extra time in the sunshine this morning after dropping Isak off, it was thoroughly lovely.

We’re moving towards our first house goal, or trying to. Lots of things to do there, people to contact and financial things to juggle, so this list is skinny in number but rather heavy in content. Exciting, but stressy too. Wouldn’t it be fabulous if… (sigh)

Main focal points today: Various hopeful house hunting things, start new memoir project, outside time

Regular
  • Basic house maintenance: dishes, garbage, recycling, compost
  • Eat well, drink plenty of water, and take vitamins/supplements
  • Exercise/movement for 1 hour minimum: walk, yoga, Wii fit+
  • Flylady Mission of the Day: Vacuum living room
  • Reading & homework with Isak
  • Laundry: wash, sort, put away
  • Me time: bath, bubbles, book
  • Family game / adventure
  • Transfer new photos
  • Downtime w/M.
  • Joynotes
Recycled
  • Continue reading Systematic Training for Effective Parenting
  • Continue November happiness entries
  • Wash chair cover!
New
  • House buying stuff: Contact real estate agent agents 1 and 2, ponder mortgage broker, read complex depreciation report, ask re. strata council notes, get gift intent letter, savings consolidation plans, etc. (do as much as possible) √ Whew!
  • Bedtime reading with Isak: The Horse and His Boy: Chapter 6
  • Start new memoir project (aim for half) (Ran out of time and juice)
  • Outside time with the kids Hours!
  • DVR: watch/delete 1 hour
  • 1 level DKCR with Isak
  • Playdate with baby H? (Missed them, trying for tomorrow)
  • Martial arts class
  • Sort 1 box
Queued
  • Find somewhere to sell/donate old car
  • Iris: Update immunizations
  • Isak: Haircut 12 months ago

Ru ~ dig deeperSidewalk reflections

Retroactive happiness…

November 6, 2012

  • How quiet it is at 3 in the morning.
  • Missing the rainfall on several occasions, but still benefitting from everything being fresh and shiny and clean.
  • Another great martial arts class with compliments from the instructors.
  • Happy election outcomes!
  • Stepping from a hot tub onto a fresh and fluffy blue bathmat. 12 months ago

Ru ~ dig deeperEmbracing daffodils

It’s cooling off and less bright, but still clear out, and flowers are popping up all over the place. We all had a nice walk this morning (especially Iris who tried to make friends with various crows and kitties) on the way to school, and I’m continuing to feel better, though slightly scattered.

I’m happy it’s a short week leading up to a four day weekend, we’re hoping to fill in some recent list gaps and tackle more things in the storage room and then indulge in the sunshine that’s supposedly making a grand return. Less on the list today, I have too many leftovers and need go in a few less directions to digest things better.

Main focal points today: FTP finished memoir project, outside time, catch-up time

Regular
  • Basic house maintenance: dishes, garbage, recycling, compost
  • Eat well, drink plenty of water, and take vitamins/supplements
  • Exercise/movement for 1 hour minimum: walk, yoga, Wii fit+
  • Flylady Mission of the Day: Dust knick-knacks
  • Reading & homework with Isak
  • Laundry: wash, sort, put away
  • Me time: bath, bubbles, book
  • Family game / adventure
  • Transfer new photos
  • Downtime w/M.
  • Joynotes
Recycled
  • Continue reading Systematic Training for Effective Parenting
  • Contact mortgage broker, E-mail real estate agent (agent yes, broker no)
  • Sort and shelve CDs, DVDs, and games √ Good start!
  • Continue November happiness entries
  • Read up on brother’s new project
  • 30 min: kid-room cleaning
  • Donate old CD rack √ Empty and ready to go!
  • Wash chair cover!
  • Sort 1 box
New
  • Bedtime reading with Isak: The Horse and His Boy (Chapter 5)
  • Tricky transcription brainstorm response
  • Polish and send current memoir project
  • Download and set up new project
  • Do something creative/crafty
  • Outside time with the kids
  • DVR: watch/delete 1 hour
  • 1 level DKCR with Isak
  • Call A. and J.
Queued
  • Find somewhere to sell/donate old car
  • Iris: Update immunizations
  • Isak: Haircut 12 months ago

Ru ~ dig deeperGlitter, fire, and fog

Retroactive happiness…

November 5, 2012

  • A beautiful foggy but sunny morning. Everything glowed.
  • Dazzling leaves and jeweled webs – the world seemed particularly gorgeous.
  • I felt really upbeat and had lots of extra energy for being productive.
  • Long walks with the kids. We left the stroller at home today, which slowed our pace and meant we noticed more of the little things around us. 12 months ago

Ru ~ dig deeperWide wings

The weekend was so wonderfully busy that I completely over estimated what I was going to be able to do, especially since we were in White Rock for most of Sunday. We also went to an open house at a townhouse we really liked last year that disappeared so we assumed it had sold – it’s now back on the market. Isak had a fantastic time with my parents – they visited Fort Langley National Historic Site and he hasn’t stopped talking about it.

I’m feeling better cold-wise (I can breathe again!) and we made it to the school early today, though ironically the school bell was quite late. On the walk up the hill there are two big bald eagles circling overhead in the blue, blue skies. Now my coffee’s taking effect and I’m getting ready to fling myself upon the day, which is looking spectacular.

Main focal points today: Finish memoir project, outside time, martial arts

Regular
  • Basic house maintenance: dishes, garbage, recycling, compost
  • Eat well, drink plenty of water, and take vitamins/supplements
  • Exercise/movement for 1 hour minimum: walk, yoga, Wii fit+
  • Flylady Mission of the Day: Couch dive √ Deconstructed, vacuumed
  • Reading & homework with Isak
  • Laundry: wash, sort, put away
  • Me time: bath, bubbles, book
  • Family game / adventure
  • Transfer new photos
  • Downtime w/M.
  • Joynotes
Recycled
  • Continue reading Systematic Training for Effective Parenting
  • Continue November happiness entries
  • Wash chair cover!
New
  • Back to school prep: books, papers, snacks, early show and tell
  • 15 min per room: post weekend house cleaning (yikes!)
  • Bedtime reading with Isak: The Horse and His Boy
  • Contact mortgage broker, E-mail real estate agent
  • Sort and shelve CDs, DVDs, and games
  • Finish and send current memoir project - Finished, need to polish/send
  • Taxes step: Consolidate digital invoices √ Yes!
  • Board game or 1 level DKCR with Isak
  • Read up on brother’s new project - Downloaded zip of business plan
  • Sunshine time with the kids √ Lots!
  • Touch base with 3 friends
  • DVR: watch/delete 1 hour √ X2
  • Find Iris’ AWOL baby owl √ Yes!
  • Pick up weekly payment
  • Sitting baby H. 4 – 6?Not required
  • Donate old CD rack
  • Research stress tic √ Extensively
  • Martial arts class
  • Thank-you call
  • Sort 1 box
Queued
  • Find somewhere to sell/donate old car
  • Iris: Update immunizations
  • Isak: Haircut 12 months ago

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