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RuGreat grates

Home Depot card… done! It cut the cost of our shiny new floor grates in half. We’re happily replacing the ugly broken plastic ones that were here when we moved in – another thing to check off the fix-up-the-house list. 10 months ago


RuHair crime warrant issued

Rectifying the situation and celebrating autumn color with an afternoon appointment for re-reddification. Just the thing on a soggy, gray day when I’m feeling decidedly faded. 10 months ago


RuWeekend Addition

Top 10 Things To Do This Weekend

  • Continue reading George’s Secret Key to the Universe with Isak (to chapter 25)
  • Celebrate the changing seasons: wave to summer + welcome autumn!
  • Put together large cabinet for family room Finally!
  • Move curio cabinet to living room nook
  • E-mail response to Isak’s teachers
  • Continue May happiness entries
  • Arrange bedroom furniture And again, finally!
  • Family movie + popcorn
  • Hair appointment
  • Hardware store10 months ago

RuPleasant crescent

Retroactive happiness…

May 10, 2013

  • Friday!
  • A long visit with an old friend – we made quesadillas, popped corn, and watched Megamind with the kids.
  • I sorted about 100 pounds of kid-papers and artwork.
  • Having a brief afternoon nap when exhausted.
  • Homemade Indian food followed by surreal animal crackers.



May 11, 2013

  • Our anniversary! My parents came over to watch the kids while we had dinner and went to see Gatsby.
  • Dropping off a pile of baby donations (clothes, not actual babies).
  • Bacony brunch. Mmmmmm bacon.
  • The gray gently kicking in.
  • Fresh red licorice.
  • Bee tattoos.



May 12, 2013

  • Mother’s Day; a joy to celebrate.
  • Relaxing after sending in our taxes (whew!).
  • Bright yellow flowers.
  • Pizza and silly games.



May 13, 2013

  • Volunteering to help with the teacher’s appreciation brunch.
  • Lush and lovely lilacs.
  • Missing the morning rain.
  • More progress on important house stuff – lots of congratulations.
  • Isak got a new martial arts badge for getting 100% on his spelling at school all year.
  • News that someone else near and dear to us is pregnant!



May 14, 2013

  • This morning we met with the lawyer to sign all the paperwork, got our insurance solidified, and made the down-payment on the house!
  • Ridiculously cheap breakfast at Ikea.
  • Sunshine and fluffy clouds.
  • Heartbreaking news about Tim Bosma – bright spots come with seeing community rally around the family, extra hugs for my own.
  • Little butterflies.
  • Iris’ 4 year old friend drew her a picture of Scooby-Doo and the gang, which was hilarious. I got Shaggy and Daphne mixed up, but she didn’t mind. 10 months ago

RuTracking... waiting...

They crossed the border day before yesterday so they should be here any time now. I was hoping today, but… ahh, what was that about patience being a virtue?

We’re still eagerly watching the mailbox. 10 months ago


RuFreedom - Pro-D Day!

Friday! And no school today, which meant I could sleep in a bit, which was lovely. There is rain on the horizon (a big, blustery stretch they’re saying), so I want to make it outside with the kids before the sky falls – inside stuff can wait until later.

The open house at the school last night was great – we met the teachers (I really liked both of them) and other parents, saw the classroom (well laid out and they have their own smart board) and checked out all the interesting projects the kids have been working on. I feel really, really good about the school.

I’m incredibly happy that the weekend is here, feeling motivated and hoping we get a lot done, balanced with rest and fun.

  • Bedtime reading with Isak: Continue George’s Secret Key to the Universe
  • Flylady Mission of the Day: Floors, kid room hot spots, 27 fling - 2/3
  • Finish sorting pile of papers/flyers on kitchen table, recycle √ – Yes and no, new ones came
  • Continue unpacking portable wardrobes into closet
  • Brainstorm + kickoff September bootcamp
  • Pro-D Day: do something fun with the kids
  • Recycle pile of packing paper and boxes
  • Finish editing and send letter to teacher
  • Body test + exercise + water + vitamins
  • Get outside before the rain comes
  • Continue May happiness entries
  • 15 minutes: digital decluttering
  • Box up too-small kid clothes
  • Dishes, garbage, recycling - 2/3
  • Wash kitchen garbage can
  • Update ToDo app on iPad
  • Watch/delete DVR: 1 hour
  • Touch base with 3 friends
  • Solidify hair appointment
  • Declutter 1 junk drawer
  • Upload new photos
  • Recharge batteries
  • Movie + popcorn √ (though we went with sorbet instead)
  • Joynotes
  • Read 10 months ago

RuHere comes the sun (rinse, repeat)

Retroactive happiness…

May 7, 2013

  • More magnificent sun, freshly exploding flowers, and playground shenanigans!
  • The perfect balance of cleaning the house then relaxing.
  • The kids came with me to babysit the neighbor’s daughter, and at one point I realized Isak had disappeared. I went into the other room and found him curled up fast asleep on a pile of stuffed sheep and butterfly toys.
  • M made a delicious chicken dinner with a spicy Nando’s PERi-PERi sauce and a fresh veggie salad, washed down perfectly with cold ginja ninja.



May 8, 2013

  • Sun * Sun * Sun!
  • Long walks and talks; wandering a different way.
  • Resting in the grass with an iced coffee.
  • A great martial arts class; interesting discussion about tattoos.



May 9, 2013

  • Waking up early, feeling alert, energetic, present.
  • Yet more sun! It’s wonderful to have a long stretch of brightness and warmth.
  • Pulling out an old green floral skirt I love.
  • Seeing a beautiful blue Steller’s Jay.
  • Extended playground time with lots of friends around. Later we had a playdate full of kitty petting and watering plants (and friends) with vintage watering cans.
  • Sushi! 10 months ago

RuThanks!

It’s a great suggestion. I tried acupuncture (both traditional, electro, and mugwort/moxa) for a while – years ago when my migraines were even more frequent and intense I was seeing a pain specialist. It was definitely helpful, but I find it too hard to get around (especially with two kids in tow now) to see someone when I’m in the throes.

There’s a nasal spray / injection medication that works well for me. It costs an arm and a leg, but is worth it for a bad bout – especially if I’m sick to my stomach and can’t keep pain meds down. Unfortunately it isn’t compatible with breastfeeding, which I’m still doing. Once I’m finished I’ll stock up again.

I’m feeling much, much better today, thank-you.

I wonder if any acupuncturists here make house calls?10 months ago


RuRe-feathered

I’m feeling surprisingly good; enjoying the not-pain. I managed 5 hours of sleep last night too, which is great for me lately. Isak was a dream right from waking up, helping with everything and in a brilliant mood, singing and dancing – it brightened everyone’s morning.

Yesterday the gray skies flipped into bright blue, white clouds like piled snow, and sunshine to burn… I didn’t want to squander it so we stayed out for an extra long time. Today is strangely undecided – it reminds me of a giant blank screen waiting for someone to type something.

This evening is the open house at the school – I’m looking forward to meeting Isak’s teachers and hoping M doesn’t get stuck in traffic on the way home.

  • Bedtime reading with Isak: Continue George’s Secret Key to the Universe
  • Flylady Mission of the Day: Clean sinks/counters, wipe fingerprints
  • Continue unpacking portable wardrobes into closet
  • Attend school open house/meet-the-teacher night
  • Sort pile of papers/flyers on kitchen table, recycle - 3/4
  • Unpack bedroom glass, recycle paper/box - Unpacked
  • Brainstorm + kickoff September bootcamp
  • Finish editing and send letter to teacher
  • Body test + exercise + water + vitamins
  • Send to school: Book order form + $
  • Prep snack + post work bath for M
  • Continue May happiness entries
  • Dishes, garbage, recycling
  • Watch/delete DVR: 1 hour
  • Touch base with 3 friends
  • RSVP to tea party invite
  • Upload new photos
  • Laundry: whites
  • Outside time
  • Joynotes
  • Read 10 months ago

RuFound the old ones!

Ha! Thanks, Google. That’s what we had in the good ol’ days! Archer Space Patrol walkie talkies from Radio Shack! 10 months ago


RuLXT118VP

Why? Not just because walkie talkies are fun (which they are, I remember the ones I had as a kid with gloriously nostalgic pangs – trips through the forest, being spies, the painful static/feedback, learning morse code to send beepy messages with…), there is also a practical safety reason: we’ve recently started letting Isak go out by himself.

He’s allowed out close to home, and for small chunks of time that increase with proven responsibility, but I love the idea of staying in touch this way in case he has any problems or gets lost in playing with his buddies and forgets his check-in time. We want him to start having some bigger kid freedom, but this will give me piece of mind too.

We have ordered these and are waiting eagerly by the postbox for their arrival, which should be in the next week or so. 10 months ago


RuBrain: the pain and the drain

I’m rocking a migraine today. I think it’s on the way out, but between wacky weather and REM hours I can count on my thumbs lately, I need to carve out some rest.

Today is Isak’s first Sharing Day, he’s pretty excited about it. I’m looking forward to meeting Isak’s teachers tomorrow evening at the school open house.

I’ll do what I can today, but down-time and getting my head right is a priority, otherwise I won’t have the energy to do anything else.

  • Bedtime reading with Isak: Continue George’s Secret Key to the Universe
  • Flylady Mission of the Day: weed + clean medicine cabinet, fling socks
  • Ditch the stinkin’ migraine; get some rest when Iris naps
  • Send to school: wood-burning project for Sharing Day
  • Continue unpacking portable wardrobes into closet
  • Finish weeding, sorting + washing old kid clothes √ Yes!
  • Sort pile of papers/flyers on kitchen table, recycle - Half
  • Brainstorm + kickoff September bootcamp
  • Finish editing and send letter to teacher
  • Write hairdresser friend – appointment?
  • Body test + exercise + water + vitamins
  • Fill out book order forms (if ordering)
  • Re-box + recycle things in storage √ X2
  • Continue May happiness entries
  • Dishes, garbage, recycling
  • Update events on calendar
  • Extra scrubby baths for all!
  • Watch/delete DVR: 1 hour
  • Touch base with 3 friends
  • Send thank-you notes
  • Upload new photos
  • Library renewals
  • Joynotes
  • Laundry
  • Read 10 months ago

RuGold!

Oh yes, there was gold in them thar hills.

Amazing what can happen in small people’s ears when briefly neglected. Bath-time has been hectic lately: squeaking sharks, plastic teapots, squirmy dancers on slippery surfaces… I just added it to the list so I wouldn’t forget.10 months ago


RuBluebells and slide pebbles

Retroactive happiness…

May 6, 2013

  • Mango smoothies.
  • Super shiny sun.
  • A whirlwind clean-up around the house.
  • A sleeveless afternoon at the playground.
  • A visit from one of my oldest friends (who has just moved back to town) and her delightful doggie.
  • Stopping at a corner garden to talk on the way back from martial arts class. Isak’s joy in the bright red stripes he’s earning. 10 months ago

RuGroggy fog

The plan was to go to bed at a non-ludicrous hour last night, but just as I was pulling the covers up and trying to quiet my head down, I heard Iris calling me. She stayed up for nearly two hours not wanting me to leave, and I didn’t want to deal with her shrieking waking everyone else up too, so I stayed. I’m guessing the moon is probably full or close to it, both kids (and me too) tend to get noticeably loopier when it’s come full circle.

Lots of things to do, keep plugging away at, try to finish… better choices to make – being tired and wired makes me crave chocolate something fierce. I’ll try to fight it! And maybe have a nap if possible. I’ll do what I can…

  • Bedtime reading with Isak: Continue George’s Secret Key to the Universe
  • Flylady Mission of the Day: Bathroom trash can, kid room fling
  • Continue weeding, sorting + washing old kid clothes
  • Continue unpacking portable wardrobes into closet
  • Brainstorm + kickoff September bootcamp
  • Send school library book and gym shoes
  • Finish editing and send letter to teacher -Tweaking…
  • Body test + exercise + water + vitamins
  • Continue May happiness entries
  • Recycle big pile of cardboard
  • Dishes, garbage, recycling
  • Watch/delete DVR: 1 hour √ X2
  • Touch base with 3 friends
  • Power-cycle DVR player
  • Send thank-you notes -1/3
  • Upload new photos
  • Make plans with A
  • Apples > cookies
  • Movie + popcorn
  • Mine kid ears
  • Joynotes
  • Read
  • Nap 10 months ago

RuBeautiful hooligans

Retroactive happiness…

May 5, 2013

  • Early morning bubble baths.
  • A Sunday visit to my parents place in White Rock – my brother and his family came too. We all sat around talking and drinking pink lemonade in the yard while the kids ran wild. We need more cousin time; it was good to see the next generation playing together.
  • Watching the kids learn different bird calls with my mom.
  • Freshly bloomed lilacs.
  • Relaxing at home later with a good book. 10 months ago

RuMumbly Monday

Feeling groggy – there was a huge weather change and my noggin is knocking after a night where my pillows seemed useless. Then this morning Iris and I nearly got run down in the school crosswalk by an impatient mom who was late dropping her kids off. Another parent gave her hell, telling her to slow down, but the screeching brakes and tires stopping a foot away from us – shiver.

I’m going to get a few things done and lie down for a bit – I don’t want to risk a migraine and the triggers are piling up. Hoping to unwind with the family later while the rain rages outside.

  • Bedtime reading with Isak: Continue George’s Secret Key to the Universe
  • Send to school: earphones, fineliner pen, completed paperwork
  • Flylady Mission of the Day: clean toilets (outside), kid trash
  • Continue weeding, sorting + washing old kid clothes
  • Go over school planner, edit + send letter to teacher
  • Continue sorting bathroom boxes into new cabinet
  • Start unpacking hangers + clothes into closet
  • Brainstorm + kickoff September bootcamp
  • Body test + exercise + water + vitamins
  • Add new info and resend transcription
  • Prep oversize cardboard for recycling
  • Continue May happiness entries
  • Dishes, garbage, recycling
  • Watch/delete DVR: 1 hour
  • Touch base with 3 friends
  • Post weekend tidy-up
  • Upload new photos
  • Movie + popcorn
  • Joynotes
  • Read
  • Nap 10 months ago

RuCatching z's

It’s not 100%, but when is it ever. It’ll do. Making the big bed switcheroo was much smoother than we thought it would be.

Now if I can just manage to force feed myself sandman dust when the kids are sleeping peacefully in their beds with sweet sugarplummy noggins and my insomnia kicks in… hope you’re getting some good pillow time! 10 months ago


Ru 10 months ago


RuSleeping Beauty

I’m extremely pleased to report that Iris has slept in her bed every night since we set it up. There’s been a little late night/early morning waking, but she’s generally gone back down easily, and more often than not is sleeping through the night.

She’s been excited to show it off to anyone who comes over and we’re very glad to have our own space back. Now everyone is getting more much-needed sleep.

Time to check this off! 10 months ago


RuUnwinding the wound

Retroactive happiness…

May 4, 2013

  • M had to work, but got off earlier than anticipated.
  • Donating a huge bag of outgrown kid clothes.
  • A fabulous pumpernickel sandwich full of tasty, healthy things.
  • Warm enough weather to unpack cute sundresses for Iris.
  • Joyful park romps, pebbles, dandelions, and countless bright petals.
  • Welcoming the ninjas at dusk. 10 months ago

RuWeekend Addition

Top 10 Things To Do This Weekend

  • Continue reading George’s Secret Key to the Universe with Isak (to chapter 20)
  • Read/fill out school forms, papers, PDF files, planner, etc., write teacher – Need to edit/send letter
  • Isak to grandparents for overnight with cousin
  • Put together large cabinet for family room
  • For school: earphones + black fineliner – Stormtrooper earphones yet!
  • Complete and send project for work
  • Continue May happiness entries
  • Put up shelving in 1 closet YES!
  • Recycling depot
  • Help A move10 months ago

RuMovement

Retroactive happiness…

May 2, 2013

  • A sunny morning and fresh outlook.
  • Getting errands out of the way then picking up Les Misérables from the library (we were first on the list to borrow it).
  • Leisurely playground time after school.
  • Meeting with our brilliant mortgage broker to sign a few more final papers. She’s so happy for us – and she’s a hugger! It was a very joyful meeting.
  • Washing off someone’s grumpiness in the bath. It came off quickly and easily.
  • Watching a Hitchcock flick I’d somehow missed (Marnie) when I couldn’t sleep.



May 3, 2013

  • Big sunshine and lush new flowers everywhere.
  • Morning playground time. It was fun to stay and watch Isak’s class come out for a sort of kid-led exercise class where they all took turns doing wild dance moves (or whatever struck their fancy) for the others to copy. And some of it was pretty darn fancy.
  • A dear longtime friend came to visit. We drank a lot of tea, ate cinnamon buns, and caught up on each others lives.
  • Sorting a mountain of baby clothes – a project I’d been putting off.
  • RRSP cashouts for first time home buyers! Every little bit helps right now. We Touched base with a friendly lawyer too.
  • Granville Island Ginga Ninja beer. Refreshing, though I’d kick up the ginger a bit more if I was the brewmeister. 10 months ago

RuWeekend on the wing

Last night the recent better sleep hit a snag, but I’m rolling with it. I’m grateful Friday is here and the weather is still shiny but somewhat cooler. It’s school picture day, so we had some extra sprucing up to do this morning (and papers to send), but headed out right on schedule. We’re continuing to arrive at the school 15 minutes early, which is nice.

There’s quite a bit to keep plugging away at and a busy weekend ahead. I’d love to nail some of the lingering household projects we need to have out of the way to thoroughly settle in. Sunday is supposed to be rainy, so we’ll try to get out while the getting is good and hopefully play with furniture and such after the cats and dogs arrive. Our budget also needs fresh focus – a lot has changed in the last few months.

This is a good day to balance work and rest. Happy weekends, all!

  • Prep for school photos, send paperwork, send payment for school planner
  • Bedtime reading with Isak: Continue George’s Secret Key to the Universe
  • Flylady Mission of the Day: Sweep + wash kitchen floor
  • Continue weeding, sorting + washing old kid clothes
  • Continue sorting bathroom boxes into new cabinet
  • Download package from teacher, send response - Downloaded, read
  • Brainstorm + kickoff September bootcamp
  • Body test + exercise + water + vitamins
  • Go over June – August financial flow
  • Make plans re. helping A. move
  • Continue May happiness entries
  • Dishes, garbage, recycling
  • Put shelving up in 1 closet
  • Touch base with 3 friends
  • Watch/delete DVR: 1 hour √ X2
  • Solidify weekend plans
  • Upload new photos
  • More iced mocha
  • Curb the treats
  • Outside time
  • Joynotes
  • Laundry
  • Read
  • Rest 10 months ago

RuMayday

Retroactive happiness…

May 1, 2013

  • A fresh new month!
  • The final banking business is complete (and a complete relief). My folks were in town and managed to track me down afterwards, which was a nice surprise.
  • Speaking with a lovely woman on the bus with fresh Mehndi work done on her hands for her daughter’s wedding. Iris was in awe. I wish I’d asked to take a photo, it was beautiful; ornate.
  • Periwinkles.
  • M’s work sent him to the big hockey game in the company box with all the perks. Well deserved unwinding, regardless of the final outcome.
  • Started watching Zero Dark Thirty and decided I wasn’t in the mood and fell asleep with a kid snuggled on either side instead. Love♥love♥love. 10 months ago

RuTime-warp

Ha! No, it isn’t, nor is it magically April here and September everywhere else, I’m just really behind on this goal. Still trying to catch up though, and it’s a fun retrospective.

Next stop… May! 10 months ago


RuHot hot hot

Whew! It does not feel like mid-September. Yesterday’s evening trip to the spray park and moonlit picnic took the heat out, and I tried to get a number of errands out of the way this morning, but it’s heating up yet again. It’s beautiful, but if I had the choice I’d wait before going back out again. I missed some sunblock spots yesterday (on myself, I was careful with the kids) – I’ll be more cautious today. And lots of water for everyone.

Still, I’m glad to see summer linger…

  • Bedtime reading with Isak: Continue George’s Secret Key to the Universe
  • Flylady Mission of the Day: Clean kitchen counters, sink
  • Continue weeding, sorting + washing old kid clothes
  • Continue sorting bathroom boxes into new cabinet
  • Brainstorm + kickoff September bootcamp
  • Go to library, pick up holds, pay late fee √ 20 cents!
  • Body test + exercise + water + vitamins
  • Clean upstairs bathroom counter, sink
  • Finish making pitcher of iced mocha
  • Start May happiness entries
  • Dishes, garbage, recycling
  • Pick up grocery essentials
  • Put shelving up in 1 closet
  • Fix auto-shutdown on DVR√ Yes!
  • Watch/delete DVR: 1 hour
  • Look into StrongStart
  • Upload new photos
  • Update fb album
  • Extra sunblock!
  • Vacuum carpet
  • Baths for all
  • Joynotes
  • Laundry
  • Read 10 months ago

RuFootprints on the head of a pin

Retroactive happiness…

April 30, 2013

  • Sunshine, blue skies, cherry blossoms: always a favorite joy trio.
  • Making a book club compromise with zero friction.
  • I’d been trying to call the cable company to set things up at the new place and couldn’t get through – then a fellow cold called me (a fluke) offering a killer deal with the same company. I ended up with much more for much less.
  • An Angel (her name, which suited her completely) at the bank who helped deal with some very important transactions. The kids were also fabulously well behaved while they were waiting.
  • Thinking M and Iris were being awfully quiet – checking and finding they’d fallen asleep together on the couch. 10 months ago

RuSummer’s last hurrah

The hot weather has kicked in again! Today is supposed to be the hottest this week (before rain curtains drop down this weekend), so we’re hoping to hit the spray park and then have a picnic this evening. Prior to that, Isak needs to make amends for some unpleasant behaviour yesterday, but we had a productive talk about this on the way to school.

I’m not feeling 100%, but less achy than yesterday. I want to get back onto getting things done – a number of things were left undone yesterday, but at least I had a good night’s sleep.

The classes at school have been established, so 50 pounds of supplies were sorted and shoved into the backpack today (plus I had to label some things I’d missed) – hoping for a very enjoyable Wednesday, though it’s going to be a cooker.

  • Bedtime reading with Isak: Continue George’s Secret Key to the Universe
  • Consolidate, check, finish labeling, and send remaining school supplies
  • Fill out info/contact paperwork for teachers and go over schoolwork
  • Repercussions: Sit Isak down to write 3 behavior paragraphs
  • Flylady Mission of the Day: purge and clean refrigerator
  • Continue weeding, sorting + washing old kid clothes
  • Continue sorting bathroom boxes into new cabinet
  • Empty and sort giant box full of orange boxes
  • Brainstorm + kickoff September bootcamp
  • Body test + exercise + water + vitamins
  • Evening park + picnic with family √ Moonlit picnic table…
  • Take the kids to the spray park
  • Finish April happiness entries
  • Sort/dispose of 2008 receipts
  • Make a pitcher of iced mocha - freezing coffee-cubes
  • Dishes, garbage, recycling
  • Put shelving up in 1 closet
  • Watch/delete DVR: 1 hour
  • Touch base with 3 friends
  • Distill and store 3 boxes
  • Replace vial of lavender
  • Recycle empty boxes
  • Upload new photos
  • Joynotes
  • Laundry
  • Read 10 months ago

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