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Ru ~ dig deeperVIII

Yesterday marked my eighth year on 43Things.

So much has happened since I discovered this site back in 2006 – I love being able to revisit it all, from small everyday hurdles to huge life changes. I’ve been through highs and lows; from deep, dark grief to utter joy. There have been everyday bits and pieces, the completion of goals that seemed impossible back when I first joined, and many things in-between.

The people here continue to amaze – the sea of screens out there, each with a real person somewhere in the world facing it. There have been longstanding friendships, marvelous postal exchanges, real life meetings, and virtual high fives with passing strangers.

We’ve exchanged laughs, frustrations, suggestions, encouragement, ideas, sympathy, healing, creative juice, and gentle kicks in the bum to recharge gumption. We’ve traded hundreds of flags and a quarter million cheers.

In 2006, Isak was a wee baby and Iris just a faint hope; owning our own home was a pipe dream. I’ve loved sharing my life, my successes (and failures), my family, and my happy moments almost daily with the community here. I still love this site dearly and hope it remains a positive force in my life for years to come. Thank you all!

Onward into year 9! 1 month ago


Ru ~ dig deeperHopefully all is well

I had a response to an e-mail I’d sent as I was concerned with the thousands (and thousands) of bogus accounts and lack of ‘bot presence. She assured me that they’re out there, just a few less people with more to do.

She also said they’d let us know well in advance if there were ever plans for the site to shuffle off the e-coil. So to speak. I do hope things are as healthy as they ever were… 1 month ago


Ru ~ dig deeperFreshly fallen

Day 55: Feb 24

“…the endless repetition of an ordinary miracle.”
― Orhan Pamuk, Snow 1 month ago


Ru ~ dig deeperIn the nick of time

Retroactive happiness…

November 22, 2013

  • Early mornings with peppermint mocha.
  • More fleeting frost feathers, quickly melted by the sun.
  • A Friday visit from the ladies. Lots of laughter.
  • Isak had a great day at school, aced a spelling test, wrote a sweet holiday essay, and was stoked to find a new chima robot thing at a thrift hand store.
  • Getting a lot of things sorted at home.
  • M picked up white wine and chicken pizza.
  • A reassuring e-mail from one of the Robots.



November 23, 2013

  • After trying to get tickets online and being told they were sold out, I snagged two Nick Cave (playing with The Bad Seeds) tickets over the phone! SO excited to have this (mutually) excellent gift on the way, and it should arrive just in time.
  • Nobody claimed the gift card we found and listed on craiglist – I checked online, and it’s still loaded. If nobody calls, then… free books!
  • Isak made a Lego animation using the digital microscope – music, transitions, etc. – he’s very proud of himself.
  • Picking up a snazzy black and white helmet for Isak.
  • Finding a funny felt gingerbread lady.
  • A stretch of sunshine.
  • Reading quietly.



November 24, 2013

  • A Sunday morning sleep-in. Rare and savored.
  • Finally waking to a late morning cuddle-pile with the family.
  • Strong coffee, favorite music, and not too much to do. Accepting relaxation.
  • Strawberries and cream chupa chups.
  • Taking a cool, dusky winter walk & watching countless geese fly overhead. 1 month ago

Ru ~ dig deeperSnow!

There were rumors of a little snow, but it’s been coming down big and fluffy since mid-Saturday afternoon. We had a wonderful evening Sunday, taking off to go tobogganing with the whole family and then coming home for hot chocolate and a fire in the fireplace. It meant a later night than usual, but it was worth it! I’m hoping it sticks around long enough to in play some more.

We were busy over the weekend and got a lot done, but the house seems to have exploded, so I’ll try to balance work and snow fun with tidying things up, and then hopefully unwind with a family flick tonight. I’m also celebrating my 43T-iversary, so… Woot! Happy Monday!

Main focus today: Tidy up, halve memoir project, prep baby box, celebrate 8!


۞  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

  • Work: Continue new memoir project (aim for half), download new project
  • Flylady Mission of the Day: Clean under the couch cushions
  • Celebrate 8 years here on 43 Things!
  • Pick a new book to read with Isak
  • Recycle sorted papers + dailies
  • Play in the snow with the kids
  • Wash + sort final baby box
  • Post weekend house tidy
  • Send thank-yous X 2
  • Find camera card √ Yes!
  • Movie + popcorn
  • Bubble baths


۞  Repeat

  • Bedtime reading with Isak: Start a new book of choice
  • Continue November happiness entries
  • Watch/delete DVR: 1 hour
  • Potty practice
  • Music!
  • Read
  • 365


۞  Recycled

  • Clean, sort, and make arrangements for remaining baby stuff
  • M: Try (again) to contact mortgage guy, call re. curtains


۞  Queued

  • Hang bedroom mirror
  • Banking 1 month ago

Ru ~ dig deeperNight sledding

Day 54: Feb 23, 20141 month ago


Ru ~ dig deeperNot by my hand

Other than my finger on the shutter button. I wish. This was on display at a weavers exhibition we went to yesterday, I just really liked it; the colours and textures and kitty-heads.

A good friend of mine recently took up felting and made some wickedly cool Christmas ornaments. No, I can knit a decent scarf, but that’s about as far as it goes with my textile skills. 1 month ago


Ru ~ dig deeperWild & Woolly

Day 53: Feb 22, 20141 month ago


Ru ~ dig deeperIce feathers

Retroactive happiness…

November 21, 2013

  • A frosty morning, I was happy for snuggles and a warm scarf.
  • Warm bagels and melty nutella accompanied by peppermint eggnog coffee.
  • Successfully fighting off a headache.
  • Another lingering day moon, then afternoon sun. We stayed out in the playground for a long time, playing and cracking the thin ice in puddles with our boots.
  • Cuddling up with the kids for The Lion King and popcorn.
  • M’s homemade spaghetti and meatballs and vanilla ale (with freebies in the pack).
  • Solidified kid-care for the night of the big dinner out. 1 month ago

Ru ~ dig deeperWeekend Ten (Feb 22 - 23)

Top 10 Things To Do This Weekend

  • Home: Paper sort/recycle, clean/sort final baby box, organize – 2/3
  • Finish reading Danny the Champion of the World with Isak
  • School: Update planner, refresh Jeopardy materials, math
  • Work: Continue memoir project (aim for half)
  • Take bottles + cans to the recycling depot
  • Continue November happiness entries
  • Family wander – play in the snow
  • GOT + Sunday night zombies
  • Call re. curtains X
  • Fire!1 month ago

Ru ~ dig deeperAn eye for an eye

Day 52: Feb 21, 20141 month ago


Ru ~ dig deeperSunshine and frost

Retroactive happiness…

November 20, 2013

  • Waking to a cold dawn and hearing the furnace kick in.
  • The sunlight picked up frosty sparks during our morning walk.
  • I fixed the computer speakers! Sound after many mute months.
  • Isak won an award (for setting goals and following through) and received a certificate at the school assembly.
  • Taking a trip to the library and starting a new book.
  • Attending an interesting and insightful evening seminar on behavior & discipline with M while the kids had a blast playing with the offspring of other attendees in the free kidcare room. They even had delicious snacks there – it was nearly a date.
  • A bright, bright moon that stayed around all day. 1 month ago

Ru ~ dig deeperAbsolutely!

She was so wonderful; she even came back with us to make sure we managed to find the key and got in okay.

It can take such a small effort to help someone else out of a bad situation (or headspace), but too many people don’t even notice others around them anymore – too busy with their portable technology for human connections (or to even say hello). It meant a lot to me that she was willing to come to our rescue – even just being asked if I was okay was a gift.

Three cheers for nice neighbours (and for clever M for taking preemptive measures so we didn’t have to break the door down!) 1 month ago


Ru ~ dig deeperHoops

My plans yesterday were rudely interrupted when I managed to lock us out of the house.

Somehow the second front door lock (which I don’t have a key for, hence buying the new door locks waiting to be installed) got pushed in, and there I was, no purse, no phone numbers, no money, no diapers, o-u-t. I headed to the school cursing myself and ran into a neighbor off to pick her son up. She offered her phone, her home, her diapers – a wonderful lady.

Fortunately the school had my emergency numbers on record (things you’d memorize before auto-dial) so I rang M’s work phone and he (blesshim!blesshim) had hidden the one key in the storage area, which I DID have a key for. I managed to find it and got back in. Whew! It was one of several time munching monkey wrenches.

I found all the stuff I was wanting to pass on to my friends’ new baby, so I spent hours getting it all together, sterilizing the pump stuff, washing the clothes, digging up appropriate books. Our evening trip to quickly drop things off and peek at the new little fellow (who is gorgeous!) before grocery shopping stretched until nearly 10PM, so I had to drop a number of things.

Today I’m doing some impromptu kid-care while E works, but it still means a play-date for the girls, which is nice. It’s also a Pro-D day, so we’ll have to find something cool to do.

Main focus today: Babysit A, get into the sun, send messages, project headway


۞  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: Tidy dressers, fluff pillows, remake beds √ (Dressers need more love)
  • Send condolences + thank-yous X 2- Sent condolences
  • Get baby photo permission from V/P
  • Whirlwind pre-company house tidy
  • Continue new memoir project √ Great progress
  • Catch men’s hockey game √ Woot!
  • Outside time with the kids - Regrettably, no
  • Babysit A while E paints
  • Pro-D day fun!
  • Baths


۞  Repeat

  • Bedtime reading with Isak: Continue Danny the Champion of the World 
  • Continue November happiness entries
  • Watch/delete DVR: 1 hour
  • Potty practice
  • Music!
  • Read
  • 365


۞  Recycled

  • Clean, sort, and make arrangements for remaining baby stuff
  • M: Try again to contact mortgage guy
  • Bottles/cans to recycling depot
  • Sort + recycle papers, dailies
  • Sweep entrance + stairs
  • Call re. curtains
  • GOT with M
  • Fire


۞  Queued

  • Change front door locks
  • Hang bedroom mirror 1 month ago

Ru ~ dig deeperWelcome!

Day 51: Feb 20, 20141 month ago


Ru ~ dig deeperSpecial deliveries

One of my best girlfriends had a baby boy! He‘s little early and a lot healthy, so cheers to that. I’m currently trying to gather some stuff I was going to pass on to her next month and hope to get it to her new little family ASAP.

I’m feeling a lot better – the sun is out, we had a nice early morning getting ready for today’s ice-skating excursion, and the end of the week is near. Things feel smoother.

Main focus today: Enjoy the sunshine, prep & deliver various baby stuff, unwind with M tonight


۞  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 - 3/5
  • 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 ice-skating gear / booster seat for field trip
  • Write: Congratulations, condolences + thank-yous X 2- 1/4
  • Find, sort, and sterilize breast pump kits, get to V X 3HUGE job!
  • Flylady Mission of the Day: Tidy dressers
  • M: Try again to contact mortgage guy
  • Continue new memoir project √ A bit
  • Catch women’s hockey game √ Gold! Yeah!!!
  • Outside time with the kids
  • Sweep entrance + stairs
  • Replenish groceries
  • Wash bedding X 2
  • GOT with M


۞  Repeat

  • Bedtime reading with Isak: Continue Danny the Champion of the World 
  • Continue November happiness entries
  • Watch/delete DVR: 1 hour
  • Potty practice
  • Music!
  • Read
  • 365 - Taken, not posted yet


۞  Recycled

  • Clean, sort, and make arrangements for remaining baby stuff √ 1/2 Dropped off everything for V + P
  • Bottles/cans to recycling depot
  • Sort + recycle papers, dailies
  • Call re. curtains
  • Fire


۞  Queued

  • Hang bedroom mirror 1 month ago

Ru ~ dig deeperLuck

Day 50: Feb 19, 20141 month ago


Ru ~ dig deeperCool beams

Retroactive happiness…

November 19, 2013: Entry #2000!

  • Sun and blue skies; somewhat deceiving temperature-wise, but doubly appealing reflected in high-rise windows and great for playground scampering. Isak was dapper in his green cap, Iris; giddy in kitty-paw gloves. It was a joyful day.
  • Mailbox treasure! A postcard from a friend, a party invitation, and a cheque from work.
  • My camera was acting odd – flipping into a blank screen instead of taking a photo – but has stopped these shenanigans for now (crossing fingers).
  • Clearing out the carport of everything but the car.
  • Warm baths and cold sushi. Then ice-cream and peppermint eggnog.
  • Finishing a bedtime book and eagerly anticipating the next selection. 1 month ago

Ru ~ dig deeper 7 years ago


Ru ~ dig deeperBloody, ruddy, rubies

It was time for a refresher. Sunday was a gray, rainy, windy day – perfect for girlchats, laughter, ginger pear tea, warm dryers, and all the red my head could handle. She double-whammied it with rubine after re-rooting, and gave it a trim for good measure. Bellissimo! 1 month ago


Ru ~ dig deeperPooped

Is it wrong to be ready for Friday on a Wednesday? I’m trying to relight the gumption fuse, and managed a more decent bedtime for everybody (myself included) last night, but I’m feeling pretty exhausted. Life has been packed to overflow lately and I woke with another headache to battle. The sun is out though – blue skies, fluffy clouds. Not what I was expecting, so a nice surprise.

Happily I managed to finish and send off my project yesterday, but within 5 minutes there was a new one in the queue – which is not a bad thing, I love having the work, but I need the counterweight of exhalation time and some fun-with-the-family time before hitting the keys again.

Main focus today: Tidy up, start new project, enjoy the sunshine, quality down time


۞  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: Prep/e-mail sharing materials: Nova Scotia, Jeopardy study
  • Flylady Mission of the Day: Dust + tidy nightstands
  • Download + start new memoir project
  • Info for M to contact mortgage guy
  • Buy present for V’s baby shower
  • Touch base with mom and dad
  • Fold + put away clean laundry
  • Ditch the damn headache - Nearly. Bleahhh.
  • Outside time with the kids
  • Find another book to read  Found the missing one on the nightstand. DUh.
  • 15 min: bookmark sorting
  • Battle the kitchen mess
  • Catch Canada game √ Won 2-1!
  • Attend book fair
  • Wash bedding - 1/3
  • Kids’ toy tidy
  • DVR: GOT
  • Relax √ Wee nap


۞  Repeat

  • Bedtime reading with Isak: Continue Danny the Champion of the World 
  • Continue November happiness entries
  • Watch/delete DVR: 1 hour
  • Potty practice
  • Music!
  • Read
  • 365


۞  Recycled

  • Clean, sort, and make arrangements for remaining baby stuff
  • Bottles/cans to recycling depot
  • Sort + recycle papers, dailies
  • Edit difficult message
  • Call re. curtains
  • Fire


۞  Queued

  • Hang bedroom mirror 1 month ago

Ru ~ dig deeperPuddle country

Day 49: Feb 18, 20141 month ago


Ru ~ dig deeperThis happy robot

Retroactive happiness…

November 18, 2013

  • Misty mornings.
  • Feeling rested and being more productive.
  • People that take the time to highlight things that other people have lost.
  • A green day at school, 20/20 on the test. New confidence.
  • Silly hybrid robots and colorful scribbling.
  • Finding our first invitation to an annual ice-skating party in our mailbox.
  • Filling thin new wine glasses and eating tender steak. 1 month ago

Ru ~ dig deeperA photo a day for a year (or more...)

Thanks! You post a photo every day – it can be random, themed, tweaked, filler, anything – but the basic aim is one shot a day. You can see / comment on other people’s photos and vice versa (something I need to do more of), link favorites, do challenges, get critiques, etc. I thought it would be a fun & creative thing to try, and am really enjoying it so far (I’m here).

More info on 365Project1 month ago


Ru ~ dig deeperToward the finish line

The project end is in site – I hope to have it edited and sent in today. As for Isak, we decided to leave his stitches in last night and deal with them properly sometime today, and we’ve graduated to a much smaller covering. The school meeting yesterday went very well; I thoroughly enjoyed seeing what’s going on there, and it was fun to have him lead the meeting.

I slept a better last night, shook a headache this morning, and just seeing a few things that have been hanging over my head reaching a conclusion (like finishing work or the issue with the mortgage information – which I gather is now in the mail) feels good and stokes the energy fires.

Main focus today: Send current project, stitches care, quality family time


۞  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: Return books (3), prep sharing: Nova Scotia, Jeopardy study
  • Buy cool band-aids, snip un-dissolved stitches (google) √ (Damp compress over snips)
  • Flylady Mission of the Day: Attack the clothes piles √ Sort of half ass
  • Telephone liaison with mortgage poohbah
  • Polish + send current memoir project √ Yes!
  • Tickle the procrastination list
  • Edit difficult message - Not in the right space
  • Library renewals
  • Call re. curtains
  • Baths


۞  Repeat

  • Bedtime reading with Isak: Continue Danny the Champion of the World 
  • Continue November happiness entries
  • Watch/delete DVR: 1 hour
  • Potty practice
  • Music!
  • Read
  • 365


۞  Recycled

  • Clean, sort, and make arrangements for remaining baby stuff
  • Bottles/cans to recycling depot
  • Sort + recycle papers, dailies
  • Update fb albums
  • Laundry
  • Fire


۞  Queued

  • Buy present for baby shower
  • Hang bedroom mirror 1 month ago

Ru ~ dig deeperFool's gold

Day 48: Feb 17, 20141 month ago


Ru ~ dig deeperGlass houses

Retroactive happiness…

November 15, 2013

  • Everyone woke up early which meant a nice, slow pace.
    * Auto-pilot house cleaning.
  • Play-date drama (the best kind): dress-ups, dancing, puppets, crafts, and games. We thwarted the rainy day but good. And the mommies got coffee and catch-up time.
  • Monochrome band-aids.
  • Movie Night at the school – popcorn and licorice and hundreds of kids in pajamas laughing together. M picked us up afterwards (we might have drowned otherwise).



November 16, 2013

  • Better sleep.
  • Cleaning the carport. Yaaay!
  • The successful pursuit of peppermint blizzards.
  • Going with the whole family to the Culture Crawl: art in countless forms – glass blowing, wool, paint, paper cutting, metal, wood, bones… and Isak insisted on spending his allowance on a beautiful glass pendant for me (the artist and I got a bit misty over this).
  • Spicy Indian food and pirate movies.



November 17, 2013

  • An inside day. We had a bit of a sleep in, launched ourselves at some house stuff, had some silly family fun.
  • My dad came by. We had a short but sweet visit (during which the kids got dressed up and launched into some sort of Batman and butterfly performance art).
  • Reading Isak’s blog together and having some quality mom-son talks before he went to read Winnie the Pooh to his entranced little sister.
  • Popcorn and the return of Sunday Night Zombies! 1 month ago

Ru ~ dig deeperElephants on wheels

Time is pressing hard and life has been rather chaotic. There have been various appointments to keep, owies to soothe, messes to attend to, errands to run, and work to focus on. Rambunctious kids made getting my project completed over the weekend impossible, so that’s my main goal today, but I also have the rescheduled meeting at the school today, and need to make sure Isak’s head is healing properly.

I’m skirting the Overwhelm. Doing my best to keep my head up and injury free (unlike the rest of the family, Iris bonked hers falling off the couch and M whacked his with the car hatch). Grinning and moving onward. Oooooh Monday! You’re such a card.

Main focus today: Finish current project, attend school conference, stitches care


۞  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: Plans for sharing (Nova Scotia), Jeopardy study, attend student-led conference
  • Buy more suture dressing, snip un-dissolved stitches - Graduated to band-aid covering, stitched still undissolved
  • Flylady Mission of the Day: 15 minute bedroom bust
  • Post weekend whirlwind house clean-up
  • Finish the current memoir project √ Whew! Just needs polish/sending
  • Bottles/cans to recycling depot - Prepped, waiting
  • Search for lost earring bead √ Sadly, no luck
  • Look into curtain purchase √ Calling tomorrow
  • Write difficult message √ Needs editing
  • Update fb albums
  • Laundry - Loaded for the morning


۞  Repeat

  • Bedtime reading with Isak: Continue Danny the Champion of the World 
  • Continue November happiness entries
  • Watch/delete DVR: 1 hour
  • Potty practice √ Another success!
  • Music!
  • Read
  • 365


۞  Recycled

  • Clean, sort, and make arrangements for remaining baby stuff
  • Sort + recycle papers, dailies


۞  Queued

  • Hang bedroom mirror 1 month ago

Ru ~ dig deeperBlue glass

Day 47: Feb 16, 20141 month ago


Ru ~ dig deeperGo!

Retroactive happiness…

November 14, 2013

  • At 3am Iris went back down easily = better sleep for a change.
  • Rich autumn light.
  • Finding my lost coat button.
  • A great green day at school.
  • Isak was super keen to share a spot he’d been for a field trip, so he led us on an adventure to see wild salmon!
  • Another one of my best friends is pregnant! That makes 3 this season! Plus my boss and sister in law both have little ones coming very soon. Baby boom!
  • News on a massive child porn bust where numerous kids were rescued. Such a hard job – I’m glad for every single success story. 1 month ago

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