Ru ~ dig deeper

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Ru ~ dig deeperSnips and snails

Friday! A 3 day weekend yet! I’m happy about it, I’ve felt like a racing snail lately. I’ll celebrate this when we head out to see Turbo at the school tonight. I may even wear my pajamas. I’d be perfectly happy to stay in pajamas all day, to be honest.

The weekly Friday get-together with my friend and her daughter was cancelled today due to a bad cold on their end, which is too bad, but I can use a bit of extra time to sort through some things and deal with some important messages.

I should crack open that new pack of thread and attempt to sew my coat buttons back on so I won’t freeze. I gather snow is on the horizon again, expected Mon – Wed and the cold snap continues to have numb fingers. Perhaps a toboggan adventure is waiting in the wings?

Main focus today: Write and send various messages (teacher, broker, friends, family), attend school’s movie night


۞  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: Clean kitchen / family room floor
  • Choose + start a new bedtime book with Isak √ Roald Dahl!
  • Attend movie + pajamas night at the school
  • E-mail friends re. crib, bassinette, clothes √ Triple check
  • Weekend / Family Day plans
  • Outside time with the kids
  • Refresh couch
  • Sort drop-offs


۞  Repeat

  • Bedtime reading with Isak: (something new) 
  • Continue November happiness entries
  • Watch/delete DVR: 1 hour
  • Potty practice
  • Music!
  • Read
  • 365


۞  Recycled

  • School: Respond to e-mail from teacher
  • Write mortgage broker re. info issues
  • Re-sew the buttons on winter coat
  • Wash, size-sort clothes for baby L.
  • February bootcamp entry


۞  Queued

  • Hang bedroom mirror 2 months ago

Ru ~ dig deeperAin't nobody here but us chickens

Day 37: Feb 6, 20142 months ago


Ru ~ dig deeperFull hands, full week

On top of the usual life business, we have things scheduled every day this week – most are interesting, fun things or visits with friends, but it still makes for extra tiredness. I’m glad we have a three day weekend coming up. There are rumors of snow.

We have company coming this evening (some out of town friends) and errands to run this afternoon. I hope to catch a good night of sleep at some point – I’ve been ignored by the Sandman again lately. Fingers crossed for a quick soak in hot water and some later unwinding with M.

Main focus today: Library, tidy up, visit with friends, e-mail teacher


۞  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

  • Flylady Mission of the Day: Kitchen counter tops
  • School: Respond to e-mail from teacher - (Will send tomorrow)
  • Pick up a new bedtime book (for Isak)
  • Clean up for company, enjoy visit
  • Catch up with parents
  • Get bassinette for A
  • Game with Isak
  • Buy glitter glue
  • Pay library fine √ 20 cents!
  • GOT w/M
  • Laundry
  • Baths


۞  Repeat

  • Bedtime reading with Isak: pick something new 
  • Continue November happiness entries
  • Watch/delete DVR: 1 hour
  • Potty practice
  • Music!
  • Read
  • 365


۞  Recycled

  • Write mortgage broker re. info issues
  • Re-sew the buttons on winter coat
  • Wash, size-sort clothes for baby L.
  • February bootcamp entry
  • Buy strong black thread √ Yes!
  • Library


۞  Queued

  • Hang bedroom mirror 2 months ago

Ru ~ dig deeperFur and sequins, crowns and wings

Retroactive happiness…

November 4, 2013

  • A gorgeous morning with frost that melted quickly in the sun; shining on fallen leaves. There were also a few resilient flowers around.
  • We went to Value Village for the post Halloween costume sale. Everything was 75% off, so we utterly binged on things for the costume trunk – kings, fairies, ballerinas, cowgirls, wizards, witches, hula dancers, cheerleaders, monsters… the kids came home and were in dress-up heaven.
  • I found a black linen shirt with ethereal mother of pearl buttons in the Halloween section and picked it up for myself for pocket change.
  • We saw 30 skeins of geese flying overhead while we were walking home.
  • A long, hot bath with a glorious body scrub from a farmers market in St. John’s, Newfoundland (a gift from S). 2 months ago

Ru ~ dig deeperSanity

Day 36: Feb 5, 20142 months ago


Ru ~ dig deeperGood company

I have an old friend coming by for the day – hustling to tidy up a bit more and get the coffee on! Looking forward to catching up and laughing a lot. It’s chilly out, I’m finally warming from the morning wander, and enjoyed getting up early with Isak and learning Canadian beavery facts to go with his pewter beaver and shiny nickel.

She’s here!

Main focus today: Feb plans, visit with friend


۞  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: Weed + clean the refrigerator
  • School: Show + Tell items and facts (Canadian symbols)
  • Clean up for A’s visit + enjoy catching up
  • Write mortgage broker re. info issues
  • Re-log into photo order site
  • Game with Isak
  • DVR: GOT


۞  Repeat

  • Bedtime reading with Isak: Continue Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tales 
  • Continue November happiness entries
  • Watch/delete DVR: 1 hour
  • Potty practice
  • Music!
  • Read
  • 365


۞  Recycled

  • Re-sew the buttons on winter coat
  • Wash, size-sort clothes for baby L.
  • February bootcamp entry
  • Buy strong black thread
  • Finished goal entry
  • Library


۞  Queued

  • Hang bedroom mirror 2 months ago

Ru ~ dig deeperIllustrated Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tales

“A beautiful gift edition of twelve classic Hans Christian Andersen fairy tales lavishly presented with a clothbound cover. Includes the best-loved characters of ‘Thumbelina’, ‘The Little Mermaid’ and ‘The Ugly Duckling’, as well as a biography of Hans Christian Andersen, all enchantingly illustrated and specially retold for younger readers.”

We started this one, but unfortunately someone else has put a hold on it so we’ll have to take it back to the library before we finish. I have many collections of fairy tales, but the illustrations in this one are wonderful and it’s beautifully bound with a little blue silk ribbon placeholder.

The stories are gentled up a bit, but not too much. I don’t know how I feel about that… I vividly remember reading the original Little Mermaid when I was young, probably because the ending was so heartbreaking. I myself prefer the unedited ones, blood, thorns and all, but some really are quite brutal and upsetting. I’m not sure why “fairy tales” have the reputation of having gloriously happy endings, most don’t – a Disney adaption thing perhaps?

In the myth book we recently finished, the only story I skipped was Isis and Osiris, uncertain whether sensitive 8 year olds need tales of incest and dismemberment before bed.

Instead of launching into a multifaceted tangent about myths and fairy tales, I’ll just say we read HCA’s The Tinderbox last night, which he loved. I remember it being one of my favorites too. We’ll get a few more in before returning it. 2 months ago


Ru ~ dig deeperRapt

Day 35: Feb 4, 20142 months ago


Ru ~ dig deeperBlack, blues, and copper

Retroactive happiness…

November 3, 2013

  • A relaxing Sunday sleep in and blues infused brunch.
  • Whirling clouds of crows; black against blue skies.
  • Long walks across bright leaf carpets.
  • M found my missing earring bead.
  • Mexican wrestling masks.
  • New copper polish.
  • Sweater weather.
  • Zzzombies! 2 months ago

Ru ~ dig deeperDisjointed

I’m feeling emotionally skewed today (possibly aided by insomnia with a hormonal kick) – going with it as much as possible, sipping tea, laying a bit low, trying to relax. Planning on an expedition with the kids in the sun later, the aim being some shopping I need to do somewhere I’ve never been. Fingers crossed for a second wind later in the day.

I have a dear friend coming by tomorrow morning, so I’ll try to tidy up before then – looking forward to some company. Uncertain if I’ll make the talk I planned to attend tonight, I don’t think my mood is right. Hopefully the afternoon walk and fresh air will help me sleep better tonight.

Main focus today: Feb plans, pick new books, attempt to reach shopping center on foot…


۞  Daily

  • Health: Body test, exercise, water, vitamins, sleep √ meh sleep though
  • 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: Clean kitchen cabinet doors
  • Look into extended photo promotion e-mail (yay!)
  • School: Choose Wed show and tell
  • Choose a new book to read (Isak)
  • Choose a new book to read (me)
  • Call re. AWOL crib components
  • Clean up for visit tomorrow √ A little…
  • Outside time with the kids √ Hours!
  • February bootcamp entry
  • Buy strong black thread - Tried 4 stores :(
  • Game with Isak
  • Elevate mood
  • Buy gift
  • Library


۞  Repeat

  • Bedtime reading with Isak: (Something new!)
  • Continue November happiness entries
  • Watch/delete DVR: 1 hour
  • Potty practice
  • Music!
  • Read
  • 365


۞  Recycled

  • Pay bills for utilities + ambulance services YES!
  • Re-sew the buttons on winter coat
  • Wash, size-sort clothes for baby L.
  • Movie + popcorn with M √ – Moonrise Kingdom
  • Finished goal entry


۞  Queued

  • Hang bedroom mirror 2 months ago

Ru ~ dig deeperLeftover glitter

Retroactive happiness…

November 1, 2013

  • Uncontested pajama days.
  • The rain set in and was hypnotic against the windows.
  • The last day with our houseguest. We had a low key day full of coffee and conversation. When it was time for her to catch her bus, I walked with her through the rain with Isak cozy at home chatting with us on the walkie-talkies. It was a truly wonderful visit and I dearly hope it won’t be another fistful of years before we see her again.
  • Sampling last night’s mountainous bounty of treats.
  • Playing a surreal blob game with the kids and going to bed when the Big Tired hit.



November 2, 2013

  • Unwinding, just our little family again.
  • Cherry lollipops and red umbrellas.
  • Playing a new board game – with dragons!
  • Isak passionately playing the squeeze-box. 2 months ago

Ru ~ dig deeperThe Groundhog's shadow

Day 34: Feb 3, 20142 months ago


Ru ~ dig deeperMonday’s back

The weekend was busy, interesting, and productive with suitable relaxation pockets. We’re having a bit of a cold snap this week, but it’s a dry one so far – blue skies and frost. The few tentative cherry blossoms I saw over the weekend will have to retreat, I’m afraid.

M starts a new project at work today, and there have been other changes at his job as well so it’ll be interesting to hear how his day goes. I have some weekend list leftovers and more than enough new stuff to keep me busy, plus it would be nice to spend some time outside this afternoon. Sunshine is sunshine – I want to get out there.

Main focus today: Clean up, pursuit mortgage info, back up hard drive, Feb plans


۞  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

  • Untangle Iris’ hair (what was she doing last night?)
  • E-mail J about crib (picked up over the weekend)
  • Flylady Mission of the Day: Ceiling, top of fridge
  • Post weekend whirlwind cleanup of house
  • Pay bills for utilities + ambulance services
  • Back-up hard drive to the end of January
  • Brainstorm February bootcamp plans
  • Start November happiness entries
  • School: Update planner for Feb.
  • Outside time with the kids
  • Movie + popcorn with M
  • Finished goal entry
  • Game with Isak
  • Fix the wireless
  • Vacuum
  • Laundry
  • Baths!


۞  Repeat

  • Bedtime reading with Isak: Continue The Crystal Pool: Myths and Legends of the World  √ Finished!
  • Watch/delete DVR: 1 hour
  • Potty practice
  • Music!
  • Read √ Finished my book too!
  • 365


۞  Recycled

  • Return e-mail (again, again, again) about our mortgage info
  • Re-sew the buttons on winter coat
  • Wash, size-sort clothes for baby L.


۞  Queued

  • Hang bedroom mirror 2 months ago

Ru ~ dig deeperHere be dragons

Day 33: Feb 2, 20142 months ago


Ru ~ dig deeperLooking back at January

This month was hit and miss, but there were enough hits to check this off as worthwhile goal. M was very, very busy wrapping up a 2 year project at work and put in overtime almost every day (weekends too), I had plenty of extra work myself, and there were health wobbles for everyone, but a lot was accomplished, and February should have a bit more free time (I hope).

I’ll celebrate what was accomplished and carry the undone over into this months bootcamp. Farewell January!





Recap…


$: I finished double the desired projects, tried really, really hard to get the proper mortgage info (I’m much closer), and more than met my savings goal for the month.

Social: Attended the baby shower, birthday party, and dinner out. I’ve also kept up with the weekly dates with my friend and her daughter. The post x-mas get together is still in the works, it’s been tricky to align health and schedules this month.

Catch-up: I’ve now finished September and October happiness entries (more than met the goal).

Health: Have had better sleep this month (though far from perfect), lowered my BMI a bit, managed to get flu shots for the whole family (!!!), took many, many walks and made time for relaxation.

Put up/organize: Curtains, mirror, art, books, media, music? No, no, no, some, no, no (fail!)

Sort: Kitchen junk-boxes, desk drawers, swaps/donations? Minimal, minimal, minimal

Buy: Kitchen pantry, carbon monoxide detector, tires? No, no, no (fail, though we’re putting new tires on hold for now)

Kids stuff: Isak has taken hundreds of photos and is both loving it and improving his skills. Iris has been rocking the potty with a few great successes (3). Thumbs up!

Creativity: Project 365 is well underway and I wrote a little, though privately.

Put away: The Christmas stuff is all put away (though some boxes still need storing) and the tree is gone and cleaned up after

Family: Quality grown-up + kid time, ♥ – All we could possibly squeeze in.

Goal refreshing: 3 old out, 3 new in – Both were exceeded (5 each), and I wrote nearly 100 entries.

Home: We had our first fire in our fireplace! It was marvelous.

Give: I was too ill for my blood donation appointment, but I gave a microloan via Kiva and the baby clothes for my niece are boxed up.

Continue on with daily routines and plans: Done to the best of my time allowance, gumption, and ability.




I’m definitely looking forward to the fresh new month. 2 months ago


Ru ~ dig deeperHalloween 2013!

Retroactive happiness…

October 31, 2013

  • Isak woke in the night with a sudden high fever. Happily it had mysteriously vanished by morning, but I kept him home from school until time for the class party when he ran through the doors, joyfully costumed and carrying a box of personally ghostified candy.
  • S and I wandered through the mist and found a Chinese restaurant (where we had a delicious lunch) and a shop with the LED tea-lights I’ve been looking for.
  • We dressed the mannequins in feathers, glitter, and glowing horns, carved pumpkins, put out glittery skulls, spiders, webs, rats, bats, grimacing tiki lights… it looked fantastic! We also had two giant bowls of treats (one nut-free).
  • Another friend and her daughter joined us for trick-or-treating and S wanted to stay and hand out candy, so M came out with us. We all dressed up and went out just in our complex (where 90% decorate, some with unbelievably elaborate stuff – graveyards, haunted houses, lights, music, dry ice – there was a vintage car with Twilight Zone reruns being played in one of the windows and vans with skeletons in the front seat, glowing spider armies and a grim reaper that was a bit too grim for Iris). One house was giving out age-specific comic books, which I thought was a great idea.
  • We had over 100 kids come by! The aforementioned candy-handing houseguest dressed in a huge hooded cloak and sat with the bowl of goodies in her lap, looking like a prop, then would spook the trick-or-treaters when they reached into the bowl. She overheard a group of teenage girls talking about how they were going to steal it, so when they reached out she reached back with a creepy shriek. They screamed and squealed. Hilarious! We were just coming back and caught the tail end of their trauma – I even heard one saying she thought she’d peed her pants. Ha!
  • At the end of the night the entire complex gathered and set off tons of brilliant fireworks, played music and danced, kids in costumes whirling to the Time Warp, Isak break-dancing with his new friends to Thriller, happy neighbors with wings and masks and cocktails, it was indescribably wonderful – I got a little choked up; so happy we’re living here in this wonderful community.
  • Returning home, saying goodnight to our friends, having a late, candlelit dinner, tucking in tired kids, then sitting up late with our houseguest and a bottle of wine watching spooky old movies (Häxan, The Abominable Dr. Phibes) and talking until we collapsed too.
  • Great fun, a HEAVY haul, and not a drop of rain! 2 months ago

Ru ~ dig deeperGlass shoes & rivets

Day 32: Feb 1, 20142 months ago


Ru ~ dig deeperWeekend Ten (Feb 1 - 2)

Top 10 Things To Do This Weekend

  • Continue reading Myths and Legends of the World with Isak
  • Pay bills for annual utilities + ambulance services – Bank closed early :(
  • Complete October happiness entries
  • Attend community Fire Hall opening
  • Trip to White Rock (visit + concert)
  • Bootcamps: Finish Jan / Start Feb – Finished/added
  • Attend Chinese New Year Parade
  • Re-sew buttons on winter coat – Need new thread
  • Family movie + popcorn
  • Back up hard drive – Organized folders 2 months ago

Ru ~ dig deeperThank-you

It’s melting crayola bits in a metal heat tray – we recycled them into swirly crayon rings last night. Fun project! (I’ll post on that soon too). 2 months ago


Ru ~ dig deeperFlow

Day 31: Jan 31, 2014

1 month down! 2 months ago


Ru ~ dig deeperJavalicious!

Last night M and I were up until 4am working on his feedback paperwork and then talking for a while afterwards, so neither of us got much sleep last night, but the job was typed up and done well. It’s Friday, school is off, and company is coming (our usual Friday get together). Hopefully we can break out the coffee beans sufficiently to get out with the kids – it’s chilly but sunny out.

Its M’s last day on the current work site, there’ll be a brand new spot to start on after the weekend. I’m really, really glad he’ll have this whole weekend free – he needs it. Me too.

Main focus today: Clean up house + enjoy Friday visit, have a hot bath, unwind with M.

Viva la weekend!


۞  Daily

  • Health: Body test, exercise, water, vitamins, sleep √ (Ehhh… maybe not the 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

  • Return e-mail (again, again, again) about our mortgage info (sigh)
  • Rehash plans with parents (may not be up to overnight)
  • Flylady Mission of the Day: Detailed vacuuming
  • Send in M’s polished annual feedback file
  • Pre-company whirlwind cleanup of house
  • School: Enjoy Pro-D day, E-mail teacher
  • Friday coffee + playdate with friends
  • Check New Year parade time
  • Break out the crayon maker √ Great fun! We made rings…
  • Outside time with the kids
  • Clean toilet, sink, tub
  • Finished goal entry
  • Game with Isak
  • Laundry
  • Library


۞  Repeat

  • Bedtime reading with Isak: Continue The Crystal Pool: Myths and Legends of the World 
  • Continue October happiness entries
  • Watch/delete DVR: 1 hour
  • Potty practice
  • Music!
  • Read
  • 365


۞  Recycled

  • Complete October happiness entries
  • Wash, size-sort clothes for baby L.
  • Re-sew the buttons on coat
  • Warm bath + pamper hair
  • Movie + popcorn with M


۞  Queued

  • Pay bills for utilities + ambulance services
  • Hang bedroom mirror
  • Buy snow tires2 months ago

Ru ~ dig deeperThe contest

Day 30: Jan 30, 20142 months ago


Ru ~ dig deeperSssssssssssssssssssssssssseason 3 down

I finished season 3 this morning – a few loose threads hanging, a few cinders still burning, but it’s definitely been something dark to look forward to weekly. Good thing our dear Sunday night zombies will be returning soon.

I wonder what Season 4 will hold? I heard a rumor there’ll be a circus/ carnival theme, but then the poohbahs said no. We shall see.

Enjoyed the Stevie Nicks cameo…2 months ago


Ru ~ dig deeperThe squeaky wheel

Iris has managed to bugger up my computer several times lately – usually in the space of about 20 seconds, it’s quite impressive. Yesterday she sent it into hibernation and did something funky with the mouse. The first was easily enough to solve once I figured out what happened, but the mouse is still behaving terribly. Fixing it will make computer things notably smoother, so that’s a priority.

The mortgage poohbah I need to speak with called at 7am when I was groggy and trying to get people out of the house, so I need to get back in touch with him. I’m nearly finished catching up with the October entries, so soon I’ll only be three months behind (sigh).

I’m looking forward to a couple of long weekends in a row, starting with a day off tomorrow! We’re trying to organize an overnight with my parents for Isak, they’ve bought tickets to a classical music concert he should love. Lots of baby steps forward…

Main focus today: Mortgage info, sew buttons, fix mouse issue, book order


۞  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 - 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 book order, update planner, E-mail teacher - 2/3
  • Flylady Mission of the Day: Rock the feather duster
  • Solidify overnight and concert plans with parents
  • Return returned call about our mortgage info √ Now waiting for a re-re-return
  • Repack storage boxes in family room
  • Complete October happiness entries
  • Look into erratic mouse problem √ Q-tip + alcohol
  • Write E. re. Friday get-together
  • Plans for Pro-D day
  • Finished goal entry
  • Game with Isak
  • Finish AHS/C


۞  Repeat

  • Bedtime reading with Isak: Continue The Crystal Pool: Myths and Legends of the World 
  • Continue October happiness entries
  • Watch/delete DVR: 1 hour
  • Potty practice
  • Sweep hall
  • Music!
  • Read
  • 365


۞  Recycled

  • Wash, size-sort clothes for baby L.
  • Help M start feedback paperwork √ Done + typed!
  • Re-sew the buttons on coat
  • Warm bath + pamper hair
  • Movie + popcorn with M


۞  Queued

  • Pay bills for utilities + ambulance services
  • Hang bedroom mirror
  • Buy snow tires2 months ago

Ru ~ dig deeper#55: Duha

It’s been a while since I logged onto Kiva, and all of of my previous loans have been paid back. Today I updated my information, set up where my money should go should my account become inactive, and re-lent to a young woman in Madaba, Jordan who does photography, a passion I share.

Duha was born in 1991. She is a single lady living in an area in Jordan called Madaba with her 3 siblings and her mother. Her father is deceased. Duha’s family has been facing financial problems since her father’s death. Therefore, she decided to support her family financially by running a photography business since photography has been her hobby since childhood. Now, she wants to expand her project by buying another camera to start launching her project and earn profit from it. However, she doesn’t have enough money to do so. For this reason, she has applied for this youth loan.

This loan is helping support a borrower who is 30 or under. Because many young people lack business experience or established credit histories, it can be even more difficult for them to access financial services. By funding this youth loan, you are expanding opportunity for a young person with limited resources.

I wish Duha all the best with this, and hope her goals lead her from passion to profitability.

This loan is now under the 43Things lending team and still raising funds. If anyone would like to join me, please do! The link is hereFully funded!2 months ago


Ru ~ dig deeperThe quiet couple

Day 29: Jan 29, 20142 months ago


Ru ~ dig deeperT'was the night before Halloween...

Retroactive happiness…

October 28, 2013

  • Beautiful weather! We spent extra time outside playing shark tag.
  • I finished a work file that was hanging over my head and ironed out an author mishap smoothly.
  • Receiving a sincere (and readily accepted) apology.
  • Isak is the star student at school this week and very excited about the extra attention (and bean bag privileges).
  • Ridiculous family fun dancing and playing Iris like a guitar.
  • Cowboy dinner! Yei-haw!



October 29, 2013

  • Sunshine blasting through red leaves, melting frost.
  • Another great day at school.
  • Meeting a thoroughly nice neighbor from the complex across the way.
  • S. is coming from Newfoundland to stay with us over Halloween! She’ll be here tomorrow (cue happy dancing)! It’s been so long since we’ve seen her in the real world, I’m so glad she could arrange to fly out. We’re all really, really looking forward to her visit.
  • Picking up more candy and decorations: lollypops (to be made into little ghosts) and spiders with jeweled eyes. There’s so much spooky décor up around the neighborhood – it’s fantastically festive and fun to be a part of it.
  • Iris singing softly to the day moon.
  • Relaxing (or not) with a spooky movie, The Woman in Black, picked up from the library.



October 30, 2013

  • A thorough home cleaning frenzy (in anticipation of our first house-guest) followed by a thorough family cleaning via bathtub bubbles.
  • Finishing another project for work while the complex workers showed up and cleaned all the leaves out of the gutters.
  • Captain Pumpkin and Batman-girl!
  • S is here! It’s such a joy to see her. We had some cocktails, caught up, she met Iris and played chess with Isak and helped make countless lollypop ghosts. Infinite laughter.
  • Tomorrow is Halloween! We’re excited about our first one here. The gorgeous weather is continuing too – it looks like Trick-or-Treating might be clear for a change. 2 months ago

Ru ~ dig deeperWebthrown

I have a number of things to do online today, some of which make me nervous to deal with but they continue to spin in the back of my head, so I’m staring them down. A jumble of other things wait, some I’ll get to, some probably not – insomnia and weather shifts have me feeling slow.

Exactly how robust my afternoon burst of energy will be and what direction it decides to take (manic second wind or much needed nap) remains to be seen.

Main focus today: Mortgage info, sew buttons, update accounts


۞  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: Pack sharing item, update planner, put school dates on calendar
  • Check plans with grandparents (Isak overnight, piano/violin concert) √ Pre-confirmation, tickets bought
  • Flylady Mission of the Day: Dust things (Up! Up! Up!)
  • Update 3 online accounts (contact info, passwords)
  • Return call about our mortgage info Still haven’t gotten ahold of the right person…
  • Go over book order form with Isak
  • Help M start feedback paperwork
  • Declutter 3 expedit squares - 2/3
  • 15 min bookmark sorting
  • Update Kiva, reloan
  • DVR: GOT + AHS/C √ Set
  • Finished goal entry
  • Find tax login info
  • Game with Isak
  • Vacuum
  • Rest


۞  Repeat

  • Bedtime reading with Isak: Continue The Crystal Pool: Myths and Legends of the World 
  • Continue October happiness entries
  • Watch/delete DVR: 1 hour
  • Potty practice
  • Music!
  • Read
  • 365


۞  Recycled

  • Wash, size-sort clothes for baby L.
  • Re-sew the buttons on coat
  • Warm bath + pamper hair
  • Brush + antibac poo-shoe
  • Movie + popcorn with M


۞  Queued

  • Pay bills for utilities + ambulance services
  • Hang bedroom mirror
  • Buy snow tires 2 months ago

Ru ~ dig deeperHolding it together

Day 28: Jan 28, 20142 months ago


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