The oddest things happen at 4am

Remember how I said I hate 3am wakeups?  I really do… Last night I had a double with kid with a cough and then a swimming pool of a bed.  We had a few dry nights… Anyway, I just could not go back to sleep so I got up.

The world is pretty quiet at 4am.  It is very dark.  I told myself there are plenty of people up and getting ready in the world and I was just going to use these hours.

I powered through a pile of work so I can actually enjoy my vacation without contract work hanging over my head.  I updated addresses and in the process ran across a friend’s blog and read the update on her life.  She is stuck in the open face sandwich… It’s similar to the ‘sandwich’ issue of taking care of young kids while taking care of very sick parents HOWEVEVER timing conspired and she got the parent side of the equation and is too busy to get the husband and kid thing.  Anyway, I gave her a virtual hug and was very glad that I had the time to.

6am rolled around and the small people started to rustle.  Zoe came tiptoeing down to find me, all tussled and in pj’s, and she sat on my lap, and watched and learned about copy-paste and spreadsheets as I wrapped up work emails around her.  It was nice to have a little cuddle zone with just Zoe for 40 minutes.  We talked and ate a banana and since I already did most of what needed doing we could just look at facebook.  I got a reply from a cousin on her address and had a quick chat, I love the tiny moments of communication that facebook facilitates.  By 7am the crew was up and I took a shower because by then I was really tired but there is no point in going to sleep then.

I never shower in the morning, it also meant that I had to blow dry and it was actually nice to have shiny straight hair (that I put up into a pony).  Zoe also did a shower and a blow dry so two of us had unexpectedly great hair today.  Coffee saw me through the driving portion of the day and then Fiona and I actually got a ton of stuff done because I knew if I stopped, I would not start and I had my first CSA dropoff at 12:30.  We cleaned, did laundry, went to 3 stores and finally the drop-off and waited there 40 min so now my car is very clean🙂

We got home and ate and then I crashed.  1.5h later I feel human enough to keep on with the day but I have my eye on a 10pm bedtime.  Even with the zombie feeling, I feel like this morning was a weird gift because good things kept happening.  But like a gift… I hope it stays unique and occasional!

Dawn of December

In under 2 weeks I will be gone for 2 weeks!!!  This is my last ‘normal’ week of 2016. So many people are mad at 2016 but I’m ok with it.  No need to repeat annoying elections, tons of celebrity death, or a variety or world wide terror next year, but, all things considered, I’m in as good or better a spot as 2015 and looking forward to keeping the trend for 2017

Every year I’m gone for 1-week for Christmas, so, I should be more used to this and I’m sure if I look back the front end of December is always a crunch zone.  I put off the Christmas things because I want to enjoy the end of summer, back to school, fall, Halloween, thanksgiving and now the BIG event for kids and travel and the world around me is dancing at the end of this calendar page.

Calender… today I finished the massive family calendar that I love/hate to do.  There was a terrifying moment that I thought I lost it all but it was ok.  I also put together our Christmas card and ordered both for 5pm pickup today.  I love instant printing!  The cChristmascard is devoid of santa this year because we mised him coming to town.  Oh well, still like the card!  Between those two things, 3 hours of contract work, and my own things on the computer I did a lot of sitting today.

Sitting…. Fit bit wants me to do 250 steps an hour.  I don’t think its exactly cheating to notice that it is 5min til the next hour and then go upstairs and run from my bedroom to the livingroom room (15 steps) and back (30) ten times?  I don’t think it is exactly as intended, but, I have at least done that 4x today.

Over the weekend we got the decorations up.  We went to a really awesome christmas party that one of my clients puts on.  Kids played in the snow (that is now gone already).  Generally did ok with just the regular fights of kids etc.  I didn’t really get ahead on any of the things I wanted to but I’m also not behind.

How are you doing with December and all its varied needs?

 

Don’t fall for Drugs

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Last night after I finished up here I got a phone call telling me that Niamh won a competition in school for her grade.  It was for an anti-drug poster and I’m really glad she won, not just because winning is cool, but she has asked me at semi-regular intervals since LAST YEAR why she didn’t win last year and daily since she turned in her poster this year.  She did a good one but I’m torn because it was not exactly original because she got the idea from Pinterest.  On the other hand, I like the use of research tools, and, interpreting the picture on the screen into real life.  It was a real project, she got leaves from the yard as templates and then cut them out of construction paper. She wanted me to draw the tree and I did but I declined to help more.  It came out about how you would expect an artistic 3rd grade project to be.  Maybe now she will get a little more confidence in her art.

I am also glad she won because Zoe has been raking in the rewards from school this week.  My thought is that 1st grade just gives them out more than 3rd, and, Zoe may be an ‘example’ kid in her class.  (I think she saves her crazy for home) because she said she got one today for being the only kid doing what the teacher asked.  Honestly, I would like a little more of that good listening at home and a few less kudos from her teacher, but, she actually is good at just getting things done.  Regardless, Niamh was feeling left behind and not good enough but this came at just the right time.

It also happened that I was able to go to school to see her get the award.  I remind myself I choose to stay home so I could be there for my kids.  They don’t need a super clean kitchen, my contract work is flexible on timing, and if I can I should so I did!  She was double happy to see me AND I was able to get tons of good pictures of all the kids to post on the PTA facebook site.

Today I started the list of what to do before we leave.  I combined culling out the summer clothing, because winter is really here, with pre-packing for the trip and I’m done with 2:5.  If I keep this up I’ll be mostly packed over a week early, that is a new record for me.  There are also a few lingering things like bikes that need to be really put away but fall is seriously the best biking weather.  I think the list is do-able, just need to keep doing.

 

And with that, I’m off to do more.

Thursday stuff

I just finished a HIIT class and boy, she was not kidding around.  I suppose if I only make it to one class a week that one is a good one!  Problem is now I can’t really move so all the things I have to do tonight (like eat, shower, parent) might not be at full speed.

I do want to update a few things here because yesterday I was pleasantly surprised by my own consistency when I searched my archives to find out when #1 and #2 started the overnight dry quest.  My memory is decent but after enough time the details get fuzzy and thats how you end up with your MiL claiming that your husband was potty trained at 2 years old.  Wishful thinking lady… you remember he was little, thats it!  Anyway, Fiona has been putting on undies over night herself and surprising me with the fact, sometimes the surprise comes at 3am and sometimes at 7.  I was the one holding her back insisting on the pull-up….  So we are now 6-8m behind when her sisters started, but, both of them took a while so I’m hoping that I’ll have fewer months of overnight stresses.

What is it with 3am?  I seriously hate that time.  I have slept just enough to not be able to go right back to sleep.  I hated 3am feedings and I really hate 3am sheet changes.  (to be honest, I change the sheets the next day, that night I clean up the kid and put a thick towel down doubled over. )

However, I can report that the Hot Tub is now back to normal.  The heater quit due to the switch getting calcified.  Stupid hard water…  Not the best but not the worst and the repair guy had a replacement in his truck and it was done in an hour.

The dishwasher is still holding its water.  I’m so glad I have a little shop vac to suck out the water with relative ease.  If you were wondering, my dishwasher if very water efficient because it only uses 2gallons of water.  Torn between plumber and appliance guy and given that we have a vague work around and we are going out of town, this might be something that gets put off until after vacation.

On the vacation front, I had a little meeting with the kids tonight and led them down the path of decisions to NOT put up a tree this year.  We made a list of what we would do and what we would not and what we might do after we come back.  The cuts were deep but necessary, I think they left the meeting feeling good though since they each got something they wanted anyway.  Everyday is a count down and we are getting excited!

I think I need to get up and motivate the children to bed.  It is Lars’s guys night but he fed them and they were in PJ’s by the time I got back from the workout so I can nearly taste my girlie TV waiting after kids are in bed.

Last day!

woo hoo!  I blogged every day!

I also, you know, did things in real life too.  Sometimes those two things linked up, sometimes they did not.

Last night I folded laundry until midnight and the only reason I kept going was because I fold on my bed so I can’t go to sleep until it is done.  I always pay for not keeping on top of laundry (or anything). I still have more to go because I ignored the sheets/towels/wash cloth basket and I didn’t actually hang up my hanging stuff.

In other annoying news, my go-to gift for my grandmother is now a hassle again.  I make a custom calendar with pictures of the family and all the birthday info etc and for the past few years the birthday info has rolled over.  Not so much this year…  So I spent some time shopping around for a new site because I would stay loyal if it is easy, but, if that is gone I need to survey the field again.

Continuing this gripy theme, our hot tub, 3 months off warranty, has developed issues.  Works fine for a bit then you drain and refill and something goes wrong.  Last time it somehow magically healed by the time the service guy came out but this time it isn’t healing and we had to wait nearly 2 weeks for a service call.  Very annoyed.

Finally, in the streak of annoying things, our dishwasher won’t drain?  Rather new development and we keep doing the ‘maybe this will help’ solutions but we are at the point of calling a plumber.

 

I hope to have positive outcomes to report on the near future on all things but right now I must go deal with them.

Why is NaBloPo in November?

You know, I look forward to the challenge of blogging every day for a month.  I know, I could do this any month or every month but the community of doing this together is part of the fun.  I know the original concept was to write a novel of 10,000 words in the month of November and I think that might be either a ‘get it done before the year end’ for last minute publishing dollars, or, ‘I have no family so lets do something else’… Either way, 10k words or every day posts with basically a WEEK of real life in the middle is asking for trouble~

I’ve done it every year, but, every year are days with almost nothing or just a picture.  My computer is far away from the family center (on purpose) but when my kids are home and parents are visiting I’m just not creating time to run away and post.  I actually have posts in my head that I planned on doing this month but I think they will wait, or, they weren’t that important in the end.🙂

So Thanksgiving!  Parents were here for a week, kids were home, we went out a few times and stayed home and visited a bunch.  We did the normal things like games and puzzles and watched some John Oliver highlights.  I can’t exactly take a week ‘off’ but the load was shared among more for a week.  Grandparents love to hear kids read (or at least its novel and they are willing) and every time I turned around my Dad was tidying or making tea, making it way easier around the house.  He also did a minor project that he had an idea about using a real tool and not just the saws-all that I had planned.  Mom re-taught the girls knitting for the 5th time and she knows that it takes about 10x so she is half way there.  Cooking was a joint effort and while it was not a giant fancy crazy vacation week it was a nice and happy and home vacation week.

On the other hand….  while I did pre-do 95% of my paid work, I had a big pile of things to sort through today, and, more for tomorrow.  Today I skipped the gym but I did 7 loads of laundry, took down all the thanksgiving and started putting up a bit of Christmas.  Washed all the dishes, did all the baking, wrote a press release for Turkey Bingo as well as edit and post a ton of pictures from the event.  I also got in a good walk with Fiona and we got two Magikarp, and tonight before I sat down here, I did 45min on the elliptical and rounded out my 10k steps for the day.  Not too shabby a start on the list.

Speaking of ‘the list’ the next countdown in my world is not to Christmas but to our trip to Hawaii!  In 16 days we leave so that is not a lot of time to get quite a bit done.  I’m toying with the idea of not doing all the decorations this year, but, I do need to get on the ball about shopping and some crafting etc.  Same with Christmas cards and teacher gifts, my timeline is pulled up a week at least.  I’m sure the trip will be worth it, I’ll swim in the ocean on my birthday (a once in a lifetime event) and be ready for a Christmas on the beach picture in 26 days.

To anyone who found me during NaBloPoMo, I don’t usually post daily but I do post often so I hope you don’t leave.  I hit 1000 followers this month, something I intended to post about but obviously did not.  That is a pretty big number and I’m sure not everyone actually reads often at all, but, I hope you that do feel you are getting your monies worth.

It is time for me to wrap this up and expedite bed time and then back to the list.  That laundry won’t fold itself and I have 1 season of Gilmore Girls to finish before I can watch the new movies. (ps. saving the movies for Hawaii with my sister, can’t wait!)