Weather; Fall again, feel the chill
Kids; 100% in school today
Workout; 1 bodypump class today and maybe I’ll walk to get that elusive 10k steps
health; heard a dishearting rattle in a sudden cough that was not there yesterday…
calories; resisting the candy. Not resisting a cookie for breakfast.
Here I am again! In my old job there was a predictable season for all sorts of thing. The time I would send this or budget that or schedule the other… One of my odd worries when I started to stay home was that I would lose that rhythm to the year. I was wrong. Plenty of things. There were the expected holiday and birthday things that roll around like clockwork but those were already a given. Things like posting every day in November is oddly like when I would review the prices of every item in my zone of influence. It is nice to have built a new framework, there is basically no dull time in the year, no time when I’m just doing the same thing week after week with no variation. I think I actually have more variation now than I did at the mundane job!
On the other hand, posting every day the topics start to get thin. I have not decided if I’ll go with a theme or jump onto the prompts they send out daily or if I’ll fall back on my routine prompts from last year. Each have merit and I guess we will find out tomorrow! One thing is for sure, its going to get a bit random because I am using all my strategy and planning on the 5 other blogs and web presences I’m managing right now!
In the vain of random, here is a picture of Niamh in a shirt she was given when she was 3. It says ‘my dad rocks’ and has been in her wardrobe ever since. The friends that gave it to her are expecting their first baby in March but back then just had no concept of kid sizes – soon they will laugh at themselves (more, because they laughed in the first place too).
ps. I just remembered I could have gotten away with just a picture today as ‘wordless Wednesday’ oh well, I just can’t keep my days straight when my Monday is off balance.
Today I have actually done so many of the things my head says one should do .
- Got up a little early to read and snuggle with Niamh
- I made healthy lunches for kids
- ate breakfast on the go, but, ate breakfast
- dropped off and hugged 5 kids at school
- worked out with a friend who totally made the workout possible by pulling out equipment for me too
- Showered! before noon!
- met up with friends for an hour
- took a 1 mile walk where I got 5 pokimon
- Finished an awesome biography on Birdseye
- ate lunch with my husband
- answered a few pressing e-mails
- did a work call
And now I look toward a major project – swapping kid rooms – that I’ve been trying to get underway for weeks. The bed is here, the mattress arrived this afternoon, I cleaned the kitchen last night so that’s still good and I have a ‘free’ hour before my first sewing lesson student arrives.
This week has been decent in rhythm. I’m working out more if not at normal/regular times. I can spend time with the kids doing individual things because I can get some of the annoying chore things done faster solo. Work is increasing since I’m onboarding a new client so I have way more setup work than normal but its also fun. I still need to work out my computer time because if I’m not with Fiona I tend to work all day non stop and if I’m with Fiona I can’t break away as regularly as I used to. I’ll get that dialed in sooner or later 🙂
So thats my life right now. I need to do some posts on projects I’m working on because the big Halloween holiday is coming and we have a few new hobbies going that are totally worth talking about but I’m too busy doing to get writing.
Hope you all have a great weekend. Mine will involve a chainsaw!
Weather – awesome, this is why we live here
School – everyone still likes it
Cat – getting a check up next week
Workouts – need to get better, I’m hopeful
Schedule – full throttle already
I don’t know how long it will take me to get used to my new schedule but right now I’m filling every moment with things that have been patiently waiting their turn forever. I estimate I have a year worth of projects in and around the house and that isn’t even counting walls I want to paint or demo (or both!). This week the focus was on getting some of the computer things done so all day today and most of Monday I plugged away at reports and writeups and reviews and research and I think most of Friday I’ll be here too. I did at least book tickets to Hawaii to see my sister, that only took me 6 months to actually do. I also got all my Pennsic task list done so that is in the books.
On the flip side, now that I have some day time, I actually have more time for the kids when they get home. This is augmented by the new awesome homework policy (that is NO HOMEWORK!) so over the past few afternoons, we have tackled the bike situation. Niamh was so dependent on her training wheels that she was actually bending the frame of her bike because she was torquing it so oddly riding sideways. We should have made this happen years ago but she was not overly interested in biking and we always just had other things to do. I just took them away. I also lowered her seat and told her to pretend it was a sit on scooter so she could just learn how to balance. I also figured that I should not make the same mistake twice so I also took away Zoe’s training wheels and told her the same thing. Both actually got into it and since we live on a road with a slight hill it was easy enough to get the balance trick.
The only problem with ignoring petals is that they don’t go away. I know there are fancy balance bikes but I was not investing anything but time in this project. So, because of frequent whacks with the petals to the shins, both girls choose to put their feet on them. What do you know, 2 days of half an hour or so of walking with them and they got it. Niamh is mad Zoe did it, but, Niamh is actually getting better 10x faster and Zoe is about where a 6-year-old should be. She needs to learn about breaks, not just going up on a lawn but on the plus side, all those years of jujitsu falling down is not a big deal for her.
I remember bikes being a giant part of my childhood and I hope they have the same positive experience too. I’m also glad that I could teach them something that didn’t come naturally to either one… Zoe asked today if we could ride bikes this afternoon and I’m happy to say yes and I’m happy that she asked.
Oh, and this maniac on 3 wheels is now teasing them both that she can ride circles around them. She can actually, for now, but not for long!
Poor blog, nobody posts on you!
For the second week in a row Lars is out of town and in contrast to last week where I felt like the crazy hub of social activity this weekend we are crazy solo. All little outings fell through and kids were behaving like it was a full moon (it was) and they had spent an exhausting fun week at camp. Solo parenting is for the birds (although based on my nesting robins, those chicks keep 2 parents busy in their species too).
In the win column – I have major amounts of garb produced. Thanks to mom who is quietly producing in NY to supplement efforts here, I think I can put away the sewing tomorrow. I also have one solid box packed and some bits and pieces getting pulled to a gather point for packing in the near term.
We also did a fair job cleaning up. When they start fighting I say I need to micromanage and we clean. Sometimes the mess just moves but it’s almost cute to hear Zoe cut me off mid-word to parrot “do it right or do it twice”. I also seem to have a relaxation issue when Lars is gone. Two nights straight I got them to bed with reasonable ease, that at least is not a current issue, and instead of vegging out I power clean. Last night I seriously intended to just do 10min and then go to bed and there was mud by the door from feet and 30 min later I had the floor cleaned and dry using a washcloth and dish towel since I only was going to do “that spot” but then there was “another spot”.
Today is starting better. It is not raining, it is not 90 degrees and they let me sleep until 7:30. And hey, the kitchen is clean, so that always helps the day start nicely.
Ps. output in the past few days;
2 tunics for Lars, 1 over tunic, skirt and choli for me, 2 kid cholis, 5 kid skirts, a hat, 3 hoods, a chemise, various mending points, and 3 kids that are still alive.
I’ve been meaning to do a real post on the blue apron and the general meal in a box industry but today I was marching through the computer chores of the day including paying bills and I saw this perfect side by side comparison.
When people ask about the cost I’m going to bring this up because that meal at Perkins was for 6 meals and 3 were kids. Blue Apron is 6 meals (3 meals for 2 people) all suited for people who eat more than the chocolate chips out of pancakes. Sure you have to cook the Blue Apron but that’s pretty easy.
Back to business, today I have a giant business related list of items to cross off. On the bright side, everyone happily went to camp today 🙂
bathwater – blue, we actually did a ton of hand washing for a big cooking event, however, Fiona did paint herself blue but then used half a bottle of mint soap to get clean… so technically not a bath but yeah, blue.
Pennsic production – I’ve moved backward! I put the sewing away in favor of a big work area for cooking.
Cat – doing well actually, moved him to a higher dose of his supplement and its helping.
nap – no nap nooooooo!!!!! (direct quote) I, however, put myself in a rest for 20min including headphones and they were all alive when I came back out.
Workout – my hopping social life should count right?
Today was a busy day with unusual happenings. First, we went to visit a local production facility that makes playground equipment. I’ve seen a ton of production in my time and this shop was in the middle. They had some very impressive machines and paint line but a not so impressive work flow. I held back all questions my former self would have grilled them one and one telling glance at the process engineer mom in our group told me she was biting her tongue too. The kids had fun though and so did the moms so that is what counts!
Since they don’t have any of their wares to show on site, we had to take ourselves off to a local playground they produced and run around. The moms were definitely more impressed with the tour pointing out things we saw in process that were in ‘play’ on this structure and the kids were just happy to be allowed to touch the stuff.
Part 2 of the day was my contribution to the camping event this weekend that I am not personally attending (mom guilt). Since I wanted to be helpful I volunteered to do the food shopping and invited over the troop to help with prep. Seriously I didn’t need help beyond Lars (who is fantastic at making pork loin) but we wanted the kids to be aware of the process of food because girl scouts is supposed to be a fun learning experience. The moms who came were super helpful and made the tasks fly and I’m happy to have organized our way to success.
Part 3 of my day was a fun little jaunt to the board of ed meeting. I had some questions about possibly running and was very encouraged by what I heard. It’s some work, but, it’s work for something I care about. My kids are in this district and I care about them and their friends and all the kids, they need people looking out for them at every level. From what I’ve seen the current board is doing a really good job, it is a team I would be glad to join to keep the ship going in the right direction. The fact this is an elected position is a bit scary, I have no idea who else will run, but Lars is supporting my bid so I’ll be moving on the first real step soon.
And now is part 4. Lars is out – we high-fived in the driveway trading off parenting baton. He gets a night with the guys and I plan on giving my neglected house some love while listening to my current Laundry File book (hint, it has nothing to do with laundry). Fiona is asleep, I have leftovers calling my name, and my sights are on a 10:30 bedtime for myself.
I feel like today is a full day. I’m going to sleep well tonight.