Barbie, car drama, Dora the Explorer, gardening, Pinterest, preschoolers, thankful, work-life balance
We completed a major project at work this week.
And – all things considered – it went well.
It went awesome.
While I’m happy our team successfully pulled it off and that everyone was happy….
Mainly? I’m thankful it’s done (number 1).
Because not only did it dominate the week, it’s really dominated the past few months at work. This week, it resulted in two late work nights; one early work day; extra last-minute babysitting; and unforeseen time away from my family.
I’m glad I can now return to regularly scheduled programming.
And catch up with everything else in my life.
Which I have a fighting chance of doing.
I’m on the front end of FOURS DAYS off from work!
I’m thankful for the break (number 2). I’m looking forward to catching up on my sleep, cleaning my house, maybe even doing a bit of meal planning to get back on the diet wagon, and completing my economics assignment.
That said? On the diet front, I pulled out my favourite dress from last summer yesterday and it still fit! It was tight, but it fit! I put a lot of effort into losing weight last year, so I’m thankful that stress and daily life over the past year haven’t completely undone those efforts (number 3).
I’m thankful for my random bouts of organizing energy because now a number of ongoing annoyances in life are taken care of – or I have a clear path to getting them done (number 4). I woke up Monday morning and decided that this week – given it would be crazy chaotic anyway – was the week I’d try to get a number of things I’d be … sitting on …. in order.
So I finally:
- sorted out buying summer tires (that were needed, but that I’d been putting off buying because we can’t afford them. But I timed it so they are on the front end of a credit card cycle so I’ve successfully deferred that stress for a month. Yay denial!) and got my car into the shop on Friday to get the tires on; the oil changed; a turn light fixed; and (I thought) a dent and scratch fixed. They didn’t do that last bit, but at least I started that process (which I’d also been avoiding because I knew it would be complicated) and sorted out that they are paying to fix it (I bought a secondhand vehicle from them and they scratched and dented it after I agreed to buy it, but before I picked it up) and they are going to schedule and get it done.
- scheduled my husband’s car to get into the shop next Friday to get its “check-up” and summer tires on. In the world of “know your spouse” I finally accepted he wasn’t going to do it himself and just called.
- organized to get Tuesday off work so I can bring my eldest to a First Words screening. First Words is Ottawa’s preschool and language program and the first step to getting your preschooler referred into speech therapy, if needed. We took her when she was two and not speaking at all and they determined it wasn’t needed, but her teacher keeps asking us to bring her for another assessment, so I’m finally getting it done.
Is that the end of my “to do” list? Not even close! But it’s a start!
I’m thankful that it’s a beautiful sunny day outside, so that I was able to get some garden prep done (number 5). The girls and I spent almost three hours working in the garden this morning. My main accomplishment (aside from cleaning out my shed so I could find things) was getting a good chunk of work done cleaning out our front flower bed.
Check it out:
Since my eldest was born, we’ve sort of let our gardens …. go to seed. On top of that, we had the front walkway and driveway re-done last year and the workmen further mucked with the front garden as they dug around. So one of my goals this spring is to get them back under control. I spent a good chunk of the morning digging rocks out from the garden that the workmen had moved about and re-shaping them around the garden. I also weeded and pruned like there was no tomorrow. Three brown “back to earth” bags later and I’m still nowhere near done, but I can see the beginnings of the garden. I think my next plan will be to yank out the plant you see in the first picture because it never really worked and just spreads like a weed, split one of the hostas to take some of the space, and then buy some annuals to colour things up a bit. I then need to attack the dandelion population and then get started in the back yard while my husband seeds the front.
I’m thankful for quiet time in the afternoon to get schoolwork done (number 6). I’m currently in search of the willpower to do it. Perhaps once I catch up on sleep?
I’m thankful for Dora (I can’t believe I just said that). Both my girls adore her and this is currently my youngest’s favourite book (number 7).
We had the speaking explosion with our youngest in the last month. Suddenly the words are pouring out of her. And she’s actively curious about learning new ones. Currently she’s learning all the character names in the book. She points and looks to me for the word. I love her baby way of saying Tico and Isa. She’s got Boots pretty clearly though. And Dora always comes out in threes and song form – like the theme :).
I’m thankful for cupcakes and cookies from the Three Sisters Bakery (number 8). On Thursday, once we delivered on the work project and things had calmed slightly at work, I left at a decent hour; picked the girls up from daycare; and took them to choose a movie from the rental store (Barbie Nutcracker! – the music is lovely) and then tacked on an extra treat due to working mom guilt of having been basically absent for the last two days. In the same mall as the rental store there is also a lovely bakery that makes beautiful cookies and cupcakes. So I let them each choose one and then they sat outside on the colourful patio furniture and enjoyed their baked goods!
I’m thankful for the wild garlic my husband is going to go pick with his brothers tomorrow. He goes annually with them so we always have a good store throughout the year. I’m looking forward to lots of garlic butter in my future (number 9).
Finally? I’m thankful for how well my daughters get along (number 10). This afternoon they decided they wanted to nap together, so my eldest hopped into the crib with my youngest. I was a bit dubious, but by the time I left to go do homework, they were still in there happily enjoying quiet time together, if not actually napping. And that was an hour and a half of quiet time and counting…
This is my contribution to Lizzi’s weekend Ten Things of Thankful Blog Hop. Every week I try to come up with a list of ten. I’ve been getting a bit spotty at it recently, so I’m thankful I managed to find the time and the ten this week to get back on the thankful wagon.
What are you thankful for? Link up and let us know!
There’s much to be thankful for out there if you give it some thought.
A few weeks ago, I also started a Pin Board for my thankfuls as well. I’d neglected it over the last two weeks, but gave it some love today, so it’s all nice and thankful updated as well with things that have made me happy over the past couple weeks.
Melanie at My Ottawa Life said:
Love the two of them in the crib together! So sweet. I’ve had some organizing energy recently too (maybe because of the nice weather?) and so I decided to get rid of our basement carpet and it turned into such an ordeal. But I’m tackling tires, and getting the dog groomed next week so hopefully that goes better.
Sorry to hear (and also read on your blog) about the carpet ordeal. Things like that are disruptive enough without the extras when there are delays and such. At least it’s done now. Best of luck with the tires and dog grooming next week. I’m pretty excited that by this time next week we’ll have both sets of summer tires on. Yay!
Clark Scottroger said:
garlic butter! lol… one of my favorite meal (components) that I used to claim skill at… garlic bread. Took great pride in the kind of bread that would bring tears to your eyes (and tasted good, too!)
I love me a good garlic bread! Given the annual garlic picking here, it’s a bit of a guilty pleasure. It’s better with cheese if you really want to throw caloric caution to the wind! Mmmmmmmmmm.
But for any fictional potlucks in our future? You can bring the garlic bread. We can do something in the smoker over here (my husband’s other culinary past time).
Sandy Ramsey said:
Had to click over to follow your board and now I’m back to comment on this extremely lovely post. I am so glad that the project is done, it went well, and you can get back to regular life. I’m hoping to get there myself one of these days! The idea of the sisters sharing quiet time together is so sweet. I remember the Dora days well, too. Dora and Diego both saved my sanity more than once. Good luck on the to do list and enjoy that time off!
Oh yeah! My Pinterest pimping worked 😉 I have to admit, that whenever I start surfing around there it gets slightly addictive… I’m not sure I’m quite back to regular life yet – but it’s coming soon…. hope you reach it in short order too!
Tchaikovsky is always beautiful, even when ruined by Barbies 😉
I went straight to the Pintrest board, too – how did you get the preview of the whole board in? That’s very cool. You have some lovely things pinned there.
YAY for your project being done. I can’t imagine what feels better – that, or the four days off! I should imagine the combination of the two is nothing short of glorious.
Glad you’ve managed to invest some time in your garden. I’m still firmly of the belief that I like the IDEA of a garden, but not the nitty-gritty of HAVING one to deal with. Perhaps it will change though, the more time I invest in it. I really do need to do some weeding this week. Perhaps I shall challenge myself to have done it by next week.
And finally YAY! for you still fitting your summer dress.
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I laughed at the Barbie comment. I’ve said it before – I was full on ready to HATE Barbie Entertainment – but it’s actually not horrible. My daughter, among other things, knows the plots of a number of ballets as a result as a start. The music is also quite nice at times…
Yay again for Pinterest – and now I have my moment: I didn’t realize you had a TTOT board. Very nice too!
As for gardening – yeah – I go back and forth between motivated and where you appear to be – namely likely the idea, but not the effort. I’m back making the effort currently, but pls check in at the end of the summer to see if I have staying power here….
And as for the dress – I also found out I fit into my capris today. Again – tight – but in a …. motivational? kind of way….
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Ahhh motivational clothes are the BEST! I need to be aware of that – it was Husby’s birthday and I’ve eaten a LOT of ice-cream and cake this past week. YIKES!
I think I need to take a leaf from your book and just knuckle down and make it happen. *sigh* The garden will be happier for it…the garden will be happier for it…I need to learn to love ‘pottering’. And our garden is SO TINY I really have no excuse.
I guess I’m pleased that your daughter’s learning about ballets…as long as they don’t do it the Baby Einstein way, where they ruin Mozart by putting it through some kind of kiddie-synth…just WHY?! Kids can listen to the REAL THING and appreciate it – they don’t need classics dumbed down….goodness that makes me grouchy!
Huh – I had this super clever comment that disappeared…
Baby Einstein is the reason my kids speak Spanish. In that it’s the reason they started watching Dora. Because we couldn’t take it anymore. We got one as a gift and that was enough.
I’m never sure motivational clothes work – I read an article once that suggested buying an outfit a size too small to motivate you to lose weight and I just thought that sounded dumb – I figure you should always buy stuff to flatter. But working to get comfortably back into something you love? I’ll report back and let you know if that takes 😉
Good luck on the garden! And if it doesn’t take this year – meh. There’s always next year. As for me – my husband is out working on the garden right now. I’m pretty excited that I got him working at it too. Teamwork!
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I DID IT! It’s meant to rain the rest of the week, so I went immediately home and got our there and WEEDED EVERYTHING. Boy, it did need it, too!
I think not a new outfit but trying to get back into one you love is probably a better motivator. Good times and GOOD LUCK 😀 I need to lose the 6lb I put on last week over Husby’s birthday (ohhhh cake and ice-cream how I love TOO MUCH of thee!)
Teamwork rocks. GO YOU TWO 😀
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This is waaaaay more than 10! Each one of yours has sub-thanks within it, all of it making a delightful list! Love that the girls love each other and wanted to “nap” together. And that your work project is done (whew!). And that you have four days off. And that you cleverly deferred payment on the tires. And that you realize that some things, you’ve just go to do yourself if you want it to get done.
OHMIGOSH I have NEVER EVER noticed how much your name here in WordPress looks like a really fancy version of ‘Dandelion’ – LOVE IT.
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And I love this comment! It made me smile. Yay deferring payments! And honest yay to four days off (two more to go!) As for my girls – they are at a lovely age and I hope this bonding sticks. Don’t get me wrong, they fight – but they also have to hug each other good night. It’s all kinds of good.
Lizzi – as for Dandelion – I was so puzzled by this comment until I realized it was in reply to Dyanne 😉 I was about to chalk it up to “a British thing” until I worked it out …
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And to think WordPress hates me and still makes my name look like dandelion! If only I could get a picture instead of the stupid graphic.
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LOLOL No ….REALLY not just some weird British thing. Thpppbbbbbbpt
Dyanne – go to gravatar and upload your pic and then it will come up wherever you’d normally get the silly graphic instead.
But that “I’d like to buy a vowel” piece – that’s a British thing, right?
Or pure Lizzi gold? I could go either way…
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I’ve missed you! This may be all my computer’s fault, but I can hardly ever open your site. Weird, right? I’ve resorted to reading and commenting on your blog by phone. I love you that much. Feel it.
Awesome list of ten, gurl! All good things. Bakeries, and garlic, and gardening, and sleep, and getting shit DONE. I mean……seriously. Awesomeness.
Your computer doesn’t like me? I’m hurt. But honoured I make it to your phone…
I’d missed you too! Was so happy that Lizzi got her ass grabbed by the elderly on your blog earlier this week. It was my favourite bloggy people together in one place 🙂
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Awwwh bless your boots 😀
Candid Mama said:
Such a productive week! I’m pretty jealous of you right now. Enjoy your time off!!!
I am. I shall continue. Thanks so much! And I’m really (really) REALLY almost done that economics assignment 😉 I swear.
Wow! You’ve just been a whole mess of productive this week! It is such a good feeling to have a big project done and done well, isn’t it?
Oh how I love it when a child starts talking and soaking up every word she can. It’s an amazing thing to watch.
And ’cause I just have to share on the word front – I’m changing her today and saying “Oh! you peed!” To which she responded “I peed!” I tested a few time to make sure it wasn’t a fluke. Rocking mini sentences now!
Linda Roy said:
Congratulations on finishing your project and now, roll on Summer! And did someone say cupcakes?!