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I’m drinking a lovely glass of Shiraz; after a productive day; while my husband watches our kids and the neighbour’s grandson as he preps our steak dinner (which he spontaneously decided to make) on the barbecue.
What’s that, like four thankfuls already? Apparently coming at you live from the Twilight Zone of AWESOME I came home to discover this afternoon 🙂
Nah. They don’t count. Yet. The featured acts in that intro deserves a bit more pomp and ceremony and description and so I’ll weave them into the storyline of my thankfuls for this week as I link up for Lizzi’s Weekly Weekend Ten Things of Thankful Hop over at her lovely blog Considerings. Be sure to check out her spiffy new banner.
That said? Here goes:
I am BEYOND thankful that school’s out for the summer (thankful 1). Friday was the last day of kindergarten for my eldest. So she (we – shall we be honest) have survived the first year of school. I won’t go into any more details there as I plan to do a full post on it in a couple of days. Let’s just say here’s to no more school lunches and rushing to make the bus for two months. I’m also thrilled my daughter will get to spend more time with her sister and her friends at daycare. Bring on wading pool season!
I am thankful for playcare at my gym (thankful 2). I TOTALLY went to the gym today; dropped my kids off at playcare and ….
…. studied for my macroeconomics exam in peace for two hours.
In case you are new to my blog, or have missed the random and sporadic references I have made over the last year to this specific albatross of my life, I signed up LAST JULY to take Intro to Macroeconomics via distance education through the University of Athabasca.
You might be asking why I would do this? Well, it’s part of my learning plan for work. There is a stream of employment in the Canadian Federal Public Service for policy advisors known as the EC stream. EC for economics. The one social science I avoided during both my social science degrees. And basically the stream I’d like to end up on the higher end of, if I don’t end up in management. So I figured it would be … professionally advantageous … to at least get the basics. I took micro while pregnant with my now almost two-year old. And I’m now FINALLY finishing up macro – after discovering life gets a bit … busier with two.
It SHOULD have taken six months. But you can buy up to three two month extensions. Which I did. Because, well, life got busy. But it’s now crunch time baby! Final exam is June 30. The last possible day I can take it without flunking the course. I am beyond thankful that, whatever happens, it is almost OVER (thankful 3).
I’m guessing this isn’t what gym playcare was intended for, but MAN was I productive.
And check out my study area!
Sun; sunscreen; coffee; sounds from the pool. And otherwise? Peaceful, natural silence. If that doesn’t motivate you to get through three chapters of macro, I don’t know what would! And then I got to go pick up two happy kids from playcare. One of which greeted me in full Snow White garb (my youngest). I got suspicious when my eldest then offered me an apple…
I’m happy for little things that make me smile (thankful 4). When I was at Target three weeks ago buying the most recent volley of birthday gifts for kiddy birthdays and greeting cards for all occasions (birthday, Father’s Day, end of school year Thank you Teacher! etc), I bought myself this notebook to prep for my final exam for macro.
Plain ones were about $2.00 more expensive. I’m not sure what it says that this was the cheapest notepad available. But that’s a MICROECONOMICS issue which won’t be on the exam, so frankly I don’t really care. And I’ll give it to my girls to doodle in when I’m done.
I’m thankful for an incredibly productive day (thankful 5). After my “morning at the gym” I got my girls down for a nap; my husband took over; and I headed off to my parents for two more hours of studying.
I’m thankful for randomly discovered treasures (thankful 6). I went to the pharmacy on Thursday morning to buy nail polish to match a dress for an event (sidebar: which my four-year-old loved and I’ve now done her nails that colour too) and found this book:
So I understand this came out last year and I missed it. Perhaps I was stressing about macro? I’ll let that go Elsa-style soon, don’t worry…
Anyway, I bought it on the spot because it will make a lovely gift for someone and when I need it, I won’t be able to find it, so I’m going to store it until the right time. It’s like Chicken Soup for the soul – Golden Book style. You should check it out. It made my morning.
So speaking of events, I’m thankful for wonderful volunteer opportunities with my university alumni association; and I’m thankful for fun evenings out (thankful 7). This Thursday, I had the pleasure of joining the Carleton University Alumni Association Table for the Ottawa Business Journal Top Forty Under Forty to cheer on all our Carleton Alumni recipients of the award. It was a great night and congrats to all the winners.
I’m equally thankful for fun dinner conversation (thankful 8) which led to discovery of YouTube fun. I give you “This is a Trent Reznor Song”. Documentary-like accuracy. And it’s very awesome.
I’m thankful for other fun and interesting things discovered this week on the Interwebs (thankful 9).
I noticed great posts from two bloggers I follow. This one from Fit Mom and Full Plates suggesting a documentary I’m going to track down once I get out of macro study mode called “Fed Up” about the obesity epidemic and this one from Family.Work.Life. on the realities of the cost of daycare. I also noticed they were both on Top Mommy Blogs, which I remember from my previous blog life where I was listed on Top Baby Blogs when I spent about 10 months baby blogging with my youngest back in 2009-2010. As an aside, I’d note that Bringing Up Madison – whose currently ranked #1 over there – is a lovely blogger, and one of the first to ever say hello and comment on my blog when I started out this time around, so while I hadn’t visited her recently, I was pretty thrilled to see she’s not only happy, but thriving out there in blog land.
All that to say, I’ve put in my application over there for listing. Apparently it takes “1-14 days” and if you click this button to the left from my blog during the approval process it speeds up their decision to list me or not. Just sayin’. And thanks much if you do.
And if I don’t make the cut? Well, we’ll just never speak of this again.
Moving right along to the stunning conclusion of this week’s list. I’m thankful for spontaneous family dinners where I don’t cook (thankful 10). I hinted in the intro – and yes – tonight my husband made steak and potatoes on the barbecue. And he bought wine.
This wine – which I kind of wish he’d found a few weeks ago when I posted about my complete lack of game.
But the dinner was lovely. He cooked the steak well, got caesar salad (I’ve been on a bit of a crazy caesar salad kick), and got all the fixings for baked potatoes.
All in all a great meal.
And then after dinner? We dance partied with the girls.
I asked for requests and my eldest immediately asked for Madagascar’s I Like to Move It.
Then she assigned roles. Daddy was the lion; little sis was the zebra; I was the giraffe.
Her? The role of choice: the hippo!
I love the minds of young kids. She was the awesome girl in the movie. End of story.
So we hooked my iPhone up to the speakers and danced to this on repeat:
After that we branched out into some Barbie and the Popstar. Then I made it all about me and played the original Real to Real I Like to Move It (the one I line danced to in 1994; I’m not sure they noticed the difference) and Cyndi Lauper’s Girls Just Wanna Have Fun (from which the Here I Am! favorite tune from Barbie and the Popstar liberally samples – my four-year-old was mainly interested in why Cyndi was wearing pants at the start of the video rather than a dress); then moved on to Legally Blonde’s Perfect Day (also used in Barbie and the Popstar). I like to think of this as the first of many … musical … “history” (?) lessons. It was a soft lob well received.
So that’s my thankful this week. By this time next week I expect I’ll be a “Good God I’m about to write a multiple choice first year university level exam and I haven’t had enough time to study” ball of nerves. I hope to post, but if I do I will not be held responsible for any of the wacky stuff that may come out due to stress … at only having a year … to prep for a first year undergrad multiple choice final exam for a course that’s generally four months long.
I mentioned the kids, right?
Whatever. Until then, like Cyndi sings, let’s all be the ones who walk in the sun. And have fun! Because summer is HERE.
What a great list! Sounds like a lot of things were accomplished and fun along the way too.
My project notebook at work is a Hello Kitty composition book. I bought it from the back to school clearance sales, but it wasn’t the cheapest. I just couldn’t resist 🙂
I have to admit, at one of my more important than now jobs, I had a Strawberry Shortcake notepad. It was a gift from my now husband – and I found it …somewhat amusing to bring it into meetings with me, cover hidden of course.
As for the week generally – yeah – I’ll be a happier person July1 when the exams all done, but it was a good week!
Lisa @ The Meaning of Me said:
What a great list and a full week! Tell me – does that bottle of wine really have a moose on it??? it looks like it in the picture. That’s too funny – the Hub and I have kind of a moose love thing. (More like we honeymooned in Moose country and saw NONE the entire time so it’s kind of a THAT kind of thing.)
Congrats on your class being over one way or another – know that feeling!
I need to find that Golden Book book. I grew up on Little Golden Books – such memories! I’m enjoying digging them up to read with my daughter.
Oh and I definitely think your intro items should count – how awesome!
Have a great week!
Yup – the bottle does have a moose on it – my husband has a bit of a hunting and game meat obsession, so it appealed to him.
That sucks that you never got to see a moose 😦 But I see how that could become a bit of a thing all unto itself.
The Golden Book is really pretty fun – I enjoy reading them with my daughters at the moment too !
Janine Huldie said:
I truly love that summer is here. As for micro and macro economics, I took both in my undergraduate work as a business major back in the day (I was only 18 when I took each of these) and do remember how grueling they both were almost as bad as accounting, so god bless you for taking these classes willingly. And just glad that it sounds like you are pretty much done with both. Now that is definitely something to dance and party for!! 😉
You’re telling me! Cannot wait for June 30th circa noon…. Then I’m DONE!
Clark Scottroger said:
(remember… not too many ‘C’s and avoid any obvious patterns (alternating diagonal patterns a.b.c.d…a.b.c..d) and, and! if you have a ‘none of the above’ be on the lookout for a sneak ‘all of the above’…. those test writers can be sneaky bastards.)
sounds like a good dinner/evening (I will say SR* 8.3.2 does allow for a multiple listing of an event, provided the individual courses (when a meal is involved) was enjoy by all participants.)
good luck on the exam… try to be the third person to complete the exam!
* Secret Rule (from the Book of Secret Rules, aka the Secret Book of Rules)
What’s wrong with “c”. I thought when in doubt you go with “c”… At least that was a large part of my undergrad exam strategy back in the day if memory serves…
I love your thankful list and really appreciate you mentioning my post. Fed Up is a awesome documentary. I hope you get a chance to see it.
My pleasure – I was happy to learn about the doc! Thx for visiting.
Good luck on your Macro test. I love summer! And I like the name PlayCare instead of Day Care. Hmmmm.
Thanks very much! As for playcare – yes – I think in part so it’s not confused with those that offer longer (as in all day) care….
If Hello Kitty doesn’t help you pass macroeconomics, by golly, nothing will!
I love Golden Books! I’ll have to find the book you found at the pharmacy. Looks fun!
Here’s hoping Hello Kitty brings me luck 😉 And the Golden Book is lovely – I was toying with using some of the suggestions in there as writing prompts…
Kristi Campbell - findingninee said:
What an awesome use of the gym’s “playcare!” Love it and Hello Kitty seems perfect for an EC exam for some reason. MMM steak and wine and caesar salad. I know you’ll kick butt on the exam – congratulations that it’s almost over. Here’s to dance parties and Move It Move It (which we sing to get my son up the stairs at night – love it).
I currently have such a nice visual of your son getting serenaded and danced to bed every night to this song – so much fun!
As for the dinner – oooh – so good. Now thinking back and suddenly hungry…
Fabulous! Simply marvelous. I especially appreciate that you are real about your procrastination game (I call it a game because YOU still control it!). I clicked over to make you a mommy blogging superstar and then I got a little lost, I didn’t know what to do next – did I miss a deadline or something? And thank you for the ah-ha moment with Mr. Reznor – I do this in my kitchen with the boy and I become subject to eye rolling and strange looks. He does it and it actually sounds pretty cool. My takeaway? Just keep getting louder!
Thank you for the genuine smiles. I always look forward to reading about your life.
Is the boy a Trent Reznor fan? Or is it you. Either way, I applaud the taste.
As for the Top Mommy Blogs – thanks! It just counts clicks in from each listed site as far as I can figure, so just clicking in is a vote. I think I might do a post on it once I’ve played around with it a few weeks and have a fuller opinion about the whole thing. I’ve tried a few different mom blog communities with differing levels of success, so I thought I’d give this one a shot.
Thanks as always for the kind comments – they are always a nice boost in the day.
Didn’t know of Mr. Trent until your post. He and I are very similar is all. No appreciation from the boy! Glad that I could click and help. Glad my comments can be a good boost.