• Pretty Toes*

    It’s almost 10pm.

    I have basically been on the go non-stop since I rolled out of bed this morning, and I missed my usual afternoon writing time because I was at… (*cue drumroll*)

    a spa. M gave me a gift certificate to have a lovely lovely pedicure done at this beautiful spa here in town and I finally made time to use it today. I was pampered and my toes are pretty and I like it.

    The rest of the day was a blur of cutting the lawn, dishes, 800 loads of laundry (not an exaggeration at all), picking paint colours, running errands, changing sheets and folding laundry. Tonight I’ve been glued to my computer trying to get my lesson for church ready for tomorrow, and I just finished now. At 10pm.

    It was oh, so tempting to gently close my laptop lid and walk up the bed to my beautiful, welcoming bed…

    …but then I remembered that it’s buried under a pile of laundry and writing seemed way more appealing than dealing with that.

    Even though they are exhausting and so busy, I really do love days like today. It’s the kind of day when I can reflect back in the evening and really feel like I accomplished something. My lawn is beautifully cut and we no longer look homeless, and we are finally beginning the process of redoing and painting our bedroom. It’s basically the only room left in our home that we’ve never touched, and I’m SO EXCITED to finally make it over. There were just so many other priority projects in our home that it’s always been on the back burner, but it’s finally time to give it a face lift. I basically picked up all of the paint swatches from Sherwin Williams to put on my wall because I am the worst at choosing paint.

    Seriously. SO much anxiety.

    But I know I’ll love it once it’s done. So for now, I’m focusing on that.

    Today is day seven of my writing challenge, and I’m happy to report that I am still on track! You’re probably sick of being spammed with all my posts, but I’m on a roll here. And I’m going to keep… rolling. Or something.

    I think it’s time to take my pretty toes to bed. Maybe I’ll just slide in under the laundry.

    Totally normal, right?

  • A December Update*

    Has it really been a month since I lugged my desk up the basement stairs by myself and created my little kitchen nook so that I can write more often?

    (I still LOVE my kitchen nook, in case you were wondering. It’s my fav.)

    We’ve had a wonderful, busy month. Just after I last wrote I scrubbed my house from top to bottom to prepare for a visit with the Hubster’s mom! She flew in for a few days at the end of November and it was so lovely to have her here. We packed in as much as we possibly could during her time here, and we had so much fun. I have always wanted my kids to have strong bonds with their grandparents, so it warms my heart right through when I saw how much my sweet Ruby loves her grandma.

    It just feels like we’ve had a lot on the go these past few weeks. We squeezed in quick visit with my family and a wonderful family lunch to celebrate what would have been my grandmother’s 99th birthday. She passed away in July, and I find myself missing her just a little more this time of year. We were able to get together with some extended family that I don’t see often, and it was so nice to get to know them a little better.

    I also ran my fourth race! We ran a “Santa Shuffle” as a family, and I can honestly say it was my best race yet. For some reason the course ended up being only 4km instead of 5, but I felt so strong and had a good, consistent pace through out. I think my official time would have been below 35minutes if it had been a full course! This new coaching app I’m using has been amazing. I’m running better for longer distances and I feel SO GOOD. More on this soon.

    And since then it’s been a whirlwind of baking and Christmas prep! I finally finished writing (and editing) our Christmas letter, and we spent a few nights getting them ready to be sent out. We mailed a few to our immediate families, and we tested out an e-version this year. I am personally such a fan of real mail–especially at Christmas–but now that stamps are $1 a piece, it was going to cost us almost $80 just to mail them… and it’s just a little more than I can part with right now! So hopefully it worked out okay, and maybe we can just rent out a carrier pigeon or something.

    Other than that, it’s been an exciting few days around here. Ruby’s speech (and sense of humor) has progressed at a crazy pace. She speaks in full sentences and she understands SO much more than I sometimes think she does. She is obsessed with the dark and loves to play hide and seek with her Dad. (And yes. They are playing right now.)

    For two months Hank the Tank has been doing this army-type crawl that looks like he is crawling through a war trench, but in the last few days he finally figured out the “real” way and is really starting to move around. He is also climbing and trying SO hard to climb the stairs. I don’t think it will be long before my “small” boy will be standing on his own!

    It’s been a busy, wonderful few weeks, and my only lament is that I’m struggling to find time to run on a regular. The days are so short right now, and it’s hard to get out while it’s still light out. I know it’s temporary, but I really miss it. I can’t wait until the days are a little longer and a little less busy.

    Well, I’m off to rest for a bit… I’ve had a mild case of mastitis through the weekend and I’m a bit wiped. I’m very thankful it wasn’t as bad as last time, but I have decided it’s time to wean the Tank, come hell or high water. Wish me luck!

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  • Marvelous March*

    I have always loved the month of March.

    Even though the temperatures are often still chilly, it brings the first signs of spring and signals the end of winter.

    I’ve also always loved the old folklore for March– if it comes in like a lion, it will go out like a lamb, and vice versa. I lovedwaiting to see how the month will begin, and I often find that that old saying proves true.

    March definitely blew in like a lion for me, and not just with regards to the weather. The past few days have been so busy I could barely stay on top of everything. Work has finally picked back up and I’m working every day again. My course has really intensified and the projects are taking more time to complete. I’m also still trying to sort out my EI, the laundry and dishes are never ending, we bought a house, I’m behind on my book club book, the Hubster and I had a date night… life is full, my lovelies. Life is full.

    Also, I have a confession: I have only been running once.

    It’s been such an insane week, and the weather hasn’t helped. I made it out on Tuesday, but then temperatures dipped back down to -15 with blowing snow on Wednesday and Thursday and I wasn’t brave enough to go out. I hope to go out tomorrow morning if the weather cooperates, but I think I may have been a little preemptive in making March my running month.

    So, I’m going to alter it a bit: I’m going to exercise every day this month, starting tomorrow. One of the teachers at a local school spent an hour showing me and another teacher a bunch of great leg and ab exercises during our prep this week, and I am excited to try them out. I still plan to run as often as I can, but -15 is too cold for me!

    And now, I am beyond ready for bed. I’m off to curl up in bed with a book.

    Sweet dreams!

  • Bedtime Blogging*

    Oh goodness. When on earth did life get so impossibly busy??

    When I was in university, I had so much free time I didn’t know what to do with myself. Now that I’m an old lady grown up, time flies by faster than I can handle and my days always seem so full. It’s 10:06pm, and I’m pretty sure this is the first time I’ve sat down today.

    Well… I wasn’t evaluated today. I was so sure that it was going to happen, and then it didn’t. It was a great day all the same–I had three grade 12 classes and they were all completely amazing. Great kids, great courses and I actually got to teach a real lesson today, which was an awesome surprise.

    Today I taught a grade 12 Writer’s Craft course, and I got to teach an introductory lesson into paraphrasing and analyzing poetry… which I absolutely love. I really enjoy poetry, and I always did very well with paraphrasing poetry in university. The kids really struggled with it at first, but began to get the hang of it and ended with a wonderful analysis. I was so proud!

    After a busy day at school, I picked up the Hubster and ran a few errands before heading home. Thankfully I’m brilliant and decided to throw dinner in the crockpot this morning, so dinner was fast and easy.

    Then it was out the door again. I had a baby shower this evening, and I went early to help set up and stayed late to clean up. It was a lovely shower, but I was so ready to get home.

    And now, I’m curled up in bed with my new lovely netbook (for the second time this week) with the Hubster laying next to me watching a hunting video on our little bedroom TV. I’m pretty sure I’m going to dream about coyotes tonight… when I fall asleep in less than five minutes.

    I’ve already been booked for tomorrow–I’m teaching English at the school I interviewed at a few weeks ago. I tried hard to be mad at them, but I love the English department too much. They requested to have me come in, so off I go. :)

    And… in case you’re wondering, my nephew still hasn’t made his grand appearance. Peeah is so ready to have this baby, but he’s just not ready to come out yet. I think it’s just too cold–if I were him I’d wait too. haha! It was -20 today, and that’s much too cold to be allowed. I still have my money on 5pm on Friday!

    Just keep Peeah in your thoughts–she’s 40 weeks plus one day pregnant and could use a little love.

    …or tricks to bring on labor. Know any good ones that I could pass along?

  • Just A Blurb*

    So, remember that time when I used to write blog posts on a regular basis? Haaa… I almost can’t because it’s been like A WEEK. I’m terrible, I know.

    Life has been… exciting! Last week was full of work and volunteering, but I ended up with a four day weekend and it was SO nice. The Hubster and I decided to make good use of it and took a little road trip to visit my cousin and her husband. To put it simply, it was fabulous. We laughed, ate way too much, talked, shopped and let the boys duke it out on some NHL PlayStation game. It was the first time in a long time that we’ve been able to hang out with another couple and it was SO nice. I now understand Lily and Marshall’s search for couple friends! haha

    I also got to meet up with some friends from teacher’s college and it was a much needed and thoroughly enjoyed visit. While it sucks that I don’t have close girlfriends here in Pretty City, I know I have wonderful ones just a bit down the road who remind me that just because I haven’t found a real job yet, I’m still a good teacher and a job will come. Some day. (Hopefully soon!)

    So, I’m sorry for my MIA-ness and my total fail on the Shop Girl Shares post for this week–I have a great one in the wings for you! Right now I’m utterly exhausted and need to sleep but I shall be back soon with some gloriousness for you… and I promise, promise to catch up on your blogs as I see all you Nablopomo’ers have been busy! :)

    Much love,

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