Category Archives: Diversions

It’s been a week

So let’s see – first ever (written) submissions made to a particular court; spent the night at my grandmother’s house probably for the first time since I was a child; had a wonderful house guest; reorganized the craft-area part of our room; also at least four loads of laundry and practised piano every day except the day I wasn’t home. Whew.

And yet I still am not sure I did everything I wanted to do. It turns out lists can be pretty helpful eh? I wasn’t sure if I wanted to keep that up on here but it seems as though it’s a big help for me so there you go. That’s the only incentive I need.

It’s a long weekend in Ontario this weekend:

I have a love/hate this with holidays that move. In this case, Victoria day is the Monday before May 25. Regardless of the actual day – which can be anywhere from the 18th to the 24th – it’s sort of known as the “May 2-4” weekend. A 2-4 being slang for a case of beer as well. And it’s kinda funny as Queen Victoria’s actual birthday was May 24th. And it’s one of only three holidays in the Federal Holidays Act.

I’m trying my best to rest this weekend. To just chill.  To eat ice cream and drink beer and knit and spend time on Monday planning out the upcoming week or two, including getting back on the keto-wagon.

Have a great weekend all!

5 days of being deliberate

I mentioned earlier that I wanted to try and be more deliberate, or at least not so rudderless.

  • I’ll stop and think before I eat or drink anything.
  • I’ll focus on work at work and on home at home

I’ve been good with the big picture stuff this week: I may not always have eaten ‘well’ but when I did it was a conscious decision and not just mindless eating. And I’ve been far more productive at work this week, although it is a bit stressful right now.

  • Buy new LED lightbulbs and replace all the old outdoor light bulbs with the new LED ones; ✅
  • Send a note to someone;
  • One load of laundry – this is a never-ending chore but sometimes it gets away from me so I’m keeping it on the list for now; ✅
  • Practice piano every day;
  • Wednesday or Thursday I want to do some baking for work as a treat for a co-worker who is going on leave; ✅
  • Wednesday – take Q swimming! ✅

pool hair

  • Thursday – after-work drinks with co-workers. I am almost never able to go thanks to a busy family schedule so I am not bailing out on the one that I can get to!
  • Also a bigger goal is to declutter so – post at least 2 items for sale on facebook or kijiji (or both). Does anyone ever do well selling stuff on ebay anymore?

Mortgage renewals and leaving the baking for my co-worker to the last minute meant I couldn’t go out for after-work drinks on Thursday, so that’s a bit sad.

Kugelhopf (will be another post about this soon)

And while I did get the new LED light bulbs, I haven’t yet replaced them all. I got rid of a giant bin of duplo and some knickknacks I’ve had since highschool – think about that for a second. I’ve had those things for roughly 25 years years. Why am I holding on to things for 25 years!?!

And yea, practising just hasn’t seemed to happen this week. I really gotta get on that!

What’s gonna happen on the weekend?

I think I can stop writing out the big picture goals until either (a) they change or (b) I’ve started to ignore them.

More practical / everyday things:

  • send a note to someone
  • replace the light bulbs & figure out how to properly dispose of the old ones
  • clean 2 random things
  • pick Robin up from the airport
  • spend time with family on Sunday 🙂 this is a little out of the ordinary as we all get together at my grandmother’s house for mother’s day. It’s not a holiday our little family of three make a big deal out of but my mom loves it and her family like the tradition of getting together.

tulips at Osgoode Hall in Toronto

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Wednesday’s update – getting back into the swing of things

So here was Monday’s plan:

  • I’ll stop and think before I eat or drink anything
  • I’ll focus on work at work and on home at home

Both of these were pretty good actually. I had a hungry day on Tuesday – where I just seemed hungry all day. And that’s fine. That’s gonna happen. The important part is that I stuck to eating what I wanted to eat and didn’t use it as an excuse to eat a carton of ice cream.

  • Toby and I will hang the maps Monday or Tuesday – will [take] before and after pictures
  • I’ll write notes to two friends just to remind them they’re important to me
  • One load of laundry on Monday
  • One condo viewing on Tuesday
  • Practice piano both days

Hung the maps but forgot to take before pictures! Sent a couple of e-mails which could cover the second task but I also went out and got some note cards for sending actual mail. It bothers me a little that I won’t really remember what I wrote – I just can never seem to remember what I said. In fact, I should do up a spreadsheet so I remember who I sent things to!

Laundry ✅

Condo viewing ✅

Now, except for the piano practising that was all pretty good. But the lack of practising at all is pretty bad. I am 31 days away from my first piano exam in about 35 years….

It’s starting to look a lot like spring…finally!

So I’m going to add a day and now here’s

Wednesday to Friday, May 10 to 12

Big picture stuff stays the same for now:

  • I’ll stop and think before I eat or drink anything
  • I’ll focus on work at work and on home at home

Everyday things:

  • Buy new LED lightbulbs and replace all the old outdoor light bulbs with the new LED ones;
  • Send a note to someone;
  • One load of laundry – this is a never-ending chore but sometimes it gets away from me so I’m keeping it on the list for now;
  • Practice piano every day;
  • Wednesday or Thursday I want to do some baking for work as a treat for a co-worker who is going on leave;
  • Wednesday – take Q swimming!
  • Thursday – after-work drinks with co-workers. I am almost never able to go thanks to a busy family schedule so I am not bailing out on the one that I can get to!
  • Also a bigger goal is to declutter so – post at least 2 items for sale on facebook or kijiji (or both). Does anyone ever do well selling stuff on ebay anymore?

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Grammar geek

Sometimes I get annoyed by the silliest little things. Lot of those things involve the English language. Which clearly isn’t as easy to use as it should be but spelling/pluralization/s vs z/ -ice vs -ise / etc aside, definitions usually aren’t the problem.  But seriously if you are selling a house for 16.8 MILLION DOLLARS your agent should have a better than average grasp of the English language.

Penultimate does not mean “most ultimate.” What does it mean?

Last but one.

Second last.

Walter Gretzky is NOT the penultimate hockey dad. He is awesome. I adore every story I read about Walter. But he is not the second last hockey dad.

Of course Vanity Fair gets it right about some show I don’t watch because I am old and love sports that involve ice BUT it gets it right.

And yes, this ranks up there on the “I am a geek” scale but for Pete‘s sake, get it right. Or at the very least be adult enough to recognize when you don’t really know what something means and look it up.

Donations to help animals and their helpers

Sometimes my kid kills me. He might test my patience from time to time but he is a kind and gentle and loving kid.

For the last two years, he and I have picked a charity for my monthly donation. (Toby always picks MSF so Q and I try to do something different).

In 2015 he wasn’t so into it but last year he really helped narrow down choices and in the end we did an organization (Canadian Veteran Service Dog Unit – link) that trains dogs to help veterans with PTSD. Q called it “dogs for super heroes.”

He wanted to do animals again this year and we settled on WWF-Canada (same as his birthday charity). Then we saw the stuff about the adoptions you can do. Q insisted we each adopt an animal. Plus he wanted to chose a helper.

There were six options for the helpers – male and female for each of: polar researcher, wildlife ranger and marine biologist. I showed him the page with all of their pictures on it. None really looked like him but there are boys and girls and one has long blond hair and another has short brown hair and so on and it it turns out it just didn’t seem to matter to him at all what they looked like.

So, our African elephant (mine), polar bear (Toby’s choice), and giraffe (Q’s) are now being cared for by a “Female Wildlife Ranger” because that “sounds like a fun helping job” and she’s who he pointed at.

Our January 2017 WWF-Canada adoptions

In keeping with Q’s love of animals and his interest in helping them and the environment we’ve signed him up for a local camp on the next school break that focuses on our local critters and their habitats. I can’t wait until he goes!

Oh and one day I might write a post about Toby and bears and his name….