Monday, December 31, 2012
|When you're feeling low.........DANCE!!|
Once we win this game however, (gotta be confident!), then I must make a quick round of grocery store, Canadian Tire and liquor store for a few necessities (nudge nudge, wink wink) to help us through the next few days of winter camping. Yes, magically over the past year we have forgotten about our frozen toes and drippy noses, wet firewood and the aromatic results of Three Bean Chilli and we want to do it again!
Michael popping the cork on our bottle of champagne on New Year's Day, 2012!
Toasting each other and all of our family and friends.
You can't see it but I'm sitting in front of a roaring fire. With a bit of light snow pellets
falling it was a memorable night!
The next day we awoke to this! We spent the afternoon hiking and taking some
amazing photos which you can see here - http://www.lifebeginsatretirement.blogspot.ca/2012/01/winter-camping-in-yurt-day-three.html
I hope I can still fit into my snow pants! I'll be doing the Hippy Hippy Shake.
(I tried to paste the youtube video for this song but I seem to be having great difficulty
with links and embedding today?!)
Anyhoo the point is I'm not any thinner than I was last year at this time :( so guess who needs
to get back on her stationary bike? More to come on THAT topic!
For today I simply want to wish you all a Happy New Year!
There has been a lot of sadness in 2012 and we all need to
keep the faith that events are unfolding as they should.
Let's be kind to one another throughout 2013
and remember that a simple act of kindness
can be life changing.
Sunday, December 16, 2012
Michael getting squished between me, Ruthie and Liz!
No sedate parties at our house! BUT we did collect a fair bit of food for Michael's workplace. They have a closet where they keep emergency supplies for low-income families in their neighbourhood.
You know what the great thing is about doing all the prep prior to a party???
...and this...was all cleaned up!! Thanks Michael!
Now it's Sunday morning and I need some breakfast, after which I am going to do some major blog reading! I really need to catch up with you all!
Sunday, December 9, 2012
So Michael said I should write a post. That's me, in case you forgot what I look like. It's hard to know what to write - the longer I don't write the harder it is to get started again. It's not that I don't want to write, I do, I do want to write, and thank you to those who have let me know you miss me :)
"Jane Takes Back Her Life" day! I must mark this day with a speech....here goes...
"To my infinitely patient family - Kazi and Michael - I say a big THANK YOU for accepting the fact that even though I was here I was not present! Thank you for feeding me and letting me fall asleep on the couch at 8pm. Thank you for loving me even when I didn't have the energy to give you the attention you both deserve. I love you both very much! I couldn't have survived the last 3+ months without you!"
I don't really enjoy working 70-80 hour weeks - it has just seemed so necessary. Staffing issues continue, one after another. The season of Advent is upon us which means organizing fundraisers to help out needy families as well as assembling a number of special activities with my students and their Peer Buddies. On top of all of that Michael decided we should host an open house for our family and friends this coming Friday!
Normally I would say YIKES but you know what?? Having other fun stuff to focus on has brought me back to LIFE!! The more energy I expend the more I seem to have. Curious, no? (Don't I just wish the same happened with MONEY? We won't even GO THERE!)
So we've been busy cleaning and cooking and shopping and baking and rearranging and I think we're going to make it! The house is more organized than its been in months and is filled with the smells of Jamaican home cooking! Yesterday we went and chopped down our tree and it's perfect - I just need Kazi to come home and decorate it with me:)
I think the spirit of Christmas is starting to percolate deep down inside of me and will soon come bubbling forth in all of its usual MAGNIFICENCE!!
I'll try and keep you posted....
Sunday, October 28, 2012
I am going to go out on a limb here (HAH! get it?) and predict that every leaf that is still attached to a tree branch around here will have fallen by next weekend and will be residing somewhere in Manitoba...or perhaps the Arctic! Hurricane Sandy is on her way and she is one of the most massive storms to ever trundle her way up the Eastern seaboard. Her winds are not overly strong but her size is incredible - she is 1,000 miles in diameter and set to wage such destruction she will make her way into history books! By Thursday we should be feeling the effects of all of her windy and rainy fury and by this time next week the trees should all be stripped clean. I just hope that they remain standing and that no one is injured or killed!
Shortly after I arrived back at school on Friday a friend arrived who is helping me to implement structured learning by helping to train my educational assistants. This friend helps at a number of schools and we used to work together for a few years. We see eye to eye so I know I can count on her to pass on my strategies and methods in the same way that I would. By the end of the school day I was actually feeling JOYFUL!! Yes, joyful!
My regular readers know that last year was a tough work year for me and I ended up taking some time off due to the stressful work conditions.
I want to mark the day - Friday, Oct. 26th - as the day that I said to myself again -"I love my job!"
No hiking this weekend - it's wet and cold...and wet. Blecch! And I've been on my own for most of the weekend so I DID INDULGE in some couch laying and some TV watching ;) But I also rode my recumbent bike for miles and miles and miles just so I could break even with all the calories I consumed. I'm trying to get in at least 150 minutes of exercise per week which is the minimum we need according to "the experts". I spent two days after classes in the cardio room at school - I alternately ran and walked on the treadmill, used the elliptical and did some resistance training. Far exceeded 150 minutes. Although it's great to get the exercise I do it mostly for managing stress. I really do feel better after working up a good sweat and I don't have to pay for a gym membership.
One of these days I'll do a financial update. I am sticking to a budget and while I spend, spend, spend it's mostly for school and I'll eventually be reimbursed. I hope. If I find the correct forms to fill in and haven't lost any receipts.
Well, I better move along. The dryer buzzed and there's more laundry calling my name. And so is lunch!! Have a great week everybody and thanks for reading my post.