Monday, March 30, 2009
Thursday, March 26, 2009
1. Sleep - Right now I can't get enough of it and I am usually getting eight hours at least, so the sleep that I am getting is not of the good quality sort. Part of that is because my Other Half is tossing and turning with his own worries beside me. He is going to try and do something about that, get some help and we are both going to work on solving the problems that plague us late at night.
2. Eat Healthily - This is something I have really fallen off the wagon from. I love to cook but my kids don't always love to eat what I cook. I try to buy local, natural and organic foods, but I do have certain food vices, like bacon and Cheez Whiz - together. I want to get back into feeding myself properly, not just eating the kids' leftovers or over eating because I am down. Spring is here and soon there will be fresh, local food to have fun preparing for myself and others.
3. Drink Water - Another thing I have let slide. Not enough water throughout the day. I can feel when my body needs it, now I must act on that feeling and keep drinking this vital fluid.
4. Keep Up Appearances - Not in the keeping up with the Jones way but I, far too often, leave the house barely having brushed my hair. I wear the same uniform everyday because I can't be bothered to put together an outfit and, for the last four months, it has been covered by my long black winter coat anyways. It is finally getting warmer, I can shed some layers (and some pounds) and be more inspired in my wardrobe choices. I don't have to spend any money, I have a closet full of clothes that I hardly ever wear.
5. Listen to Music - I always feel better when I remember to take my iPod with me when walking the dog (which I also need to do more often, for both our sakes) and I should always blast the tunes when I am cleaning the house (another thing to get back into the routine of doing regularly) and when the boys are driving me nuts. Music soothes the savage beasts, they say.
6. Dance - I can't remember the last time I danced, but I will find time to do so - soon and with abandon.
7. Have Sex - This is one of those things that falls so far down the list of priorities after sleep, kids, work, cleaning .... but one that isn't so hard to do. We just have to the make time and I know it's all good.
8. Take Care of the Spirit - For me this means taking time for me, whether I spend it reading or riding or writing. A friend once said that a happy mother makes for a happy family and she was right. No offence to all those incredible Dad's out there but if you want to take a reading of a family's mood, take the mother's temperature.
9. Be of Service to Others - Again, something that falls way down to the bottom of the list when things like paying the bills keep getting in the way but we all know someone who is having a tougher time than ourselves. I have to make the time to help out at school and volunteer in our community. This will help me with #8 because sometimes the best way to take care of yourself is by focusing on others.
Again thank you, Maggie May, for inspiring me to do some thinking and writing. Now I have to do some doing.
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Monday, March 23, 2009
Really I have, but as I warned you last week, the kids were off school and my days consisted of getting up early to pack lunch, load skis, boys and dog into the car and head for the hill. Now it wasn't all bad. Spring did come through with lots of sun and warmer temperatures, although they appear to be long gone this week. And I did get some serious patio time with the Bain de Soleil and Corona. More to come as soon as I wrestle the mountain of laundry into submission.
Friday, March 13, 2009
But there is hope on the horizon, the sun is out, the snow that fell all day yesterday prompting my kids to dare to dream of yet another snow day will melt. It must melt or I will be out there with pails of hot water to make it melt. The snow on the ski hills can stick around for another week as it is March Break. Who's kidding who, when they call it Spring Break around here? The boys will be skiing and I will be on the deck liberally applying the Bain de Soleil which will no doubt make me "honey bronzed and highly desirable" as their ads used to say and washing it down with a pint or two. So I don't expect to be doing a whole lot of posting over the next ten days as I will be chauffeuring the boys to and from the hill and birthday parties and sleepovers, but I'll try to catch up whenever I can. I really need that laptop so I can post from the patio, although I wouldn't want to spill any "Bain de Burn" (as we used to call it, mmm ... I can smell it now) or Corona on the keyboard.
Oh, and the spring cleaning that got me started on this tangent - that will come later, first I will make the To Do List, then I will refine the List and finally I will post the List prominently in the house for all to see and maybe, just maybe someone will take down those damn wreaths.
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Beth - she writes the way I would love to someday
Nicky Jane - she gives me a peek into a parallel universe
Maggie May - she makes me love poetry again
Rebecca - she writes and writes and writes
Thanks again Mama Goose, this was fun.
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
You are Original and Innovative
You are very open. (mostly)
You communicate well, and you connect with other people easily. (call me a connector)
You are a naturally creative person. (that's what I am)
Ideas just flow from your mind. (too bad there isn't shut off valve sometimes)
A true chameleon, you are many things at different points in your life. (you can teach an old dog new tricks)
You are very adaptable. (when I want to be)
You tend to be pretty tightly wound. (really?)
It's easy to get you excited... which can be a good or bad thing. (ask my Other Half)
You have a lot of enthusiasm, but it fades rather quickly. (yep, that's me)
You don't stick with any one thing for very long. (damn, this is right on)
You have the drive to accomplish a lot in a short amount of time. (as opposed to not alot in a long time)
Your biggest problem is making sure you finish the projects you start. (projects, what unfinished projects?)
You are very intuitive and wise. (I think that comes later)
You understand the world better than most people. (it's the world that doesn't understand me)
You also have a very active imagination. (Yes ....)
You often get carried away with your thoughts. (carry me away)
You are prone to a little paranoia and jealousy. (did you just call me paranoid?)
You sometimes go overboard in interpreting signals. (signals, symbols, they all mean something)
You are balanced, orderly, and organized. (uhhh, right, I'll take that one)
You like your ducks in a row. (I have ducks?)
You are powerful and competent, especially in the workplace. (Ummm, nope that's my sister)
People can see you as stubborn and headstrong. (who does?)
You definitely have a dominant personality. (Just call me the Dominatrix)
You are a free spirit, and you resent anyone who tries to fence you in. (no fences round here)
You are unpredictable, adventurous, and always a little surprising. (I am constantly surprising someone, somewhere)
You may miss out by not settling down, but you're too busy having fun to care. ( I think I am as settled as I'll ever be)
Now it's your turn.
What's your name's hidden meaning?
Monday, March 9, 2009
Yes, that is Number 3 Son with the trophy. He cleaned up in the Boys 5 & 6 group. His older brothers came 4th and 5th, very respectable but no hardware to take home. And to add insult to injury, their old man made it to the podium as well the day before. It's not easy being a boy who loves to compete but lives in a world that only recognizes numbers 1, 2 and 3. It doesn't matter how many times we tell our kids that it's not winning that counts, they know it is. You can only pin so many participation ribbons on your bulletin board before you want one of those medals to hang around your neck and it is even harder when your little brother complains that his neck hurts because they were so heavy. Not that I'm not proud of Number 3 but I just don't know how to encourage the other two, when it all comes down to one day and three spots on the podium. Team sports are a little better, Number One son plays goal for a hockey team that barely won a single game this season, but that didn't seem to bother him at all.
I don't want them to give up racing, it is a part of what we do as a family with a great group of friends but every year getting through this day is harder and harder. I guess it is one of life's lessons for us all.