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Some Updates!

Okay, this blog has been sorely lacking since I started my BEd program in September, and I miss it!

The good thing is, I just finished my second practicum placement last Friday, and all I have left now is a 2-week volunteer stint at the local school board office!!! YAY!!! Anyway, I should be able to write more 😀

Right after celebratory beverages on Friday, I started having some pretty bad pain in my throat. By Sunday, I had be holding a fever of 102-103F and feeling like death. So, off to the walk-in, and I was diagnosed with Strep. Blech!! Though I’ve been on antibiotics since then, I’m still fighting it off. In fact, I went to my regular doctor today, and she gave me a different antibiotic, and did a throat culture and a blood test to check if it’s mono instead. Either way – lots of fluids and rest. Good times!

In other news, C still hasn’t uttered a recognizable word, but we now have an appointment to get his hearing checked, and are going through the (slow) process of getting him evaluated by a speech therapist. He’s also be a really crappy sleeper lately, and we’re at the end of our ropes with it!! I understood when he was 6 months, but he’s over 18 months now – time to suck it up, kid, and sleep in your own bed without a bottle in the middle of the night!

There has been a lot more yelling in our house lately than usual. I think it’s because both DH and I have been more stressed out with work/school, and the kids – in all honesty – have been acting like little jerks. E has been especially defiant, and he’s picked up some very obnoxious behaviours/talk from school. Anyway, I can tell the yelling is increasing the anxiety levels in our house, and I don’t like that at all. So, time to put a reign on that (is that a thing?).

What’s up with you?

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Randomly on Wednesday

– Still been feeling pretty down about school and stuff since my last appointment with a doctor. I have an appointment with my counsellor to talk about it.

– We went on our first vacation as a family of four! We rented a cottage by a lake nearby and it was glorious! Tough to come home, so we had a couple rough days as we transitioned back to normal life.

– Nothing like having to list emergency contacts who MUST live in the city to make you realize how isolated you are.

– I am in the midst of choosing my courses and schedule for the Fall. I will register in early August. Weird going back to “student” again.

– Tuition is due on August 1st — UGH! That’s gonna hurt.

– I’m taking Evan to his first ever in-theatre movie on Friday! We’re going with his best-friend and his mom.

–  In early August, I’m going to a nearby city for a public lecture by Jill Tarter (Jodi Foster’s character in Contact was based on her)!

– Just over a month until Evan starts kindergarten and Carter starts daycare!

– My hair is at a very awkward stage.

Close Enough For Jazz

In high school, I loved music, and played the clarinet classically, as well as jazz tenor and baritone saxophones. 

Tuning was always an important part of our warm-up, and was especially critical in classical, since it can be really obvious when even one instrument is ever-so-slightly out of tune. We would spend whole class periods working on being able to pick out who was out of tun and by how much.
For jazz, our teacher wasn’t nearly as hardcore about it. In fact, jazz can sound a bit better if the ensemble isn’t perfectly in tune. So, he would often say during these tuning sessions, “close enough for jazz.”
For some reason, the phrase really resonated with me (pun slightly intended), and I find myself muttering it 20ish years later…when I’m folding laundry, searching for something at the store but can’t find exactly what I’m looking for, or when I’m adding spices to dinner.
Now, it fits perfectly with my general outlook for life – “good enough”. Clearly our music teacher was on to something.
What things did you learn as a kid still resonate with you?

Up A Tree

There is a new cat in the neighbourhood (from a couple houses down, we found out). It’s black, very young, and super friendly! So friendly, it has tried to come into our house on a number of occasions. Our male cat, Isaac, who is a big and old boy, considers himself the alpha around these parts. He does not like this new one poking about, but he’s pretty calm about the whole thing, as long as he asserts his dominance once in a while.

It’s (Evan called him “the new Isaac”) a very adventurous cat. The other day it decided to chase a bird, who was perched in the highest branches of one of our trees in the backyard.

That silly bird thought it was safe that high up.

After some coaxing, and a few scrambles to not fall to his death, he made his way down low enough that I could grab him as he was dangling from a not-so-stable branch by his claws.

At least it made for some good entertainment for the kids (even though I practically had a heart attack, thinking I was going to have to clean up cat guts from the lawn if he did fall).

Actions are not Judgements

I think as a general rule, we (myself included) need to remember that someone’s actions are not judgement of our own.

Here are some personal examples that have come up in my life:

– Just because I had a natural home birth, doesn’t mean I think anyone who had an epidural or a c-section is weak.

– Just because I had a stroke doesn’t mean I’ll minimize your health issues or concerns.

– Just because I hated my PhD and left academia and speak of the “hazards”, doesn’t mean it won’t work for others.

– Just because I have 2 children, doesn’t mean I judge you for having a different number (including zero)

– Just because I like to dress up for work/school, doesn’t mean I judge your preferred style.

– Just because I eat meat, doesn’t mean I think vegans/vegetarians/etc are crazy.

– Just because I don’t believe in God or pray, doesn’t mean I don’t value other belief systems.

What it comes down to is we each have our own set of experiences and values, and we make decisions based on what’s best for us. If it works, that’s all that matters!

What are some examples that you’ve been accused of, or have witnessed?

Happy Friday!!!

Lacking Focus

Note: not looking for advice or anything, just need to get this out!

Last time, I touched on that I’m feeling that my life is lacking focus, and it’s so true. There are just so many things on my mind and things going on that I sometimes just feel lost trying to keep up with it all.

Her’s a snapshot of what’s going around in my head:

Careers stuff
– Will I get into teacher’s college? If so, can we really afford it? Will I be able to be a student again? What about finding a job afterwards?
– What if I don’t get in, what will I do then? What kinds of jobs can I apply for with my background? Should I look into other certificate programs? If so, what and where, and how much will that cost? Would it be worth it?

Hobbies
(these things don’t actually stress me out – or else they wouldn’t be “hobbies” –  but just other things in my head while I’m making a list)
– Knitting: I really want to get this damn afghan done, and I want to work on Carter’s sweater. I’d also like to try a pair of socks. Oh, and I’m a bit bummed that the knitting group I started has been a bit slow.
– Reading: There are just so many books I want to read. Can I read them all at the same time? Plus $$ for books.
– Blogging: talked about this last time.
– Oh yeah, and I want to learn how to play the piano!

House stuff
– This house is not meeting our needs, and definitely won’t in a short time when Carter’s up and about.
– Do we want to stay in our house and renovate or move to another house that would meet our needs better?
– If we stay, what projects do we want to do? What’s a priority? What exactly do we want to do? How much will it cost? When can we do them?
– This house needs to be more organized! How much is that going to cost? When am I going to have the time to do that? What should I tackle first? What should I try to sell, or what should I donate or just trash?

Kid/Family Stuff
– Things to do while at home with Carter during the day
– What to do on the weekends to keep everyone happy and entertained
– When to put Evan back into part-time daycare
– When to start Carter in daycare
– Why is Carter waking up multiple times in the middle of the night, or waking up at 5am, and can we do anything about it? I’m guessing it’s just a phase…
– When should we start Carter on solids and I completely forgot how we did that with Evan, so I should figure that out soon…
– When will DH and I be able to spend any tine together just the 2 of us?

Oh, and don’t forget the random thoughts/flashbacks about the stroke (these are always fun). I sometimes wonder if I think about all these things, or want to do a million things, because my mind (and body!) was idle for a while?

Maybe there are just too many things going on right now, or maybe we’re just busy and getting used to being a family of four. Maybe I’ll feel better once I start school (if I get in) or get a job and have something that’s only for ME.

Randoms

– I was given the okay to drive by my stroke specialist! Turns out, I actually didn’t need an “okay”, because I was never “not okay’d”. It’s good to have all my t’s crossed and i’s dotted anyway.

– Had a hair consultation and she evened out all my random length hair so it will grow out as best it can. Have to probably grow it out until May to be able to do anything reasonably stylist with it. Good timing in a way though, since I’d just be wearing a toque most of that time anyway!

– Stylist also found the walk-in doctor left a couple of stitches in. Good thing I had an appointment with my neurosurgeon the same day. Not a great use of his skills, but whatever!

– Carter giggled for the first time this week! What an amazingly sweet sound.

– Yesterday I was trying to ask Evan a question while he was watching TV, but he wasn’t responding. After a few seconds, once he saw that I was looking at him waiting for him to say something, he said  “What? Did you say something to me?” LOL! It was like looking at the next 20 years.

– A restaurant across the street from us closed down last summer. Now I keep thinking what kind of cool things could go in there. It would be a perfect spot for a coffee shop, for example. Or an ice cream place in the summer. Or a yarn shop (our city really needs one in the south end). Too bad I have no business skills or know how, or know much about any of those types of goods/services.

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