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Friday and Saturday – January Challenge

Friday’s challenge was “where you sleep”, and before Lily-Ann goes off to school it looks less like a place to sleep and more like some crazy play space.  Some days we read, craft, play, eat, etc on the bed in the morning – generally just on a lazy morning.  And we happened to have just such a morning on Friday.  So here is my bed, after I got home from walking the girl to school, before I cleaned it back up and returned it to a place actually suitable for sleeping:

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Today the challenge was “close-up”.  Now, I had taken a picture of a book I had sitting on my desk… one I really enjoy…  but Damon thought it might be nicer to grab a snapshot of one of the ornaments on our tree (and yes, it’s still up…  we haven’t found a storage box for the ornaments yet – first year with a full size tree, remember?).  And after doing just that, I think he was right.  Much more fun and colourful:

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Let’s see what we can expect to see tomorrow:

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Sick Mommy.

Mommy is having a sick night.

I was fine all day, got a ton of running around done, and even got down to Passport Canada to file our applications (spent about an hour there and then had to go back after getting new photos of the kid when her original ones were rejected – the whites were blown).  But shortly after supper?  I landed in bed.  And since then it’s just been back and forth between the bedroom and the bathroom (for a hot bath and visits with Uncle John).

Now?  I’m going to bed, and letting the Daddy put the girl to sleep.

Night all!

I must sleep!

I find I’m more exhausted at nine here at the new house than I used to be at eleven at the old place.  Guess that comes from waking up a couple hours earlier based on when the light hits.  I preferred my old time table… but I suppose it wouldn’t hurt us all to run a little more “regular”.

We’ve always been a late to bed, late to rise kinda family.  I like my late nights, I always have.  And I do hope that once things settle down and we actually manage to get through some of the unpacking (seriously, we have a stupid amount of boxes everywhere still) then some of our old routine may return.  For now though, I find I’m up earlier than everyone else… still tired, but up.  And so I just lay in bed, not wanting to wake anyone else.

Right now though?  When I’d normally be in tip top shape?  I’m exhausted, brain tired, having trouble stringing sentences together.  I’ve been up too much the last couple nights, not sleeping as deeply or well as I should… so I’m beat and needing rest….  and that, is where I’m leaving this blog post.  Because when I get to this point, where I’m all rambly and not making any real progress?  Well, clearly it’s time to shut it down before y’all start losing brain cells just from reading what I’ve scrawled.  😉  NIGHT!

Harness that energy – kid powered homes!

Can anyone explain to me exactly what it is in the wiring of children that gets them more wound up the more exhausted they are?  Or at least explain why it is that a particular lithe red head of about, oh…. 42 pounds, gets totally fired up when she’s about to fall on her face?  ACK!

Okay.  Seriously?  What the heck!!!  How is it that these half pints have the energy they do NORMALLY?  And then how on earth do they triple that, doubled with a lack of ability to focus or listen to anything or anyone, when they are so exhausted that they should have the mobility of a sea cucumber?

image copyright of the Hatfield Marine Science Center

Can anyone explain this phenomenon to me?  Has anyone studied this ability?  Is there any way to harness this energy to, say… power an off-grid house?  If not?  Can I get in on it?  Donate an exhausted child to science?  It would be kinda like “bring your daughter to work day”, right?  Except it would be “bring some random kid to the science lab day”.  People would go for that, wouldn’t they?  It’s just one day….  and it would give us parents a break.  😉  I’m sure most of us would be willing to sign a waver or something saying that it’s all good.

Yep.  You have NO idea how relieved I am that she’s asleep (like 30 seconds after her head hit the pillow).

Good grief.

Home from Camp fYrefly

Well…  I got home last night around 7:00.  And crashed at the same time I put my daughter to sleep (I usually stay up for another four hours afterwards).  Then today?  Today I slept.  All day.  I’m sick.  So it’s not just that I was being lazy or that I was feeling depressed.  I’m sick, and my body needs to begin repairs….  so I slept.  A lot.  And I’m super grateful to my husband who took the girlie to the zoo, and then out again shortly after supper so that I could have the multiple power naps I needed.  And yes, I’m now preparing to sleep again.

What a crazy week, and even crazier weekend.  I really do need time to just process everything.  But, I can say two things for certain:  Camp fYrefly Saskatchewan freakin’ rocks!  and I miss my campers and my leadership team.  You guys are freakin’ amazing!!!!  Love you all!

Now, off to bed.

Work till you drop…

Okay.  I still have a million things to do…  but you know what?  I’m working myself to the death.  Camp starts on Thursday, and all day Wednesday I’ll be in doing the youth leader and adult volunteer training.  So that really only leaves today and tomorrow left.

So…  I figure I’ll bring my computer and my printer with me to camp.  My room can be my office.  And as I need things, I’ll do them up and print them off.  I’ve been SOOOO sick the last couple hours that I physically HAD to stop working or my keyboard would have gone real bad real fast.  I’ve spilled a smoothie on a clamshell iBook, and that would have been NOTHING compared to what would have happened if I didn’t put away the computer when I did.

I’ve learned that sometimes it’s best to listen to our bodies.

I’m going to bed early tonight.  I won’t be any use to anyone if I push myself any further.  So, if a few papers don’t get printed tonight, if I don’t finish up my little table top schedules, camp will go on and be just fine without them.  LOL  But it won’t go on just fine without the coordinator.  So the coordinator is calling it quits.  At least for the night.

Yesterday I worked on camp stuff from 9 AM until 2 AM.  Today I again started at 9 AM…  but I was forced to stop at 6:30.  And that’s just where it’s going to stay.  I’ll work on some more stuff tomorrow, and then bring my “office” with me to camp so that it’s handy for any little detail things that I may need it for.  Camp’s going to rock!  And I sure as hell want to be well enough to enjoy it.  😀

Night all!

A very long day…

It’s been a very long day…  Mostly because we didn’t get much sleep last night.  It was absolutely freezing here.

The pilot light started going out early in the evening, and while we thought it was odd, we lit it a couple of times and the furnace then kicked in fine.  However, by about 9:00 it went out and stayed out.  We could light it, but within about a minute it would be out again.  Of course, by this point, there was nothing we could do but wait until morning.

Thankfully the girlie was away, sleeping over at her Pop Pop and Grams’ place.  I’d have hated for her to have been here with us.  It was pretty miserable.  It was just too cold to sleep.  I was up until about 6:00 AM, when exhaustion kicked in and I finally crashed.  But even then I was only able to sleep for five or ten minute spans, as the cold would rouse me.

Damon slept pretty well all night, but was up by 7:00, and couldn’t get back to sleep…  because?  You guessed it.  Too cold.  I gave up and got up at about nine.

I have to admit, I’m awfully grateful for Damon some days.  While he may not have a romantic bone in his entire body, he is pretty handy, and good at figuring things out.  After spending a little time online he figured out what the problem was, and we hit the co-op home center.  Twelve dollars later we had heat.

So, not sleeping will make most any day seem long…  but today was jam packed and would have been long even without our frigid night.  I’m looking forward to sleeping tonight, but am guessing that morning will be here all too soon.  😉

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