Blogtober, Day (coughcough) Ten

I'd like to congratulate all the people who have been Blogtobering, being that I pestered (and possibly threatened them) to do it, while I myself have skipped the first nine days.

I'll go back and add them, I swear. Even if it's just pictures and frivolous nonsense. The funny thing is, our lives are busy, and I do have new things to blog about, so I best get at it. 

I get that this isn't a real post. Posts about how there are no posts are cheating, but then again, so is backdating. I clearly have no shame.

Love ya.


All four of my kids started Judo this year. Our lives will never be the same.

new job!

I started a new job on October 1st. I am now, officially, a Personal Lines Renewal Clerk, and a grownup.

I know I know, "what? You're not teaching?"

It's a question I've fielded numerous times since the job announcement. No, I'm not teaching. I just don't want to anymore. Admitting it to myself has been a long and (sometimes) depressing road. Allowing myself to look for other things has been freeing.

I'm at MIG Insurance here in town, and it's been 6 full work days since I started there, and I'm loving it! I love going to the same place each day, and having lovely coworkers, and sharing my desk with Baby Groot.

There is so much to learn, and I make sure to tell my coworker/trainer each day that I'm scared so she'll go easy on me, but I suspect she likely would anyway.

I also fully endorse the dress pants with the wide band across the top in lieu of buttons. The same pants I used to make fun of. They're lovely.

I could make this lon…

happy new year

2018. It's been 18 years since we were all convinced that the world was going to end. Remember that? Of course some of us worried slightly less and figured that if it was going to happen we may as well be drunk at a social when it did. That was a good night. And it was so so long ago. I don't know where the time has gone, really. Or if I've "changed and grown" enough to account for the passage of 18 years of legal adulthood.

Things feel a little hopeless lately, to be honest. I know I know, lovely husband, nice family, house, car, fence. I have nothing to complain about besides a dose of healthy 1st world melancholy, but still.

I worked for 7 whole weeks at a company here that makes and bends and welds things out of metal. Lots of farm machinery, some bus parts, this big grain conveyor/mulcher/feeder things for cows. I was on the paint line. I hung parts on a conveyor. I sometimes set up the racks for the parts. I jumped out from behind things and tried to scare …

christmas letter in september, but only because it's been so damn long

Good morning, people! Where to start? Oh! With an early morning walk, no breakfast, all the coffee and the ever-awesome early-morning-all-the-coffee-no-breakfast jitters. I love coffee high.

We went on a road trip this summer. BC, Vancouver Island, all the good places. Nobody fell off any mountains, was eaten by a bear or was brutally pummeled by a sibling in the many hours spent in the van. Win win win. I have pictures here..... somewhere, but that would involve a lot more than just typing some stuff out.

School started, two days ago for the kids. Not for me. Ah well. Subbing for now still, I suppose. Elliot is in grade 2 this year and this morning as she comes out ready for her day it occurs to me she's now worn the same outfit for the entire 3 days of this school year so far. I'm sure nobody will notice. Mitchell is in grade 4, the oldest class in his school. It's weird, because he never seems like the oldest anything to me. Tennyson  is in grade 5, first year at a new …

happy friday

Today's Ten Things!

I apologize in advance for making that title so misleading, what with the exclamation point and all.

I worked at Arthur Meighen today. In a class that has some fun little challenging kids. We had a great day. One kid came up and said shyly, "can I hug you?" and I said, "sure!" He hugged me for a while, even after I made natural attempts to bring the hug to an end. He just made them tighter. It was sweet. I stole some kids soccer ball and threw it over the crowd and gave it to the girls. I got to play librarian for 20 minutes because the actual librarian was out. Only one kid cried in library. He was actually today's only crier. I told Steven he should make supper today. I ended up with BBQ steak, asparagus and potatoes with all the fixin's. He's sealed his fate.It's Friday. The kids have Soccer Jamboree tomorrow. Jordan had her track meet the other day. She didn't place in any of her events. This is why she'll never ge…

two things

Two things I learned about myself today, that I probably already knew.

1. Sometimes, I talk too much. Sometimes, talking more doesn't make things better. 
2. If I paint a wall all on my own, I'm less likely to lay on the floor and take breaks, and more likely to just motor on through. 
Who knew.