Life has come down to this–I put in my calendar for dinosaur puzzle appointments with Savanna. A combination of my terrible memory and busyness of life leaves me no choice but to put important things in my calendar and set a reminder.
Savanna has asked me a few nights in a row to do the puzzle with her. But she always asks me before bedtime and there’s just not enough time to fit it in. So this week, I finally just put her request in my calendar. I laid out the puzzle for her while she was having a bath, so we’re ready to do the puzzle when she came out.
I love my day job. I love the mental challenge. I love the constant learning. I even love the stress a little bit.
It’s not all about numbers. It’s very much about listening to a story of a problem, identifying the real problem, using logic, finding a solution and alternatives, and presenting the findings to the client or to the tax authority. I love the research and putting pieces of the puzzles together.
This woman is an old friend. I emphasized the old because she got year older yesterday.
I have known her for 13 years–back when she wore geeky glasses and spoke softly like a mouse. I have seen her transform over time to this confident and cool chic who commands an army of highly competent people at work.
I am so proud of you, Maggie.
Happy birthday, old friend.
Savanna took me grocery shopping on Sunday. But she didn’t check that CostCo opens at 10 am on Sundays. We got there at 9:15 am, and had to wait outside. Damn kid.
We regularly play this game called “airplane”. I lay on my back, and lift one of the kids up into the air with just my legs. We always call out “lift off”, then “fly away Savanna/Joshua”. They stay up in the air for a while, then we hit some turbulence, then we call out “may day may day”, then they crash to the ground, and we all giggle.
It was Valentine’s Day on Tuesday. When I got home, Savanna ran to me with a big smile on her face, and gave me a heart sticker. With her sweet little voice, she said, “Mommy, here’s a sticker for you. Happy Valentine’s Day!”
I melted into a puddle.
I told her I would put the sticker on my heart rate monitor, because the monitor knows how fast my heart is beating. She thought it was a good idea. The sticker has stayed on now through 3 workouts and a spin class.
I eat a lot of chicken breasts. It’s lean and healthy. I have tried all different ways of making chicken breast to try and make it tender/juicy. Some methods work better than others.
The only method I haven’t tried is sous vide. I have heard about it and have seen it, but have never tried it myself. I finally broke down and bought an immersion circulator.
The first thing I made was some brined chicken breast. 90 minutes at 140F later, I was blown away by how juicy and tender the chicken was. I am never going back to any other cooking methods when it comes to chicken breasts.
Today is BC’s Family Day. I was very tempted to go to work, as last week’s conference just means a backlog of work sitting on my desk. In the end, I decided to spend the entire day with the kids. Josh and I did a workout together (well, I worked out, he sort of did a few minutes before running off), we went to the theatre and watched a movie, made some homemade food at home, and crammed in some time at the park to ride our skateboards.
No, it’s not the best photo I had from Sunday. It’s out of focus, and it’s framed weird. I snapped it quickly while I was running towards her. But I love this photo, because it’s a very real part of life. We fall, we skin our knees, and we cry. Not every photo that shows up on Facebook is representative of our lives. I am trying to throw in a few on my blog that is real.
I had blocked off my calendar this weekend to have no social commitments. It’s a weekend to spend with the kids.We ventured out to a park this afternoon. The kids had fun running through the slushy snow.