Day 56, 59, 60, 61 {Catch up}

I do not enjoy catching up on posts. But I don’t have anyone else to blame. So. Here we go.

You’ll notice Day 57 and 58 are missing. I’ll post Day 57 separately. I am not able to post Day 58–not because I don’t have a good photo to post. On the contrary, I quite like my photo from Day 58. But Josh didn’t have a shirt on in the photo, and he says only people in our family can see him without a shirt on. So I’ve been banned from posting that photo online. You’ll just have to take my word for that it was a good photo.

Day 56:

The last day of our girls’ weekend, I suggested to Savanna we go for a bike ride after dinner. She enthusiastically agreed. We rode to Earnest Icecream to get her a treat, and to get me some exercise. By the way, that hill coming back up Quebec from E.2nd to 10th just about killed me.

As we got into the store, I realized I had forgotten my wallet. Seriously. To disappoint a child right in front of the icecream counter–I get the crown for the worst mother in the world. Thankfully as I was explaining to Savanna that I didn’t bring any money, the lady behind the counter offered us free icecream. Yup, you heard that right. She said, Don’t worry about it; it’s on us. Savanna got her “Serious Chocolate” icecream, and I was filled with gratitude.

Thank you, Earnest lady, you saved my night.

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Day 59:

Savanna laid out a dinosaur family and asked me to play. While I have zero interest in dinosaurs, I am so glad she wants me to play with her.

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Day 60:

Savanna and I regularly play Zingo and GoFish. Josh isn’t really interested in those games. He is really interested in drawing, and unfortunately I can barely draw a stickman.

The other night, Josh said he wanted me to draw something with him. I stared at the blank piece of paper, and I have no idea what else to draw than a corporate organizational chart with rectangles and triangles.

Yes, I am that sad.

He then came up with this idea that he’ll teach me how to draw. So he gave me a lesson on how to draw a bird. I think I did pretty damn good!

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Day 61:

The building across the street from my office looks like a beehive to me, with little busy worker bees. I’m pretty sure they look back at me and think the same thing.

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Day 55/365 {Brownie Crisp}

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Savanna and I had a girls’ weekend together, while the boys went off to ski in Whistler.

Since we have quickly devoured the brownie crisps I brought home from Trader Joe’s, Savanna and I found a recipe to make the crisps ourselves. These taste like brownies, but they are crispy. We spent Friday afternoon baking and making a mess in the kitchen. Those are the best afternoons!

Day 54/365 {Brave}

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One day a few weeks ago, I got an email from Josh’s teacher. She said, “Dear parent, your child had signed up for the lip-sync contest at school. Here is the performance schedule…”

I figured the email came to me in error. There’s no way Josh would have signed up for a lip-sync contest. Well, he came home and told me he is going to be in the lip-sync contest and he is going to sing the Pokemon song.

Wait. What!

We don’t come from a family of performers. Where did this come from? Well, I couldn’t get to the bottom of the story. He was so excited to tell me that he already picked the song, I didn’t want to sound like a calloused bitch. I just held back my surprise and smiled and nodded.

So on Thursday, he took the stage with his cardboard guitar, and lip-sync’d to “I want to be the very best”. I ran out of a work meeting so I can attend his performance.

Being the youngest contestant, his choreography was the most basic. But I was just beaming with pride through the entire 4 minutes and 8 seconds. He signed up for this contest, learned the lyrics, and choreographed the moves himself. He got on stage, performed, and came off the stage all with his cool and calm presence. The first thing he said to me was, “That was my first lip-sync contest. I did all the moves I wanted to.” I couldn’t help but look at him and smile ear-to-ear.

He is so much more brave than me!

Day 53/365 {Appointment}

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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.

Day 52/365 {Light}

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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.

Day 51/365 {Old friend}

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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.