365 catching up

Day 87 of 365 Angela Chang Photography

My car insurance renewal notice came in the mail. I thought about our vacation plans in July, then decided to let my insurance expire. Really, I live 5 km away from the office. There is no good reason for me to drive to and from work everyday. A combination of my love for 2-wheels and my hate for the bus resulted in biking to work 100% of the time. You’ll be seeing a lot more cycling related posts coming up.

Day 88 of 365 Angela Chang Photography

About 15 years ago, a friend gave me this cycling jacket. I was getting into cycling and had no money, and she had a spare. I have used this jacket for many miles. For the past few years though, it sat in the closet while I was busy either being pregnant or having little babies to care for. I pulled the jacket out a few weeks ago, since I started biking to work. After years of wear and tear, the laminate inside started falling apart. A trail of white flakes followed me when I wear it. This week, I decided to retire this veteran jacket. Carolyn, thank you for your generosity all those years ago. The jacket had a long life.

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We rode our bikes together last weekend. Savanna was seated comfortably on my handlebar and enjoyed the view. Josh had to actually ride his bike. He was determined to break his previous record of a 4-km ride. We made it all the way to Earnest Ice Cream for a treat. We then rode along the seawall back to Kits. By the 9 km mark, his little legs were toast. He fell over while walking his bike to cross a busy street, skinning his knees. I kissed his teary cheeks and smiled, because I am so proud of him!

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One morning, I got on the bike just around 6 am to ride to work. The sky was fire-y orange with the sunrise.

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At the bike locker at work, there are all these locks hanging there. They are there when I arrive, and they are there when I leave. They look like poor orphans with no owners.

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Josh has always been super sweet. I think he is made of sugar. One day last week when I got home, I saw this envelope taped to the door. He had drawn two elephants for me (because they are my favorite animals).

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This is me, standing at MEC by the bike service shop. One of the screws on my cleats came loose and disappeared, causing the cleat to spin around in my pedals without disengaging. I nearly fell over at a stop because I couldn’t get my foot out. The bike tech found a spare screw in the backroom and temporarily fixed my cleats so I can ride home. He gave me a speech about how I should have checked my cleats before the ride. It’s one of those moments where I gladly accepted the speech, because, you know, he is right.

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At PureBread, I asked Savanna what she would like for a treat. She pointed to the ciabatta bread. I said, Don’t you want a scone or something sweet? She said, No, that one, and pointed again to the ciabatta bread. Ok, kiddo. Your choice!

Day 66/365 {Not just coffee}

I had a really, really, really shitty start to the week. Multiple things have gone wrong both on the client front and on the staff front. I came in to work early this morning to deal with some things, but really all I wanted to do was curl up in fetal position, suck on my thumb, and rock back and forth.

While I was deep into doing some research, Sonia walked into my office and put a cup of coffee on my desk. I was like, uh, what’s this? She said she brought me coffee because she knew I was having a shitty week.

Sometimes, things can get shitty in life. But then when you have friends like Sonia, who reads your mind before you even realize how you are feeling, the shitty-ness all of a sudden does not seem so bad.

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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.