Life, again, has become crazy busy. I seem to be saying this a lot lately, don't I? Since I've missed even the weekly yarn along in the last two weeks, I thought I'd write a quick update - a 360 degree view of life right now.
- Schoolwork is occupying every spare moment I have right now. I believe I may have been a tad ambitious when I signed up for three distance courses over the summer semester. I'm keeping up, but I feel the dread of falling behind looming. I hate that. The schoolwork is good, though. You can tell you're meant to work in a library when you find an Intro to Libraries course fascinating...
- Stuart has been riding the bike we bought him for his last birthday. Now that we're all on wheels, we've been riding to a local park a few times a week, as a family. It's great to get us all outside together, and it's really been helping me build my confidence on the scary bicycle.
- This week, I officially managed my first "truck-free" day. As in, I rode my bike (with Liam in the trailer) where I needed to go, instead of driving. Not that I just stayed home all day. (Although that would be nice...)
- Liam turned three this week. He's suddenly turned into a preschooler - it's crazy. Overnight, he's started doing things like cutting with scissors, drawing and painting actual pictures, arguing with his mom, and reciting the alphabet and numbers. His party is this Sunday - I'm planning a Very Hungry Caterpillar party, since it's one of his favourite books.
- Having no babies in the house is something different for me! This morning, my nephew & his mom came for a visit. He's nine months old, and so busy. Funny how a house becomes not child-proof so quickly. But I really love being able to get rid of so many things that we've always kept "for the next one".
- Flowers that are pink and yellow at the same time are my favourite. The dahlia (above) was at the grocery store the other day, and leaped into my cart when I wasn't looking. It makes me very happy. Sometimes I find snapdragons this colour, too. They're even better, because I can make the dragon roar, which makes Liam laugh.
- Katie was honoured at her school award ceremony last night, with a Principal's list academic award. That means she got all A's (and one B) this year, which is huge for her first year of high school.
- A guy I work with is directing a performance of "As You Like It". I'm going to get tickets tomorrow, and Stuart & I are going to have an actual date night. Not just shopping at Costco kid-free, which is our usual date night.
- Brian is turning into an electronic whiz. He went to a garage sale last weekend with $5, and came home with a TV, an adding machine and a broken DVD player. He's been having lots of fun taking things apart.
- I was knitting Citron with some Noro Sekku that I bought in a fit of needing something yellow. Then, I saw the pattern Echo Beach, and had to rip out my Citron to cast on for that, instead. It's slowly, slowly coming along, but the colour changes keep me entertained.
- Gwenyth is almost finished Kindergarten! She still loves it, but thinks it's a lot of work.
- I went to my first library conference this week. My library was holding it, so I got to spend a day in workshops, and I thought it was awesome! So many exciting things to learn about, and I was introduced to the comic strip Unshelved. Very funny, even for those strange people who don't think the library is the best thing since sliced bread.
- I'm still working on Liam's blue sweater, although not as quickly as he would like. He gets very annoyed with me when he catches me working on Echo Beach, and says, "That's not my blue sweater!" in a very threatening and meaninful voice. I'm so lucky to have such an observant child.
Wow, I had even more to say than I thought I did! Did you manage to read all of that? What's going on in your world these days?