Tuesday, September 29, 2015

A picture an hour? Sounded like fun at the time...

Last week I took a photo an hour for a day from 2pm to 6pm (skipping 10 to 7 because, frankly, interrupting my REM sleep to amuse you wasn't part of the plan). So sit back, relax and enjoy all that I do in an average day.

2pm: I just sat down to check my important emails. Okay, I was reading Buzzfeed or something.

3pm: Time to watch my favourite podcasters do a video. It was so cool to put faces to the voices.

4pm: I spend a little time with my boys.

5pm: I should be cooking dinner but the attention from my boys was so compelling...

6pm: An after dinner uke practice

7pm: Reading magazines. The Time Magazine is right underneath... I swear.

8pm: Prime time not only for tv watching but family too.

9pm: Great! I love loading up the dishwasher just before bed. Yes, I said bed. I've become my mother.

7am: Up with the lark so get ready for my bright shiny day.

8am: Dropping off Audrey at school in time for band practice

9am: Just about to start work

11am: Cleaning. They did a great job using all our resources. That's teacher-speak for making a mess. I clearly missed the 10am alarm from having too much fun. More teacher-speak?

12pm: Here's what I do at noon. I grab my fleece and head out.

1pm: Off to Costco I go. Pay no attention to the shit in my cart. My advice to you: never shop while hungry.

2pm: Second location. I usually go to 4 places on shopping day. Ugh.

3pm: Time to put everything away.

4pm: More cleaning. This time the stuff that doesn't fit in the dishwasher. 

5pm: Making something sweet with leftover quiche pastry. Cinnamon roll thingies. They came out great. I may just make them without having to make a quiche in the first place.

6pm: Stupid alarm woke me up from my nap. Hey, I deserve it. I'm old and I had a busy day.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Well, that was easy.

I've been waffling back and forth about who to vote for in the upcoming election. I'm not a fan of the current government so I've been shopping the other parties. I really wasn't sure between them so I've been using website questionnaires and quizzes and actually listening to every robocall I get.

The other night I got a call from the Liberal party that made my decision easy. It was the leader, Justin Trudeau, asking me to come to a rally. Normal enough but at the very end of the call there was a clunk and a baby squeal. He clearly taped the call in his house with one of his kids (who's about 2) playing nearby. I love it. The mental image of him in his kitchen, trying to make this call between blowing bubbles on his kid's belly, won my vote. Plus he's kinda dreamy. Who doesn't want that in a leader?


How cute are they?

Friday, September 11, 2015

This is a human tooth.

A human tooth that fell off a shelf above my head while I was reaching for a book at the top of my bedroom dresser. I can't imagine how it got there. Because everyone knows I keep all my human teeth in my jewellery box. 

After all, I'm not an animal.


On an unrelated note:
If anyone knows what to do with almost 50 baby teeth from 3 different children, let me know. Asking for a friend.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Back to school meanderings...

Like so many people who look back on their time at school, I think of it fondly. Through that Vaseline covered lens that makes even the wrinkly of faces look smooth and lovely again. Even the time I got punched in the face or had to excuse myself from Mr. Vasil's economics class because I got my period. Ah, the good times.

I'm now watching my own kids get ready for school themselves (2 in high school one in college) and wonder what soul-crushing or humiliating things they'll remember 31 years from now. Hopefully they'll be tempered by the amazing memories. Like my first ever line in a play, onstage, in front of everybody: "Wait! Stop! Please don't take that boy away... stop one moment!!" (Oliver Twist), and the day I got a note shoved in my locker by the coolest girl in class, asking me to hang out with her and her friends (ohmygodohmygod...)

Whatever they remember or however they recall their high school days, I have to try not to feel left out when they don't share that stuff with me. I never did with my parents and just because I think I'm the "cool mum" doesn't mean they tell me anything, worse luck. I just hope they have good friends to talk to and an outlet somewhere to vent. All that to say that I wish them the best this school year and I hope it's memorable in every sense of the word.


Monday, August 31, 2015

Just came back from a run

I'm trying to get myself slowly back into some kind of a routine after the slobfest that was this summer. I slept in until 10, I had sugar cereal for breakfast, I showered intermittently and I didn't run. Well, maybe once a week on average, which is seriously an insult to runners everywhere.

So this morning I set the clock for 8:30 (yes, I'm aware of how that sounds) and only slept for an hour past that. Then I got up, picked up the pile of clothes at the foot of my bed and tried to persuade myself not to go. I bargained and begged but as I was picking stuff up, I was unconsciously putting on a running outfit and before I knew it was was dressed and ready. I headed outside only to be immediately tempted by my neighbour Gabriel. He wanted me to come to his backyard and check out his garden. He and Elliott have been working together all summer and he claimed Elliott did all the work himself. I really wanted to see it. Well, more likely, I really didn't want to run. But I resisted his charms and headed to the park.

I actually did it. I ran (okay mostly walked) 3K. Down from my usual 5K but considering last week at this time I was still in bed dreaming, it was a start. And next week when school starts I'll be doing all this at 5:30 so I'd better get my act together but quick.

Now off to drink my protein shake and watch four hours of Doctor Who on the PVR. Well, you can't rush the acclimatising. You'll get the summer bends.


Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Our UK trip

We had such an amazing time, I thought I'd make it last one more day by posting the photos on here as well. Be warned... there are 8 sets. Heh.

Batch 1

Batch 2

Batch 3

Batch 4

Batch 5

Batch 6

So many pictures...

I messed up somewhere and 2 of these files are repeated.

I could have fixed it but I'm too lazy.

We had a LOT of forced togetherness because the 5 of us spent 9 days in taxis, apartments, planes and trains meant for multiples of 2. I didn't mind but the minute our plane touched down at home, the kids were on their devices and by the time we set foot in the house they were gone. I didn't mind though. We had such a great time touring around. We didn't argue, no one got mad when another wanted to do their own thing, and believe it or not, nothing went wrong. Well, there was a scary moment when we first arrived and we thought we were swindled out of the apartment we booked. But after an hour or so of taxiing around the city, it worked out.

Anyway, we had a good time at what we're calling the Knox Family Farewell Tour since this is probably the last time we can all go on a big trip like this. The kids will all have jobs they can't leave or girlfriends/boyfriends they will miss too much and frankly, Scott and I aren't able to pay for 5 adults to fly again. You wouldn't think so after this trip but we aren't made of money.

Next trip will be just us.


Tuesday, August 4, 2015

What's new since the last post?

Let's see...

1. Scott and I appeared on an episode of "Switched At Birth"
It's only a photograph of us taken a few years ago, onscreen for about 2 seconds. At the time, the photographer asked us to sign a release to sell the negatives to Getty Images but none of us thought that it'd come to anything. 

2. I got pierced
An industrial piercing and ouch.

3. I got my 3rd ever pedicure
Light blue toes. Pretty.

4. I've seen a bunch of summer movies
Age of Ultron... Loved it
Mad Max... So freaking great! Should have been called "Furiousa"
Pitch Perfect 2... Meh
Tomorrowland... Yuck
Spy... So funny
Jurassic World... Best. Death. Ever.
Inside Out... Fell asleep.
Magic Mike XXL... Hubba hubba
Ant-Man... Exactly what I expected. And I expected to love it.

5. I'm waiting for my new clear ukulele to arrive
Not patient because look how cute...

6. We're going to the UK soon and I'm trying (and failing) to pack everything I'll need for 9 days in a large carry-on.
What is the point of this? I plan to check the bag anyway. I'm just trying to make myself crazy.

7. I got drunker that I have been in modern memory
It messed me up the entire of the following day. I think I'm done with Fireball. Forever.

So that's what's new with me. I'm really enjoying this summer and at the same time looking forward to getting back to work. Go figure. How's life with you?