What emerged over the month?
PERMISSION. I am allowed to not feel well and take the time needed to take care of myself. I can cancel events, drop out of classes and wear pajamas all day long.
What were the big and small victories?
Claire got into the hospitality/tourism program at George Brown. Proud mama, she did it ALL by herself. | Chloé called all excited that she got an offer from University of Edinburgh. She is going to be overseas next year, I can feel it. | Caden is registered for Appleby next year. Boarding. Boo. | We made our annual donation to Hiker’s Haven to send Caden in clothing that fits to Temagami. (He’s now 6’3″ and 205 pounds!) | Can you make new friends in your 50’s? It seems so. I enjoy meeting new people and hearing new stories. | My niece is incredibly talented and I’m so happy to have joined my sister and sons first for dinner and then the musical, The Theory of Relativity. Amazing. | I attended a talk on Estate Planning at the Oakville Club which has created more questions than answers. At least I now know the right questions. | My new pasta bowls arrived from Williams Sonoma. Love them! | Chloé took a school trip to Ottawa for her Canadian Law course. It lasted a total of 30 hours – 12 of which were spent in the bus and 8 sleeping. | It was fun to have Claire and Chloé home together, if only for a few hours. | Tea should always be served with cake and other sweets! | I so enjoy the Grammy’s, probably more than any other award show. | My 2015 and 2016 Year in Our Life books arrived! As well as my #52ListsProject for 2016. A few typos but that’s what makes them mine! | Caden was away to Temagami and managed to make a quinzee by himself – until he sat in the middle, with pride, and it all came tumbling down around him. | His priorities upon his return: dog, food, soap. | Chloé went to her scuba diving “refresher” which ran later than planned. | My (new) monthly #ThinkDay was a success. I need more of these. | Pampering (a nice name for maintenance) was enjoyed at Euphoria and Zenbar. | Tickets! For Chloé in High School Musical and Cole in Assassins: The Musical were purchased. | Spontaneous trip to Edinburgh since you can’t make an informed decision if you’ve never been to the town, let alone toured the University. With Claire in charge, she took Chloé and Spencer to check it out – with a side trip to St. Andrew’s. They had a blast in “the motherland”. | Once again, I volunteered at HPIC as photographer. Happy to do my part. Got some good shots, too! | Family Day was quiet – just me, Caden and Tucker. | Cole was busy working at the Varsity. | WOW Air was an experience for Chloé. Keeping it real. If she does go overseas this is the way. | Unexpected brunch in Toronto is always fun. | Contacted by another participant from my writing retreat at Arowhon for my input on her story. So fun! | Phase 2 of 5 underway with Land Structures and Real Estate Trading course. | Chloé gave her Chapel Speech. The theme? Self Love. Lots of good stuff! | So nice to have all four kids at home – even if I was in class for most of it. | Cole has accused me of meddling in some witchy woo way to insure he’s in residence again next year. Hmm. Maybe. Regardless of how it happened, I’m grateful he’s back in residence. | The Voice is back! | A short month filled with lots of activity.
What were the lessons?
The Plague continued causing me to miss Kundalini and all the other things I love. | No snow, no ice. School was cancelled. | Got a call from Grampy that he was told of the plan to send the girls to Edinburgh for a trip. He doesn’t want them on the same plane – there or back. A one-in-a-million chance is not one he is willing to take. Um. | Chloé was shamed by Ms. Kapp to stay at rehearsal for High School Musical rather than joining family to watch Spencer at her play at BSS. (I’m hoping it was recorded.) | Emergency pedicure! | Syd’s passport expired! She was unable to go on the cousin trip. Very sad. The good news is she is in the process of getting one now. | Poor Tucker has chronically bad ears. Another infection – but a new vet! | Delay! Claire and Spencer, on British Airways, were delayed a full 24-hours due to mechanical difficulties. | The chairs at the Monte Carlo Inn in are excruciatingly painful.
ORGANIZE. I was unable to concentrate on my courses, or reading and was tired of Netflix, so I sorted through all of the paper. MOUNTAINS of paper. From many, I narrowed it down to two piles: keep and toss. By the end of the month it was obvious it needed to be done again. Paper will be the death of me!
ENJOYING EVERYDAY LIFE
Great* quote: “She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless, she persisted.” said by U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in defense of his using a little known rule to silence Senator Elizabeth Warren who was in the middle of a speech (reading a 1986 letter by Coretta Scott King, the wife of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., criticizing attorney general nominee Sen. Jeff Sessions). Others, men, supported #letlizspeak by continuing to read the letter. What did Elizabeth Warren do? She went outside the chamber, fired up Facebook Live and after giving context, she read the whole thing. The 15-minute recording garnered 4.5 million views by morning. *Great, in this context, does not mean fabulous or inspirational.
What we watched and enjoyed: Super Bowl was SPECTACULAR. Now, I’m not much of a Tom Brady fan, but hell, you have to give him props for that incredible performance. | Golf from Pebble Beach. If I can’t be in California the next best thing is warming up by the fireplace watching golf. | The Oscars I caught up on the morning after, but I always watch the red carpet.
Books found on my nightstand: Finding Meaning in the Second Half of Life by James Hollis, PhD | Living Big: Embrace Your Passion and Leap Into an Extraordinary Life by Pam Grout | Big Fit Girl: Embrace the Body You Have by Louise Green
Music that had me singing and moving along: Marian Hill Down | Kings of Leon Walls | Future Islands Ran | Butterfly Boucher I Can’t Make Me | and I am deeply grateful for Imogen Heap who has an instrumental version of Ellipse which came in handy during in-class reading when everyone took that as a cue to speak – loudly!
Weather: For the most part, still mild. What a weird winter. Everyone is getting complacent and then freaking out in anticipation of bad weather in the forecast. School was cancelled – not just the busses – once this month due to anticipated freezing rain. It did not arrive. Then we had +18C for a couple of days and back into a deep freeze. Wonky.
Unexpected: My monthly Think Day inspired by Tsh Oxenreider turned out to be a good attempt. Way better than January which was a 100% fail! I disconnected from the internet but was unable to turn off notifications on my phone with the girls expected in from school. I’m sure to continue this practice every third Wednesday of the month. Who knows? I might do it right. And maybe more than once a month. I wrote, I read, I went to yoga, I meditated, I cooked, things I do almost every day but without the buzz. I tripped up a few times clicking over to Facebook but quickly realized what I had done out of pure habit and clicked out. I didn’t read one update. That, to me, is progress.
Discovery: RIVERDALE! I was that kid who anxiously awaited the special edition Archie digests to come out even though I had amassed every single comic book produced from the time I was 9 through 15. How I loved Archie Comics, and read them over and over again. Growing up, my “friends” were Archie and Jughead, Veronica and Betty, Reggie and Moose. Imagine, after years of being an un-cool closet fan that it is not just okay, it is COOL to love these characters. And dark, and mysterious, and a bit twisted. Wonderful. We’re a few episodes in and I can’t tell you how much I’m enjoying watching this show every Friday on Netflix. (It’s a show on the CW in the States and you watch week-by-week, no binging like other Netflix offerings.)
WTF: $20 Million U.S. is the asking price of Grey Gardens. A bit more than I can afford, ahem. So? Instead, once I heard about the sale it twigged as a reminder to watch the show. I have always looked at homes (which, to quote my sister “do not love you back”) as vessels that hold stories and personalities, the dark and the light of life – the whole “if these walls could talk” idea. Hmm.
PSA: Avoid Yame on Kerr Street on a Saturday after 6:30PM. It is overloaded with students. Now, I was there with my student, but a huge room filled with them? Too much.
Missed: The first Unique Lives talk at Roy Thomson Hall. Scheduled was Julia Gillard (Former PM of Australia) and normally I’d have enjoyed hearing her talk but ‘the plague’ combined with my hitting my saturation point of all things political kept me home.
Goodbye: The Plague miraculously went away! After 3+ (or maybe it was 4+) weeks of vomiting; coughing and other terrible things; 27 boxes of Kleenex; countless Tylenol Cough & Cold capsules; litres of water, chicken broth and cranberry juice; I woke up on the morning of 12 February feeling like it never happened.
Fixed: After a month of thinking I’d have to purchase a new printer/scanner when I over-zealously removed the scanner software from my computer, I fixed it! No swearing. No impatience. Such relief!
Exhale: All of the inoculations, all of the meds, all of the forms, all of the signatures, everything is ready for Chloé and Caden to go on their trips over the March Break. Now, what am I going to do?
Boxes: Subscription boxes seem to be “the thing” right now. I’m signed up for three out of curiosity: Goddess Provisions, Singles Swag (for me and my girls) and Talisman of the Month Club with Liz Lamoreaux.
Projects: I spent so much of the start of the year down-and-out with The Plague my Happiness Jar was neglected as a result. Fortunately, The Mighty had a Happiness Challenge for February which got me right back into the swing of things. | I finished THREE big digital projects: Scrapbook Your Life for 2016 and 2015. (I had 2015 done but forgot the cover page which drove my OCD crazy! It’s redone.) And, I completed the #52ListsProject and sent it off, with modifications (it could only be a 100 page project and it came in at 122 pages) to Artifact Uprising. | #rockyourhappy continues, though being sick did not help. I really need to catch up – by that I mean start again!
Courses and Classes: Annapurna Living Inner Circle with Carrie Anne Moss | Magic of Myth with Elizabeth Duvivier | Wildheart: Love Detox with Sally Hope | Empire 2.0 | Power of the Prism with Deanna Welch | One Little Word with Ali Edwards | FIT2017 with Cathy Zielske | OREA Land Structures and Real Estate Trading
How was your February? What are you noticing in your life?