The space between our Canadian Thanksgiving to Christmas is 75 days. For me it is often the most productive time of my year, certainly it is the time with the greatest opportunity to accomplish a lot on my perpetual to-do list. This year my method was a bit different as I didn’t want to start with a list of 75 things to do, way too daunting! A different approach was needed: to incorporate those things I knew would best incorporate flow and get me to my goal which is not-so-simply a perpetual feeling of ease and confidence.
DAY 01. “Show and Tell” written for my memoir class. 1,000+ words, not all brilliant, but not bad either.
DAY 02. Cleaned out and organized the laundry room. Took all unwanted (but still good) clothing to donation. Tossed whatever we could no longer use or was well beyond repair. All horizontal surfaces are now clear!
DAY 03. Printed off and put in binders all Ali Edwards and Cathy Zielske course materials. From every course I’ve ever taken, ever. Two 3″ binders are now filled with goodness printed on both sides of every sheet of paper.
DAY 04. Today I gave some really good (and completely unbiased) advice to a young man whom I adore. Only because he requested it. I’m glad I can be around as a safety net.
DAY 05. Mindlessly sorted and paired what felt like thousands of socks while watching the first game of the ALCS: Toronto vs Kansas City.
DAY 06. Went from a full screen of blue file folders down to three icons!
DAY 07. Purged + Organized all of the file folders within the *DESKTOP folder – 100% Now I can find stuff. Imagine!
DAY 08. Edited (mostly by way of deleting) 18-months worth of photos, all while watching the election returns. Usually I am a devoted uni-tasker, but this was manageable.
DAY 09. Booked our trip to Turks & Caicos for February “reading week” break. Organized trip to Florida for one and confirmed the school music trip to Cuba for another.
DAY 10. Designed the look and feel of my CZ inspired Thirty Days of Thankful project. Chose all themes AND wrote. Lots.
DAY 11. Blood tests taken. Again. Ugh.
DAY 13. Enjoyed an afternoon and dinner with my sister. The older I get the more important it is to keep connections open and supportive. There is no substitute for sisters – except maybe daughters.
DAY 14. In preparation for winter, both the front and back closets have been completely purged and organized.
DAY 15. Completed a week+ of delivering my friend’s mum from the care facility to her day program so that my friend could go to a big curling event in Europe with her husband. It takes a village!
DAY 16. Went to my endocrinologist and received results of blood tests which were really good. Prescriptions are now adjusted and records updated. It’s time to focus on other things!
DAY 17. Received an L.L.Bean order of new winter gear. It is well past time to replace the ratty old stuff I’ve been holding on to as I’m no longer waiting to “be smaller to wear better”.
DAY 18. T has been driving Max for over a week while his car has been at ALC for a major tune up. Max is back and, with much thanks to Andrew and crew, T is driving his own wheels. I was very bossy and though T is not my son, I kinda put him there for a bit by telling him where to take his vehicle and approving on his behalf the work to be done.
DAY 19. I figured out “the cloud” issue that had been confounding me for weeks! Now I can access ALL of my photographs. I was super nervous for about a week. Amazing how a thing can be fixed when you approach it in a calm manner. #goodlesson #hopeiremember
DAY 20. With wine and tissues, I sat on the couch to watch Practical Magic again, while Caden was on door duty for all the neighbourhood trick-or-treaters. Sometimes a good cry is in order and I need to give myself permission to indulge in this healthy cleansing more often.
DAY 21. I celebrated the end of daylight saving with a Dharma Breath workshop. Five hours in Milton with nine other women learning some really interesting concepts. I’m looking forward to our next session.
DAY 22. Wow, what a difference an hour makes! Reflectors have been put out, lights changed, batteries replaced or charged and all timers updated.
DAY 23. Preparing for the inevitable dark and gloom of autumn: bright red hair!
DAY 24. The Big Dig has (finally) begun after months of research, waiting, permits, waiting, quotes, waiting. The estimated time to completion is 10 working days. I have my fingers crossed.
DAY 25. I had a short piece due for my memoir class and it was well received. It was followed by a lunch with one of the women in the class. Lovely. I have to remember two things: stay open and say “yes” more often.
DAY 26. I believe my innate sense of curiosity is a great strength. That and my deep love and respect for those who are far smarter than me. Which is what had me originally purchase tickets for Roy Thompson Hall for the Munk Debate on Progress. Cole and I ended up watching it on a live feed in the kitchen.
DAY 27. Writing dialogue is difficult. I spent the day at the Oakville Library taking a course. I don’t know that it will be less difficult, but at least I know how it’s supposed to work!
DAY 28. Not a big accomplishment kind of day. I did manage to get a full 12 hours of sleep! And proceeded to stay in my pajamas for the whole day. It was lovely. A reminder that “done” does not always have to be big or expensive!
DAY 29. Looks like Chloé will need her wisdom teeth removed. With the evaluation made, we’ve been referred back to Dr. Hodgson. We checked for scans and they’re hopelessly out of date. Good to know going in!
DAY 30. Pampered Chef details for the party in January have been firmed up and in the calendar.
DAY 31. My new moon intentions have been made with hope, love and determination.
DAY 32. My kids are funny. While at her sleepover last night, Chloé and her friends made me a “Divorcaversary” cake. It was delicious and a perfect way to celebrate the end of year 2.
DAY 33. Survived Friday the 13th intact. Bonus: picked up my juices on time. Have I mentioned that I’m back to getting my green juices from Tree of Life? So good. They just make me feel like I’m taking better care of myself. Every Friday from now until April 29, 2016.
DAY 34. Manifest What’s Next IV is underway. Helen and Bettina are booked. Invitations designed and scheduled for mailing. Loot bag contents ordered. Special tea cups (I have wanted for ages) ordered from David’s Tea!
DAY 35. Deposit made and the Puppy Project is officially underway.
DAY 36. As a result of a note sent (on Day 26) to a brilliant designer, I have received an unexpected second set of 12×12 templates PERFECT for my Blog to Book project. The first set arrived yesterday! I am so very excited to get started
DAY 37. My One Little Word project is 100% up to date. I’ve finished the assignments for August, September, October and November. I think I kinda overdid November, the 9 stories + photos mushroomed to 27 stories + photos! Not only done, but scheduled to be posted online, too!
DAY 38. Finally got around to combining all three SiriusXM accounts into one. A half hour on the line well spent? Well, time spent. BONUS, the Christmas lights (Cole’s gift) were put on the house. Grateful to Titans Roofworks for their great work!
DAY 39. I discovered a few days ago that I had never finished my December Daily from last year! I got to Day 23. Wha? It’s now DONE and all 80 PAGES have been sent off to the printer, Artifact Uprising. It should be back in time for me to start the 2015 version. (In the meantime, it will be posted on the blog next week. Yay! Another unexpected HUGE project DONE.)
DAY 40. Persnickety Prints order was placed back on Day 24 and the prints finally arrived. Canadian Customs stinks (according to PP who do not have tracking numbers). Grr. I have put my #aprillove2015 and #augustbreak2015 photos in the 4×6 album. Well, at least as many as I could. I ran out of page protectors so the #augustbreak2014 will just have to go in a different album 🙂
DAY 41. The fridge was cleaned out. 100%. I do this chore at least once every couple of months so it’s not a big event, but it is done!
DAY 43. Creative projects for 2016 have been determined and put in the calendar. There may be some changes made, but the structure of my year is pretty much set!
DAY 44. I hosted a group of 12 mums from school at Alice Fazooli’s for lunch. So fun to help foster a sense of community!
DAY 45. The big dig is COMPLETE! From the house the yard looks essentially the same except the river rock is now lower by about four feet and there is big armour stone and no trees along the fence line. It will be a dry creek bed most of the time but I’ll be happy for it when the rains come in the spring and our rainiest month of (surprisingly) August. Right now water is running through, one saved tree has been planted and the fences have been put back in place. CLS Industries did a wonderful job. It looks great, I’m thrilled with it. Now to pay the bill.
DAY 46. Our membership to The Munk Debates has been renewed. Such wonderful stuff!
DAY 47. My big Christmas pots arrived from Jubilee Market. I am so allergic to all things pine and cedar, I decided this year to just go out and buy what I wanted and the little green grocer on the corner of Lakeshore and Allen always has the perfect solution!
DAY 48. After the big IKEA fail of Day 37 – too overwhelming – I placed my order online. After two re-schedules, it has arrived! Let’s hope I can locate my Allen key set! It will be well used: one desk, two dressers and two bookshelves. Let the building games begin!
DAY 49. We have had Tucker for 24 hours. Good thing he’s so cute! He’s learning to drive around with me in the truck as we deliver kids here, there and everywhere. He does not like it – yet.
DAY 50. Cyber Monday put a dent in my Christmas shopping, thank goodness, I am so far behind!
DAY 51. After much consideration, I decided to renew my Desire Map Facilitator license for 2016. It was past time, but I finally got all of the affiliate links organized and set up the new pages for PRODUCTS and RESOURCES.
DAY 52. At my doctor’s appointment they called Emergency at Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital and I went over (after stopping at home to get a book). Turns out I had a DVt and it had reached my hip. Result: blood thinners, pain meds and bedrest.
DAY 53. Sick. Dizzy. Nauseated. Cannot concentrate on anything. Ugh.
NOTE: From this point forward “done” takes on a different meaning completely!
DAY 54. The glass tabletop for the kitchen arrived! Now I won’t have a fit every time someone puts something on the table or it gets scratched.
DAY 55. I stopped taking the prescription pain killers. They were awful! As a happy result, I moved from the couch up to my bed!
DAY 56. I sewed a button back on Caden’s jacket so he could be all put together for the 25th Anniversary Party in Toronto.
DAY 57. The swelling is down enough that my ankle looks like an ankle! I am walking with far less pain. This is an accomplishment! The only one for today. I’m tired of being tired.
DAY 58. The UPS man arrived and exclaimed that we get the most boxes of anyone on the street. I suppose yes, with five kids this Christmas and no ability to shop this must be true. Another five arrived today.
DAY 59. I attended the Ladies Christmas Lunch at the Oakville Club with a friend – and made some more. I have to remember to do more things completely out of my comfort zone. I survived!
DAY 60. Susannah Conway’s much anticipated Unravelling the Year Ahead 2016 workbook has arrived! How I enjoy this annual project. I printed it off at 10AM. I can’t wait to get it completed!
DAY 61. As is my practice, New Moon Intentions have been written out and left to the Universe to handle. I have greatly enjoyed this addition to my greater practice.
DAY 62. Sister visits rock. Beth came out with Spencer to meet Tucker and deliver some puppy barriers. Happily enjoyed lunch at our favourite destination: Jonathan’s!
DAY 63. Met my girlfriends at Oliver & Bonacini for our annual holiday lunch. We had a great couple of hours of laughing and exchanging stories, with promises we have to do this more often. 2016 will hopefully be filled with more of these kinds of gatherings. I miss them!
DAY 64. Last day of school for the term! Academic week is over, and survived, by all of us.
DAY 65. Wisdom Teeth have been extracted and my girl is as unhappy as I am taking painkillers. Hopefully the pain will pass quickly and she will be less swollen soon. Lots of jello and mashed potatoes are in the house!
DAY 66. My foot is so swollen there is no way I can wash my floors properly – and puppy is killing them! The cleaning ladies came for a half hour and put our main floor back together again. Order and clean lasted a couple of hours. Ugh.
DAY 67. Went to the Unitarian Church for the annual celebration of Yule. It was a lovely ceremony and reminded me of what is important to me.
DAY 68. Kitchen finally rearranged – a complete flip of food and dishes. A big job amplified while sitting on the couch looking around, but now it’s done!
DAY 69. Gutters and the endless messy droppings from the sequoia in our back yard all cleaned up! Hoping the weather holds out and the windows get washed, too!
DAY 70. Champagne birthday for Claire – I got the good stuff for her!
DAY 71. Winter Solstice was enjoyed. I had a personal celebration at which I had plenty to let go! I do believe I will be celebrating Yule and the welcome back the sun from now on. It feels far more authentic.
DAY 72. I probably could have gone to our family Christmas party in Toronto (I bought my outfit – gorgeous Eileen Fisher velvet ensemble – months ago, and presents were purchased for everyone) but decided against it. I organized transportation so my kids went to “represent”. I slept, bonded with Tucker and then slept some more.
DAY 73. Tickets to the Trans-Siberian orchestra were purchased back in September, long before I thought I’d be unable to attend. Claire put them on Stub Hub and I got $216 US for them! Pretty awesome. Bonus: I didn’t lose a penny.
DAY 74. After consulting with the hematologist, Dr. Rajani tells me that this blood clot (DVt) is my “wake up call” because I’ve managed to ignore the more subtle messages from my body. I have to say, I enjoy a doctor who pulls no punches! At my appointment today, she told me that I am officially off bed rest. Thank goodness! The new prescription is the complete opposite, it’s time to walk/be upright for at least 15 minutes out of every 90 minutes.
DAY 75. Somehow we managed to purchase and wrap everything IN TIME for Christmas! My kids receive plenty during the course of the year, so Christmas is modest when compared to many of their peers. Gotta give them something to look forward to when they grow up!
What a wonderful experience to get so much completed!
I have found over the last few years that a “To Do” (or worse, Bucket) list is emotionally exhausting and often daunting – though, for my day-to-day, a list is necessary. I originally preferred a Mighty List (and may do another!). Right now? I very much enjoyed the daily unplanned realization of this “Ta Da” list. So much was accomplished even with the health blip.