It did take a bit of adjustment, but I managed to spend the first half of August off of Facebook and Twitter, only using FB for messaging those for whom I do not have an email address. A lot was going on for sure and I really wanted to be fully present for all of it. I did feel somewhat disconnected to the “whole” but at the same time felt far less pressure about being involved.
Under the Blue Moon we arrived in Cape Cod after an 11-hour journey. We got off to a slow start with a quick return for a forgotten ticket and a 90-minute wait at the Queenston-Lewiston bridge! | #augustbreak was a challenge forcing me to look at things in a different way. | Wild turkeys! Symbols of abundance and satisfaction. Also, earth and feminine power. Fitting. | Fenway for the annual Red Sox game. | Emancipation Day is the name (finally) given our No Name holiday. I’m glad Oakville is embracing it’s honourable past. | Planes, Trains and Automobiles for Claire. Her flight from Hyannis to Logan canceled so Cole drove her to Boston and she flew to the island and took the tunnel to the train station and into a cab then home. I wish she could have stayed with us at the beach a little longer but work and responsibility called. | Catfish. Sad. | Her Campus is a feminist website/blog and Cole just had his first article published! | Over selling and under delivering is not a sustainable business plan. So disappointing. | Pigs and Grunts. Its exhausting to be regularly undermined. | Toyota test drive. | Game Shows and “reality” wedding shows are Caden’s most recent addiction. (No, I did not tell him there is a whole network dedicated to game shows in the U.S.) | King of the Q is Cole. I am glad to have another cook in the house. Well, griller, not so much cook. He can execute things already prepared. | Pharmaceutical ads in the U.S. are endless. TBH it’s pretty frightening. #tailwagsdog | A kintsugi bowl is going to be my birthday gift to myself. The symbolism is perfect in its imperfection. | Goodbye Jon Stewart. You will be much missed. I’m afraid of what will happen now since people will have to start thinking for themselves. | Nothing much found at the woo store in Barnstable this year. | Political debates: the endless season has arrived. CSPAN carried the Canadian debate much to Cole’s enjoyment. | My Fair Lady at the Cape Playhouse was a hit! | Rainy days in Cape Cod means a trip to the mall – with everyone else! | Craft fairs make me happy even while feeling creatively inadequate! | Ocean House disappoints, the food is way over rated. | Hunger Games was pretty good. Maybe I’ll have to read the books! | Happy discovery at Barnes and Noble: Happinez Magazine out of the Netherlands. | Photo projects that require internet are best done when you have consistent internet. Good thing there were plenty of non-www projects to enjoy. Like, relaxing! | The drive home: 1000 kilometers, 9 hours, 3 pit stops, 1 zippy bag and no line at customs. | “Are you a tree?” “No.” Followed by raucous laughter, snorts and giggles. I don’t get it, but they’re happy. | The Code with Lissa Boles started and I’m looking forward to the 6-week program. | Orange Theory? Worked in theory, but not for me. I don’t need a Gillian Michael’s style attitude on this particular journey. | Week in the Life preparations have begun. All templates downloaded and ideas are swirling. | Unsubscribe. Cleaning up my mailbox is so empowering. | Test results came in. For the first time in years my numbers are right. We’re waiting another 6-weeks to have the medication catch up with my exhaustion. | Wise Women Sharing Circle has been a really good test of intuition and trust. | Holy heat and humidity. Mid-month had us all melting. | Camp Currie – Oakville. My niece went to her Musical Theatre camp by day and stayed with us at night. Such fun! Even more fun having regular visits with my sister who is slowly becoming more acquainted with our ‘burb. | Staging area, aka the living room, is the space where Cole is organizing all of his belongings. It makes me jittery. I cannot wait for all of the projects to be DONE. | Plans change. | Blue Jays have been so much fun to watch. Fingers crossed they keep it together through the end of the season and beyond. | “Official” Week in the Life happened and it was, as always, fun to watch what everyone created. Inspiration overload! | Donairs at Lakeside Eatery in Bronte are fabulous. My kids have now been introduced to Donairs and they love them. What a treat! | One Direction came to town and Claire took Chloé and Spencer. | Skivvy revamp. Happy to find sexy in my size! | Nashville! Brené Brown and her Rising Strong book tour. Claire and I enjoyed every minute of it. | Reiki was a great choice for re-entry. | Stephen Colbert is divine. | Drive Wise has another child to teach. I bought double the in-car instruction as I am a terrible passenger and even worse teacher. | Moleskine journals and Flair pens purchased. Now to use! | COURAGEworks course on Living Brave starts in January! Prepping with a revist to The Power of Vulnerability course on udemy.com. | Invitation to speak on self esteem in March: ACCEPTED! | Crowns. Finally, Cole is getting a permanent fix for his broken front teeth. | 5 Seconds of Summer definitely have fans in this house. | Rav4s in the house, er, garage. Ruby Rose and Maximus Prime. | Cashmere blazer. Cole is getting the full handmade sport coat experience. | Service Ontario for renewal of license, plates and OHIP. A reminder that another year has flown by! | Zenbar is my favourite place for pampering. | Back-to-school shopping is complete! Early. I even had all of the uniforms dry cleaned. Me? Anxious? Nope. Excited is the word. | The Project is underway. I took Cole to the Miramichi with me to do some family research. Then there was lots of visiting with family and friends. | Summer marks are in and Chloé’s G12 French result is at the median and she had a blast in France. Caden got over 90% on his final G10 Math exam! He, on the other hand, did not have a blast. At least they don’t have to do them again! | Madawaska for volleyball makes Caden happy once he arrives and he is still there! | Motherhood and everything I know about being a decent, kind and loving parent, I learned from my Aunt Beth and my grandmother. What a thrill to be able to see my 90 year old aunt again! | Mission accomplished. Cole and I walked five graveyards on a sweltering hot day. In the second to last row of the last cemetery? Annie O’Donnell has been found! | AUGUST 2015