Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Merry Rambly Christmas!

Still alive... still alive... if I keep repeating it, it must be true, right?

So many posts started and stopped... life is humming along in some sort of twisted parody of what I expect it to be.

Long story very short - Christmas (yay!), temporary teaching contract for Hubby (yay!), said contract is four provinces west of here (boo!) and we've decided to have kiddo finish out grade Primary here for continuity's sake (yay!/boo!/huh?).


I'm putting Hubby on a plane in a week.  He had a great interview in September, for a sabbatical replacement position.  He got the position, and by all accounts he got it by a landslide, which is fantastic.  He's such a great teacher, so it was a boost for him.  It's not permanent, but we're crossing our fingers that it leads to something... at the very least, it will really help with his professional teaching experience.

The downside is that it means more time apart.  I don't want to move kiddo more than once in a year unless absolutely necessary, and unless it's for something more permanent.  He's flourishing in school here, and we all agree that pulling him out mid year, then having to pull him out of somewhere else, wouldn't be good.  He understands that Daddy is going to be a teacher, and he's chosen some wonderful things to send with Daddy and to keep here.  He even picked out a tie for Hubby to wear his first day (and it's not too bad!).  The months over the summer that we were apart were difficult, but N. handled it like a champ.  He knows that we talk to Daddy every day we're apart, and that we'll be together as soon as we can.  It's hard, but we can do it.

I have no illusions about the relative level of difficulty that we face... I'm surrounded by help here, and it's so much easier than it could be.  My mom watches N. so I can go to the gym and keep my sanity as intact as possible; my brother and SIL invite us over for movie nights - their house has rooms and beds for everyone, and it's an adventure for N to have super! sleepover! weekend!  I have a great kid who adapts to whatever I throw at him.  The whole thing makes me appreciate in some very small measure what families go through when one parent works across the country, or one is deployed, and I don't even go through a fraction of what they do.

So, I keep my mom-hat on, do the best I can to keep N. safe, happy, and healthy, and try to maintain myself on an even keel while supporting Hubby in his goal to be the best college teacher he can be.

Whew. Glad to get all that out. ;)

On the creative front, it's been busy in some respects but quiet in others... I only knit one pair of mittens, made a couple dozen crochet ornaments, handmade all our Christmas cards, and had to switch gears.  I've spent the last six weeks baking.  Baking baking baking.  Cookies, cake, squares, more cookies... and I'm totally done with sugar.  I told my mom I wanted meat and salt for the next two weeks.  No carbs, no butter.  Just protein and sodium.  I'm not sure what I'll take on in the new year, but I'm allowing myself time to decide.  Spending the next week packing up Hubby is going to take up enough brain power, methinks.

I hope to devote a little bit of brain power to creating, whether it be sewing, writing, knitting, crochet, papercraft, or something I just haven't thought of yet.  I've a pretty good stash of supplies here - in the course of storing all our things from the postdoc years in and amongst stuff here, I've found things that I'd forgotten - mainly paper and paints - so there's no shortage of *free* things to do... I just need to find my mojo again.

I hope everyone's having a great winter-holiday-of-choice, and that whatever weather you have is seasonally appropriate for your mood... and that the new year ahead is full of promise in the most unexpected ways...

Back soon... promise.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

More sewing!

Popping back up to say I managed to get a bit of sewing done this morning :-)

I do need to figure out how to manage links and things using the mobile app, but if you're desperate to know more about this pattern, Google Abby Glassenberg Lovey to find it...

... and prepare to use lots of pins :-)  Fleece is pretty easy to handle, but does benefit from pinning every 1/4" or more!

Monday, October 7, 2013

Actual crafting?!?

So excited to say I actually started a little project last night... an Abby Glassenberg lovey for a friend's baby, which is actually my fourth from this pattern.  Hopefully more details and photos soon!

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Still here...

I'm still trying to get used to this new phone, but it's coming...

I finally have Hubby in the same place as the rest of us, and we're sorting through the junk that followed us from the old apartment.  N. is enjoying school immensely (as you can see from that happy face), and I'm hoping to dump my memory card soon and write a proper post.

But now, I'm getting ready to go to the movies with hubby for the first time in months :-)  More soon!

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

A smart phone, you say?

A mobile app,  you say? Wonder if it works...

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Things that are happening in my life today...

My sainted husband is packing up the last bits of our life in the old apartment.  He's stressed, and my heart is aching because I can only support him via phone and skype.  I don't know if he'll meet his self-imposed deadline of tonight, but I need to stay optimistic.

I'm eating pierogy.  Because, pierogy.

While Hubby packs, I'm sitting in the livingroom of my parents' house finally sorting through the remainder of my grandmother's things.  There are cuts of vintage fabric, dress gloves, scarves, costume jewelry, and all the tablecloths, bureau scarves, hankies, etc. that she embroidered over the years (that hadn't been gifted to family and friends).  Even though my camera is horrible, and the light is dull, I'm documenting it as best as I can.  Her handiwork is impeccable, and it takes my breath away.  I put her gloves on, and looked down; my hands became her hands, and I felt like a 4 year old watching her smooth the fabric before heading out to church.  I need to dump the camera soon and get some of it up :)

And... drinking coffee... catching up on episodes of RHONJ (guilty pleasure!) that I missed over the past little while... enjoying the sound of the rain.

Monday, September 23, 2013

A few minutes of (relative) quiet

*sigh* time to slog out the update for the last weeks (or could it be months?!)...

Full disclosure, this post is likely to be rambly and a bit melancholy and silly and self-pitying, so if you want to pass on it, I'll put it behind the break and totally understand :)  I promise more crafty posts soon, along with tales of Kindergarten/Grade Primary adventures...

Thursday, September 5, 2013

A long update post will have to wait

It's sitting as a draft... but it'll sit a little longer.

My baby started school today, and I'm a complete wreck.  He gets the bus home in a little over an hour.... longest day of my life.


Thursday, August 8, 2013

*tap tap*

On the off chance that there are still a few people out there :) I'm popping up to say I'm still alive...

To tide everyone over until I can sit and synthesize, my life in bullet form:
  • N. swallowed a marble, resulting in a trip to the ER, a hefty out-of-pocket fee, and some reimbursement labyrinth navigation.
  • Little Bro, shortly after, got into a car accident... totalled the car but walked away without a scratch, so we're thanking our lucky stars.
  • Hubby had an interview, it went well, but it wasn't the right fit, according to the hiring committee.
    • we continue to send out applications, and are trying not to get discouraged, but damn, is it frustrating to work toward something for most of your adult life and come up empty.  Damn these hiring freezes.
  • I have gotten to spend a total of 9 days with my SIL and her two girls, Miss O (who is 10 months younger than N.) and Princess Pterodactyl Pants, who is 3.5 months old, and absolutely perfect, especially when she's tired and squawks at me like a tiny pteranodon. 
  • Spent the day with my bestie from high school and her 4-year-old son... we've averaged one visit per year in the last decade, and since being here I've seen her twice (she lives 4.5hrs from my parents).
  • Did some sewing, not much knitting, crocheted 95% of a scarf.
  • N. got stung by a wasp or a hornet (not sure which, but there was no stinger)... he's fine, but I've aged 5 years.
  • I joined a gym.  Heh.
ETA: The most fun part of all of that?  First bullet point requiring in-depth examination of *ahem* to make sure said marble reappeared.  It took a damn week.

Sunday, June 30, 2013

I have no idea what I'm doing, but someone told me that I have to claim through bloglovin, so here goes

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Not sure I did it right, but here goes.

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Smells like time for an update...

... or maybe I'm just waiting for Hubs to come online for a skype date.

(truth be told, we've converted to google hangout for the most part... po-tay-to, po-tah-to...)

Life is chugging along, albeit in a bit of an antihistamine fog.  It turns out I'm allergic to my island.  I thought it was just the cat, but cats give me asthma, and I'm covered in hives.  N. has adapted well so far, made friends with said cat, and is sleeping soundly at the moment.

I did some knitting yesterday and today, first time in a while... I'd started a pair of socks before leaving, but two things happened that made me believe they were doomed: 1. A friend's dog tore the ball apart, resulting in my having to wind it by hand since my ball winder was already packed, and 2. I thought I was knitting on a set of five US3 needles, but it was four US3s and one US2; the sets I had only contained four in total, and I forgot that fact until I noticed the spiralling dimple working its way up the sock cuff.

I ripped it back, and decided instead to cast on for a sockhead hat (rav link)... I brought it with me to visit my grandmother at the nursing home and attracted a bunch of attention :)

And with that, I'm off to chat with Hubs... what would we do without the internet?!

Friday, May 31, 2013

Catch you on the flipside

Shutting down the laptop so I can pack it... See y'all on the other side!

Thursday, May 30, 2013


I'm not done, but I'm not completely behind... there will still be some work for Hubby to do, but I'm nearly ready to get gone....

Apologies, as there'll be radio silence yet again... I can't promise complete cheerfulness when I pop back up, but I'll try.

And on a related note - to all the families who have a member serving in the military, and those who, for whatever reason, need to live separately to make their living, you have my utmost respect.  This is not easy, not by a longshot.

Think good thoughts...

Monday, May 27, 2013

Operation Bug-out, day whatever the heck it is...

I'm losing track of days... which isn't really the best, but it's not horrible.

I'm not done packing... I'm not sure what'll happen... I think I'm in good shape, though. All the toys are done, all of our good Denby dishes, all the mugs (there are a *lot* of mugs)... Hubby is staying to finish up, and we're going ahead, so I have to leave him with some stuff to use.  I just don't want to end up leaving him with loads to pack.  The problem with today is that I'm quickly running through my stash of boxes.  We'll have to raid the stockroom at lab tomorrow!!

I have to say, throughout this, along with being supported by family, we're surrounded by more friends than I ever thought I'd find in our relatively short time here... it's good and it's bad, but mostly I think it's good ;)  I have people to keep me motivated, and people to take a break with me when I have to step away from it all.    And, I have people that are so important to me that it's going to kill me to have to leave, but I know I'll have these people in my life for a long time, no matter where we settle...


Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Day 5...

Day 4 wasn't so productive, although I did manage to pack more toys and all the legos...

Day 5 is looking up - I found nine more boxes stashed in the lab, the sun is shining, and I have a plan.  Books first, then more kitchen stuff.

(lurking in the back of all this is our storage closet... which I haven't mentioned, because it scares the bejeepers out of me.  There are boxes there that haven't been unpacked since our last move 4 years ago, and there are filing boxes full of papers that I'm 99% sure can be junked.  That 1% is going to force me to save them and go through them when I have more time. Blech.)

Sunday, May 19, 2013

What does it mean when...

... after packing all the yarn and craft supplies that I come across two 5-drawer sterilite storage carts and one 8-drawer sterilite storage cart filled with yarn and craft supplies?  (hidden in plain sight, by the way)

Those puppies are lightweight... they're getting taped shut and moved that way.


Day 3 of Operation Bug Out 2013

So... I've packed I think eight boxes in total.  Mostly craft supplies and yarn, some vases, and starting in on the toys (train set today).  I then spent the afternoon out with a friend - a fellow Canadian who also wants to move home.

I do have to go into campus tomorrow to drop off our termination notice at daycare (where we were supposed to go to kindergarten next fall), and grab some more boxes... Hoping for a more productive afternoon after all that is done.

sigh.  how many more days?

Friday, May 17, 2013

I can't believe it's been so long...

I miss writing... I miss knitting... I miss being human.  Spending so much time in the lab is totally cramping my style ;)

Life has been seriously hectic here (hence the radio silence), going through the process of finding something post post-doc.  And while hope springs eternal, reality sucks.

I might as well use as many cliches as I can... so while we still have irons in the fire, we have to be realistic.  And the reality is, with a child, and with one spouse with a chronic condition, we cannot afford to stay in the US while unemployed.  Being Canadian affords us the opportunity to go where we feel safer and more secure.

Operation Bug-Out 2013 has commenced.

It's highly likely I'll have more time to post, because for the next two weeks, I'm packing up the house.  No long lab days... instead, it'll be long days at home, listening to Spotify and packing/sorting/throwing away.

If you subscribe to sending good thoughts to any particular deity, I would appreciate any... although, I know we're going to be OK.  People go through worse, with less, on a regular basis.  We're healthy (knock wood), and we have a place to go.

Cross your fingers folks, and hold on tight.

ETA: packed up three boxes of yarn tonight... and had 3 glasses of cabernet... I'm hoping to up my boxes per unit cabernet before this thing is finished...

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

A New Year's promise to myself

I've never been one for resolutions, since in my hands they last about as long as I take to think them up.  This year holds the first time in my adult life that I don't know what's coming next.  It's wide open with opportunity, or at least that's how I choose to see it.

Where will we be in six months?  I'm not exactly sure.  I am helping Hubby as best I can towards his goal of running his own lab and teaching his own students, and I'm good at that.  But there's only so much I can do for him, and he for me, to get us to the next step.

I do know that, amongst the chaos and upheaval, I want to keep on working towards being the best version of myself, with the knowledge that the person I am isn't necessarily the person I thought I would be.  I can't say it any more elegantly than that, so I am starting the year off with words written by a woman whose passion and determination I find frighteningly inspiring.  I'm only sorry that I didn't find her music and her art earlier in life.  I've hidden the two F-bombs after the break, but I won't apologize for them... they are so much part of the joy in this piece.

Thank you, Amanda Palmer, for giving me something to strive for - to allow myself to be the person I want to be.

In my mind
In a future five years from now...