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Half full or half empty?

The age-old question of the glass being half full or half empty is sometimes used as an indicator of your views on life.  Are you an optimist?  A pessimist?

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Or perhaps you don’t care either way and are just happy to have the glass.

the glass

Since I became a mom, I found another glass metaphor – the one that measures my energy level.  I remember talking to a friend about parenting young kids and how demanding they are with constant questions, needs, and wants.  She replied ” your kids will drain you all day long; they suck the life out of you, so you have to make sure that you start each day with a full glass” (no, not of wine).  And then she forwarded me a link to a blog post about nurturing yourself while nurturing your child.

After reading this article I realized that, at times, I was too impatient with my kids and frustrated by the lack of time for myself.  I chose to leave my career in finance to stay home full-time with my kids, but I wasn’t the mom I wanted to be.  So this year, as I approach 40, I have made an effort to put myself back on the never-ending to-do list.  I decided that I needed to take some time every day to do something that is just for me.  Something that makes me happy.

I exercise.  I make a cup of tea (and try to drink it before it gets cold).  I treat myself to a great pedicure.  I read.  I savour a square of sea salt Lindt dark chocolate.

If I had more time,  I would sew, paint, make jewelry, garden, but until my youngest is in school all day, I will keep pinning great ideas on my Pinterest boards for future reference; even this makes me happy!

What do you do to fill your cup?

the glass

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Not only on Thanksgiving . . .

 

Since I started my gratitude journal last year, I have been more thankful.  More appreciative of the little things.  The smell of my sons’ hair when they come in from playing outside.  The lingering embrace at the end of a quick hug from my husband.  A perfect cup of tea.  A relaxing foot massage.  The simplicity of everyday routines.

But today is Thanksgiving (in Canada) AND my 39th birthday . . . I have much to be thankful for:

  • a husband who does more than most
  • two boys who inspire me to be better and do better
  • true friends who remember my birthday (without the help of Facebook)
  • old friends who are still there despite the passage of time
  • new friends that have come to me through my children
  • a family that has supported me whether they agreed with my decisions or not
  • grandparents that are still around to teach their great-grandchildren the joys of baking and the many uses of a magnifying glass
  • being able to stay home with my boys until I decide what to do next
As Edith Piaf croons and I prepare a traditional turkey dinner for my loved ones, I am savouring a glass of wine while my boys watch a movie and my husband takes a well-deserved nap.  Life is good.
Now to commit to my resolutions for 39 . . . to do, to have, to be, to give, to learn. . .

 



Salmon with Warm Lentil Salad
January 23, 2012, 2:34 pm
Filed under: family, food, organized, Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , ,

“a heart-healthy, weeknight meal from Real Simple”

Serves 4 and is truly a 30 minute meal! You can prep the dressing in advance and cook the salmon while the lentils are cooking. My kids don’t like the arugula, but enjoy the salmon so we give them edamame or peas as well.

  • 1 cup green lentils, rinsed
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 tbsp plus 1 tsp of olive oil
  • 1 ¼ lbs skinless salmon fillet, cut into 4 pieces
  • 2 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 2 tsp Dijon mustard
  • ¼ red onion, chopped
  • ½ cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 1 bunch arugula, torn (approx 4 cups)
  • 1 lemon, cut into wedges

Bring 4 cups of water to a boil. Add the lentils and 1 tsp of salt and simmer, stirring occasionally, until tender, 20-25 minutes; drain.

Meanwhile, heat 1 tsp of oil in a large non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. Season the salmon with ¼ tsp each salt & pepper and cook until opaque throughout, 4 to 5 minutes per side.

In a large bowl, combine the vinegar, mustard, onion, parsley, the remaining 2 tbsp of oil, and ¼ tsp each of salt & pepper.

Add the lentils and arugula to the vinaigrette and toss to combine. Serve with the salmon and lemon wedges.



Back to School
September 15, 2011, 10:32 am
Filed under: clothes, family, ideas, kids, life, organized, Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , ,

I love September – back to school shopping, a brand new fresh notebook and pens that work!  Leopard print and tartan hit the runway and I’m keen to get (and stay) organized.  This year I’m actually taking a class, too.  It’s the last of my required courses to earn my certificate in Marketing Management which started as a hobby four years ago, but has become a potential career change.  But I digress . . .

As I am slowly putting my home office and basement storage back together after an un-planned restoration project caused by a leaking pipe, I am trying to organize my family calendar, coordinate schedules with my husband and plan activities for my youngest son.

My eldest son is going to Kindergarten this year.  They say it’s “all day” Kindergarten, but so far it’s been pretty anti-climactic.  Last Tuesday, we went to see our new class room and put our name down on a list for an interview with the teacher.  Wednesday was a free day for the kids to play and then we went to meet the teacher on Thursday for 30 minutes before lunch.  Finally, on Friday, his first “day”of school was for just over and hour. 

Armed with my cameras, I took him to his class and tried to get a decent photo when he noticed the other kids had their lunch bags.  A look of panic flashed across his face as he said, “Mom, I don’t have my lunch bag!”.  Knowing full well that the kids wouldn’t be having lunch, I hadn’t bothered to pack one, but I did have my trusty bag of snacks and water with me so I offered it to him; thankfully, he agreed to take it.  He happily went into class to check out the new space and meet some of his fellow students.

Given that I only had an hour, I decided to hang around the school playground so my youngest son could play and I could get to know some of the other class moms.  After awhile, I started to wonder where my phone and keys were . . . hmm . . . not in the stroller . . . not in the camera bag . . . did I leave them in the lunch bag?

Finally, the kids came out of class; one by one, they ran over to tell their parents how their first day of Kindergarten went.  When my son came over, he said “it was great, can I go play on the playground?” and he was gone – leaving me with the snack bag.  Cautiously, I opened the side pocket to find, yes, both my house keys and my cell phone.   Two missed calls and the ringer was on! 

I immediately apologized to our new teacher (he says he didn’t hear the phone ring) and sheepishly remarked that I bet he never thought he’d have to ask a bunch of five-year-olds to turn off their cell phones before coming into class!  Not the best first impression I’ve ever made!



From A to Z in 26 days
May 17, 2011, 7:57 am
Filed under: family, ideas, kids, life, organized, Uncategorized, work | Tags: , , , ,

Now that I am no longer working full-time and using a corporate Blackberry daily, I have come to rely on the SIM card from my old Nokia phone in my husband’s discarded Blackberry.  Unfortunately, this means that I don’t have current contact information for anyone – friends, family, old colleagues or clients.  On the upside, I am relying heavily on my memory for phone numbers; the downside is that I’m feeling unorganized and inefficient.

In an effort to get organized, I realize that I need to find a systematic method of updating my address book (yes, I still use an old paper & pencil format – am I the only one?) as well as my cell phone contacts and computer contacts.  Such a daunting task that I’ve been avoiding it for, well, 6 months now (since I sat down to write Christmas cards).  While I’m at it, I want to add the birthdays of my friends and their ever-expanding families so that I can keep track of how old their kids are and celebrate their milestones.

Finally, a breakthrough!  The solution came to me as I was explaining to my son that sometimes when we have a big job to do, it helps to break it up into smaller, more manageable tasks, and I thought to myself, “yes, that’s it!”.  So, there are 26 letters in the alphabet, right?  And it’s not like I know that many people.  If I do one letter every day, it will be done in under a month!  Now that seems manageable.

I should be able to accomplish this in 30 days or less.  A month.  Depending on your last name, you can expect to hear from me soon!




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