The Life of K

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Little K Birthday Questionnaire

I had my birthday, then we went on our cruise (working on those posts now!). Soon after we got back it was time for Little K's birthday week to begin! My little girl turned 6 last week and I can hardly believe it. On one hand, she's so smart and on the other she's my baby girl.

Every birthday I ask the kids the same questions. Here are her answers.

Little K with her Beanie Boos.
What's your name? Little K {she said her name}
How old are you? Six
Where do you live? {She said our street name}
What's your favourite colour? Pink! Pink and purple
What's your favourite food? Ice cream and sausage
Who is your best friend? Julia and Myka
What's your favourite game? Pandemic {Thanks to A&S for introcuding us to this game!}
What's your favourite TV show? Teen Titans
What's your favourite movie? Moana
What do you want to be when you grow up? No one. I mean, I do not know.
What's your favourite animal? Cats
What's your favourite book? Junie B. Jones
Do you have a boyfriend or girlfriend? What does that mean? (Little J says that it's someone you want to marry.) No it's not! It's Julia. I love her!
What's your favourite song? Moana
What's your favourite letter? K!
What's your favourite thing? Cats and kittens

More about her birthday, including a beach-themed party, soon!

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

This is 36

It's official, I am no longer in my early 30s. I'm deep into my mid-30s and I'm not sure how I feel about it. Fine mostly, until something reminds me of how old I actually am. Oh, I graduated high school 17 years ago? Oof. We've owned our house for 10 years? Wow. I've been married for 13? Stop!

See? This getting older thing is tough.

And my birthday? It was pretty good. There was some stress at work over whether we could go on our vacation (a two-week cruise we booked back in May before I knew for sure I'd even be working now) and I wasn't eating or sleeping well. My birthday kinda happened and once I could officially go on the trip, the stress disappeared and I could celebrate.

Decorated cubicle. Yes, I get to work when it's dark.
Despite the work stress, I have lovely coworkers who went all out and I came in that morning to find my little pod decorated. I had so many texts, emails and Facebook messages. Even Google was celebrating my day.

Thanks, Google.
The weekend before my birthday, we celebrated with my parents who gave me a plant (hopefully this black thumb can keep it alive), and J's family. My actual birthday was our last day in town so I'm pretty sure we had leftovers for dinner but J surprised me with a cake and I got a music player I'd been wanting (one that links to my phone and can go anywhere).


I finished off my day by frantically packing and then doing some yoga with my happy cat.

Yoga with Sandy.
Getting older isn't so bad. Sure sometimes I feel ancient and the gray hairs are starting to show up, but I have an awesome family, great friends and fun coworkers. Plus I got to eat so much cake and who doesn't like cake?

Monday, February 20, 2017

Cider Tasting

As promised, I'm getting back to blogging. It's hard to find time, harder than usual, but here I am. Here's a story about us lucking out with our new neighbours.

We live in a townhouse so we live very close to our neighbours. Bad neighbours can really affect every day life so when the house two doors down from us went up for sale, we all crossed our fingers. It must have worked because the family that moved in is pretty awesome!

Back in January, they hosted a cider tasting party. I can't remember how many exactly but the bottles and cans of cider were wrapped in foil and we had to taste and rate 15 or so ciders. It was crazy how many ciders there actually are, and how different they taste, from the very watery to practically beer to super sweet.

That's a lot of cider.
While we were tasting and possibly getting a bit tipsy the kids had their own party going on. They got to taste apple juices and rate them. The rating system neighbour R put together was a happy face to sad face and the kids picked a favourite.

Apple juice tasting.
Their tasting didn't take long and soon they were off the play. Little J was ridiculously happy playing goalie while Little G took shots and Little K watched the new Trolls movie with Little A. The littlest kids toddled around.

Little J in nets.

I'm not used to drinking so much so I had Little K help me with my notes at the end which R collected. We had to rate the ciders on things like taste, after taste, colour, labeling (after they were revealed) and pick our overall favourites. It was a tricky job.

My little helper.
At the end of the night, the four of us ran the two doors home, giggling over the fun we had. Cheers to awesome neighbours!

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Hitting My Stride

I've been back to work over a month now but I spent two weeks cruising the Caribbean with J and the kids. We had such a great time and I promise to write all about it. We dove right back into work and school so there hasn't been time to catch our breath let alone go through the hundreds of pictures or the loads and loads of laundry.

Going from the cruise ship back to reality was hard. No one was preparing our food or cleaning our house, work starts early, and it's cold. So cold.

With a real job comes real weekends. Time completely for me where I know I won't get called to a birth or have a million things that I could be doing. My weekends now need to include errands that I used to get done during the week, but the low level stress of always being ON is gone. It's a beautiful thing.

The kids are prepping their Valentine's Day cards and I'm sipping tea before Little K's dance class. I'm starting to prep for Little K's birthday party so there will be shopping for that. Life keeps going.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

My (not so) triumphant return to work

There's a certain comfort and familiarity that comes with returning to the same workplace, even after 6 years away. Thank goodness because they certainly were not prepared for my return.

I was not expecting a red carpet affair but things were a little more scattered than I'd hoped. Not on my end. Thanks to some planning (food prep and showering the night before) as well as help from J and the kids in the morning, I arrived at my agreed start time of 8 am. I called up to my manager. Emailed him. Waited.

The kids packing my lunch in the lunch bag they got for me..

Finally someone came to get me after 30 minutes. Not a big deal. But that was just the beginning of the waiting around I'd be doing my first week. Waiting to be signed in, waiting for an office, a computer, to log in, to figure out parking. So glad there are book shelves in the common room where people leave magazines and books that anyone can read. I found myself a good one!

Tea, new office supplies, and a fun book.

I know more than half the people in my group from before. Lots of people have come and gone (and come back), there's been a lot of shuffling between groups, but overall I would say I know about 75% of the people on my floor. I thought there would be a lot of awkward You're back! What's new? Me: "....." But it was okay. People seemed happy to see me, were sweet and very welcoming. Everyone new I met was great.

My manager wasn't in all week and no one knew where I'd be sitting. It wasn't until Thursday that I was told where my office would be... in another wing from the rest of my group. I don't have a pass because my security clearance may or may not have expired (no one seems to know for sure) so I need to have someone sign me in. I can wait for everything else, but it really bugs me having to put someone out just to get in to the building.

A long icy walk through the parking lot.

Then there's parking. The visitor parking in the lot in WAY in the back and $10/day. I found another lot a bit farther away and it's only $7.50/day. I still need to figure out a monthly pass. Thankfully the ticket I got on Tuesday was ripped up after a conversation with the parking guy.

Oh, did I mention that the weather was a little crazy? Lots of snow, freezing rain, more snow, huge puddles, ice.. it made for some really slow drives.

I spent most of my first week talking to people, reading a book I found in one of the common rooms, and using data on my phone to keep from going crazy. I haven't talked to my manager to confirm my hours (I want to work early so I can get the kids after school) or to tell him about our upcoming vacation (surprise!). Who knows when I'll get a pass and be able to log on to my computer.

My view.

Despite all of that, it felt good to be back at work. It was so nice having a routine and having people to talk to. And because I'm not able to do any work yet (I've read all sorts of directives and how-to's but all my stuff is on the computer) I didn't have the holy-crap-I-can't-remember-anything feeling that I'm sure is coming.

Plus having my weeknights free and my weekends actually mean something is really nice. Tomorrow I'm back to it and so is the rest of the family. It's our first week of our new schedule of J getting the kids to school in the morning and me picking them up. It means I work early and he works late. It'll be great if it works so we'll see how it goes!

Monday, January 2, 2017

Hello 2017

Happy New Year to all my friends, family, and readers!

Sunday, December 25, 2016