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Saturday Random: Naps and Flowing with Changes

Guess what? I DID wake up early enough yesterday to go for that 7:15 a.m. walk with my friend (we actually changed it to 7:30 a.m., but still!). And here’s what I’ve discovered: if I’m getting up at 6:30 a.m., I feel very “nappish” at around 4:00 p.m.

But there appears to be an art to napping. I was literally sitting on my sofa, fighting against my eyes closing as the warm afternoon sun embraced me … but when I finally gave in and actually took off my contacts and lay in bed?

No nodding off. Nothing even close to sleep.

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How do cats do it?!

I’m definitely going to have to explore this more. Simply put, I prefer walking earlier in the day to later (not quite as hot, plus I feel more productive). I’ve been waking up earlier as a result (although not quite as early as I did yesterday), and I think adding a nap to my productivity repertoire might be a very helpful thing.

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And changes. Ah, yes.

You see, I didn’t blog yesterday. Lately I’ve been wrestling with this whole 365 days of blogging thing. Back in November when I decided I was going to do this, yes I was, I had two main goals: (1) to get out of a blogging slump (or a no-blogging-at-all slump, really) and (2) to prove to myself I had the discipline to blog daily.

Back then, I didn’t foresee all the changes that would happen this year. Like my mom breaking her hip and how big an impact that would have on my time. Or my branching out more fully into freelance writing. Or my taking on a position as a marketing manager with the publishing company Booktrope.

A while back, for Bloggiesta, I wrote a post about how to come up with a treasure trove of blog post ideas. And while I’m still getting ideas for blog posts, there have definitely been days when I was just juggling too much to sit down and do a blog post justice. I’d do it anyway, but I doubt those posts were anywhere close to my best posts.

So yesterday, I didn’t feel like blogging. I’d been to see my mother, and then I ran errands after, adding lots more steps to the ones I’d taken for my daily walk. When I got home I was feeling “nappish” (see above) since I’d gotten up so early. After an aborted attempt at a nap, it was time for dinner. And since I didn’t nap, I was really drowsy by 9:00 p.m.

I was asleep before 11:00 p.m. Really really early, for me. And while I thought about blogging in that time between 9:00 and 11:00, my heart really wasn’t in it. And I really couldn’t see the benefit of sitting down anyway and writing a blog post.

So … I’m going to flow with the changes in my life. There will be days when I have a lot on my plate, and on those days, I’m not going to worry about not writing a blog post. I figure, my 365 days of blogging just won’t be consecutive. That works for me!

Saturday Random: Decluttering, Cleaning, Dejunking, and a Bad Haircut

I have an unexpected Saturday today—it’s a long weekend here and Dylan doesn’t have any dance classes today. I figured I’d relax today but when I woke up I got bitten by the decluttering bug.

Which was surprising, because when I was composing my list of current nonfiction reads, I’d totally forgotten about Marie Kondo’s The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, which is also on my to-red list.

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Even though I haven’t read it yet, I remembered from reading other reviews of it that one of the questions Kondo urges you to ask when decluttering is, do you love it?

So I tried to do that as I went through the clothes in my chest of drawers. I ended up with two reusable shopping bags full of clothes to give away, and lots of room now in drawers which I previously dreaded reaching into, even though it was required if I wanted to get dressed for the day (another good reason to declare a pajama day, I always think).

Some interesting things I learned:

  1. For someone who is always lamenting about not exercising, I have a LOT of exercise wear. I kept them all. Call it wishful dressing, if you like.
  2. I haven’t gained as much weight as I’d been thinking. I tried on all of my cropped pants, and they all fit except for one pair which had been too small for me last year. Hurray for that!

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Every few years I go through this, and I wish I’d remember to Just. Not. Do. It.

What am I talking about? Getting my hair cut short. I normally wear my hair long, but every now and then, especially if I’ve not been that diligent about getting my hair trimmed, I get tired of the long, lanky mess of hair and decide I’m going to get it cut short. And every time I do this, I deeply, deeply regret it.

I’m now sporting this wedgy bobby thing that’s longer in the front, shorter in the back and I hate it. So today I’ve been trying to focus on being grateful that my hair grows fast (about an inch every three to four weeks).

On the bright side, I was helping my daughter move into her new place yesterday and her new roommate’s mother, on being introduced to me by Hayley as, “This is my mom, Belle”, exclaimed, “Oh!” and then laughed. It turned out she’d thought I was Hayley’s friend.

So I guess the cut makes me look younger. But it doesn’t suit me at all.

Grow, hair. Grow! Please?

Saturday Random: A Birthday, Rainbow Candles and The Avengers

It was Dylan’s birthday today. He turned 12, but in many ways he’s still such a little boy—one of his favourite presents was a Hot Wheels track set. We had a busy day today since he still had dance classes all afternoon. Forgetful parents that we are, we didn’t remember to make reservations for dinner until around lunch time today, so ended up going for a late dinner at his favourite Japanese restaurant, where he got to have five pieces of salmon sushi and udon noodles.

Since our reservations weren’t until 9:00 pm, we decided to have the birthday cake before we went out for dinner. The coolest thing about his cake were the rainbow flamed birthday candles we used. The pictures we took didn’t turn out at all, and looking around online it looks like it’s not easy getting a good picture of these lovely candles in their full glory. The flames were different colours and one candle actually had a two-coloured flame! They looked a lot like these Rainbow Moments candles:

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Aren’t they just lovely?

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It looks like the entire family—all five of us—are going to see The Avengers movie for Mother’s Day tomorrow. Rather fitting, since for my birthday last year the five of us went to see Guardians of the Galaxy—it’s not too often we get the five of us together, now that my two older kids are in their 20s, so it’s nice when we can do something like go to a movie together. I don’t go to see a lot of movies, but The Avengers sounds like it will be quite fun.

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That’s my Saturday Random! How was your Saturday?

Saturday Random: RUFF and ten minute workouts

Barely squeezing this post in to make it on time for a Saturday Random post—I’d better type fast!

RUFF 2015

The Ryerson University Film Festival 2015 was held last night and tonight. I attended both nights and wow, such a lot of young talent! Hayley had two films playing, one on each night. They were both amazing, and I’m hoping they’ll be online somewhere soon so I can post the links or the videos themselves here.

Hayley didn’t win for best cinematography, unfortunately, but the film she produced and DoP’d won for best screenplay, so that was nice.

Ten minute workout

Day two of my ten minutes to big changes plan, and so far I’ve managed both the meditation and the Morning Pages. Haven’t had any luck with the workout, though, and I think it’s because I don’t actually have a short ten minute workout handy for first thing in the morning.

A couple of weeks ago, though, I received an issue of the Further newsletter headlined The Ancient Fitness Routine That Transforms You in Ten Minutes a Day. I hadn’t yet decided on my ten minutes a day thing, but I did save the newsletter and I think this might be the thing for me to try. Except I’m not sure about that first part—I get dizzy pretty easily so it will be interesting to see if I can spin around.

Author Hugh Howey also had some good things to say about this workout, which he calls the Five Tibetan Rites.

What is beyond doubt is their efficacy. If you do these every day, you will see results in a week. You will see profound differences in a month. Practitioners claim that these exercises will keep you young, and I’m a believer. They fixed a nagging shoulder injury, and my back has never been stronger.

Sounds pretty good to me. He even made some videos which should be helpful.

Do you know of a ten minute workout I can try? I’d love to add more to my list!

Saturday Random: birthdays, Hayley’s mood reel, cats and cones

Is it just me, or are the days just flying by? I can’t believe it’s Saturday already. It’s the book-reading demon‘s birthday today, so we’re celebrating with dinner out. Despite his new reading habits, he’s not getting bookish gifts this year—I’m not very good about remembering things like birthdays or anniversaries (both mine and other people’s), and didn’t realize until Wednesday that his birthday was on the weekend. So it was a mad dash to find some time to do some gift shopping, once with Dylan and then once by myself. No time for a leisurely browse through the bookstore, either physically or online. He’s getting clothes and cooking magazines instead.

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My daughter Hayley is the producer and director of photography (DOP) of the short film JOY, which will be premiering at the RUFF (Ryerson University Film Festival) on May 1. This year RUFF will be screening at Ryerson Theatre, a larger venue that also screens TIFF films. Very exciting stuff!

This is the mood reel for JOY. (A mood reel is created before the actual film is made, to “suggest the feel and sensibility of a film“. Yes, I had to google this.)

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It is such a sad sight to behold whenever one of our cats has to wear the so-called “cone of shame”. Both of them get so depressed when they have to wear the cone, and I can’t blame them, as they lose their ability to perceive through their whiskers, which they count on a lot for day-to-day kitty navigation through the world.

Unfortunately though, I’m not the only one coming down with the itchies around here. Hobbes began scratching at both his ears last week (vet says it’s allergies from the seasonal change in weather—apparently he sees a lot of this among pets at this time of the year. Another who knew? thing for me). The resulting sores ended up getting infected, so now he’s on antibiotics and steroids. We had to put the cone on him the first day to stop him from scratching more.

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This is him looking down sadly at me the whole time I was working on Thursday night. He never sits facing that direction on normal days, but of course he had to remind me how sad he was. When he wasn’t moping around on the back of my office chair, that is.

Luckily he’s healing up quickly. We put the nasty cone back in the cupboard, where hopefully it won’t be needed again.

How’s your Saturday going?