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I started the New Year off with a bang! Up early at the crack of 9am and a hearty waffle and berry breakfast, it was then down to the beach at Roger Curtis point for a polar bear swim! Alice decided that at 1 degree Celsius, it was too cold to leave the house but Sacha braved the cold to watch me take a dip. I did it too. Dunked myself up to my shoulders. I have picture proof, just don’t want to post a full bathing suit shot here. It was cold!!! I thought my toes were going to fall off on the way back to the house where I promptly jumped in the hot tub.
So I didn’t do too well on the resolutions I set for last year …
Resolutions for 2014
- Beat the number of birds I saw in 2012 (165) – The first 90 or so shouldn’t be too difficult – Best effort to finish.
Start the year with a 30 day juice cleanse and then do a 10 day cleanse every 90 days after that (starting this Sunday)– nope
- Read 12 books for fun – I should have an advantage with 4 books half read already - Done
Do the 52 Week Money Saving Challenge – but in reverse because I know I will never have an extra $200 in December.- nope
Between looking after the kids and work and other events, I probably went birding a quarter as often as I wanted to. However, I did see 35 new birds this year, making my life list 339. I stopped counting birds that I saw in November and had 2 really good birding days in December so my year total is probably more like 145-150. Still short of my goal but not bad under the circumstances, it’s had to convince the kids to hop in the car to try and go see a bird in a marsh in temperatures below 10 degrees. (here’s hoping they want to go see a Golden Eagle tomorrow!).
I squeaked in the book one under the wire, I finished my 11th book around noon yesterday and then scoured my shelf at Bowen to find one that I was most of the way through to polish it off to be able to legitimately tick one resolution off my list.
Resolutions for 2015
- Read 12 books for fun
- Complete 1 MOOC (Massive Open Online Course)
- Spend less time on my phone when I am bored
- I want to say 7500 steps per day but I don’t know what my baseline is and I think it is shockingly lower than that but by the end of the year, I want to be comfortably walking 7500 steps per day.
We’ve been having an excellent Christmas holiday. The kids had a great Christmas morning, Santa was more than generous with them. So were Baba, Granddad, Claudette, Donna, Margot, Max, Kai and Steph. They are a couple of very lucky kids. I realized afterwards that I didn’t take any pictures of Christmas day at all, which is totally not like me, but it was nice to just enjoy the excitement rather than try to catch it on camera.
On Sunday, the kids and I drove up to Squamish for the night. The hotel had a pool and a waterslide and the kids and I spent probably 2 hours in there when we arrived. Sacha probably went down that water slide 30 times. Alice was more like 20, taking breaks to catch her breath a bit. It was very quick.
Andrew met us up there after work and we went out to dinner. On Monday, we drove up to the Callaghan Valley to go sledding. It was freezing cold. It was 2 degrees in Squamish with a freezing wind, it was –5 and sunny in Callaghan, much more manageable but Alice was freezing and we only lasted an hour. We will have to go again later in the year.
After sledding, the kids and I went up to Bowen for a couple days. We had a hottub every night, we roasted hot dogs on a bonfire that Kai built in the outside fireplace, I finished 2 books (Lone Wolf by Jodi Picoult and Under the Banner of Heaven by Jon Krakauer), and last year on New Year’s eve, we roasted marshmallows and made s’mores. It was very relaxing and very fun.
Tuesday, December 30, 2014
I find tasks like stuffing envelopes mind-numbing and 5 times per year, I have to collate 375 report cards in a short period of time to get them out to students. Over the last couple of years, I have turned to watching Tedtalks while folding and it has turned into something I now look forward too. My boss thinks it's a great idea and in October came into my office asking if I had watched any good talks this time, and I had - this one about “Listening to Shame” by Brene Brown.
It was really fascinating. My boss immediately went back to his office and not only had he heard of her and her work, he had her book dog-eared on every 5th page. So now I had to read the book! This was probably my favourite I have read all year. I want to go out and buy a bunch of copies to give to people and to have one copy at home. I can see how it relates to Work, life, parenting, relationships. I want to use what she talks about to help guide Sacha (in particular) and Alice and I want Sacha to read it as soon as he is old enough to understand it. I can see so much of what she talks about shame in Sacha’s struggles and behaviours. I am going to be conscious about how I talk to him especially about the difference between making bad choices (Guilt) and being a bad person (Shame).
This is the quote by Theodore Roosevelt that inspired the name of the book. It is known as The Man in the Arena quote from a speech he made in Paris in 1910 and I think it is great.