Tuesday, January 29, 2019


January's been a bit of a whirlwind and I keep finding myself shocked that it's almost over. M used his Christmas money from Grandma and Grandpa to buy a human body kit, and was super excited when it arrived.

The next several days were spent taking it apart and putting it back together over and over and over again.

A couple weekends ago I got a piece back from the framer, one I purchased at a community college art fair several years ago. My purchasing it seemed to make the artist's day - she said it was the first piece she'd ever sold. I was so happy when the framer and I found the mat to go with it (apparently they don't make mat in as many colors as they use to, so some pieces of art are getting difficult to find a good mat for, depending on what color paper the artist used).

I got the piece hung this last weekend, in a burst of "I'm going to be a responsible adult and accomplish things!" energy. (I even cleaned up that corner a bit after getting the picture hung.)

And, finally, I started a job last week! I'd interviewed for a per diem relief position just before Christmas and found out near the end of break that I got the job. Per diem means I'm not guaranteed a certain number of hours and relief means I'm filling in for RDs who are on vacation, sick, or otherwise out of the office; while I won't have guaranteed hours each week, from what I've observed many per diems are able to work several days a week and other RDs who've worked per diem previously have already told me to set boundaries, so I'm guessing getting sufficient hours won't be a problem. Relief can be a little scary because you have to know the basics of a lot of different services (i.e. cardiology, surgery, GI, NICU, etc.) and you aren't always on the service long enough to get to know your patients that well. But, as a new practitioner, I think it will have huge benefits in that over time I'll get to know and experience a variety of services that I didn't get to during my internship. It will help me build on what I learned in internship and create a nice, broad foundation before I narrow in on a specific service.

We are all still adjusting to our new schedule. Last Friday we had to ask a friend to pick up M from after-school care because I'd ended up needing to stay late and Ryan had to as well and Ryan's bus wasn't coming on time, so neither of us were going to make it home before the care center closed. I'm extremely grateful for the friends who help get G to and from school, since I'm definitely not around to help with that. About day 2 of me working we remembered that we had promised ourselves we'd be more consistent about kitchen cleanup each evening - when I came home to make dinner and realized dishes hadn't been cleaned up the night before and because of that I was definitely going to be late to orchestra rehearsal. We've been very consistent about it since. And the weekend had a mix of getting things like laundry and general house clean up done while also finding time to relax. Finding our new routine is going to be an adventure - frustrating at times, I'm sure, but worth it in the end. 

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Holiday Puzzle

We finished our holiday puzzle a few days before the kids had to go back to school:

This is Gareth's puzzle, but Ryan and I did most of the work on it. Gareth helped with the blue and purple tent a bit, but struggled with figuring out little clues as to which pieces might go together (slight differences in shading, etc). Ryan did most of the work on Harry. I did a lot of the rest. It was a fun puzzle to work on, with lots of interesting shapes to the pieces.

Friday, January 4, 2019

New Year Gingerbread House

We kept New Year's Eve simple, with basil chicken over rice for dinner. Mal didn't stay up at all (he's not old enough to realize this is a thing yet), but Gareth really, really wanted to stay up until midnight. So we broke out the cheese, crackers, and port or sparkling cider and plugged away at our puzzle while watching a couple episodes of Buffy and a bit of Infinity War. Ryan and I were ready to call it quits by 10, but again, Gareth insisted on staying up. Maybe in a couple years we'll just head to bed and let the kids stay up. We're still working on the puzzle, so no picture of it yet. As soon as it was midnight we immediately sent us all to bed.

I was busy with other things throughout New Years Eve, so didn't get to make gingerbread dough until New Year's Day. And then it took another couple days before we got a chance to decorate. Ryan joined in on the decorating this year. Malcolm wanted to make hearts out of all the things.

The kids have met up with friends here and there and I met up with friends today. It's been very nice to enjoy the holidays, but it'll be good to get back in the swing of things this next week.