Well the good news is that I now have a full time job.
I am a big fan of pay checks!
The not so great news is that I started this full time job at the same time that Little Man started full time daycare, and it seems that we are both extra exhausted and cranky lately.
While I am grateful for the chance to get back into my industry, I am sad that my whole days of fun with Little Man are over. I know that I will miss so much, and it makes me feel a little heart-broken.
Mind you, like a true extrovert, he is having almost no troubles with the change (other than being a little more tired by dinner time). In fact, he barely turned around to say goodbye the first time he was dropped off at daycare.
Last Wednesday, along with picking up our usual CSA veggies from Dalew Farms, we received our July order of organic chickens. This was our first time ordering their chickens and we were very excited to try them.
Obviously there was only one way to taste test the meat:
First thing we did was make a basting sauce:
1/2 c olive oil
1/2 c lemon juice
2 tbsp fresh rosemary (gently pressed with a rolling-pin to release oils)
We set the barbecue to 350 and then began the rotisserie.
And by we I mean the Dreamboat. There is something about barbecuing that demands male attention. Continue reading →
Wow. What a crazy week. I apologize for the weird order of posts this past week, but I have been pretty busy lately with visits both at home and away. We are finally back from our travels, so I wanted to fill you in on week 3 of the DSF 30 x 30 Challenge.
On Friday the Dreamboat started getting ready for his trip down south to Muskoka to help his friend M with a kitchen renovation. At the same time I was getting ready for M’s girlfriend L to come to our house with her little one LD. It was a pretty busy day, but Little Man and I managed some time outside in the backyard.
Finally we are all feeling better at our casa. We got off to a shaky start during week one of the 30 x 30 challenge, but week two went so much better. Here is what we’ve been up to lately.
We all breathed a sigh of relief and welcomed the weekend with open arms. Little Man and I attempted the beach again. I was way more prepared for playing in the water, and the sandy finale. Little Man was a lot more energetic, although this time there were no kids around to play with. He settled for watching some geese and goslings that were nested nearby (you can’t really see them in the picture below, but I promise they are there).
What a week. I was sick. Little Man had a fever of 103 degrees Fahrenheit on Monday, and general poopiness the rest of the week. And the Dreamboat had a huge project at work that took up most of his time and finally finished on Thursday.
We are all spread so thin right now I am sure we are translucent.
To fight back on the sick and tired, we tried our best to get outside as much as possible, even if it was only for a short time. I promised pictures and an update on week one of the David Suzuki Foundation 30 x 30 Challenge. Here is what happened: Continue reading →
Little Man is…well…a little man. He doesn’t speak the way adults do. He doesn’t read the way adults do. Nor does he pay attention to the political issues surrounding him. He is, after all, only fourteen months old. But he is going to be caring for the people and environment around him long after a lot of us are gone. So tomorrow I am doing something to help ensure that he has a clean environment in the future.
On June 4th, I will be participating in an online campaign called “Black Out, Speak Out.” It was created by several key environmental non-profit organizations in Canada to protest a bill that the government is trying to pass that will significantly weaken laws, and processes put in place for environmental protection. It is also attacking charities that speak out against environmental destruction.
To protest these changes, people and charities will be posting a “Black Out, Speak Out” picture, link or article on their sites Monday instead of posting as usual. You can also do this on your Facebook by downloading the “Black Out, Speak Out” profile picture (as seen at the start of this article). Essentially it is a virtual protest that anyone can participate in.
I know that my posts are generally on the lighter side, optimistically looking at our family’s eco journey, but I think that I need to do my part to speak up for Little Man, who cannot speak for himself.
But that is what’s happening tomorrow. Here is what is going on in our world today:
It is hot. Not warm. Not balmy. Not sunny, temperate or toasty. It is hot. The warm days in March should have been a hint, but I feel like the heat just snuck up and gave me a wedgie. Ouch! [Fist shake.]
I shouldn’t complain. I do like the sunshine, and I am having a lot of fun in my mini herb garden. But there’s something unpleasant about becoming sweaty just by standing outside. A desert girl I am not.
So the Dreamboat and I have tweaked our house to stay comfortable throughout the day. This involves cunning strategy, of course, as we do not have central air conditioning. We are trying to Continue reading →