It's been a week, and all I can say is that I'm really grateful there is school today. School is a blessing! Preschool, too!
Of course, I only have two hours to work so I'd better get this post finished so I can focus on the rest of my to-do list.
Here's a quick re-cap of what happened this week:
Did you catch the makeup table and chair I created for our daughter's bedroom? I'm really feeling that Anne of Green Gables fabric.
I talked about how our whole family is suddenly into Sudoku puzzles. I had no idea there were special versions for kids -- smaller grids, or grids with shapes -- and I linked to some great free printables.
Over on Instagram, I shared that the kids and I had a rousing UNO tournament that resulted in two wins for C, one win for me, and 0 wins for D. There were tears and complaints and people tried to leave the table -- even the WINNER, for some reason??? -- but I forced everyone to stay while I preached about the importance of being a good sport. *sigh*
I taught the kids to play UNO a couple of days ago, and now we're all obsessed. It's actually kind of neat to see them remember the rules of a decent game (compared to those awful days of Hi-Ho-Cherry-o 🍒) but hilariously C still wins almost every game ... and then does this cute victory shimmy 💃🏻 Don't get me wrong, though: we're still working on the whole sore loser/gracious winner thing ... with both of them! 🤗😭😡😫 STOP CRYING OR MOMMY ISN'T PLAYING ANYMORE AUGHHHHH 😐 #parenting #momlife #cardgames #victorydance
I shared my favourite work-at-home treats, like my fancy leather desk chair (SO WORTH IT), the mist that keeps me awake when I'm on deadline + tired, and pretty office supplies that make my office a nicer place to be.
And, in the spirit of treating myself, I took myself through the McDonald's drive-thru for a Secret Early No-Kids Car Lunch.
Who cares that it was 11:01 a.m.? Those kids were about to be home with me ALL AFTERNOON thanks to another snow day. I totally deserved those nugs, and they were excellent.
When life throws you a FOURTH school cancellation in less than two weeks (today's was a half-day at least) and you're staring down the barrel of a longggg day at home with two loud kids + lots of work, sometimes the best solution is sneaking in an 11 a.m. drive-thru lunch and savouring it in the preschool parking lot. Better hide the evidence when I'm done because the kids are getting something from a can at home for lunch. 😉 #momlifestyle #mcdonalds #justforme #momblogger 🍟🍔 @mcdonaldscanada
Then on Facebook I shared the interview I did with the hilarious Jim Gaffigan. It literally paused one of his Netflix specials on one monitor so I could interview him and take notes on my second monitor. Cray.
Can you believe it's been two years since I had surprise surgery? I know. Me, neither.
(If you're new here, you can catch up by reading about how I got an IUD to solve period problems and the damn thing fell out, and then I went into the hospital for a minor procedure that ended up turning into a full-blown surprise hysterectomy.)
It was March 30, 2015 that my "Hysterecomy at 31" story was published on the Huffington Post, so I re-shared it over on Instagram for old time's sake.
Oh, and there was also a pretty picture of a gallery wall in our kitchen/dining room because I heart gallery walls.
My story on the lovely Angela Campagnoni ran today, so please check out her new book helping children deal with loss. It's beautiful and the illustrations -- those bears with tears in their eyes!!! -- are perfection.
We've got a full weekend ahead of us, which includes TWO birthday parties for THREE different children -- all tomorrow, yikes -- and I'm heading into the city on Sunday with Lori from Farm Fresh Style for a special East Coast Mom Media event.
But first, of course, there is pizza + movie Friday. Ahhh.