Hello friends. It’s time for another weekly recap. And I’m not going to lie, I simultaneously feel like I both did all the things and did absolutely nothing this week. It’s a weird headspace to be in.
We had a fairly quiet week on the hockey front. No practices during the week or anything. HockeyDad was out Tuesday night and Wednesday night at training, so the boys and I slogged through home work together. Or so I thought. Seems there were a couple of assignments that slipped through the cracks.
Remember how I said I am a terrible school parent? This week was case in point.
Thursday, I spent the evening with my book club. We were discussing Behind Closed Doors (so good, by the way). There is little that makes me happier than an evening talking about books. Often we digress and talk about other books, or other things, but we talk about books. And it keeps me reading throughout the worst of the winter months when my instincts are to attempt to set a record for most hours of TV watched.
Friday night, thankfully, I was able to stay home in my pyjamas. A much needed mental break. Saturday was our usual crazy dash from rink to rink with an extra layer of complexity added in, thanks to a wedding invitation that we couldn’t refuse. Bride was beautiful, groom was beside himself happy and two families celebrated the night away. What more could you ask?
With that in mind, let’s get to this week’s edition of Reasons I Need Caffeine:
- Things at work are back into the post-holiday season swing. We’re wrapping up our fiscal year. We have goals for next year. Plans are being made to finish the last quarter strong. All good things. And all things that take up significant mental bandwidth. At some point last summer, I thought it would be a good idea to add French language training into the mix, so Mondays and Wednesdays I finish my day out with mental gymnastics in my second language. Some days it goes better than others.
- Boy #3 has been refusing hair cuts for the past year. Not because he wants to grow it long (because I would fully support that). No, he doesn’t like the process of a hair cut. He doesn’t like going to an appointment and having someone cut it. But now it gets in his eyes when we put his helmet on for hockey. So as a compromise I told him I could cut his hair. He, of course, jumped at that option. I should not cut his hair. Someone with training and experience should tackle the two cowlicks at his temples. I’m sure my hair dresser friends are horrified, as it is far from perfect. But it’s not long anymore. That’s about the best I can say about it.
- The month of January has flown by. It’s been busy and hectic and wonderful. But I’m ready to take a bit of a pause and catch my breath. This coming weekend is likely going to be one of the few I get between now and the end of March. And every time I have told myself to take it easy over the last month, I have ended up doing something. Cleaning. Purging. Organizing. Something. I would blame Marie Kondo but I have yet to watch her show. The bright side is that there is some productivity.
- The website I use for tax preparation sent an email last week saying the 2018 tax year system is online and ready to go. Awesome. They’re ready. I am not.
- Somewhere between last night’s wedding and waking up this morning, we got snow. Lots and lots of snow. Which is great and beautiful and absolutely expected in January for most of Canada. But as a result of this snow, my morning was spent discussing whether our novice game should be cancelled and whether we should cancel our Initiation team’s practice (those of you wondering: the Novice game went ahead and the Initiation practice was cancelled). I got little else done this morning as I need to focus on one thing at a time in order to get anything accomplished.
Now, I should get up and go fold laundry. I’ve been putting it off and based on my children’s current behavior, their in need of a chore to focus their energy. As we speak there are two or three baskets full downstairs. That should keep them occupied for a little bit.
So friends, how was your week? How has January been treating you?
And until next time, see you at the rink,