Sunday, August 13, 2017

Pre-Staycation Accomplishments and Enjoyments #staycation2017

Clear skies and clouds #endofsmokepocalypse

 Waffles and bacon #noneedtohashtagperfection
 Sunflowers and dinner party table #happyflowershappyplacehappypeeps
 A new take on appetizers #yummystuffonbaguette
 Peach Crisp and ice cream #truesummersweets
 Raindrops on roses #nowhiskersonkittenstho
 Maritime Festival #hometowntourists
 Boats and breezes and long walks #timetowander
 Bookshop smells and iced coffees #theseareafewofmyfavouritethings
 Sunset ice cream #goodstarttostaycation

Sunday, August 6, 2017

No Tears

I did not cry when we drove out of West Kelowna today.

I likely won't the next time either on Aug 23 when we pick up that lovely boy of ours from camp to be home for a few days.

But when we leave Kelowna on Sept 3 all bets are off. 

We had such a wonderful 24 hours together.  

We laughed, we ate good food, and drank good beer (I know I know - it's wine country), we one-upped with zingers and witty comebacks (kids clear winners over parents) and we talked and caught up with each other.

I did so well staying in the moment and enjoying it all and not getting too caught up on what is to come.

We walked about the UBCO campus and looked at the residences and today we checked a few items off David's dorm needs list.
This store saw us coming....
Gulp - the reality of it all made my heart twinge a tad.

It's just one more step  - one more way we all get ready for this next transition. 

I'm trying to be gentle with my heart and just take it one step at a time but as we drove away today I was hard pressed to keep the tears at bay - truly the only reason I kept them in was I didn't want them to spill onto my chocolate ice cream in a waffle cone and melt it too quickly.

Ahhhh laugher and tears are such a fine line apart sometimes eh? 

We had a good trip home with our new favourite stop en route at Chez Hofs.  

The smoke is crazy out there folks - our province is taking a beating from forest fires - spare a thought for those fighting them and those displaced and worried and those picking up the pieces of shattering situations. 

Lovely to be home and soothe myself with homey tasks like watering the garden, making a salad, laundry.  

So happy tomorrow is a stat to be enjoyed catching up on tasks and chores before a short work week - they are tricky - those short weeks..... be careful out there.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Things I learned from IKEA

Or more specifically.... things I have learned from the last 2 days of assembling IKEA products in my office (which comes under "Other duties as required" in the non-profit Executive Directors job description):

1) IKEA is always right - you are not.  Accept it.

2) there are no missing pieces and there are no extra pieces - "disposing of" any extra pieces you may end up with is a viable option - going back to step 33 is not.

3) there is a right hole for everything

4) do not try and put the wrong thing in the wrong hole

5) an allen key looks like an easy to use tool - until your head is wedged inside 
a small cupboard trying to tighten some darn thing

6) do not read all the instructions at the beginning

7) go page by page, number by number

8) no need to know there are 7843 steps when you are only on step 3 of the office chair assembly - you will realise this soon enough

9) swearing may help you but it doesn't get things built any quicker

10) also if you should not be swearing in your workplace - like if there may be small children within earshot - just string a bunch of IKEA product names together - "HemnesMillbergetKalax" in my case.

11) when in doubt  - rather than snapping pieces of the product in two over your knee in frustration (#HemnesMillbergetKalax) - facetime your husband for advice / instruction / buddy breathing

12) if you just follow the instructions - accept some help along the way - it will all be fine (mostly) actually it's pretty genius how it is all packaged and planned. Dammit - is there anything those Swedes are not superior at?  

Lessons for life in there somewhere I am sure.

We now have 4 desks for 4 Directors in one small office - we are auditioning for "Tiny Offices - How to run a Non-profit from a shoebox".

Even JOY is in a tight squeeze ;)
My messy corner bottom right
We need a new spot for the lamp ;)
Surprisingly it works - the others are often on the road and with the bose speaker playing some odd Apple music mix and the diffuser diffusing "calming" oils, the sun filtering through the blinds and the geothermal cooling doing it's thang... we'll be fine.

Come by, with  for coffee, anytime - just don't expect to sit down. 

Adjö to you ;)