We walked all over town.
Bought a plecostomus for the turtle tank because the last one mysteriously disappeared.
Napped with my slightly feverish little girl.
We went to the farmers market and and cleaned up the back deck - tore out the peppers, moved the herbs to pots to bring indoors when it gets cold, put away the summer candles and plant stands and swept up and tidied.
I also put some jambalaya in the crockpot for dinner - we'll find out shortly if it's any good!
Got up early and made coconut macaroons to take to Playcentre for shared morning tea; also made porridge. Took DD and DS to Playcentre. Managed to stick to my no-sugar diet. :) Napped with kids. Cleaned the stove. Did a bit of cleaning and laundry. Sorted out DD's clothing baskets (man, that kid has WAY too many tops).
Right now DS is napping and I'm working on an article, after which I should do a spot of sewing.
Decorated our front door to look like Frankenstein's monster (got the idea here -- I used green wrapping paper as the first layer since our door isn't green) and sorted through the kids' books to make sure the fall/Halloween/Thanksgiving books were at the forefront.
Took DD and DS to this educational farm day thing with a friend. Saw animals, pet animals, picked a pumpkin
Went to lunch with friend, ate two deserts
Went to fancy smancy gourmet market for a look-around and bought some produce and a wooden kazoo
Packed dozens of boxes of mason jars and things at home
Made a pizza
Took DD and DS outside for a few minutes before it got dark
Played, hung out, baths.
DH and I are going on holiday tomorrow. Today I:
-did loads and loads of laundry so we'd have something to wear
-cleaned the bathroom
-oiled my leather luggage
-packed a bit
-did four mystery shopping jobs (three phone, one supermarket)
-did a bit more sewing on DD's summer top
-did schoolwork with DD
-baked some cookies for Mum
I also read Push and Carrie Fisher's autobiography, and started An Edible History of Humanity. All quite good.
Next up: gotta bath the progeny, make and eat dinner, and pack some more.
My mom's coming to visit tomorrow and I've been working crazy hours lately trying to finish a project, so to ease the load at home I called and hired a service to come clean our house tomorrow. I feel so much lighter! I was really stressed about having to spend a couple hours cleaning when I could be spending that time working. Phew, load off my mind!
Hmm, what else? Not much else, just working. I finished the biggest chunk of my project late last night, so it should be smooth sailing now to get it finished by tomorrow before my mom gets here.
Took the kids to and fro from 2 different schools and to the library.
Picked up a book of knitting patterns from the LYS.
Made lunch out of leftovers.
Mailed out a package.
Made pork schnitzle (sp?), mashed potatoes and broccoli for dinner.
Warped my loom for another sash.
Doesn't seem like much, but man, am I tired...
I had a meeting early this morning with my youngest DS's teacher; I took the same DS to school after getting the other 3 up and out to the bus stop.
I had McDonald's for breakfast (hey, it's an accomplishment b/c I didn't skip breakfast).
I took a nap, which was much needed as I am exhausted lately and in a lot of pain. I've been saying I need to take a nap one of these days, and today, I did (though it was only for 25 minutes).
I went grocery shopping.
I picked up 2 children from school. 3 children had dentist appointments. Wednesday is their half-days, and my day off from school.
Took DD to a friend's house.
Made lasagna, artichokes, and garlic bread (an accomplishment b/c we've been eating out too much lately - and lasagna is time consuming).
That's about it; nothing really notable, but I was glad to have a slower day since most days are more hectic.
Now, I'm hoping to get my homework done before I go to bed. Tomorrow I hope to clean my house and bake chocolate chip cookies (along w/all the usual Thursday stuff). I might get crazy and attempt to put oil in my car - or, I'll probably not do it, and have DH do it over the weekend.
-Finished sewing a messenger bag for my nephew's birthday party tomorrow
-Blogged about an intriguing legal conundrum
-Did a mystery shop at a supermarket, and even remembered while pulling into the parking lot of Supermarket A that I was supposed to be mystery shopping Supermarket B, which was just as well!
-Baked (at the time of writing) half a carrot cake for Grandma's eightieth birthday celebration on Sunday
-Started work on another birthday cake, for my nephew's birthday... it will be a dump truck, which isn't the sort of thing I do best, cake-wise, but ehh, it'll be edible. And yellow. Oh, so yellow.
-Bit of houseworky stuff
Hopefully by the time I go to bed, I will have done significantly more cake icing, baked the other half of the carrot cake, uploaded my mystery shopping receipt, and blogged again to show off the cute pictures of the messenger bag and the jacket I made for the baby the other day. But Photobucket and WordPress are conspiring against me. WHY can't you rotate images in WordPress, and WHY, if you rotated them already and saved them in Photobucket, do they still show up sideways in WordPress?? Anyone?
Ooh, I have always wanted to be a mystery shopper! Got any good stories?
The most important accomplishment in my day was bringing my son home from the SICU at the hospital. :-) He's currently taking his first nap in his very own crib.
Which has afforded me a little time to catch up on reading my blog feed and forums.
We also picked up some movies and books at the library, so we can indulge in some much-needed low-key relaxing while the little guy naps (though we'll be napping when he does a lot as well, I'm sure). I finally feel that after four days of him being there, I can finally breathe and allow myself to recover and relax properly. Good thing the house was perfectly clean and we stocked up on freezer meals before he was born!
AFM, I haven't done much today. I made some awesome granola, talked to a friend I haven't heard from in a while, walked and bounced a fussy baby and nursed a ton.
You should, it's fun! The trick is to sign up with a bunch of different companies, so you get a wider variety of assignments. One of my companies only offers McDonalds and a stationery store, another one does post offices and shoe stores, and so on, but all together you get a decent variety. The money's not great, but you get the odd free thing. I got a pair of jeans and a hat on one assignment. In theory you can do mystery shopping for fancy hotels and restaurants, but I've never been offered those jobs. Maybe there are more opportunities in the US, though.
Good stories, though? Um, not really. I've had to give a few scathing reviews to dead-eyed cashiers, but having worked in similar jobs myself, I usually feel bad about it. My last few jobs have been ringing rental stores and banks, pretending I want (respectively) a dryer or a home loan; which isn't exactly thrilling.
Oooh! I need in. Some days it is necessary to celebrate every small accomplishment.
I showered. Yay! AND I remembered to take my vitamins.
I made a salad for a lunch time bbq with 10 minutes notice.
Folded yesterday's load of towels.
Kept myself and Rocket fed and entertained all day.
Am about to give Rocket a much overdue bath. He's hit the 18month stage of wanting to walk around in the tub--this should be fun.
Had a great day!
We got a big grocery shopping trip done nice and early.
We bought dd her birthday gifts.
Then we went to a friend's house for an incredible meal and wine. (Jambalaya and salad; chocolate and pizzelles for dessert.)
Now we are moving some furniture - moving the computer desk from the side room to the kitchen to get ready for my friend moving in.