Lillian’s party was a huge hit on Saturday. We ended up with a total of 8 kids between the ages of 9 months and 4 with Lillian being the oldest, and it was a blast. My mathie friends and I noted that we beat our degrees / person average from June where we had 11 degrees over 9 people (of which 4 were under the age of 4). Here we had 14 degrees over 11 people with 5 aged 4 or less. Crazy how many really smart friends we have but I guess that’s unavoidable when you work with professors. So the activity was the pumpkin decorating and the kids LOVED it. They all got to decorate and take home a pie pumpkin, and the kids took turns and all their pumpkins looked great, even if the giant pompoms everyone wanted for noses would not stay on no matter how much glue we used! But it kept them happy and entertained for a bit. They even played nicely together. Sure it looks like chaos, but to keep 9 kids happy is a real achievement! See for yourself! Yes there are only 7 kids captured in this shot but not one of them is crying! SUCCESS!
Sometimes it’s the little things that mean the most. The thank you for holding a door or just doing your job, a cup of coffee that tastes extra good, a kind reminder from someone about something that you would have forgotten, a hug. Today was one of those days, filled with so many little things to be thankful for, so I decided to write them down so next time I’m feeling sad or frazzled I can remember this day and know that not all of them are bad, and some are even perfect!
- Got in on time after not waking up at night.
- My class ended early. I love 10 extra minutes in my morning!
- Not one, but two coworkers bought me coffee. Funny enough they have the same first name.
- I made someone’s day by moving his course to a closer building (big deal in my department).
- I got a hug from my co-advisor who is on mat leave! I love when she just appears for no reason.
- My lunch was really yummy!
- My daughters were talkative, but really sweet all night long (no fighting, yelling or whining).
- The new associate chair in our group was very impressed with my knowledge of one of our systems, and very happy with how I handled a situation, and told me and the professor so.
- My friend is doing a Christmas cookie exchange (awesome!) which I will participate in again.
- The head of my department wrote me a great letter for the petition I’m doing to get permission to do the Minor in Math.
- I had a great run after Steve got home despite it being dark and having to run in the city.
- My cold is getting better.
I don’t know if I’m just in a good mood today, or if I’m subconsciously being thankful for things, since a dear friend lost her mother yesterday, but I’m going to try to keep thinking positive and keep this up.
Okay, this weekend is my daughter’s birthday party, so I thought I would write about saving some money on a party.
My oldest is an October baby so we do a Halloween themed party the last weekend of October. Easy theme and your house is decorated for everything already. Keeps decorating costs down. A few simple things, like a Halloween themed plate or napkins and
For party favours, we usually do simple and natural things. In October it’s mini-pumpkins that I use the dollar store to buy decorations for the pumpkins. I get the pie pumpkins for $2 at the local farm, and then another $1 for the decorations. Then I set up the craft table with paints and shapes to make faces with. Simple, inexpensive and provides a party activity for he kids. Two things for the price of one!
For food, I’ve learned that things like veggie and fruit trays can be pricey, but making your own isn’t that hard. You have to decide if you have the hour or two to spend doing them, and if not it may be worth it to save yourself the trouble and buy the ready made trays. I always make the cake, because honestly a package is a few bucks, and a from scratch cake can be made for under $10 including icing, but buying a cake costs $20 or more! For major food, we know the local pizza place that has a great pepperoni walk in special, so a few of those XL pizzas feeds a crown, for $8 each! Food is a great place to save some money.
Finally, keep the numbers down. Don’t invite a whole bunch of kids. We have a party for a 4 year old, and we’re having 9 kids in total at the party, ranging from 1 to 4 years old. Lots of fun, and not to much crazy.
So we’ll be having a play date with pizza, fruit and veggie trays, cake and cookies. The party will be simple but lots of fun! Photos to follow afterwards!
I missed my training report last week. So now you get two. My runs have been a little easier as of late. I decided not to push it too hard because my legs have been very achy as of late and even a bit painful. I figure if I want to run in the Around the Bay race in March I need to go a little easier on myself. So I’m going to take things a bit easier and keep my long runs at 15-20km for distance sake and then start training for a big race in November. I ordered a bunch of fuel online, and am so happy to start rocking my long runs, but I need to sign up for my around the bay race, a few of my other shorter races, and then plan out my training for the big race.
I need to get my strength training into these charts again!
So we’re heading into week 7 of the Fall term, and for me that means half of my Statistics course is finished. So far I rocked a 60/60 on my first assignment, and a 38/50 on my first test. My next assignment is due Tuesday and I finished it on Saturday night, and plan to have it looked over by my coworkers who have previously taught the course. We have a deal. They will tell me if I am completely off, as in using the wrong formula or such, but not look at the actual answers. Just my process. I’m really excited to be half way through my course and ROCKING it!
I’ve been working really hard. I do all my homework, all my readings, all the sample questions, attend every single lecture, and I am understanding everything that I am being taught. I’m so excited that I am doing amazing in my course, and I have been thinking about what course I want to do in the Winter. Right now I’m contemplating taking a bunch more math courses and earning a math minor (from outside the math faculty). I may not be able to get it put on my degree since rules are pretty strict about not reprinting degrees, but usually you can get a letter from the registrar’s office to say you have earned the minor, despite it not being on your degree.
So now I have my next ten math courses picked out and can enjoy knowing that I will rock these courses and actually end up with something at the end instead of just taking random courses. Hurray for a math minor specifically for people outside of the math faculty. Woot! So now I just have to wait and figure out if I want to take algebra or calculus. Exciting!! I am really afraid of calculus and need to get over that, but at the same time, I did really well in Algebra for Arts students so it may be better to get more Algebra in. So many choices, and I am super excited about it!
Math is FUN!
Happy Thanksgiving to all my Canadian readers!
We had my in-laws over for dinner on Sunday night. It was fabulous, I made ham, and the girls had a fabulous time with grandpa and uncle Brian. I then (in only 24 hours) turned all our leftovers into super awesome new food. I turned some ham and broccoli into quiche, the sweet potatoes and carrots into African Peanut soup, and the ham bone into lentil and ham soup.
So now we have a wicked supply of soups and salads, and sandwich stuff in the fridge and am so excited for it. We spent the day with our girls and went for a nice hike in the woods, played a lot and just had a great and relaxing day!
So this weeks topic is saving money on clothes.
We have two little ladies, and honestly, we buy almost everything USED! My girls are always dressed cute, their clothes match, they are cute and often dressed in name brands and we pay much less clothes. I also am given a ton of clothes from family and friends. We happily accept second hand clothes. I laugh that Lillian gets all her clothes used, and so does Katrina, the only difference is that Katrina knows who wore hers last. Whenever people offer us clothes I accept them, and if there are things in there that I don’t want or like, I just pass them along to someone else. Everyone has different tastes, and what you don’t like can be someone else’s cup of tea! Ultimately, you have to be okay with your kids wearing used clothes, and we are. We are environmental and we know that it’s great to reuse whenever possible and we do. Sometimes we have a hard time finding what exactly we are looking for but to get so much bang for our buck it well worth it, especially since kids outgrow clothes so fast right now.
We go one step further and actually buy a lot of our own clothes used too. Steve always joked that at work he sits at a desk and in meetings people only see his shirt, so he always buys his pants used (with the exception of a single pair of great jeans) and makes sure that his shirts all look amazing. For me, my pants and shirts come second hand. I am short so finding pants that are short enough for me and my size isn’t so hard used anymore, and for shirts, I am crazy picky and shaped in a way that if I take 12 shirts into a change room, I may pick 1 or 2 that I will actually like. So I love the difference in styles and such and can find something I like that looks amazing on me.
So next time you need a shirt or pants for something don’t be afraid to see if you can find some second hand. Cheaper, good for the environment, and lots of styles to pick from in one place!
Did you know that Monday is Canadian Thanksgiving? Yes it is! It also happens to be the first Canadian Thanksgiving that I will be celebrating as a Canadian citizen, and you know what? I completely forgot that it’s thanksgiving on Monday! Ops!
I didn’t mean to forget about it! I just got so busy with work and life that it slipped my mind. Oh well. I guess we’ll just have to figure out something on the weekend. I hope that I can get a turkey still on Friday and go from there. The farmer’s market should be able to take care of everything, veggies, sides, desserts. I’m hopeful that I can get it all in, and that Sunday my girls will have a great Thanksgiving dinner. Not that it really matters to them since they won’t eat most of what you cook for Thanksgiving anyway.
Do you have any traditions you celebrate on Thanksgiving every year? I’m trying to decide if there are any biggies I can start with the girls this year. Maybe we’ll skip the dinner all together and do thanksgiving brunch!
First week of October was a bit rough so I decided to swap the following week’s rest week for the hard week it was supposed to be. I didn’t decide until Saturday night when I was tired and knew that I wasn’t going to do manage to do 20km on Sunday.
So I did two easy runs, a 7:51 pace long run, and that was my week. Nothing too crazy or out there but I was happy I got so much running in.