Tiny Happy Tuesday

What’s this? Tiny Happy Tuesday two weeks in a row? I smell a streak coming!

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  • Poppy has been watching a lot of Peppa Pig lately and has picked up a bit of a British accent. It’s about as good as you’d expect a three-year-old’s fake British accent to be, and sometimes borders on Moira Rose-esque. It’s challenging to capture (because Poppy refuses to perform) and impossible to imitate so you’ll just have to take my word for it; it’s freaking hilarious.

  • I have 70 tulip bulbs to plant in my garden this week. Vibrant red, frilly pink, and buttery yellow. I’m excited to spend some time digging in the dirt and I’m looking forward to the first glimpse of my tulip babies come spring.

  • It’s birthday week. The Festival of Hillary. I have big plans to build my best cheese plate, bake my favourite chocolate cake, buy comfy new pyjamas, and sloth around with my family. I am very excited.

  • Grady and I have plans to hit the Scholastic Book Fair tomorrow morning before school. The birthday gods truly are smiling down on me.

What’s contributing to your happy this week?

The Return of Tiny Happy Tuesday

Somewhere along the way I got out of the habit of doing my weekly blogging gratitude practice and I miss it. To be completely honest, I’m digging pretty deep today to find my happy but that’s probably a good indication that I need Tiny Happy Tuesday today more than ever.

What is Tiny Happy Tuesday? You can find out more here but the Tl;dr is: It's a place to pop little snippets of the good stuff. The stuff that makes me smile, the stuff that gives me the warm and fuzzies, the stuff that reminds me that for the most part my life is wonderful and I'm a much happier person when I acknowledge that.

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So! A tiny list of tiny happies currently making me feel grateful for my messy, noisy, beautiful life:

  • It’s October 1st! The first day of the best month. It’s pumpkin pie season and birthday season and colourful leaves season and spooky season. I can’t be stopped in October.

  • I’m listening to Maybe You Should Talk to Someone on audiobook and it’s made my commute so much more enjoyable. I didn’t connect with the author at first (her cadence kind of threw me off) but I’m glad I stuck with it because I’m obsessed with this book so far.

  • My friend and her friend published a cookbook! I am seriously jazzed by people who have creative ideas and then follow through, do the work, and have something amazing to show for it. Hack Your Cupboard: Make Great Food with What You’ve Got is full of recipes and methods to help build confidence and familiarity in the kitchen. Carla is my hotel roommate when I travel with friends and she’s one of the best things I’ve ever found on the internet. Let me gush for just a minute, okay? She’s got great taste in snacks and amazing hair and one of the kindest hearts I’ve ever met.

  • It’s Taco Tuesday and I’ve got perfect avocados.

What’s making you happy?

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Melancholy

The mornings have a distinct chill to them and our evenings feel shorter. Grady has completed his first week back to school and pumpkin spice everything abounds. There’s no denying it; we’re saying goodbye to summer.

I’m not a huge summer fan if we’re talking about the stereotypical summer things. I don’t love being hot all the time, I hate that when it rains during summer the air turns heavy and sticky and unbearably humid, I’m not big on camping or beaching or whatever it is you outdoorsy folks do during the summer months.

But I can’t ignore the melancholy that settles in my bones mid-August. This year was more difficult than usual. Old hurts, fresh hurts, the acknowledgement that my kids are freaking rad human beings and I won’t always get to hang out with them the way I do now, short tempers I’m ashamed of, weird envy of the outdoorsy folks for experiencing something so outside my current realm of possibility, an overwhelming feeling of not enough time / energy / undivided attention. The last month or so has been odd. I’m not unfamiliar with feeling all the feelings, but this is getting ridiculous even for me.

I’m not sure how to banish the ennui, or if I just need to ride it out until it disappears on its own, but my hope is that by naming it I can at least get myself in the right frame of mind to move forward instead of just spiralling in the gloom. I welcome any and all suggestions, especially if those suggestions include chocolate and buying cute notebooks and colourful pens.

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September

September feels like January 2.0 to me. The new school year and the transition from summer to autumn bring a certain weight to the month. September 1st feels like New Year’s Day all over again, three quarters of the way through the year.

I’ve got a few resolutions to carry me through 2019. I want to have a “buy nothing September” where we only spend money on essentials. I’d like to start eating more vegetarian meals, and journey further into the world of vegan meals. I’m going to clean out the front hall closet and donate anything that hasn’t been touched in the last year (I suspect this will be 75+% of the items in the front hall closet). I’d like to read more and watch less Netflix. I’m planning to read one parenting book per month. I am going to make a sourdough starter and make my own sourdough bread. I am going to plan at least one date per month with Shawn - no babies, no friends, no distractions. I am going to take deeper breaths and not get stressy or shrill during our morning routine. I am going to grant myself a little grace when I do get stressy and shrill during our morning routine. I want to do yoga with the kids, at least once per week. I want to start reading Harry Potter before bed with Grady. I’m going to continue to take Poppy to the pool even after the rains come and it’s cold and dark every evening. I want to get the kids more involved with holiday prep, and figure out how to consume less (presents, plastics, dollars, butter) this holiday season.

Do you have any goals you want to accomplish in the last bit of 2019?