I tried.

Spoiler alert: I did not write every day in June. I did not even complete a full week. I fully intended to and then last night I fell asleep sometime during hour three of Poppy’s endless bedtime shenanigans and now here I am. Starting over on June 7th. 

I’m refusing to consider this a failure, though. One of my first thoughts when I woke up this morning was “I have to blog!” and I haven’t felt that way in a long time. It didn’t feel like an obligation, it felt like a spark. I’m stretching my writing muscles and it feels good.  

Stay tuned for more riveting content where I commit to something, mess it up, and then refuse to feel any shame. I’m going back to my personal blogging roots of a decade ago and it feels good. 

Trust Issues

Today is Camp Day at Tim Horton’s so after I dropped Grady at school I decided to zip through the drive-through for coffee. Camp Day is kind of a big deal, though, so there was a lineup of cars and I had lots of time to read about the new lemon Timbit. Lemon anything is my jam so when I got up to the intercom to place my order, I requested a box of assorted Timbits with lots of lemon ones. The person on the other end asked if I wanted a box of assorted Timbits or a box of lemon Timbits and in that moment I realized it was kind of a dick move of me to make special requests on Camp Day when the lineup of cars was literally backed out through the parking lot and into the street. I told them assorted would be great, pulled up and paid, and went on my merry way. 

But it reminded me of a drive-through incident I experienced probably 15 years ago, which I believe is the root of my drive-through trust issues. Tim Hortons used to have a full-sized doughnut and a Timbit called the Dutchie, a glazed doughnut full of raisins. The Dutchie was bullshit. My drive-through order always included the caveat “no Dutchies” whenever I ordered Timbits or a box of doughnuts. 

One day, I placed my order at the drive-through window, specified no Dutchies, paid, and drove away. I was blocks away before I cracked open my box of Timbits and found nothing but Dutchies. It was the day my drive-through innocence died.  

Now I am 100% that bitch who opens her bag and checks her drive-through order before driving away and I do it completely without shame. I’ve been burned before, pals. I’m not going to let it happen again (even though the Dutchie was discontinued years ago for being pure trash).

Three

Three is not my favourite kid age. When Grady was three, I’d lament that anyone who had complained about the “terrible twos” had obviously never met a three-year-old. Poppy is a week into three and she’s already outdoing her brother in the big emotions and loud opinions department. 

Three does have its perks, though. Poppy’s gone through a bit of a vocabulary boom, and the stories she tells are often hilarious. Today I picked her up from daycare and when she asked where Shawn was, I told him he got stuck in a meeting. Her eyes got wide and her voice got loud as she told me we better go save him. It took me a beat before I realized she thought he was physically stuck. 

Three is a test of my patience and my endurance, but it’s also the shortest season between toddler and big kid. I’m trying my best to savour it and focus on the funny bits so I don’t grind my teeth into dust. 

Meal Plan 06/03/2019 - 06/07/2019

I’ve fallen out of my meal planning habit and it’s made my already chaotic life that much more unorganized and annoying. Life runs so much smoother when I don’t have to think about what we’re having for dinner after a long day of work / school / daycare / activities. I like having a plan so we just need to walk through the door and get prepping without any faff.

I’m going to meal plan the shit out of June, is what I’m saying. I’m going to use this last month of the school year to get back into a bit of a routine in the hopes that we can continue it somewhat through the summer (dream big, Hills, dream big.)

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Monday: Baked Pineapple Salmon served with steamed broccoli and corn on the cob.

Tuesday: Blackened Salmon Tacos served with fresh guacamole and Mayo-free Cilantro Lime Coleslaw.

Wednesday: Chicken Gyro Salad

Thursday: Barbecued cheeseburgers served with raw veggies and homemade ranch dip.

Friday: Spicy Soba Noodles with Shiitakes.

What’s on your meal plan this week?