February is over, well in 7 hours it will be, and along with it Summer. Tomorrow is the first day of March, the first day of Autumn, and as much as I love Autumn you just can’t help be a little depressed about that.
On the whole, I don’t think February was that good to us. It’s been a mixed bag and I’m glad I got that last post in, back at the end of January when things were good and relaxed. Glad that it got documented before everything went back to ‘normal’.
February has been, for the most part, busy.
- K is back to work and, as always, straight back into the thick of things. It started with her running the peer support programme for the new kids, then organising the athletics and swimming sports days. I’m not sure if schools in USA/Canada do this the same way? But basically there are no classes for the day, the entire school is involved and the day consists of all sorts of track and field events and championship events, as well as some fun events, with points being awarded to the kids for participation and winners. At the end of it all, the house with the highest number of points is the winner (think Harry Potter for the house system in schools). On a slightly lesser scale, this is repeated for swimming sports a few days later. K is the one in charge of both of these days, and therefore does nearly all of the organising, setting up and running of the whole thing. Stressful.
- Add to that about 5 break ins to one of K’s equipment sheds at school, rogue colleagues and general exhaustion and it’s been a hellish start to the school year.
- My work has been crazy busy too, with a kind of merger on the horizon due to new legislation, and it doesn’t look like slowing down anytime in the next 18 months. Funny that after going through all of the stress of the restructure, reapplying for jobs etc last year, we’re now in the position that we have to hire dozens more staff. Not that anyone really knew that at the time, nor is anyone to blame, it’s just one of those things I guess.
- Our garage sale. The culmination of several years of sorting out our cupboards, only for it all to end up in the garage instead. Crazy day – we had 20 people waiting before we even opened and it was a little overwhelming until K’s sisters turned up to help about 15 minutes later. But we sold a bit, donated a lot and have a bit more to put online. The proceeds are going toward our Hawaii holiday in May.
- Thunderstorms. For about 10 days or so we had the most beautiful sunny days that turned into dark and nasty thunderstorms nearly every night. It was good for our gardens but not so good for our fur family. We normally just have our one princess cat that is allowed to sleep in our bedroom but we had the whole gang for a couple of the bad nights! Much to the princess’s disgust lol.
- We are very proud to say that we have not eaten any red meat for 6 weeks now. We’ve both been very good about this, we’ve cut out all red meat completely and try only to eat free range chicken (it was too much to contemplate cutting out all meat entirely right away). Even that we’re only eating a couple of nights a week. We really thought we’d struggle but it’s been great, we’re feeling a lot better for it. It’s made it easier to stick to WW too because the most common takeaways we would resort to involve red meat and even if we feel slack about eating healthy, we don’t feel slack about ruining this. Score.
- Last weekend we went to K’s hometown for the A&P (Agricultural and Pastoral) Show which was lots of fun. We ran into K’s sister and her family straight away, K got dragged onto the ferris wheel with her niece (scary looking thing that was too lol), we got to see our niece’s and nephew’s arts and crafts projects that they’d entered (and some of them won too), we got to hang out with some cool humming alpacas, watch some of the shearing competitions, woodcutting and strongman competitions and eat candy floss. Which Weight Watchers is surprisingly okay with!
- We have been trying to save like crazy. For our holiday, for the surgery and for IVF. Things just still keep on coming up which is frustrating but we are getting there slowly.
- Our vege garden is going strong. We’ve got some great looking sugar snap peas, corn, cucumber and zuchinni coming on – unfortunately the last two are kind of overbearing and shadowing the beetroot and capsicums but I think they’ll still be okay.
- Hawaii is like the beacon keeping us moving forward at times. I am so glad we booked that trip, we are looking forward to it so much and without it I think things would be even tougher. Poppy I think you asked where we were going a while back, we’re staying on Oahu because we only have a week, plus it would have cost 1/3 again to island hop. We’ve got plenty that we want to cram in to that week and wish it were longer but we’re lucky to get what we have so we’ll deal.
- Next weekend we are babysitting K’s 5 nieces and nephews. That will be busy. Nuff said.
- K’s organising in the holidays has been a huge help. It hasn’t always been easy to stick to it and we’re both guilty of letting it slide from time to time, but life would have been a lot harder this last month if it wasn’t there at all. Thank you K!
Although I haven’t been blogging, I haven’t been able to stay away from blogs entirely. I still read most of them even if I can’t get the energy to comment. Somehow commenting has just been so hard and I don’t know why, I can’t explain it but we’ve still been supporting you all from afar.
It’s a little scary just how quickly this year is going, we’ll be back in the thick of ttc in no time at this rate. That seems a little scary too.