??:?? — I wake up somewhat rested, but still feeling nauseous.
6:00 a.m. — I make tea, and then we try to do activity book together.
8:35 a.m. — My partner gets angry at how unfocused Little Bun is, he has 1/3 of a page left and he’s just playing ‘trains’ with his crayons. He scolds him, and Little Bun who doesn’t take criticism well, and runs off angry and pouting. Then we have a loud discussion about his lack of focus, how other kids won’t treat him or mollycoddle him the way I do at home (my words not his but that’s what he meant), and he says: HE LIVES IN A BUBBLE! NO ONE HATES HIM HERE! He has to learn what REAL LIFE IS ABOUT ….Not everyone will love him!!!… and while I agree, he’s also 6. And he has time to learn all of that. I just didn’t want to deal with it today and this morning, feeling like this.
8:58 a.m. — He is calm, and I explain that Daddy isn’t wrong, but he also wasn’t yelling at him to be angry, he was just warning him to focus and stay focused on the task at hand when it is important. Little Bun pouts.
9:15 a.m. — I log into my notes to get stuff done for the day.
9:23 a.m. — I spend the morning trying to get my videos to upload to YouTube. It’s taking a long time as they’re long videos, yes, but also my connection is slow.
9:55 a.m. — I log in to make an appointment for the doctor (telephone), to get a written note to see an ENT for my ears, because this dizziness is getting worse now.
10:25 a.m. — I have an early lunch because I want to try and do yoga.
10:48 a.m. — I really love the scheme of this closet
12:28 p.m. — I stop the yoga session halfway through, I feel too dizzy to continue. I stop and take more nausea pills.
12:49 p.m. — Little Nonstop Eater asks for more food and his father feeds him just before his nap.
1:16 p.m. — Time for his nap.
2:06 p.m. — I read more books, and get sucked into a story so much that I don’t stop reading.
6:25 p.m. — I do all the dishes and wipe down the bottoms. I am reading the book as I am doing this – when it is really good, I don’t stop.
6:33 p.m. — We play with the blocks (I take a break) and his Stuffie ends up watching over some “ducklings” (Blue and Orange) in front of the house, and taking care of them.
7:50 p.m. — I get into bed and start reading more Aesop’s Fables with him. Then I buy the Apple TV subscription for him because he loves the apps Tint and Patterned, which are both quiet puzzle games. $5.99
8:44 p.m. — Time for bed.
??:?? — I wake up before Little Bun, and scoot over to his side, put my head on a pillow in between us, and just watch him sleep. He’s so sweet. I am overwhelmed with love for him sometimes.
8:00 a.m. — We wake up, and I make tea, put away dishes, etc.
9:25 a.m. — My partner is in school pretty much the whole day, and I am working on items, banking, etc.
10:17 a.m. — I finish reading another book, then I do all the dishes, and then play with Little Bun. We came up with a kind of crazy space story with his Stuffies.
11:22 a.m. — Time for lunch, Pizza!!!!!
1:00 p.m. — He’s down for his nap, and I am starting another book. I am engrossed AGAIN.
2:58 p.m. — I keep reading, and reading and finish the book. To take a break, I flip over to Psych (one of my favourite old TV shows), to watch and laugh.
3:50 p.m. — We do laundry, and then I take a nice hot shower.
5:29 p.m. — I organize my notes, and waste time on Instagram and browsing eBay. I end up getting sucked into just buying this necklace on impulse. It just spoke to me immediately. $155.79
It speaks to me. It’s got a kind of peacock, Orient Express sort of mystique to it, especially with its curved crescent. It’s gorgeous.
7:56 p.m. — Little Bun attends school with his father online.
7:19 p.m. — I feel a strong craving for sugar. I did already try a new flavour from Mariage Frères called Covent Garden but it isn’t as good as I thought it would be, with no hazelnut notes at all. I am disappointed but now I know. I got a recommendation to try Pleine Lune, so I will move on to that next after I finish these teas.
8:42 p.m. — Time for bed, we snuggle in and I read more stories to him.
??:?? — I wake up, tired. Wish he would sleep in but his bladder woke him up.
7:40 a.m. — I make tea and then log into my bank information, while he plays with blocks.
7:59 a.m. — This is pretty accurate (her work is great):
10:25 a.m. — I am sitting on the floor with Little Bun, going through his activity book and answering questions.
10:38 a.m. — We spend the morning working on upcycling items, and I come up with a GREAT idea of what I want to do, after playing around with the items. I am going to do something like this, but with clay to put it all together.
1:05 p.m. — I make a cup of tea and am annoyed I paid all this money. Maybe the tea is too old as well.
3:13 p.m. — We spend time working on making new pieces, upcycling jewellery, and I start making the pieces for the necklace:
4:28 p.m. — Never too young to start thinking critically:
Little Bun: Mommy, Sesame Street says a mommy cow makes too much milk for a baby calf so that’s why we have to milk them
Me: Don’t believe everything blindly. Mommy cows make more milk than what their babies need because some of them are pumped full of hormones to over produce milk. So yes we have to milk them bc they make too much milk, but that isn’t the entire truth. Always think critically about what everything is telling you even Sesame Street.
Little Bun: *thinking*
6:49 p.m. — I make pasta, and then file an invoice.
7:33 p.m. — I do all the dishes, and dry them.
9:10 p.m. — Time for bed after Little Bun does schooling.
??:?? — I wake up to Little Bun on me saying: “Mommy maa maa!”.. and I reply back “Baby baa baa”.. because.. we are silly like that.
8:00 a.m. — I make a tea and then we start on his activity book after making a Big Day Plan.
- Inventions = Upcycling jewellery, I have been working with clay lately and am excited to post the results
- Organizing = This is organizing my To Sell pile
- Vacuuming = Little Bun to do this
- Escape Room = We are planning a big party for Halloween with Escape Room
- Cake = To eat sweet bread
- Laundry = The “Y” has little towels hanging on top of it
9:20 a.m. — He finishes his workbook and plan, and we get started on upcycling.
9:35 a.m. — We upcycle items together in the closet, and I start creating new items
I finish a large pendant in the style I want, and after I harden it in the oven, I’ll spend time painting it, and then do a resin finish on it. Little Bun very eagerly helps me flatten out pieces, and he is fantastic at helping.
12:37 p.m. — We eat some sweet bread, and then I make a tea before Little Bun goes down for his nap.
1:24 p.m. — I update my blog posts and notes, and start working on the necklace “chain” for this necklace. I need to figure out some thick cloth, or to make some from rags.
3:01 p.m. — Little Bun is up and I grab him, and we start going through our list. First we do laundry, then we vacuum, then I tell him we are going to do organizing and escape room puzzles tomorrow. He agrees.
He’s so cute when he vacuums, he imagines that the vacuum is hungry and wants to eat the dust, so he says: MMM YUMM!! YUM YUM YUM so much yummy dust for me to eat! I AM SO HUNGRY… and goes around vacuuming all the dust he can find.
4:40 p.m. — I finally break and feed him dinner, and finish a book I am not sure I like yet. I mean it’s creepy but it feels thin, it’s The House (Lauren). She’s a great writer however, so I devoured the pages. Little Bun asks for Elmo (he loves Sesame Street and Elmo now).
5:19 p.m. — I make some noodles, and go through my list of things to get done.
6:50 p.m. — I am reading like crazy, and I finish another book. It was so raw and honest… a real look into what it’s like to be caught in between cultures.
8:37 p.m. — I do all the dishes and dry them.
9:02 p.m. — I start working on Escape Room cues with Little Bun for a Halloween bash, I came up with the idea last night in bed as I said – hey let’s do a fun game with Escape Room and come up with clues for the Stuffies and so on.
??:?? — I half-wake up from Little Bun patting my side like a baby raccoon and could have used another half an hour. I feel so warm and drowsy. Finally, realizing patting me isn’t going to do it, he wraps himself in a big blanket like a cape, and crawls on top of me, saying: “Mommy.. maaa maaa..“.. and gives me kisses while making “cute baby noises”. I throw an arm over him and kiss him all over his head and cheeks, then he rolls off, and I go and get milk.
7:29 a.m. — I hear him run out to the bathroom, so I go and help him (he is still too short to sit sturdily without falling in and is balancing with two hands on the toilet seat and it would be too dangerous to have him balance with only one hand while wiping), and then I go and let him tuck himself back in and give him milk.
7:50 a.m. — He runs out and puts the bottle on the counter – I am going to now teach him to put the cap on, and put the bottle away by himself tomorrow (he is big / strong enough) and he quietly closes the bedroom door so Daddy can keep sleeping. My partner usually stays up late to study.
8:05 a.m. — I log in and do my banking, transfer money, check on my accounts, and then answer emails, comments, direct messages, etc. I have a whole To Do list every morning that takes me about an hour and a half.
8:05 a.m. — I bite the bullet and buy a book “Distinction” on the philosophy of taste / social class by Bourdieu. I cannot find it in libraries but mostly, I want to read it in English not French, as my French is (likely) not good enough for such heavy reading. $23.50
9:45 a.m. — I play with Little Bun upcycling necklaces together..
10:37 a.m. — I have a quick lunch.
1:05 p.m. — I start watching The Queen’s Gambit, an EXCELLENT series on Netflix on a chess champion prodigy:
3:16 p.m. — I vacuum with Little Bun. Or rather, he vacuums and I clean up with him.
5:34 p.m. — I organize the closet, and sort through things. I should try and get rid of some items for resale. I need to start organizing all of it better.
7:20 p.m. — We play in the bedroom, reading books, then I get sucked back into binge watching the show. It’s SO GOOD.
8:51 p.m. — Time for bed.
??:?? — I wake up tired and Little Bun snuggles me to tell me that he is awake.
8:02 a.m. — I make a tea.
7:59 a.m. — I am still watching The Queen’s Gambit.
8:34 a.m. — I clean up a little, and then we play in the bedroom, and I get into painting more of my items. I can see now that I need to finish these pieces or the acrylic will be too tacky.
9:50 a.m. — We spend the morning doing Escape Room for the Stuffies for Halloween. I took too many photos to post in here, so I’ll do a Bonus Stuffie post on this.
10:14 a.m. — Little Bun watches some Sesame Street while I watch more of Queen’s Gambit.
11:22 a.m. — I have a lunch and then we eat some sweet bread together.
1:49 p.m. — Down for his nap, I make a tea and try to finish the episodes – they’re all so good.
3:25 p.m. — I finally finish them. The entire season is magnificent from start to finish.
5:40 p.m. — I play with Little Bun and feed him, and then we play in the closet together. We braid things, organize the bead boxes and bags, and come up with a Halloween costume for the Stuffie:
7:11 p.m. — Finally, we take a break after I finish my DIY pieces, and I can see I need to coat them in resin to truly finish them, but I am VERY proud of the end result.
7:27 p.m. — I make some quick dinner for myself, and then I finish reading my book as he watches Sesame Street.
8:00 p.m. — Little Bun goes and gets his teeth brushed.
9:38 p.m. — Time for bed.
6:50 a.m. — I wake up with Little Bun on top of me. His father checks the time, so he asks for the time, and then tells me: Mommy it’s 6:50, maybe I should sleep a little more. Maybe I could sleep until 7:10? … I mumble back “Great idea” (I am very tired).
7:07 a.m. — He’s sitting up. Not sleeping. I snuggle kiss him and then whisper for him to lie down, I’ll go get his milk.
7:25 a.m. — I log in and start on all the tiny things I do at the start of every, single day. Emails, checking accounts, direct messages, updates, etc. Oh and I REALLY like this look of a looser camel sweater over a white one:
8:00 a.m. — I am disoriented, we went back an hour, so it isn’t 7 it’s 8. I finish my tea.
10:10 a.m. — After playing in the closet and hanging out, I am lying down, reading while he watches Elmo.
11:30 a.m. — We have lunch. And I save half my omelette for tomorrow to eat with rice so I can stretch it out to 2 meals.
12:56 p.m. — We turn back the clocks and it’s actually now only noon, not 12:56.
1:00 p.m. — The “real” 1 p.m. he goes down for his nap, I make a tea, and contemplate what I watched in The Queen’s Gambit. What a truly empowering, fantastic show. I start reading more Beatriz Williams’ books and am in love with the Schuyler Sisters series.
2:45 p.m. — I finish painting in the bedroom and let the pieces I made, dry.
3:50 p.m. — Little Bun is up, and we vacuum, then I take a shower while he plays on the iPad with Escape Room (he loves these puzzles).
4:12 p.m. — In the closet, I finish the pieces I made for my upcycling projects.
5:27 p.m. — I work on my budget roundup posts.
7:00 p.m. — We talk about Elmo and watch more Sesame Street.
7:20 p.m. — He’s playing with his father, and I am reading.
8:47 p.m. — Time for bed. He’s grumpy. He woke up early (even with the time change), and he’s starting to get whiny. I shuffle him into bed and we talk about our favourite Sesame Street characters.
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