A blog post a day keeps the…

I set a goal about six months ago to blog every day. It seemed like a good exercise in self-discipline. Setting routines is very easy for me; keeping routines going is very difficult. I gave myself one loophole: if for some reason I could not blog on a particular day, I had to make it up. My average had to stay at one post a day.

I have been pretty darn successful so far. I’ve gotten some grief from my darling husband, who has seen me one too many times huddled over my laptop in bed, in the dark, trying to get something posted before the clock strikes midnight.

This month just about killed me. Somehow I managed to miss blogging on eight days in February; I blame the Blue Screen of Death for about half of that. I’ve been trying to get my average back up, but it’s been a killer. Even on the days I do post, I have found it very difficult to post more than once, time-wise.

If I can get this up in the next 10 minutes, I will only be one off my average. On that note, I shall leave you with a little musical interlude from an old favorite. One of the perks of being a teen superstar is that even 30 years later, you still look young. His voice is still perfect, and his fingers fly faster than the speed of light.

Snow on the 1st of March?

Skeptic Babushka - Macro Version
Photo by Håvar og Solveig

We were rudely awakened by a 6:00 AM phone call from Portland Public Schools informing us that buses would be operating on snow routes.

We live right near the school; my child doesn’t take the bus.

What’s up with snow today, anyway? It is supposed to be the first day of March! It is not supposed to snow, in March, in Portland!

It’s that dang global colding, I just know it.

I did what I had to do. I put a scarf over my head, tied it under my chin like a babushka, and headed for the transit center to catch the bus to work. It was a very attractive look. You’re going to have to trust me on this.

Travel Blog Check-In:

I am starting one, but I haven’t posted anything there yet, really. Here’s the link, though, for your bookmarking enjoyment:

familytraveleurope2012.wordpress.com

Planning our days

Solar Powered STAR CLOCK of the Sapporo Station 札幌駅 in Sapporo Hokkaido Japan
Photo by Arjan Richter

We had a fascinating conversation with Quinland tonight about our daily plan for the trip. It was very productive! Some of our findings:

Q says she works much more productively in the morning, between the time “after she really wakes up” and lunchtime. This was key information, since we’d discussed having homework time in the evenings, as we do now.

She thinks it would be a good idea to work on math and language arts every day.  She’d prefer to have social studies three days a week, and science two days a week, for longer periods of time.

We all agreed that we should have “weekend” days where we have breaks from school work and go on day trips, etc. Q would like to split those days so that she has a day off every few days. Her suggestion: Mondays off, schoolwork on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, Fridays off, schoolwork on Saturday and Sunday. This way, our days off won’t coincide with everyone else’s. (She has obviously never heard of “Montag Ruhetag.”)

I envision our days like this:

  • Wake up
  • Breakfast
  • School / Desk work for Lori and David
  • Lunch
  • Afternoons and evenings out and about
  • Home for family time before bed
  • Tons and tons and tons of sleep

Yeah, I am so sleep-deprived right now that I am dreaming of the time off to catch up on some shut-eye. I.can’t.wait.

Daily Check-In:

  • I’m grateful! that we have finally found a place we want to stay. We have sent a message to the owner, but it appears to be both available and in a good price range. Hooray!
  • I’m lighter! by a ton of little piddling tasks at work. It feels good to be clearing some of this old stuff off my desk.