Hello Gnome-ites! At long last, here it is. The long awaited, wildly overdue update. With everything that’s gone on over the last few months, it’s going to be a little longer. I’d suggest some tea? I’ll wait.
All set? Ok!
September was pretty nifty. Biggest started Grade 1, and he was lucky enough to get one of his kindergarten teachers for a second year in a row. I started my business degree with a good friend of mine. Her kiddo goes to school with Biggest. It’s really wonderful having a study buddy. We both have Gnomes of varying ages, and not a lot of time to attend class, so both of us took it upon ourselves to start it via distance learning. You know what else happened in September? My first half marathon! It’s a bit of a story, actually. We registered for Beat the Blerch, which was just outside of Seattle. As it happens, it was our first trip out of the country too! Unfortunately, she had also registered for a 10k later in the month that (horrifying but true) got rescheduled for the day after our half. And us being the type of us that we happen to be… decided to register me too, and go anyway. Seattle was amazing, and the race was a blast. We travelled back to Canada after the race, and made it home in time for dinner. Pasta has never tasted so amazing as it did that day. Then we were off the next morning to our 10k. In retrospect, I really don’t know what we were thinking, but nonetheless, we made it through both races. We finished the half in 2hrs and 27min, and we finished the 10k in 1hr and 8min. The 10k was the most surprising, as we were only a few minutes off our seasonal best despite the exhaustion of the previous day. We now refer to it as the Gauntlet. It seemed appropriate.
October was… October. I completed my first midterm in 12 years, which was terrifying. And we ran one more 10k, in Star Trek uniforms. It seemed logical to do it as Red Shirts, since we felt as though we were probably going to die at the end. (For those of you who aren’t avid Trekkies like myself, anyone appearing in a red shirt in an episode of Star Trek usually ends up dead by the end.) We didn’t do much running between the Gauntlet and this race, it took a lot out of us. Furthermore, my sister got a flu a couple of days before the last race, so we downgraded it from a second half to a 10k. It was a good thing too, because she wasn’t sure she was going to survive it and frankly, neither was I.
November and December were insanity reincarnate. Between finals, and Christmas rushes, and school concerts, and visiting… it was just crazy. Both Gnomes were thrilled though, because Auntie W and Uncle T stayed with us for a couple of weeks, and they’re always a fun time. Our big gift at Christmas this year was a Nintendo Switch. Mr. Handler made it into a treasure hunt for us, so the Gnomes and I went hunting around the house following clues. Christmas night was one of the best ones I’ve had in years. We stayed in our jammies, and had our neighbour over for the Doctor Who Christmas special. We ended up having turkey and roast beast (she provided turkey, we provided roast beast). The only thing better than turkey or roast beast on Christmas night is having both. True story. And Boxing Day I got the worst flu I’ve had since I was pregnant with Littlest. It was brutal, took me down for the count for a full two weeks. As a result, New Year’s Eve ended up as a date night, so we played board games until midnight. For some reason, this year the block next to us had an insane amount of fireworks, so we had about a 20 minute show!
New classes started this semester. I almost wet myself. A lot to do, not much time to do it in… SO MANY DEADLINES. WHY YOU CRUEL UNIVERSE??? (I’m better now.)
February had midterms. That’s all I really remember. It’s kind of all blurring together. I do recall an insanity plea. Or maybe I thought about an insanity plea. It’s hard to tell. What I do know for sure is that I finished 2 term projects, 1 assignment, 1 graded discussion, and 2 midterms in a week and a half. The second midterm I hadn’t read the chapters until the night before. I don’t really know what I was thinking, but I read my proverbial brains out until 2:30am the morning of the exam. Still got approximately 87% on the thing, but yikes. Note to self: DO NOT STUDY THE NIGHT BEFORE. These courses have actually been interesting, but I’ve had a difficult time adjusting to the teacher’s style, and I’ve had to work really hard to carve out time for everything. Biggest got a loose tooth though! His first, and I feel like he’s getting too big now. Going to school didn’t do it, having a loose tooth did. Where is my baby???? Also, Littlest turned 5 and is now registered for kindergarten. *fwwwwwwwpppp* Oh, there went the last of my sanity.
This is the up to date chapter!!! Biggest lost his tooth yesterday and I tried not to cry. I did the tooth fairy thing, which he cleverly grinned at me and said that tooth fairies don’t leave notes, so it must have been me because his friend told him so. Dammit. Also, it was necessary to leave the note. The tooth fairy almost got into an 8 car pile up with a fire truck at the foot of the bed in the dark, so the tooth fairy collective simply had to inform him that working conditions were a little lacking in his room, and that there were union codes for these sorts of things.
And that is that folks! My almost year in a large nutshell.
Thanks for your patience!