Cole was asked to step in and help out at orientation so he moved into boarding early - on September 1. Varsity camps started at school and Caden was thrilled to be back on the volleyball court, and by all accounts, the coach was happy to have him there. After much frustration I finally had my meeting with the doctor and all of the tests confirmed that my body is being eaten up by cortisol and my thyroid (with meds) cannot convert T4 to T3. I am now taking oodles of supplements and doing all I can to get healthy. I enjoyed a lovely lunch with my dad for my birthday - in a garden in the middle of the city of Toronto - it was such a wonderful setting and even better company. I was stuck in construction directly in front of one of my favourite childhood venues: the McLaughlin Planetarium which has been closed for at least 20 years, so very sad. After a bit of research, I decided to get myself a Canon 70D and hand off the 40D to Cole. My sister and kids came over to deliver a big pink package then we went to Jonathan's for a delicious lunch. The treadclimber needs assembly so has found it's new home in our front hall for the beginning of the month. Chloé and Caden are looking forward to the year ahead and enjoyed volunteering at the new student orientation as well as the welcome back barbeque at school. Knowing he couldn't be the "best boyfriend ever", Cole decided to break things off with Alex so she didn't feel like he wasn't giving her the attention she deserved. With much thanks to Warby Parker, Chloé is starting her year with a new accessory: many pairs of glasses! The insurance adjustor came to take a look at things in the new place. It's a miracle - the books came in before classes started! The great sock sort of 2014 was accomplished in record time and we have so many pairs none have to be purchased! I applied for, and was accepted (whoot!!), to be a member of The Desire Map Licensing Inner Circle and I am looking forward to where this new chapter takes me. (What I hope is) The final piece of the puzzle was mailed off to Thunder Bay, now we wait. My friend Jill and her husband John, collected me to attend the Senior Two dinner at the school - my friends are now my "ride" to make sure I get where I'm going :) Crate & Barrel has been open for a while but I've never been to one in Canada - fear I'd like it too much - well, that was dead on! I went and bought two gorgeous couches for the family room and took full advantage of the big sale. After a long wait the tale of the travelling armoir is over and it is now in it's new home in the games room - damaged, but it's here! I'm back at coaching with Helen, and this session - from now through November - is all about the WooHoo! Caden was busy at varsity volleyball tryouts and town volleyball tryouts - he made both teams. I started my first IV treatment and it was odd and good. I missed an Angel Seminar I had really wanted to attend, but sometimes life gets in the way of our plans. More grade parties for the Upper One crowd - I didn't attend the one for Upper Two. Continuing to be helpful, Cole has really stepped up at school. I am so very proud of him - especially when he sent a quick text to assure me he was having "a blast" at Camp Pine Crest with the new international boarders. He then ended up in the infirmary at school for a 42-hour stay with bronchitis and thrush. Poor beast! Caden doesn't understand why the boys can't wear kilts to school so a note was sent asking about it - and he got a response! On the receiving end of a few phone calls from Claire which has been equally unexpected and fun. I enjoy hearing about all of the things she is learning. I continue to be surprised when a peer who trashes the reputation of a child cries victim - time to grow up! I love to sing, so I joined My Pop Choir - then decided not to join. Honouring my instincts. On that note - haha - Chloé and Cole are both signed up for vocal classes and Chloé is benefit from Cole's being so busy with his school responsibilities. I ordered my first vegan bag from Matt & Nat. Chloé is settling in and enjoying her courses, I think she's happy she's decided to stay. Caden spent his week in Temagami, and by all accounts, survived, arriving home with a need for a shower! While our kids were away, Jill and I met for dinner for a big 4-month catch up. Claire came home for Homecoming then went off to Waterloo to visit friends at Laurier then back again for dinner with Nanna & Grampy. Caden had been home only a few hours when he was off to play volleyball vs HSC - though they lost, he played well (though he would disagree). Paperwork is signed and cheque written and now Caden is playing Oakville Thunder 15U this year. Kundalini yoga is now TWICE a week and I am very happy about it. As the month ends, I'm working on a "quick" writing assignment which has turned into a bear because it was supposed to be quick and I couldn't just let it be :S
In the lives of the kids:
Claire | by all Facebook accounts it looks like she enjoyed her time as Gael (orientation leader) at school and her second year at university is off to a brilliant start. I just hope she's making it to all of her classes! I'm pleased that she seems to be making really good choices from a place of security and no longer from a place of scarcity.
Cole | is taking on quite a bit of responsibility at school this year as Health & Wellness Rep and Deck Captain and stepped in as Orientation Leader for the international students the week before school started. Now his focus is on recovering from bronchitis and catching up on all of his school work. Great lessons as he learns to adjust based on circumstance and expectation. A life skill for sure!
Chloé | helped out with new student orientation and is looking forward to the year ahead, while mindful of the social lessons learned last year. She's ROCKING her new Warby Parker glasses - and angling for more! The new haircut and the new smile are also adding to her confidence. She chose to take G11 math and so far, so good!
Caden | was also on hand for the new student orientation which gave him a chance to scope out all of the new students starting high school with him this coming year. He will have his days filled with school and volleyball as he made it onto the school jv team as well as the town team.
Life in general:
Weather | the summer that never was became the autumn that felt like summer. Unless you're in Calgary where my friends woke to a 15cm snowfall in the first week of the month! Our first week brought it the only "summer" weather of the season and by mid-month we were plummeted into a bit of a freeze. Though friends on FB were talking about fireplaces and snuggies, we're waiting until October!
News | With all of the terrible things happening overseas I wonder if Cole is reconsidering his desire to be a war correspondent! The (never ending) Toronto Mayoral race is heating up and at the start of the month I found it stunning that Rob Ford was still in the running - and then he wasn't due to health issues - and then his brother took his place. In the weird and wonderful land of Toronto politics the Fords have turned the Mayoral race into some kind of old-time Chicago political game. In South Africa, the judge ruled that Oscar Pistorius was not guilty of pre-meditated murder but he was of manslaughter. ISIS is freaking scary and someone needs to figure out that they don't play by Western rules! In fluff-land: as one website put it, "Internationally Acclaimed Barrister Amal Alamuddin Marries An Actor." - George Clooney.
Sports | Caden tried out for the school JV volleyball team and then tried out for the Oakville Thunder U15 team and made both! After some hemming and hawing, Cole was a member of the varsity cross country team but was forced to withdraw with the bronchitis preventing his participation. As for pro sports: There was so much more bad behaviour in the NFL in one week this month, it's clear there is a desperate need for leadership, I missed the Ryder Cup :( but heard about it and how well the Europeans handled themselves, the Derek Jeter retirement season is over.
Discovery | People do NOT want to share their cleaning ladies or the name of their housekeeper :( Crate & Barrel ROCKS. Celine makes nice bags.
Looking forward, goals I want to keep at the forefront include:
Create | Ever since I participated in the first Me: A to Z project a few years ago, I've wanted to re-visit the project - especially with all of the changes I've made in my life! I was happy to learn Cathy Zielske is offering a new course! Tons of new things on the go, projects abound!
Health | The bad news? I blew up my left knee and I've been advised to stop reformer Pilates for a while - at least until there is less stress (read: weight) on my knees. The good news? The tests are all back and my sugar is fine, my cholesterol is fine, my health is fine - all except the thyroid. Now I'm on a schedule for daily meds and supplements - and weekly cocktails of healthy boosts.
Home | LEAVES! They've been turning and falling for weeks. Happily I found a groundskeeper to remove them all when they fall. Still no sign of a closing date on the townhouse! I am hoping to get all of our stuff moved over to the house - in time for Thanksgiving next month, Hallowe'en at the latest.
Inspiration | I really enjoy Brian Henry's courses and his workshop this month did not disappoint.
Me | In my quest to stay out of my comfort zone and lean into fear, I applied to help beta test the Desire Map workshop and ended up simply signing up for one instead :) Timing is everything. I'm working on the behind-the-scenes of leecurrie.com and it's a ton of work! I've been upgrading my wardrobe and it's been more fun than I thought it would be :)
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A couple of years ago I consistently wrote up posts summing up the month that had just past. Then life got both complicated and overwhelming, so much so I was just going from day-to-day in complete survival mode. With this new year I'm getting back into the practices of my past that I have missed.