solitary walking

Mondays and Tuesdays are my days without Elliot, and it’s been great having the break. Amy’s still very portable, so we are often out and about for at least part of the day.

Today we took Yoshi for a walk, and Amy fell asleep in the stroller. So it was just me and Yoshi, and I really enjoyed the chance to go at my own pace and essentially have some alone time. My favourite time to think is when I’m walking my dog.

The other aspect of walking alone, without toddlers, husband or friends, is that I pay more attention to the people I meet.

Today I met a man in his fifties who commented on Yoshi. This led to him revealing a childhood memory of him staying with some family friends who had a pointer. He explained it was a very positive memory, as the family friends were a loving family, whereas he had come from (in his words) a very dysfunctional family.

We chatted for a bit, and I left him with a smile on my face, knowing Yoshi had reminded him of a happy time from his past.

it’s a freakin’ project, and I need a project manager

Greg and I have been discussing changing our grocery shopping habits. We’d like to try buying more local foods, and we’d like to eat a bit more organic, especially when it comes to produce.

I’ve spent too many hours over the last few days trying to figure out the best options, keeping in mind the above two goals, and also weighing the financial impact and the time impact (i.e. I don’t want to shop at four different places). It seriously should not be this hard.

The first version of the plan is to start buying produce and a few other items from spud! and start buying our meat from Glenwood Meats. These two places don’t fully meet the local and organic requirements, but it’s a start. The beauty of spud! is that I don’t have to leave the house. And we’ll try to go to Glenwood Meats once a month, when we do our Costco trip to counteract our positive impact buy disposable diapers for two kids. The remainder of our groceries will likely come from Fairway, because Greg works above one. Since we currently drive to Thrifty’s at least once a week, hopefully this grand plan will reduce our gas usage.

I just don’t know if it’s worth the time I’ve been spending menu planning, ordering food, writing grocery lists and scheduling our grocery shopping. If you’re going to go organic, shouldn’t you go entirely organic? Or does eating somewhat organically help? Ditto for local food. I suppose it does, but I still struggle with figuring out what the right thing to do is — ethically, environmentally, financially, practically, and from a health perspective.

what “possesses” them?

My mother has always been a stickler for spelling, grammar and punctuation, and I’ve inherited the trait. I can’t say I’m proud of it, and I apologize now for the nagging my children will certainly hear, but I can’t ignore it.

The two most annoying punctuation errors I see are with the use of quotes and apostrophes on signs. When I see a sign at the Willows Beach cafe that says “Fresh” Salmon or a sign on a furniture store saying “Quality” Furniture, I have to wonder what they are selling.

I usually forgive the errors I see on handmade signs (although Greg will attest to the fact that I still comment on them), but I can’t forgive the professionally made ones. Like the huge sign currently hanging in Cotton Ginny that advertises Capri’s.

And I’m not the only one. I went for an ultrasound recently and there was a spelling mistake on a sign in the bathroom. Someone (obviously a patient) had taken a pen and made a correction to the mistake.

Now, I just hope their are not alot of mistake’s, in this post.