I’m not tracking much at the moment. OK, food, snacks, exercise, spending money. That’s not much – it’s just a little background noise! So here’s what I’ve been doing lately while not counting things.
- Major proposal that took me about 8 weeks was rejected, but was genuinely a useful exercise
- Found time to work on long-term strategies and goals
- Still in the midst of collective bargaining
- Celebrating African Heritage Month with extra cultural events
- Doing paper crafts every two weeks with a very small group of adults
- Checking the Storm Line early every morning to see if the library is closed, because we’ve had so many snow and ice storms
So work is nothing if not varied, and I am good with that!
Long-term goal of sharing the cooking and kitchen clean-up has been realized; it is now 50/50
Slowly adapting to Rom doing the grocery lists and grocery shopping. It’s still a work in progress. I am amazed at how seldom I now go into stores and pay for things – I didn’t realize almost all my transactions were food-related!
Getting exasperated by my lack of progress on decluttering. Three things need to happen: I need to deal with Link’s stuff once and for all (in a compassionate way!), I need to find charities etc that will take my decluttered items, and I need to reduce my “archives” of paper. I will probably do a combination of discarding, scanning (very slow) and photographing documents.
I had car trouble this month: I let the gas level get down to a quarter tank and the car wouldn’t start when the temperatures plunged. This is caused by evaporation inside the tank freezing up. I knew about this issue but didn’t act – sigh! I put in some gasline antifreeze and a 9 litre top-up of gas (from a portable container), and still had to wait for the weather to warm up! Lesson learned.
All caught up on my work from home! Because I do financial work, I issued charitable tax receipts this month, a 12 hour job. My next task is to create a good set of job instructions for my successor who (when recruited) will start in June.
I am starting to seriously think about how I will spend the time that will be freed up when this commitment ends. Scanning my photos, maybe 🙂
- Went out for a meal at our neighbourhood Greek family restaurant; love them!
- Went out for delectable cheesecake for Valentine’s Day
- Watched DVD Om Shanti Om – my first Bollywood movie!
- Watched the kids’ movie Frozen to see what all the fuss was about – despite my bad attitude, I did not hate it (the “look” of the movie and the special effects were very good)
- Currently reading The Art of Asking by one of my heroes, Amanda Palmer – I thought it would be a business book and decided to read it anyway, because well, she is Amanda F***ing Palmer!, but it isn’t a business book – it’s about making genuine connections – I am immersed in her story!
Oh yeah, I tracked one thing!
Did an experiment with our new heat pumps. Used them for heat, with no back-up, for Dec and Jan. If we had purchased the same amount of heating oil as we did the past two years, at today’s rate, it would have cost $466 (or $233 a month). December is not cold; that starts in January.
The electric bill now includes power, heat and hot water. The household electricity portion averages $70/month and the electricity for hot water $30/month. This year the home heating portion was $326 (or $163 a month). So, a savings of $70/month. Will be more when the price of oil goes back up.
Not sure if we’ll make it through Feb and Mar without using oil as a back-up because it’s been sooo cold.
Oh and I finally cancelled our cable service after months of dragging my heels – I watched the Superbowl but won’t get to see the Academy Awards. Otherwise, I have only turned the TV on about 3 times in the past year!
And in other other stuff, obviously, I have been spending many hours shovelling, hacking ice, and waiting out our wicked storms!