Surviving my entire third trimester during a heat wave. Okay, I exaggerate, but at least half of it was during unseasonably warm & muggy weather. I normally love hot weather, but as any of you out there who've been pregnant know, being pregnant just makes that gorgeous weather exhausting & sticky.
Bucket List, none of those things happened. The farthest afield that we went was the Okanagan to visit Sprout's Oma & Opa. However, I don't really count visiting my octagenarian in-laws as a vacation exactly.
Unemployment. I had hoped to find full-time work this summer so that I could work enough hours to qualify for paid maternity & parental EI, but just like the last time, time ran out & nobody wanted to hire a pregnant lady. I did a little temping & looked for work once I finished school in April, but by the time mid-May rolled around, most of the internships I was going for were filled & there would be no way to get in all the hours needed, so I settled into SAHMing for another summer. Financially, working & then getting 50 weeks of EI would have been so much better for us. In terms of the strain on me, working a new job full time nearly right up til my due date? Not sure how well that would have gone.
Procrastinating. I'm normally quite good at this, but this summer has seen epic levels of the putting off of things, I have to admit. Product reviews on the blog, taxes, extended health insurance claims, home repairs, getting ready for the new baby... you name it, I've postponed it.
We finally fixed our deck. Or rather paid some people a lot of money to do it. #5 was a serious factor in this one. The thing was a serious hazard by the time we did it: leaking through to the garage below; attracting raccoons, who dug up through layers of rotted plywood; not to mention being a serious falling risk for our toddler, as the railings were built to 1950s standards, which allow small children to go under, over or through quite easily.
After weeks of construction & many decisions, the thing is now safe & almost done. Here's hoping they finish before the baby arrives...
for free here) quite a while ago & after turning off the socialist/feminist/literary critique part of my brain, I quite enjoyed it. I've dug my teeth into the subsequent books in the series, letting my brain float away to "Barsoom" to follow the exploits of the green, white, yellow, red, & black martians when I get a spare moment.
What's made your summer memorable this year? Let me know in the comments below!
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