Stardate: September 23, 2012
Starship Captain’s log:
I have been working fulltime for three weeks now. I will work full time, out of the home for the next ten months. In my absence, second in-command, aka SAHDad /Hubby, has been at helm. For earlier reports submitted under his command, see report dated July 16, 2012 and July 23, 2012.
Housekeeping has improved significantly. Second-in-command purchased two new vacuum cleaners and is excited about using them regularly. At this report the living room carpet is actually visible and could be considered ‘clean.’ This is a truly amazing phenomena which may coincide with the recent ‘Blue Moon.’
Dust bunnies have retreated to under the bed. The ‘Computer Room’ door is now kept closed at all times. The Starship Crew needs backup to venture into this zone and will reluctantly go where no cleaner has gone before.
Meal preparation has improved significantly. Instead of pasta and pizza on alternate days we now have frozen fish stick and chicken strips (cooked) with frozen vegetables (cooked) and rice (cooked). As this meets Canada’s Food Guide criteria for a meal, it is a success.
Pizza Night (a new Friday tradition, instead of Pizza Week, as was done in the past) is now more festive due to the addition of a bottle of wine and fancy glasses. The sippy cup crew still uses sippy cups, but the five year old loves his juice in a cut crystal wine goblet. We are all celebrating surviving the week.
In terms of care and educating the children:
- Five Year Old has successfully returned to Kindergarten. Second-in-command has now taken over making school lunches. Recent school lunch items include cold-cuts, vegetables, fruit, yogurt and Smarties. Again, as this mostly meets Canada’s Food Guide criteria for a meal, it is a success.
- Toddler is imitating my ‘getting ready for work’ routine. She loads her purse with toys, her backpack with her magic slate (aka laptop), demands keys and a sippy cup. With her arms loaded with her purse and laptop bag, juggling keys, sippy cup and Minnie Mouse cell phone in her hands, she bum-shuffles to the door calling, “Bye, bye, I love you, have a good day.”
- Baby has adapted speed-crawling and climbing as a primary mode of transportation. He will escape through any open door, in an attempt to boldly go where no baby has gone before.
- Childproofing efforts have improved significantly. Second-in-command installed child locks on all kitchen cupboard, oven, and fridge. Captain has lost five pounds due to lock on fridge.
- Childproofing efforts need to continue in other areas of the house. Recent activity by Five Year Old resulted in toothpaste smeared across master bedroom floor and bed; as well as nail polish on parquet flooring and walls in hallway, new clothes and Five Year Old.
- Second-in-command, Baby and Toddler have been engaging in education activities such as outings to the library and readiness centre. Evidence of this is available on Second-in-command’s photo blog.
Stay tuned as halfpastnormal boldy goes where no super-powered, special needs family has gone before.