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Oh Brother

So we needed a printer.

Our previous printer has successfully weathered it’s second year stored in our garage. It was an inkjet and we could no longer find ink for it. At least, not for a price any sane and reasonable person would consider paying. So there it sits. Waiting.

As I said, we needed a printer. I have been making do by completing any printing we required at a friends house, but that needed to stop. Procrastination tends to end in inconvenience and I finally tired of leaving the house just to print a form or an email enough that I buckled in to my desk chair, did my research and ordered a new printer.

I went with a color laser printer. A Brother HL-3170CDW Colour Laser Printer to be exact.
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Our printing needs include legal forms, letters, Pinterest and crafty type printing, educational activity books for children, the odd picture or chart and just regular text. Other needs included: toner/ink availability and low cost replacements, small size and Airprint compatitable.


Note on printing photos: I went with a laser printer because we don’t need high quality photo printing. With the ease and low cost of ordering prints from places like costco, walmart etc owning a dedicated photo printer just doesn’t make sense.

Bottom line:

-Shipped to my door in a few days

-Package included toner cartridges which my 5 year old was able to help me install

-Plug and Play printing: after connecting the printer to my wifi which was a breeze, we were able to print effortlessly from our smart phones, computer and tablets.

-Completely wireless

Update: We’ve had this printer for a couple weeks now and I remain very impressed with the quality of print both for color graphics and text. We use it nearly every day and we are very satisfied with every aspect of its performance.

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It crossed my mind, “this might be the end…”

FeaturedIt crossed my mind, “this might be the end…”

It would be unfair to say that I had not noticed how much time has passed since my last post.

In fact, I have noticed.

Nearly every day I noticed. But the truth is that the nagging desire, even longing, to come back here and write again was trumped by other particles, much less passively needy, in my daily climate.

That being said – while I hope you’ll pardon the long absence – I’m excited to be back!

And while we’re speaking of being back; we ended our out of province holiday early, but to follow through here are some iPhone shots at the beach. We were able to meet some long time friends who we hadn’t seen in a long time…

 

We rode a Ferry to Nowhere

FeaturedWe rode a Ferry to Nowhere

It’s not something most people prepare for.

When we got there, the realization stopped me in my tracks. At least, it would have…

…had I been riding on tracks, or leaving them.

Regardless, we had travelled by ferry to stay with Allie’s mother on Vancouver island and upon arrival I noticed there was no cell service. Zero. Zilch. Ick, but…no problem, internet sevice will suffice.

Wait, what?! This is grim. Very grim. No Internet either.

Likely the sun will still rise tomorrow (I’m actually cheating here when I sound so confident because it’s been two full days since we landed and the sun hasn’t failed to appear), but sometimes you find yourself in a bit of rough water.

Below are snapshots from our ferry ride that I planned to share with you earlier but it turns out… well, you know.

Enjoy 🙂

Wild Horses Couldn’t Stop Us

FeaturedWild Horses Couldn’t Stop Us

Because we hadn’t done anything interesting or particularly exciting recently we felt a family Road Trip would be best suited to break the doldrums (kidding of course; this trip was pre-planned long ago which is why it ended up being so inopportune in timing)!

Never-the-less, we saddled up the truck and off we went, heading west. 

sign  Amazingly, while careening down the highway doing the old ‘post departure inventory’ in our heads (not sure why one does this; should you think of something you forgot it’s too late anyway and only serves as a source of stress) we felt self satisfied at concluding that we hadn’t forgotten anything. Although perhaps our self satisfaction was misplaced as we were bleary eyed and had missed way too much sleep prior… I doubt we could have picked out anything we’d forgotten anyway. Still, at the time we felt sensible enough. Besides, it was much later then we had intended to leave and the daylight had broken nearly an hour ago… adding to the illusion we were fully coherent.

So anyway, there we were… a baby, a 5 year old, 2 adults and 1 loaded truck, careening along.

Que the wild horses. Now, I’m not an expert on horses so; were they indigenous or merely domestic animals gone wild… I don’t know. But they were there, on the side of the hwy somewhere near the middle of nowhere. Of course, we stopped for pictures…

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Well, on we traveled, enjoying both the anticipation of what was yet to come and the freedom to explore the road ahead.

…before you start to worry that I’m going to narrate the whole of our trip in glaringly monotonous detail, let me assure you I’ll be both succinct and speedy.

If a picture is worth a thousand words then perhaps you’ll enjoy these wordy glimpses of the rest of the day’s journey:

 

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Brenden and I exploring Poachers Point while Allie fed Kezia
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After swapping out our home province for our nearest neighbor and close to 12 hours on the road we finally pulled in to our hotel for the night; successfully and happily completing the first leg of our journey. 

This was the view from our hotel window:

sunset

If you enjoyed these, stay tuned as I will be adding further updates as we venture on.

 

Good night.

 

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Moving, Costco and a blender

After spending much of the day in Family Restrooms… because that’s what families with a 5 year old and a baby do, they hang out near or in public restrooms. Mostly in them.

We were in the city to shop for furniture after the ‘Great Move’.

And of course, when I say ‘Great’, I mean terrible. But I also mean, epic. It was spectacular in it’s chaotic characteristics. It wasn’t even so much the fact that it went poorly… because it didn’t. It went well. Many people showed up to help, worked very hard and we were so blessed by it. But we were still moving the following day. And the one of after that.

During our long moving career, we have gone from house to house… big, small, odd, old and now new. It has felt like watching a child try to inflate a balloon for the first time. You know when they exhale and the balloon inflates, but then they inhale the same air and it deflates again? Have you seen that? Yes, I don’t doubt it. And so our stuff and ourselves have been packed into a small space, then suddenly inflated throughout a larger place only to once again be compressed back into a smaller one.

This time we thought we would outsmart the cycle. Our plan was to give away most of our mismatched belongings (like furniture) and then rebuild once in the new but smaller house, thus magically ‘fitting’ into the new place. Well, we got rid of many things, but somehow the other house had so much storage (and not at all in one centralized location) that we had managed to accumulate a plethora of belongings so great that… well, enter the ‘Great Move’.

…and subsequent to that, we find ourselves in the city, still reeling, exhausted and shopping for ‘stuff’.

We decided to finish up the meat grinder day at Costco, somehow managing to stay focused enough to load up the cart with our list items and we were starting for the tills… I was feeling plagued by this feeling that we were forgetting something. Then I saw it… The Vitamix roadshow demo.

‘Allie, look over there!’ I pointed, directing her gaze away from the warehouse sized bin of apples. 20 minutes of smoothie samples and grain grinding demos, we were again headed to the tills. This time with a Vitamix blender. Now, before you fault us for falling for costco roadshow demo sales, you need to understand that this particular blender has been on our ‘to buy’ list for years. In fact, I had donated Allie’s old blender mere days earlier promising her..

‘I’ll buy you a food processor.’

If you’re into eating healthy you probably can understand the value of a capable blender/juicer/processor. Salads are tremendous amounts of work, make you feel like a rabbit gnawing through vegetation and just generally take a long time. Smoothies on the other hand… sweet! We wasted no time in using it.

Puts a smile on my face.

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Remember when…


You moved last?

Boxes everywhere. Stubbing toes. Searching for that roll of packing tape you just used. Frozen dinners.

Chaos.

Yeah. It’s here.

Don’t hear me wrong, I have an amazing team mate who is ultra organized and never lets the chaos get out of hand. Allie is tireless. When I am tempted to huddle up in a corner boxed in by wayward furniture, she always has a plan. In fact, she’s already planning our family holiday for later on this spring. I’m not kidding, she’s booking a hotel as we speak.

But stuff is still everywhere. Brenden is feeling unsettled… roaring around the house with his dinosaurs. Kezia is laying on a playmat on the floor with a mobile above her.

I feel like I should apologize for how quiet it’s been here… but maybe I don’t need to, maybe you don’t mind or care.

It bugs me though; having a place to write and not having time to write anything. I’ve been trying to write a post here for a week now, and all I’ve accomplished is this. I will be back… I will be more dedicated.

All of us are looking forward to getting settled in the new place! It’s undeniably better. When you’re moving forward in life, sometimes we have to unsettle the status quo to be able to step into the extraordinary. When you stop making corrections in your life, that is when improvement ends.

Like the box in the picture points out… this way up.

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That moment when…


You finish brushing your teeth before bed and suddenly realize you’re ravenously hungry.

Now what?

Sitting alone in the dark at the kitchen table eating a bowl of plain Shreddies with honey and milk, that’s what.

Wracking brain for something to write in a blog post. Nothing.

Place empty bowl in sink and head back to bedroom.

NOW it’s time for bed. Teeth brushed a second time…


Browse WordPress on phone, while laying in bed.

….compulsively start blog post.

Google pictures of chocolate cake to use as a post heading because it’s too late to go take a picture of something good in the fridge.

Finally find a picture of cake on Pinterest.

Feeling accomplished hit ‘publish’ post, clicking phone off and place it on nightstand.

1:23 am.

Hungry again.