Throwing caution to the wind, this post is not going to follow a specific theme or be carefully read and reread. It’s also going to be more personal and more related to daily life. Here goes!
The Comfort of Complaining
Taking tentative steps towards blogging again after my hiatus, I’ve been reluctant to make any promises about a posting schedule to myself or on the blog. My plate is definitely bigger than my stomach and I want to post so much more. While I know my reality is mom to a toddler and that comes with limited time, I continue to fight deep down against this. I complained about how I didn’t have time to learn Japanese or read other blogs or post on other blogs or write for my own blog.
After a particularly hard weekend a couple of weeks ago complete with our toddler getting sick, a disastrous mini road trip, hurt feelings, and me announcing that I felt like I was in prison, I had an epiphany. Hours, every single day, were being wasted reading the news. When our little peanut was napping or falling asleep, I was becoming “informed” in ways that were hardly necessary for my existence. While it was fun and killed time, it also killed time!
And so I quit cold turkey. Once baby’s eyes closed tight, the tablet came out like normal but for 30 solid minutes, I studied Japanese. I could study longer, but 30 minutes minimum was the deal. If I fell asleep, I had to pick up the studying later. If I was bored and didn’t want to study, I had the options of staring at the ceiling or sleeping but nothing else until the studying was done. Pretty soon, I was looking forward to nap time to study because I was seeing results.
What did I do with the rest of the time? Once those 30 minutes of studying were up, I could keep studying or read and comment on other blogs until I hit my fill or baby woke up. Two problems solved!
As for finding more time to write on my blog, I’m trying to write a post or update a page twice a week on Thursdays and Sundays. Once is the minimum and twice is icing on a delicious cupcake.
A new year identity crisis with the blog led to a new name, Hilary’s Global Cafe. That name was retired last week and Japan Can(ada) Mix is back full-time. I still love the café name and idea that I had behind it but now isn’t the time for it.
With the identity issues came the desire to clean up the Author Info/About page and the Blog Info pages. I’m happy to announce that the Author Info page has a new story. It’s more personal and I think it fits where the blog is now and where I think it’s going to go.
April 30 is the deadline to submit taxes in Canada. Almost everyone has to send in a return for every year of life lived on this earth, usually once you start earning money. Once you die, someone else still needs to do a final return and hopefully wherever it is that Canadians go next, there is no tax office. (Or if there is, that’s hell?)
While I jest, doing my taxes is actually fun for me. When I’m up to my eyeballs in documentation, trying to understand whether I’m a deemed resident or non-resident and having to redo my taxes for a third time, I’m not pleased. But in average cases, tax time is not a pain and I’m sure there are more like me out there. Hubby is not one of them. Perhaps we’ll do a post about the differences in tax reporting in both countries and only I’ll be interested in reading it.
Here’s to a fabulous new week! Have you had any epiphanies lately? If you have a blog, are things going well or are you ready for a change? And if you also love doing your taxes, let me know and we’ll start an exclusive club.