Thursday, February 18, 2016


In no particular order:

1. Write more. Just for me is fine.

I miss the writing process. There's something so beautiful about hearing your voice on the page. I may not be any good at it, and that's okay too.

2. Move back to be closer to my family.

I miss them so much. Being the only ones in this city (what with Phil's family being overseas) isn't easy. The only thing - I say that as though this is no big thing - is our jobs. We both have great positions here that would be hard to replicate in Ottawa. We make so much here, but we'd only need one of our salaries there.

3. Lose 40 lbs.

Need I say more. I've been hanging on to the baby weight. Never mind that she's 3½ now.

4. Build a house. 

This has been a life goal since I was a child, and I used to buy house plan books. I would flip through them and mark off which bedroom would be mine (because obviously the master was going to my parents). Now, my focus is a little different: I would love to build a passive house - or something close to a passive house. Lots of recycled wood, great insulation, triple glazed windows, solar panels... The list goes on and on. Which leads me to...

5. A garden

We live in an apartment now, and I haven't had access to a garden in eons. My mother is a great gardener, as was her mum. When I was a teenager, I had a little vegetable plot in her garden, and I would so love to have that again. In my dreams there would be fruit trees, sugar maples and a water garden.

6. Continue travelling

We've been very fortunate to have been able to travel lots in the eleven years we've been together. Things have slowed down considerably since we had Audrey - a mortgage payment a month in child care fees will do that. We need to get over to the UK at some point, but the cost of that feels so astronomical. In addition to Hawaii, I would also love to go back to Vancouver Island to visit my family there.

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