Have you ever heard the saying “Eat the frogs first”? I’m not sure where I heard it first but it has stuck with me. I often text my friend Jen that I’m “Eating all the frogs”. Basically, it means that I am getting things done that I would really rather not do. This week there was a whole whack load of frogs that needed to be eaten before we can leave on our trip.
First up was getting our Homeschooling Plan reviewed and approved. I am homeschooling through the CBE (Calgary Board of Education). I met with my facilitator on Monday morning. Thankfully, she thought my plan looked sound but I needed to go back in and copy the student outcomes from the Homeschooling Regulations into my learning plan. It only took a few minutes and made my plan quite a bit easier to understand. It’s all submitted and that frog is toast! Plus I set up a new blog to document Evan’s homeschooling journey. You can check it out at On The Road Learning!
Next up was getting all the documents for my last two years of US taxes in so they can be prepared. I know, I know. I am SO LATE. It’s HARD to have any desire to get all the documents together and pay one beeelion dollars just not to owe anything because the US has a reciprocity agreement with Canada. It is annoying and costs so, so much. I did some forensic analysis of my email, bank accounts, etc and got all the info I needed. Everything is in my accountants hot little hands, I’m getting things done and another frog is done for.
Another little froglet was getting our car ready to hit the road. I kind of suck at car maintenance. Today my faithful steed went in for a full tune-up and came out with a clear bill of health. Phew!
While making lists of the things that I need to pack for our trip, I found another frog that I didn’t even know was there. I dug out our passports to pack. I thought “Hmmm…I wonder when my permanent residence card expires?” SURPRISE…it expires in March. I may have cursed. So I am spending some quality time filling out another lengthy beurocratic form for fun. Don’t YOU find trying to remember every time you left the country (complete with dates) for the last 5 years relaxing? No? Me either! The good thing is that it is much easier to deal with this now than when I’m on the road. This frog is still kicking but it is getting ready to say goodbye ASAP.
Thank goodness my life isn’t all frogs. I’ve had coffee with great friends and lunch with other great friends. Tomorrow we have a very exciting learning opportunity for Evan. The rest of the week will be a whirlwind of dinners with friends, packing, laundry and a doctors appoint (hopefully). Phew. This has been a pretty busy week and it’s only Wednesday!
What frogs do YOU need to eat this week? Are you getting things done?
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