This post’s title is a quote that has be laughing. Perhaps it’s because there is a lot of organising in my life these days and I’d like to believe that there is a light at the end of the tunnel when it comes to the excessive busyness in my life.
Don’t get me wrong, I love participating and contributing to my community and even having the extra daily purpose in my life. It’s been a lot of fun to work on many of the projects together with my family and friends but we’re heading into the fall which means focusing more on the “school” year.
Lily and I are continuing to learn french with our Rosetta Stone program and both kids are signing up for yoga and swimming lessons. This is Leif’s first school year and has already been giving a lot of thought on how he’d like to spend his “school money”. This school money is the $900 learning investment the kids get through the online school we are enrolled with.
The school year isn’t starting as smoothly as I would have liked. The online school we are signed up with, Self Design, continues to struggle with it’s ability to manage itself. Despite re enrolling on time with the promise of our learning investment arriving as the year begins, it’s unclear if we’ll actually receive it until the signing up for classes has already passed. This means we either have to pay out of pocket for lessons (which we can’t really afford) or lose out until January.
Worst of all, Self Design seems incapable of taking even an inkling of responsibility or adding even the vaguest of apologies when they handle things poorly. People who share complaints or concerns and sometimes even questions that might shine a negative light on the school are blatantly told to think more positively and that administrators are working “very hard” to fix the problems with their service. I’ve been hearing this same party line for the five years we’ve been with them and still no change. It’s terribly frustrating working with them and yet we persevere because of our amazing learning consultant and the learning investment we receive.
Along with focusing on the “school” year, I’m organising the Kaien Island Craft Fair again this year. The fair doesn’t take place until November but I’ve already started organising the event and participants are eager to receive applications at the beginning of September. I’m anticipating an easier go of organising this year thanks to last year’s experience. Hopefully all will go as smoothly and successfully this year.
This week friends and a professional photographer are coming over for a salmon feast! We’re cooking a number of salmon recipes so the photographer can capture some images of the making and final products for a local cookbook being made by the Prince Rupert Environmental Society. Can’t wait to cook with friends and perhaps learn a thing or two from the photographer.
Last week we helped welcome Kim Slater to Prince Rupert as she ran the last of her 1170 km run. She ran from the BC/Alberta border along the highway through the communities along the Northern Gateway Enbridge pipeline’s proposed route. My family joined the group that either ran or road bikes next to Kim as she ran into town and the reception was delightful with good conversation and delicious food.