It's the last dog days of summer, before we ramp up to getting ready for back to school (the shop and Caleb) and the excitement of a new, fresh fall season, my favourite time of the year - something I think maybe many stationery nerds can empathize with. From September to December, time seems to fly by, both when I was a teacher and now in the shop: timelines for ordering internationally before Christmas shopping, Hobonichi planners, Hallowe'en, loose promises to bake cookies, and breaking out the thick sweaters and boots. With the new studio shop, this will be an especially exciting autumn for us - a lot of new beginnings all around. Will definitely need some new stationery to celebrate. We're slowly (achingly) creeping up to the final stretch to open our studio shop, which has been occupying much of our surplus mental energy. HVAC headaches, painting, all that drywall dust, and a few last hurdles and city inspections. We've considered hiring someone who can handle plumbing and air conditioning for us, as having to deal with anything related to the HVAC unit is an absolute nightmare for us. We're not the best with the thing. When you've got HVAC headaches like this, you might want to check out somewhere like Rapid Repair Experts chapill hill, nc, as they may be able to help you solve your HVAC problems. A lot of people are now getting a HVAC installed in their homes to help with getting a better air circulation. If you are thinking of getting one installed then you might be interested in checking out a company like Anytimehvac. However, there are loads that you could pick from and for whatever reason, we drove all the way out to Scarborough today to pick up some pieces to attach to part of some HVAC ducts, and the sizes were a little dicey, so Jon ended up getting three different sizes so we could be sure we'd have one that fits. HVACs are fantastic but you do have to look after them carefully. If you're thinking of getting a HVAC system installed, check out these hvac maintenance tips. After we drove back into the city, there was a moment when it seemed like I might have dropped my glasses into the grass where I had taken Naomi for a diaper change while Jon went into the shop, and I really thought this might be the final straw for Jon's KEEPING IT ALL TOGETHER.* These days, in between making it back and forth to the main shop on the west end, we've been spending our days planning ahead, trying to sort out what can be done now, what would be most efficient to wait on until this other part has been achieved, which tasks can be safely left with a disorg\anized mama and her two unruly charges. Jon describes the days when I come to the shop, bringing both babies along, snacks and diapers and spare clothes and books, as a hurricane, taking over the shop and leaving abundant detritus in our wake, and, along with Caleb's increasing adeptness at distracting the staff and creating forts out of cardboard and inventory, we often find ourselves left behind at home to fend for ourselves. It's been a sort of limbo for me, having been so used to having the/a shop nearby that I can pop into and feel like a productive and contributing citizen of the Wonder Pens realm. This summer has had a bit of restlessness to it, that odd tension of wanting time to both speed up and slow down, savouring every warm summer afternoon in the park, every new fruit to be tasted.
*Glasses safe, under seat. Also not sure how I feel about perpetuating these gender roles our marriage/business partnership seem to have taken and yet, pretty sure HVAC duct pieces are not part of my knowledge base.

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August 13, 2018 — wonderpens


Ruth E. Martin

Ruth E. Martin said:

Gender roles definitely have their place in a relationship! DH is the designated family wildlife officer, for example — he gets to deal with anything larger than an ant, indoors or out. NOT part of my skill set! Also anything vaguely mechanical is his territory. “Different but equal” is our philosophy when it comes to describing our respective roles around the house.

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