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5 on a Friday

1- I am reading The Dutch House. It is a good distraction. Highly recommend! This is my 4th Ann Patchett that I can recall (State of Wonder, Bel Canto, Commonwealth were the first 3). While I have enjoyed all of her books — especially…

February 28, 2020
life Travel

Planning and Uncertainty

There is always uncertainty in life. It’s just that I — and many others, I’m sure — tend to assume the best in most circumstances. I have my $ in the stock market (not individual stocks, but still). I have planned a TON of…

February 26, 2020

Follow Up & Weekend Notes

First, a brief note about the previous post and the dialogue in the comments: thank you all for weighing in with largely respectful contributions. I have done some further thinking and have also now received a (very kindly worded) clarifying email and comment from…

February 24, 2020
Goals life Parenting

C is 6! (Also: a controversial link)

OMG you guys! I LOVED all of the suggestions and back-and-forth conversation in the comments of Wednesday’s post. I have taken many of them to heart and hopefully will be able to report on more streamlined mornings soon. Those of you who read this…

February 21, 2020
Parenting Reading

Mornings, Parenting Book Club, & More

Maybe I should start writing posts like Trent Hamm’s mailbag editions. He certainly gets a lot of questions! I did want to make an admission/declaration about our mornings. They are not amazing these days. Our nanny is now staying later, which helps in the…

February 19, 2020
Reading Weekend

Weekend Report: I’m alive

VALENTINE’S DAY, 2020: Probably our least romantic one yet. Josh was operating from 11:30 pm 2/13 – 6:00 am 2/14, so . . . yeah! I ended up doing our annual ‘treasure hunt’ with the kids anyway, and it was a hit despite my…

February 17, 2020
Budget Travel

Vacation Planning: DO IT EARLY

I have grown to love vacation planning. I enjoy the searching almost as much as the vacation itself. And as I’ve become more cost-conscious in other areas of my life, I enjoy making travel (and not necessarily cheap travel) a priority for our family.…

February 12, 2020
life Work

Call Wrap-Up, and a Fantasy Day

Call is over! I am very excited. AND, I will present the final tallies: There you go! 55 hours worked, 16 after-hours calls, 1 overnight call on 5 of the 7 nights. I feel like at least some fatigue is warranted. Sadly, though I’d…

February 11, 2020
Weekend Work

Weekend: Not Much of a Report

Just mostly work. I am currently down to approximately 5 call weeks/year. When I started at my current job, it was 13! The number has changed because a) we have grown (from 4 providers to 7) and b) my clinical role is only 0.4FTE.…

February 10, 2020