morning musings

September 19, 2014

1) Life with 2 is finally (finally) starting to feel completely normal.  I am incredibly thankful that Annabel has fallen into her big sister role without any real drama.  He loves her and she loves him; she certainly has her moments where she asserts her ‘seniority’ and asks for attention, but the experience of them both together is heart-meltingly positive.

2) Great habits post from yesterday’s Happiness Project.  I loved the idea of embracing some automatic habits while being careful to make things that are special/treats not be autopilot behaviors.

Things I do automatically that I like:
* AM runs many days
* Weekly planning rituals / bill paying
* AM coffee
* My commute
* Getting notes done immediately and as efficiently as possible at work
* Bedtime routine with A&C

Things I would like to do less automatically:
* Playtime with A&C — it would probably be fun to come up with some more activities and mix things up.  We could take a walk or go outside after work sometimes yet we typically just spend the time lolling about in the house.  (Still enjoyable though!)
* Enjoying treats (wine, chocolate, etc)
* Picking up my phone at random moments.  I passionately hate that everyone reads their phone in elevators.  Including me.  If there is one thing I want to stop doing, it is that.

Things I don’t do automatically that I wish I did:
* Journaling and reading before bed
* Putting my phone away/out of reach at certain times
* Strength training workouts

3) I couldn’t stop myself and ordered a 2015 Hobonichi Techo Cousin for next year!  I had the spring edition in 2014 so it’s slightly wasteful (3 months early!) BUT I couldn’t stand being out of sync with the rest of the world that got to start planners in January.  I am hereby promising to stick to the traditional calendar year from here on out.  (Probably.)  I also discovered this hobonichi tumblr blog — fellow planner geeks, enjoy!

4) I had two slightly better runs this week.  Both short, but my legs felt less dead and my paces weren’t quite as slow.  Hoping for continued improvement!  Maybe things will be easier as temps drop a little, too — I realized that my version of temperate is now totally skewed when yesterday’s morning run actually felt nice and cool.

“Feels like 81″at 6:07 am.  Hello Miami fall!

5) There are some family things I don’t feel comfortable writing about publicly, so I won’t.  But I was reminded this week about how quickly time passes.  Every day really is precious.   I am determined to appreciate life today.


  • Reply Christine Cortese March 10, 2019 at 7:14 pm

    Aaaaahhh, you got me! All it took was your comment and I was pushed right over the edge into Hobonichi land. Have been teetering for months.

  • Reply Amy March 10, 2019 at 7:14 pm

    I’m considering the Hobonichi planner too! It looks incredible. Are the covers reusable year after year?

  • Reply gn0mel0ver March 10, 2019 at 7:14 pm

    Reading your blog always makes me feel peaceful (which is why I read it at night before bed). You seem to really understand the important things in life. I appreciate that. I appreciate your routine. I am so disorganized and chaotic, it is nice to read someone who is structured. I am so glad A and C have transitioned so well. I had the same situation with my own children. Honestly, they are 14 and 11, and I am still waiting for the sibling fighting. It very rarely takes place. I hope your years continue the same way. Thank you for brightening my day!


  • Reply oldmdgirl March 10, 2019 at 7:14 pm

    Yay to coffee, exercise, and efficiency! For journaling — before bed would never happen for me. I do it while I drink my coffee in the AM if I’m not running too late.

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