whirlwind month / Unplugged30 update

February 20, 2016


It is February 20th.  Cameron’s 2nd birthday, first of all.  Which feels incredible because I still see him as our baby.  (And to be fair, he’s a young 2.  Which I love.)

But also — this month had just felt like a whirlwind.  Or a roller coaster.  There have been some bright spots, but it has also felt sort of crushing and overwhelming.

* Cameron’s 2nd birthday party was definitely the bright spot thus far.  I feel like I did an excellent job with the planning and it just went really really well (other than everyone in our family being sick.)

* I received my second Nordstrom trunk, and there are sooooo many cute things in there.  Too many really.  Will do an upcoming post as I welcome opinions on what to keep.

* Unplugged30 has largely still gone really really well.  I have not been 100% perfect — there have been random times when I have needed to go into email for something, and then get sucked in, and other times where I honestly just forgot one of my own rules.  But overall, it has gone well and it has been a BIG change.  I have not been scrolling mindlessly AT ALL and my phone use in the bedroom, car, and with the kids has been reduced to essentially 0.  Interestingly, I still feel somewhat happy and relieved to be away from Facebook.  I do miss the mindless candy of Instagram a bit.  I do not miss the blogs that I took off of my reader, but I have been clicking through Ana‘s sidebar a bit during my allowed blog-reading sessions.  I have been reading more.  And going to bed earlier (also a necessity because of being sick.).  I feel much better/satisfied about my time use overall despite the negative details below.

* Josh has been sick for nearly 2 weeks.  He is just now feeling better (said so yesterday).  I have had a mild version that has lingered a week, and A&C had their versions as well.  Just UGH.  C in particular has had a runny nose since the new year and has intermittently needed albuterol.

* Because of the above, no one has slept well.  I am tired.

* Work has just felt frenetic and crazy.  I still love my job but for some reason, things have just felt overwhelming in the past month or so.  I feel like I have no time to do any deep thinking or work on any of the longer-term projects (that are important!) and have been simply putting out fires.  Mostly clinical/logistical ones.

* Our babysitter no-show, and then losing my precious “me day”.  I’m over it now, but it stung at the time.

* I ended up quitting my Mindfulness class (MBSR).  Yep.  Too busy to be mindful.  Or to meditate 40 minutes a day.  Shocking, I realize.  I decided I’d rather use that time with Josh, or to read, or to get work done.  I still am trying to incorporate a daily meditation practice and definitely am interested in trying the class again in the future at a less busy time, which probably means . . . 2040 or so.  Having to quit felt sort of demoralizing and sad.  But it had to happen and also released the pressure that I was feeling about not being to keep up with “assigned” meditations and such.

* Probably due to all of the above, I’ve been eating like total @*#&@!.  This never helps me feel any better (about life or about myself).

* Because our nanny wasn’t able to come Monday, she is coming today!  Which is really great, since Josh is on call (this is one of our few non-overlapping call weekends for him, since he is q4 and I am q5).  I am going to take each kid to a separate birthday party so it will be a very social day.

* I am going to try to also sneak in a pedi.  Wish me luck.

* I am going away for work next week to a conference related to my associate program director role.  I am excited to learn a lot and honestly also to take a (relatively short!) break from normal life.


Happy weekend, everyone!  Any Unplugged30 updates?

Proof from school photo session – (yes I am going to buy the real pic!)

Happy birthday Mr C!


  • Reply omdg March 10, 2019 at 7:11 pm

    That is a fantastic school pic of Annabel and Cameron and you should TOTALLY buy the print! Probably the most unflattering pics we have of Dyl are her school pics. LOL.

    I remember a few years back quitting a mindfulness class myself. Maybe this is super cynical of me, but I think that part of the reason mindfulness "works" is that people who can do it are able to spend 40 minutes a day on it. And…. well those people are less harried at baseline by definition!

  • Reply Kristy March 10, 2019 at 7:11 pm

    Maybe you would like this podcast

  • Reply zenmoo March 10, 2019 at 7:11 pm

    Being sick & lack of sleep makes everything so hard. We’ve just been through the mill with kid/adult illnesses too. Youngest (age 19 months) just had Slapped Cheek (or so we assume, fever/runny nose followed by a photo activated rash) oh and molars. Paracetamol has been a good friend.

    Congratulations on the unplugged. I’ve been trying to cut down on using my phone when with kids. Blog reading time is while I’m waiting out bedtime. But I’ve also been trying to swap to reading books from Scribd or overdrive instead of falking into the apartment therapy rabbit hole that just makes me want to throw things out & feel sad that Our house doesn’t have a style beyond "toddler proof". One day we will have a coffee table & the tv won’t be inside a playpen and we can have decorative items… But not today.

    Later this week we’re off on a trip without kids – I’m both looking forward to it & worried about leaving youngest for the first time. It’ll be fine but still…

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