call, checklists, & cookies

March 27, 2016

So after all of that angst the past week . . . I feel relatively caught up now.  And 50493 times calmer.  This is entirely because A&C did a mini-vacay at our nanny’s house from Thursday night until this (Sunday) morning, so I finally had a chance to plow through a lot of nagging things that needed doing.  And plow I did.

I think that a lot of my quality of life comes down to making sure I have enough child care when I am on call.  In February, I had 1 day of call.  In March, I have 15 – and today is 13/15.  Thus it should not be all that earth-shattering that it was a really stressful month.

Things accomplished over the past 3 days:
Many many many nagging work tasks (returning emails, patient calls, finishing notes, etc etc etc ad nauseum)
Paying of bills
A Goodwill dropoff (on the way to work) of some excess toys & outgrown kids’ clothes
Finished my Life Plan (I was almost done anyway)
Some sleep catchup, (though limited by work calls)
4 mi run (Friday) + Barre3 workout (Sat) + 5mi run (today)

Fun things:
Work party on Saturday night
Snuggling with C
Cookie-baking with A (sunflower butter cookies – easiest recipe ever and really delicious)
Watching multiple episodes of Girls (I’m on Season 3)
Listening to a lot of podcasts (because I drove all over South FL it seems, this weekend)

So yeah.  Work-filled long weekend, but I sort of feel human again.

Note:  Yes, having this much help with A&C this weekend was a huge luxury.  But I feel so much calmer and saner than I did before I had that little bit of space to get @)#! done.



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

    I think it’s great that you got the time you needed to feel better. And yay for getting stuff done. Your Nanny sounds really wonderful. We’ve always used daycare and live many hundreds of miles away from family so I’ve never had someone I felt like I could do an overnight with the kids. (Obviously, this is my own weird hang up because I imagine I could have looked for an overnight sitter. But the idea of sending my kids overnight with a virtual stranger to their house was too far out of my comfort zone). But if I did, I think doing what you did is genius. Plus, I bet your kids loved their time at a new house. It’s like a vacation for them too!

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

    this is awesome! good for you. I"m glad you feel more on top of things and also got to have a fun Sunday with the kids. I’m sure they had a blast, too. You found a GREAT thing with this nanny!
    My parents were at my house this week, watching my boys for spring break, and my sister dropped her kids off, too, so she had a similar few days & said she got caught up on work, decluttered the house & exercised a lot (plus had 2 date nights). Yes, I was envious.

  • Reply Laura Vanderkam March 10, 2019 at 7:11 pm

    I know I am much calmer when I have adequate coverage. While I am sure there are ways I could be more efficient, some stuff just takes time. And it is absolutely impossible to do these things with small kids around.

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


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

    Those cookies are sweet cookies and thanks for sharing those cookies and this post inspire me about baking new things. Teachers should make this clear to their students as well as teaching them the importance of this outfits and why they should be in them.

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