Life Notes on a Monday

September 26, 2016
Hello and happy Monday!  I am back at work after a kid-heavy weekend — Josh was working, and I was off, which does not happen very often these days*.  We actually had a great weekend, but I was DONE by last night at around 6 pm
Home kid-life is however falling into a really nice rhythm lately.  Morning workouts (stuck to my early schedule both days), active kid time in AM, still a solid nap for C in the afternoon, and then time hanging out at home in the later afternoon/evening.  We live in an active Zika zone (“home-grown” cases literally in our neighborhood) but I just couldn’t keep them indoors.  We put on some DEET and got out.  Interestingly I am the only one who got bitten (mosquito magnet here.  AGH).  ​
Some updates . . .
Running –
Half marathon pre-training is in full swing.  I hit 20 miles last week for the first time in a while, including my first interval run in a long time.  I am still running really slowly (my normal everyday run pace used to be around 9:00/mi and now it’s been hovering around 10:00/mi) and hoping that my speed picks up as I get used to 5+ mile runs. 
Monday – 5 miles 10:13/mi ave, 79F
Tuesday – Barre3 30 min weekly workout (this killed me, was super sore)
Weds – Interval run, total 4.6 mi, 800m x 4 at 8:08 – 8:22/mi, recovery between each, a cool 75F!
Thurs – REST
Friday – Long run on the treadmill (lightning outside 🙁 ).  6.6 miles in 70 minutes while listening to Another Mother Runner podcast.  NOTE – I am so impressed at how accurate my Garmin is for indoor splits just by arm cadence/acceleration alone!

Saturday – Barre3 30 min weekly workout.  Annabel woke up and did the end w/ me.
Sunday – 4 mi on treadmill (Josh was sleeping after working late and I wanted to be there in case kids woke up).  9:57/mi

Playdates.  So, playdates rule.  Annabel had a friend over on Sunday.  They totally entertained themselves coloring, playing dressup, and making a magnatile castle.  In the time that she was here, I sorted all the mail, planned for the upcoming week, cleaned up, did laundry, and made muffins.  Basically the other 4 year old was like a free babysitter 🙂  (Of course I was supervising.  But they were so good I didn’t have to do anything!  On that note I am grateful for a very open plan not-so-huge house so I can basically oversee everything from anywhere).
Muffins.  As mentioned — I baked again 🙂  I made another Run Fast Eat Slow recipe, the banana spelt muffins!  They were awesome.

Fall.  So no, it doesn’t feel like fall here.  (And it won’t until November).  But I am soooo in a cozy mood.  I just want to hunker down, light candles, and eat pumpkin everything.  Maybe it’s the longer nights!?
GTD.  My GTD system is still going strong.  I feel like I have found planner peace!  And I have stuck to the weekly review pretty religiously these days.  I know I owe you all some posts about my current methods (I was reminded of this specific fact during my weekly review, in fact).  I will do an update this week.  
Reading.  OMG I just bought the next book for the book club that I’m in — Here I Am (Jonathan Safran Foer) and it’s HUGE!  I am determined to finish it in time, so I will try to take advantage of my current cozy leanings and get into it.  
Debates tonight.  I almost can’t watch, politics are stressing me out too much.  But I guess I will try.  

* He has ~13 call weekends a year and I have ~11, so there are really only 2 where he is working and I’m not ever since we synced up our call schedules!




  • Reply Lola March 10, 2019 at 7:10 pm

    You mentioned before that you were thinking about baby #3. Just curious if and how Zika has affected your decision on this?

  • Reply LaDawn March 10, 2019 at 7:10 pm

    I’m sorry…what does GTD mean? I love your planner/organization posts. They inspire me!

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

    LOL on the playdate equaling a babysitter. When Dyl has her friends over they usually completely destroy the house. But then most of her friends are boys. Supervision definitely required so they don’t injure themselves…. but still definitely more fun than trying to entertain her solo!

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

      oh yeah, I actually refused to have playdates except at the park anymore. our house is small and my boys are wild enough themselves….add a friend or two and its total chaos. I don’t care about messes—more injuries and fighting.

  • Reply SusannahEarlyBd March 10, 2019 at 7:10 pm

    Just wanted to say I still always enjoy your posts, and, although I still don’t have your planner mojo, I love your planner shots. F is finally getting to the stage of being able to do his own thing on a playdate and I agree…it’s kind of magical when another child entertains yours for free!

  • Reply Ashley March 10, 2019 at 7:10 pm

    What garmin do you have? I’m in the market for a new one.

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

    70 minutes on the treadmill. Oh my goodness. I don’t think I could have made it through that.

  • Reply Lily March 10, 2019 at 7:10 pm

    I don’t follow GTD religiously but I did learn a lot from the book and have done weekly reviews for a long time now – which was reinforced by Laura Vanderkam’s books about scheduling in important and fun things. The time I do it varies according to the week, often a Sunday afternoon, and I clear my inboxes, book in my Bar Method classes for the week, note in any key dates etc. The last week has been chaos – an urgent deadline for some writing saw me with my head down typing frantically, and an international trip means a disruption to the usual routine and due dates need to be adjusted for time differences etc etc. For some odd reason I thought I could hold it all in my head, and just didn’t find time for the review. Disaster! I’ve missed the chance to apply for an important opportunity, annoyed a good friend whose email got overlooked, and feel frazzled and overwhelmed. I have my Hobonichi out, and as soon as I’ve read my blogs and had my cuppa, it’s onto the review!

  • Reply Jenna March 10, 2019 at 7:10 pm

    Oh my goodness! I love your Here I Am comment! As soon as I saw the amazon book show up I wondered how many pages Jonathan Safran Foer had written! it’s like he’d saved all his words since his last book!!

  • Reply Jenna March 10, 2019 at 7:10 pm

    edit: amazon box

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