November 16, 2016


I feel like I’m crawling out from under a rock.  A toxic melange of factors (political, being on call with a lot of poorly-timed wakeups, and good ol’ hormones) basically put me in quite a state last week.  Functioning, yes.  Distracted, hell yes.  Pleasant, no.
And while I poured many deep and emotional and scheming thoughts into my journal, none were appropriate for the public eye.  Hence the absence.
But I am back, baby!  And while I cannot exactly say I feel at peace with the world, I seem to be having my first good day in quite some time today.  So that is cool.  My alarm went off, I resisted the urge to check email or Insta on my phone, did my Headspace, went for my run, and have actually had a miraculously productive and focused morning.  If anything, perhaps I would say that I emerged from my previous state with a clearer head and more concrete goals.  And a broader mind about future possibilities.
Various and sundry updates
in no particularly order:
1) I have just discovered the Hamilton soundtrack.  Yep, I’m a little late.  But it’s really amazing!  We are actually going to see the show in June (so excited) so I am determined to really get to know the music beforehand.  Oh, and I want to read at least one historical book to help me get the most out of it!  (Recommendations welcome.)
2) Cameron is 2 and 3 quarters.  I think it was almost exactly at this age when I felt like I could leave Annabel alone for few minutes in a room without having the instinct to worry about it.  And he is now there!  This is actually quite a miraculous milestone, even if it is not as dramatic as first steps or words.
3) The weather here has shifted to gorgeous.  Not sure if it’s worth the nearly-endless summer, but I’m happy we’ve arrived!  This morning’s run temp was 68.  I was actually a little cold at the start 🙂
4) I think that Not Checking Email or Social Media Until Noon might be my new thing.  Seriously I have never felt so clear-headed.
5) I am getting excited about Thanksgiving and the holiday season!  We’re going to take A to Nutcracker (and hopefully this year she won’t decide she’s done with it halfway through . . .).  I’m starting to draw up holiday gift lists (and reaaaaaally trying to curtail excess ‘stuff’ in our house.  Not saying we won’t indulge A’s Shopkins wants but I’m hoping to keep it relatively minimal).  
6) Tonight I am planning to work on filling in / prepping my 2017 Hobonichi.  You know.  Just one of the most exciting events of the year.
Okay, everyone!  Hopefully this mood will continue; if so I will be back with more tomorrow.


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

    I think our weather is similar to yours, just at opposite times of the year. I feel like we’re already about 2 months into our endless summer, only 5 or so months to go until we get some relief!

    I heard about Hobonichi thanks to you last year, but I’ve decided to go full BuJo for 2017. I’m so excited to set it up! Because I don’t work full time I go through phases where I have very little to write in my planner, but other times we have a lot of appointments or home stuff to get done. I’m still using my hobonichi cover and accessories though 😉

    I was also meant to comment on one of your older posts about the book I mentioned on instagram – it’s called The New Rules of Marathon and Half Marathon training, by Matt Fitzgerald. Essentially he recommends a high carb diet for runners but that the carbs need to be coming from quality sources, so fruits and veggies and whole grains mostly. I really like his approach!

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

    I completely understand about the general malaise after the political conclusions of last week. I actually decided emphatically to de-activate my Facebook account the day after the election and have never felt more sure that I am done with it completely.

  • Reply Erica Sparkenbaugh March 10, 2019 at 7:10 pm

    I was in a total funk last week too. I just kept reading news and not focusing on work and feeling more and more angst as the week went on. On Sunday i decided I had to just give it up and focus on our family and what makes me and us functioning and happy, since I really can’t control anything that might be happening outside our walls! 🙁 I sucked it up and spoke to my mom (not about politics!) and felt better after that.

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

    Requesting a post on setting up the Hobinichi for 2017 please! I’ll be graduating and will have started a new job, so having a new Hobonichi will be a nice part of the new start. Will be interesting to see how I use it in my working life, as I first started using the Hononichi when I started grad school. Probably wouldn’t have made it through without it! I didn’t end up getting a new cover but am considering what to add (postcards, photos, quotes etc) under the ‘cover on cover’ so it feels new

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