happy holidays to all!

December 25, 2016

I hope anyone reading this today is having a peaceful and wonderful holiday!  We kicked off Hanukkah last night with candles + presents — A got a Razor scooter, C got some superhero Duplos, and they both got a very cool marble run set (similar) from their aunt/uncle/cousins in New York!  We are planning on 8 nights of presents, but most nights are much smaller/simpler gifts (a book / something to craft with / a tiny outdoor toy / etc).  I am actually pretty pleased with what we got!  We didn’t spent a lot of $ and I don’t feel like we’ll create too much more clutter, but I think they will really enjoy their gifts.  This is the first year that both kids totally get the concept and it’s really, really fun.  
I am finishing up my week of call, which will be followed with a) a ~24-hour retreat for planning/adult time and then b) 6 days off home w/ the kids.  I am excited for both!  I may even start some potty training attempts for C . . . maybe . . .
If you maybe don’t do much to celebrate the holidays and want some reading/listening material, here are my favorites from last week:
Un-Fancy:  2016 in review
Oliver Burkeman via The Guardian:  Why time management is ruining our lives (very interesting piece!)
All Songs Considered (Podcast): Holiday Extravaganza.  Highlight:  George Winston’s “Carol of the Bells”
Getting Things Done (Podcast): Making Change Stick

PS: Yes, I (slightly) updated the blog’s template!  Mostly just superficial stuff.  Hoping to do more soon, but figured I might as well at least clean up the color scheme.  I also updated my blogroll to the blogs I actually frequent.  Of note, the ad code is missing (will come back once I troubleshoot).  Feedback welcome 🙂


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

    Love the update! Happy Hanukkah!

  • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger March 10, 2019 at 7:10 pm

    thanks gwinne! this comment will probably disappear after I reinstall IntenseDebate (which will hopefully restore all the old comments!) 🙂

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

    Hi there Sarah, as who someone else who celebrates a bit of both Christmas and Hanukkah, I&#39m curious as to how you handle Santa Claus… thanks!

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