Holidays, Life, Etc!

December 20, 2016

Happy Holidays!  I have entered my traditional annual Call Christmas stretch.  Want to know a secret?  I actually don’t mind it.  The hospital is usually quiet over Christmas, and there’s a certain pleasant cozy camaraderie in the air.   Plus, when the week is over I get to recover with some stategically-planned days off to usher in the new year.  

Hanukkah/Christmas shopping is DONE.  I kept it very minimal this year:  Amazon orders, a few items from Nordstrom, and many gift cards.  (Honestly: who DOESN’T like a versatile gift card!?).  It did feel a bit like a cop-out to do this for my nieces & nephew, but at the same time they are old enough that I run the risk of getting their presents seriously wrong, which is a waste (although I guess they could return it).  I decided that gift cards are an experiential gift (experience of shopping!) and tangible.  So there you go.
Still left to do:  Family Calendar + Cards.  I plan on ordering both over my call weekend, and while that means they will probably arrive mid-January, I think that’s okay.  This is just life right now.
Also life right now:  the fact that I have many Planner Posts I would like to write, and zero written!  I haven’t touched my planner Instagram account in 2 weeks.  I am reading multiple books at once, and progressing very slowly.  I truly wish there were more hours in the day for everything I want to do, see, experience.  
And then there are the kids.  A&C seem to be growing up.  We are facing new challenges.  (Also old ones.  When does bedtime ever get easier!?).  
I really do feel in need of a New Year right now.  There are some big and little things I am hoping to tweak in 2017, and though I live in fear of our current political climate, all I can do is to do my best each day — for me + family — and keep moving forward.
Weekly Things

Monday 12.12 – long run, super relaxed at 10:46/mi ave, HR 162, 73F.
Tuesday 12.13 – Barre3 weekly workout
Wednesday 12.14 – rest
Thursday 12.15 – rest again.  (IN A MOOD as previously discussed)
Friday 12.16 – 10 x 400m with 0.25 mi jog between each.  Split paces for each 400m:
7:42 / 7:25 / 7:44 / 7:53 / 7:35 / 7:43 / 7:32 / 8:06 / 7:50 / 7:43
Total 5.8 mi in 9:44/mi, ave HR 167, 70F
Saturday 12.17 – Barre3 30 minute workout
Sunday 12.18 – 5 mi.  Attempted a tempo portion but whole thing felt terrible.  Mi 1 9:48/mi, mi 2 9:12/mi, mi 3 9:22/mi, walked 0.3 mi, mi 4 10:38/mi, mi 5 10:20/mi.  Blah!  Ave HR 166, 79F (at 7am; my god this is getting old).
Albums of note:
Moana soundtrack 🙂 Serious earworms in there!!
MitskiPuberty 2.  LOVE.
Podcasts & Blog Posts
10% Happier, “Handling Holiday Stress”
All Songs Considered, “Poll Results:  Listener’s Favorites” AND “The Year in Music 2016”
Sound Opinions “#576 The Best Albums of 2016”
Modern Ms Darcy: “What I’m Probably Reading for the 2017 Reading Challenge” – AND “My Favorite Books of 2016” — so many juicy looking titles here


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

    I look forward to your planner posts.

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

    I’m curious– if for some sad reason, Hobinichi stopped making planners in the future, what would be your 2nd choice for a planner? Or would you go 100% bullet journal?

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

    I agree with sort of liking being around the hospital on holidays—its calmer, usually. (and takes the pressure of trying to the holidays up too big). And the strategically planned days off are always nice! We do "happy new years" cards in January, which i much prefer. Or we won’t do them this year. I really don’t care, but my husband likes to do them, so I go along. Last year I refused to participate in any part of it because I REALLY didn’t feel like doing one. more. thing. and he did it all!

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

    I love love love being in lab on the holidays! Just me, all the lab supplies, and free run of equipment!

    I also have a committee meeting in January, so am trying to kick my butt in gear 🙂

    I would recommend Olive Kitteridge and My Name is Lucy Barton, both by Elizabeth Strout. So good. So thought provoking, and both are quick enough reads that you can probably get through them with a few coffee/tea sessions 🙂

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