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.
Holidays, Life, Etc!December 20, 2016
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.
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:
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!!
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