I am very excited to have this day with nothing much planned (does a mani/pedi count?) to breathe and organize and generally luxuriate in my own laziness towards the end of this pregnancy. No labor signs at all (I’m 38 5/7) and hopefully I won’t jinx myself by writing this post, because at this point I feel like I have a chance to wrap up loose ends + rest + am generally not in a hurry.
(My tune has changed from last week, probably because I’m done with call, and also because I’m feeling pretty decent — I stopped running but can get around okay and honestly STILL stand by my decree that 38 weeks beats 8 weeks any day in my three experiences with pregnancy!). I will be working next Monday – Thursday and then at 39 5/7 I will call it done, mostly because I take one day off/week anyway and my due date is next Saturday!
SO. Some random updates + recommendations:
1) I made a slightly ridiculous playlist for 2017
: spotify list
. It’s a bit silly to share because it has actual favorite songs from 2017 mixed with songs that somehow had meaning in our house (Disney Descendants
soundtrack or Trolls
, anyone?). That said, feel free to check it out in all of its randomness. And I highly recommend making a yearly playlist! It’s totally fun and makes you reminisce in a nice way . . . and if you HAVE made one, share the link, it will make my list-nerd-self happy to check out someone else’s faves.
2) I’m reading this book (and for the record I 100% do not hate my husband, but I thought it was a great premise for a book and would make good podcast material).
Interestingly, I feel that we do a lot of what the author suggests already and I am very grateful that we seem to have figured it out earlier than she did. It’s written in a lighthearted style but also contains a lot of valuable ideas. I am halfway through, but thus far recommend it (even if the title also does not apply to you, either!!).
3) New podcast ep
from Tuesday – LV
and I discuss gender stereotypes. We touch on workplace issues but spend a good amount of time on kid-related norms.
pic of C’s bed, dolls paci & all, preserved for posterity on our Podcast Insta
We’ve had our biggest month thus far in November (and there’s still one more day) and are up to 60,000 downloads!
I am excited for December’s episodes which will feature some really fun guests & topics + my (promised) planner-sode 🙂
5) That said, I need to simplify shopping and do 100% of it on the computer because going to stores during this time of year DOES NOT SPARK ANY JOY for me. And I am sad to say I am not as ahead of the game as I anticipated . . . and Hanukkah apparently starts Dec 12. Getting all orders in will be a project for this weekend!
6) A really enticing planner that I am not using (FYI non-spon shout-out, I have no relationship whatsoever with this company!) –
I follow Inkwell Press
(on Insta), and lately have been very taken by the aesthetics and functionality of their products. I also found the associated Productivity Paradox
podcast and have listened to a few episodes — it’s impressive! The company’s founder Tonya Dalton is a woman who definitely sees the value of regular, structured and focused planning — which definitely speaks to my own heart.
I will not be using an IWP product next year because I am already set with my Hobonichi (and various accessories, plus a Golden Coil notebook I plan on using for work 🙂 ). But I would definitely encourage anyone with planner wanderlust to check her products out!