TUESDAY // 4.9.19. Half of a work day — our local elementary school does this really cute and adorably named “Hatchlings Program” for incoming kindergarteners with siblings at the school, and today was session 3 (the last one). Several months ago when the dates were announced, I rearranged my work schedule to turn my typical day off into 2 half-days for this week.
This kind of flexibility is why a slightly part-time schedule has been so helpful for me. I think I’ll still retain enough of that at 90%, but we will see!
5:30 Up! Since I went to bed at 10 the night before, a super-early wakeup wasn’t in the cards (nor was it necessary), so I set my alarm for 5:30. Coffee / quick email check / change clothes / little else.
6:00 run and bemoan the return of summer heat and humidity. It was 74F and 83% which isn’t terrible but it just feels so much nicer to run when temps are in the 60s! Ahh well. I ran one mile to warm up (10:03/mi), then 2 at tempo (8:48/mi for mile 1, 8:28/mi for mile 2), and a 0.3 cool down. Total 3.3 mi in 31:23. There were times in my life that a 3-4 mile run didn’t ‘count’ and now it’s my go-to distance. Times have changed. I would still like to do more dedicated training/racing again someday though!
6:50 hear G quietly rolling around; go in to feed her. Breakfast with A & G.
7:15 Our nanny arrives at 7:15 and helps A finish getting ready while I get dressed.
7:30 Take A to school (I drive to a nearby playground within our complex and then walk in with her – the process takes about 30 min but includes about ~20 min of walking, half with her, which is nice).
8:05 Arrive back home and pick up C who woke up while I was taking A. Play with G for a few minutes and then leave with C to go to his Hatchlings program.
8:30 Hatchlings! C gets to open a letter from A, attend a (really well-done!) music class, and then eat a snack in the cafeteria (chicken fingers and chocolate milk at 9:40 AM, ahh well he is happy).
10:00 Hatchlings is over – drive C to his school and drop off. I get to chat with his teacher for a few minutes which is nice.
10:15 Home; play with G.
11:00 Drive to work, checking out a new podcast. Somewhat impressed with this episode probably because my style of organizing/productivity has a lot of parallels to hers (which, incidentally, has a lot in common with GTD):
(Also, again think about how I really really need to put my system and thoughts on this subject into a cohesive book project!). I was going to work in a coffee shop until my patients were slated to arrive, but weather looked quite iffy so I picked up lunch to go (cappuccino + spinach salad with bleu cheese / bacon / egg / cranberries / pecans) and brought it to my office.
11:30 work on non-work things in my office, informing one of my nurses that “I am invisible until 1 pm!”. Notably I am still technically ‘off’ so I feel comfortable doing this! I write a blog post, finish podcast notes for later in the week, and write a couple of related emails.
1:00 finish eating lunch at my desk while transitioning to clinical work – calls, notes, etc. Patients start arriving at 1:30.
5:15 done with patients / notes / calls! Drive home.
5:45 home! I create a long overdue behavior chart for A&C (for this week: each night they can earn 4 points: one for practicing piano, one for homework, one for general behavior, one for going to bed nicely. # points translates into minutes of iPad time on Saturday. Max is 40 minutes for all 16 points earned. Sliding scale rapidly goes down to 0 minutes). Thankfully they seem to respond to it. They practice piano, play with G, etc.
6:15 FaceTime MIL – it is her birthday!!! Josh had ordered flowers. Kids sing & she is happy. I definitely had this important item noted in my planner with a checkbox as I did NOT want to forget!
7:00 G’s bedtime – I bring her up to nurse and allow A&C to watch a show.
7:15 dinner (for me) while they finish their show (curry chicken / rice / broccoli – our nanny G made it and it is amazing). While eating I file quarterly state re-employment taxes (nanny) and shop for a new phone –we switched carriers and my iPhone 7 no longer functions. I’ve been carrying around a 6 Plus that Josh had lying around but it is incredibly clunky and feels like a downgrade so I am moving on. Upon a significant amount of deliberation (and consult of Consumer Reports & wirecutter) I order an iPhone 8. I considered the XR but really prefer a smaller device, and the XS struck me as way too expensive and fragile.
7:30 As I am phone researching, Josh arrives home! Notably he has not been staying as late in recent nights and it has been lovely (as it gets warmer and ‘snowbirds’ leave I think he gets slightly less busy).
8:00 extract kids from TV (they were re-watching Dolphin Tale 2 for the billionth time) and start bedtime process. I remind them about the chart. It works well especially for A.
around 9 (not exactly sure): kids asleep. Josh demonstrates his new guitar song and I sing along to the Bangles’ “Eternal Flame.” Might become my new karaoke go-to . . .
9:15 upstairs, change, read Commonwealth in bed
9:40 turn light off & set alarm for 5:15 (aiming for 7.5 hrs)
~7 hrs sleep (because I woke up this morning somewhat anxious at 4:45 – more on that tomorrow)
4 hrs of work (half a day)
33 min of exercise
1.5 hrs of blog / pod related stuff
6.5 hrs of fairly focused kid time
about 1 hr of random free time (a few minutes of this spent filing taxes but mostly iPhone shopping / eating dinner)
~30 min with Josh
~75 min driving (listened to podcasts)