Today is day #3 of call. It has not been busy. And I got to sleep the past 2 nights all the way through! However, I have still been mildly stressed and indulging in call-related behaviors such as scrolling more social media & eating more crap (although the product pictured below happens to be pretty much the most delicious thing I’ve ever tasted).
I also tend to be shorter with the kids & Josh during this special time.
But — only 5 days to go. I will give myself credit for engaging in some more positive coping mechanisms, including:
- taking myself out to lunch for the sole purpose of having somewhere quiet to read — ~30 minutes with my Kindle app in the middle of the day felt so refreshing & indulgent!
- going to bed reasonably on time — it appears my “summer hours” are going to be more like 5a – 10p, and hopefully we can get G sleeping until closer to 7 with a slightly later bedtime (!?)
- diving into my new Summer Reading List with gusto. I noted previously that it was aspirational, and I still think it is, but I’m actually moving pretty quickly! I am 80% done with Daisy Jones and the Six (4/5 stars thus far) and have started reading about 15 minutes of Digital Minimalism (too early for any sort of rating, but I like his writing style and premise so far) to start my mornings.
So, all of that is good.
I have also been dwelling on our finances a lot. Because a) I have a newfound obsession with frugality/finance podcasts even though our lifestyle is . . . not exactly following many of the tenets discussed, and b) our house is still sitting there unsold. I actually am fairly surprised about b) because I loved our house and I think it’s priced quite reasonably (ie, one of the least expensive in the neighborhood). The market here is terrible though right now, and seeing the “on sale for 188 days” on Zillow yesterday was depressing.
We may end up renting it out, so . . . new side hustle for our family? Not one we really wanted, but perhaps it wouldn’t be so bad.
(I’d rather it sell, though!)
ON THAT NOTE — budget-related things — we are doing a podcast episode on free or low-cost parenting hacks! By popular demand, we’d like to feature strategies that aren’t as expensive as outsourcing your cooking or childcare. You can leave them as comments in this post, email them to me here, or post on our Instagram.