1- My trifecta is coming to an end (except for #3, sigh) — most notably the annoying cold that had me feeling half human for about a week. I hate ever thinking about life like this, but I just wanted to hit fast forward and get through the misery as quickly as possible.
Grateful for a functioning immune system today. The kids seem to be largely over it as well (G is still coughing intermittently but nothing terrible). Which is great because . . .
2- We are headed on vacation tomorrow! COOPER CITY –> LEGOLAND –> AMELIA ISLAND. We are sort of aiming low with this trip. Josh and I were sort of half-joking about it last night that this trip is purely for our remembering selves. He remarked “We didn’t realize Genevieve was going to be so hard.”
I find 18 months or so to be the hardest age ever (so many opinions, so little instinct for self-preservation) and G is 19 months this week so . . . I guess I did realize it. Which is why I am glad we aren’t flying anywhere or doing anything terribly ambitious.
3- Goals for trip (because why not):
- Get G to nap most days and relax during that time
- Take kids shopping for shoes for the new school year (random I know but they desperately need shoes and we kind of like to do it on vacation — we did it last year on our much more ambitious trip!)
- Listen to some good music and/or podcasts on our car rides
- Try to get some workouts in, using either the running stroller or some Beachbody action in the hotel room during G’s naps
- Eat at some fun places
- Not think much about work
- Enjoy watching A&C have a blast at Legoland and hopefully the beach/pools/etc (please weather cooperate — note — this is unlikely given that it is FL in the summer but . . . hopefully there will be reasonable stretches of sun).
- Maintain a good sense of humor about traveling with a toddler, because it’s going to be relatively exhausting and a challenge but maybe that will serve as a family bonding experience
All in all, I have LOW expectations. We will probably spend many meals taking turns walking G around restaurants (she just entered an ‘OUT!’ phase and her new favorite phrase is “No, NOT” which is so cute but . . . yeah). And she might sleep like @$(@*#&. Seriously, Josh and I are even contemplating not taking any trip over winter break and just doing a Staycation (to be fair, South Florida in December is almost always gorgeous and I always feel like it feels slightly silly to leave, so it’s not the craziest idea). I guess the experience this week will help us make that decision!
4- I have not been as Digitally Minimal as I vowed to be in this post (and I feel rather silly about it, because I was very determined at the moment when I wrote it). However, I did revamp my regular Insta feed to contain only people I would feel comfortable texting in IRL. And it’s better! It’s nearly Influencer-Free now. And far less addictive/toxic-feeling than it was. I will say that while being sick / on call, I really felt I needed (deserved?) a light distraction and the ‘gram fulfilled that need nicely, particularly my planner feed.
I will probably be posting (regular & stories) to some degree during vacation, because I do feel like it’s a nice way of saving special ‘collections’ of experiences. I also think it’s healthy to take some time completely away from the app. So, there you go.
5- My Summer Reading progress continues! I finished Darcy Lockman’s All the Rage: Mothers, Fathers, and the Myth of Equal Partnership We will be discussing it in the Parenting Book Club (not until September though) and I am very interested to hear what my friends think about it. I thought it was well-written and quite convincing. Without getting too personal, I found myself nodding to many of her research findings and anecdotes — but also feeling thankful that Josh and I have evolved our parenting relationship to be in many ways beyond some of the unfair and uneven splits that Lockman illustrates. (Having a 3rd kid seems to help with this by the way — divide and conquer becomes a matter of survival and you know you are both fully In It.). I also finished Inheritance (Dani Shapiro) and liked it. I will be bringing The Gown on our trip. We’ll see how far I get there . . .
I put 16 books on my list which I thought was slightly ridiculous, but I’ve actually finished 8 of them so . . . maybe I actually will get through them all! (Side note: seeing this is partially what made me rethink my Insta ban. After all, if I can read 8 books in 1.5 months, am I really wasting my entire existence on social media?
Probably not, and maybe I can just focus on removing the parts that make me feel bad. We will see.
Well! I’m going to attempt my first workout in about a week (I do not work out while sick as an official Life Policy) . . . we’ll see how it goes!