1- Our nanny has been out 8 days (and she had a week of vacation just prior to all that!). Her friend has been subbing and it has been fine, but not the same.
To those of you who regularly come home and have to make dinner with multiple kids (including a toddler) around and no partner to support – well, hats off to you. Because I find it INCREDIBLY stressful and difficult.
I am sure that part of that is just not being used to it, but wow. The toddler part is the hardest, because G is so clingy when i get home, but she’s way past the infant stage where I could just put her in a carrier & cook!
Our cuisine this week:
Monday (which is totally cheating to report, because both Josh and I were off!) – salmon, sweet potatoes, green beans.
Tuesday – Greek salad with rotisserie chicken, pita (had prepped this on my day off)
Wednesday – leftover Greek salad & Amy’s frozen pizza
Thursday – eggs, leftover rice, avocado, frozen veggies
Today – probably takeout because I am spent
I mean, it could have been worse. But even the above easy meals were hard. I tried to get myself to make (easy) black bean soup last night to have for today and just. couldn’t. do it.
2- I’m trying to finalize the kids’ activity schedules but have a bottleneck! I feel like there’s always one institution that doesn’t put out their schedule and you need that to decide on everything else, you know? That’s where I am right now. I was told it would be out by the end of the week and this morning . . .not there. Maybe by the end of the day!?
3- Blog reader Anne suggested a consistent bedtime throughout the year for the big kids. Honestly, Cameron probably needs this in particular. He’s been so overtired (read: wound up / hyper is how he expresses this) this summer. At the same time, I feel like if they had a super early bedtime I’d miss out on quality time with them (and I really can’t focus on them in the evenings until G is in bed).
What I do know is that we NEEEEEED to shift things around in preparation for school. They have to leave the house essentially at 7:30 (with me, Josh, or our nanny) to be on time and right now that’s when they are waking up. Agh.
4- I decided to revive my planner insta! Well, at least for now. Speaking of insta: I have been much less addicted since cleaning up my feeds. Who knew? I am still checking in, but less often.
5- I am trying EveryDollar in lieu of YNAB! (The free version). So far I like it — I am happy that you can access it online (YNAB 4 you could not – just on the app and on the software) and there is no “Middleman” for your data (YNAB used Dropbox). Otherwise, it seems quite similar.
Just one Friday link for you — one of my favorite podcasts By the Book featured one of my favorite books – Getting Things Done! I didn’t necessarily agree with how they reviewed it, but it did seem like they were thriving under David Allen’s influence!