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When It Rains . . .

August 30, 2019

I commented to Josh last night that WOW, LIFE HAS FELT REALLY DIFFICULT for the past 6 months. He corrected me — it’s really more like since July.

This has not been my favorite summer. Our house continues to sit on the (saturated, stagnant) market, we had our quasi-fail of a family trip, a month of patchy (and stressful) childcare, and honestly a somewhat rocky start to the school year. G has been sick on and off for the past 2 months — I have been meticulously recording our family’s health trends in my planner and seriously, she had a cold 7/1 – 7/9, 7/14 – 7/18, 8/5 – 8/9, and now 8/25 – 8/30 (ongoing). And this current one is nasty (fevers etc). I am grateful that she is an overall healthy child and actually has not had her first ear infection yet (my other two definitely had more issues by this time requiring antibiotics or breathing treatments of some sort!). I thought perhaps that with two older siblings bringing home all sort of infectious particles from school/etc that she wouldn’t have such issues after starting school, but . . . apparently not. At least so far.

And now, this.

the 5 AM update – hurricane wind probabilities
we are currently sitting at ~30-40% because there’s still significant uncertainty of which way the storm will turn. we are either going to get a hurricane or — if Dorian turns farther north — a tropical storm with (probably) a lot of flooding.

Like everyone else around here, I have been hitting “refresh” on the nhc website every 3 hours, which is when they give their updates. Hurricane Dorian does not look as terrifying as Irma did from my vantage point, but it doesn’t look great, either.

The complication this time around is that Josh and I are both on call (both of us until Tuesday) and (we think?!) he will need to stay in the hospital so that he is in-house for any vascular surgical emergencies if the hurricane plan is activated, which looks more and more likely. They will house family in that scenario, and since I’m on call too (though not sure if my call is considered “essential” or if I would be expected to just remain available by phone?) we may just all bunk up in the hospital. Apparently they give you air mattresses and food.

That initially didn’t sound that bad to me, until I remembered it would be with a (possibly still-sick – but hopefully not!?) toddler (and A&C too of course, but they are easier in this type of scenario because IPADS and MINECRAFT). Oy. The alternative is to stay home (assuming we can get the shutters up on our rental) and our nanny seems to be potentially game to stay with me.

Honestly, I am terrified of being home alone with the kids during the storm. And being on call I know I need to fulfill my responsibilities for patient care, and what if I lose power/internet/phone and can’t even put in orders? Given this, the hospital scenario probably makes the most sense, so we’ll see. I guess on the bright side – at least Josh and I work for the same system now so we’d all get to be together! I think today I need to nail down (from our hospital system) exactly what they’d like us to do so we can plan better.


Just . . . overwhelmed right now, and I’m having one of the busiest call weeks I’ve ever had. I think I rounded on 12 patients yesterday including 5 new consults, when normal for us is more like . . . 5 (note: we see outpatients for half the day while on call). I do have a total ROCK STAR of a resident with me currently and that is so helpful and makes me very happy!

I think after all this is over I’m going to take a day off to just organize / regroup, though looking at my calendar I’m seeing that this may not be possible until mid-September. I’m hoping that after Labor Day life is just going to magically reset and stop feeling like a pileup of minor (or major) calamities. And I’m DEFINITELY hoping that this storm fizzles out and we don’t even lose power.


PS: I know some of you had wanted more of a guide to the Hobonichi Store! I don’t know how much time I will have to publish such a thing, but here are a few tips:

1- They actually put together their own guide this year, and it’s quite nice! I promise, their website is NOT scary and in Japanese. Check it out here.

2- They are releasing some covers for sale on 9/1 (which is 8/31 at 10 pm Eastern time!), some on 9/2 (9/1 10 pm EST), and some on 9/3 (9/2 10 pm EST). The actual planner books will all be available in the “day 1” release. The planner books do not typically sell out, so there’s no need to panic! The only reason you’d need to jump to the specific time is if you have your eye on a specific cover (I do this year – one of the “day 2” designs).

3- Yes, the prices are in YEN. So the only thing that I find “different” about the store is converting to dollars. This morning, the exchange rate is as below. You can always just enter “2847 yen in dollars” in google and you’ll get an easy conversion. It’s typically close to 100:1 anyway (10000 yen = almost $100).

thank you google

4- Thoughts on avec vs regular? I tried an AVEC one year and hated not having the entire year in one book. It made it a pain to schedule things in July & beyond when it was June, and I also like having the yearly calendar all in one book for reference. But of course – you may feel differently! For me, the weight of the book isn’t an issue – the full size Cousin fits just fine in my bag and my thin accessory notebook doesn’t add much volume at all.

5- Accesories that you ‘need’ if you are setting up your first Hobonichi? Honestly, none really. Other than you may want to consider the thin notebook set (they call it a ‘memo pad set’) that can easily tuck into the cover – I use one of these yearly as my ‘accessory notebook’ and like to have an extra on hand. I also like the pencil board to use as a ruler (must have straight lines!). There are plenty of other cute accessories you may WANT though 🙂

9/1 at 10 pm we may be in the middle of a hurricane but I am totally going to place my order if I have wifi available! One bright spot to look forward to. As of now, I’m planning on getting the A5 Cousin (not the avec), a “Day 2” cover, a pack of memo pads, some washi tape, and POSSIBLY the 5-year book (haven’t decided yet). I love this yearly tradition and look forward to a box arriving from Japan every fall!!


  • Reply Natalie August 30, 2019 at 8:12 am

    Thank you for taking the time to write in the middle of EVERYTHING you have going on. I hope this season of life shifts quickly, and the hurricane’s path along with it!

  • Reply Lisa of Lisa's Yarns August 30, 2019 at 9:25 am

    Ugh, what a stressful time for your family! When it rains, it really pours. I really hope the hurricane gets downgraded and is a non-event for you. So scary! And terrible timing with both of you being on call.

    Man, daycare/school germs are THE WORST. Our son started daycare about 4.5 months and it only took 2 weeks for him to get his first cold, which turned into an ear infection, which never cleared and resulted in him getting tubes at 9 months (super young for tubes but it was unavoidable and the best decision!). I hope G avoids ear infections because they wreak havoc on sleep!

    Hang in there, lady. Hopefully calmer waters are ahead – both literally and figuratively!

  • Reply Marthe August 30, 2019 at 9:38 am

    good luck with the hurricane! Ofcourse you’re overwhelmed! You’re such a trooper, you will get through.

  • Reply omdg August 30, 2019 at 9:52 am

    If this is just a vent post, please feel free to disregard these suggestions. (And if that is the case — HUGS!! It will get better, I promise!)

    1. Stop recording G’s illnesses and embrace the fact that she will be “sick” on a semi-continuous basis for the next year or so. More so because she just started pre-school.
    2. Focus on rounding on your patients and getting through the hurricane. In that order.
    3. I think having your family in the hospital would be stressful, but also could be a fun adventure (in retrospect). There will be bumps, but most likely everything will be fine.
    4. I think part of your anxiety comes from the uncertainty of not knowing what the weather is going to do, and not knowing what your job will require of you. But worrying about those things does nothing to speed the decision making process of others. So as much as you can, focus on what you can control now, and know that your kids will be taken care of even if you and Josh are forced to live at work for a few days. It sounds like you have your contingency plans already in place, so as much as possible, try to put intrusive thoughts about what’s going to happen on the back burner.

    Good luck! I bet you could find a job in the Philly area if you really wanted one, and then maybe could avoid some of this nonsense. 🙂

  • Reply Emily August 30, 2019 at 10:23 am

    Wow this sounds like a lot to deal with it! You will get through it in your usual kickass way though!

  • Reply Leslie August 30, 2019 at 10:42 am

    Hang in there! You’re lucky that your hospital allows family to bunk in– I’m in Jacksonville and we’re already getting the emails reminding us to “Get your house/childcare/pet care in order because patients come first!” (wish i was kidding). Luckily we’re (husband and I work for same system as well) considered non-essential so we can just take some PTO if needed…

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger August 30, 2019 at 11:18 am

      Update – might be wrong about the staying in. For both of us actually. May be hunkering down at home instead.

  • Reply Beth @ Parent Lightly August 30, 2019 at 12:59 pm

    Yikes! FWIW I remember doing this once at my dad’s refinery when I was a kid. I seem to recall eating a lot of pop tarts and playing cards. It’s one of my favorite memories although I’m sure it wasn’t fun for my parents.

    • Reply Claire August 31, 2019 at 5:02 pm

      Hope all goes ok with the storm – sounds scary, here in the UK our weather is nothing like so extreme! And thank you so much for the Hobonichi tips – I think I’ve decided on my choice for my first one! It’s my back to work after maternity leave gift to myself so I want to get it right. Hopefully ill be able to find a good way to work with it – any more Hobonichi posts are very welcome when your weather calms down a bit!

  • Reply Amy D. August 30, 2019 at 3:22 pm

    Good luck with everything! I’m also going to be ordering my Hobonichi this weekend, but I have to hold shipment to wait on the book. I’m giving the A5 day-free a try, but it’s not out until November 1! I feel like I need the A5 but never use the weekly spread, so I’m hoping this will be a good fit.

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger August 30, 2019 at 3:52 pm

      My weekly spread gets such heavy use but i see why people that use digital for their “hard landscape” calendars are going away from it.

      • Reply Sara B. August 30, 2019 at 11:30 pm

        Ugh. It’s awful not knowing when or where and I don’t envy you maybe having to stay in the hospital with the kids. (That’s not even an option for physicians at my shop though.) Hopefully it will speed up and go back to the Atlantic and away from Florida cities. I’m weirdly anxious about doing this one remotely – we were supposed to fly back to Orlando on Monday but the airport will be closed and it’s a bad idea anyway but I just want to know when I can go home. Hang in there!

  • Reply Marci Gilbert August 31, 2019 at 7:32 am

    I feel for y’all with the storm! I understand the storm anxiety. Thinking of you guys this weekend!

  • Reply Jessica Waltman August 31, 2019 at 10:38 pm

    Thank you so much for posting all about ordering the Hobinichi, particulalry with all that you have going on! I just placed my order and am beyond grateful. Good luck with the storm – praying that it stays out to sea!

  • Reply amy September 1, 2019 at 8:18 am

    Glad to read your latest update about the hurricane! I hope it misses you.

    I ordered my first hobonichi last night (got the regular planner + cover). I’ve been an Erin Condren fan for the last few years but this looks so much sleeker. I can’t wait for it to arrive. Thanks for all your reviews!

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