Monday. Made it!

September 16, 2019


✔︎ sorted ~1 week of mail

✔︎ went through / responded to / triaged work & regular email.  Not at Inbox 0, but at 9 (work) and 5 (gmail) as of this moment.

✔︎ generally completed any less-than-5-minute task in the email (paying bills, responding to quick questions, etc)

✔︎ made kids’ lunches (I only do this on Mondays, for the record – G does it the rest of the week)

✔︎ drew out weekly checklists & calendars

I did not work out or post (obviously!) but can say that these ~2.5 hours were well worth it.  I was quasi-panicking about what was lucking in my various boxes and honestly — it wasn’t nearly as bad as I had thought, but there were several things I’m glad I dealt with.  And while I’m tired today, I prefer that to ‘totally anxious and behind.’

So, there you go.  My system definitely works but no one can get away with just ignoring everything for days!!  

AFTER! The top part was actually clear but then today’s mail came. Such is life.

Weekly Workouts (last week):

Monday – none

Tuesday – 3.44 mi, 9:44/mi average, morning run.

Wednesday – BB 21 DF Upper Fix, 8 and 12 lb weights.  Pushups: 19 on toes / 4 on knees during round 1, 11 on toes / 9 on knees during round 2 (I like tracking this particular move b/c I feel like it’s a good ‘fitness test’!)

Thursday – 3.04 mi, 9:21/mi average, morning run

Friday – none

Saturday – 3.91 mi, half with the kids on their bikes (Josh also ran & pushed G in her stroller).  10:59/mi because running this way is not very speedy 🙂

Sunday – BB 21 DF Lower Fix, 12 lb weights and I am SORE from this today.  I was going to try the “Extreme” but realized they didn’t have a Lower Body!  This week I am going to delve into the scary world of 21DF Extreme.  Hold me.

This week’s meal plan

Monday – salmon, sweet potatoes, broccoli

Tuesday – spaghetti w/ meat sauce (turkey) & green beans

Wednesday – leftovers

Thursday – curry shrimp & naan or rice

Friday – leftovers

Saturday – probably takeout (Josh is on call)

Sunday – maybe fajitas or some kind of ‘self-assemble’ meal the kids will be into 🙂

(Our nanny came up with this because in my frantic rush to get things done this morning, menu planning did not make the cut)

On another note: I need a new fiction book rec.  I had to return The Island of Sea Women to the library and will reorder it, but while I’m waiting to move up that queue, any recs?  Bonus points for a ‘fall’ feel 🙂


  • Reply Jenn September 16, 2019 at 7:18 pm

    I just finished The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware and it definitely had a spooky atmospheric vibe that put me in the mood for Halloween! Currently reading Let Me Lie by Claire Mackintosh but can’t recommend just yet, I’m only about sixty pages in. Also, have you read Pachinko? It’s long but unique and worthy. Oh and Harry’s Trees! None of them are really autumn-themed but those are some of my favs from the last year or two. And The Mother-in-Law but I know you’ve already read that one! Okay I’m done now. 🙂

  • Reply Nanette September 16, 2019 at 8:16 pm

    I also recently read “The Gifted School” and loved it and right after, I read “The Most Fun We Ever Had” by Claire Lombardo which I absolutely loved. Long book but I savored every page and was so sad when it was done.

    • Reply Natasha September 16, 2019 at 10:24 pm

      I’m reading The Most Fun We Ever Had now also, it came in my Juniper Books subscription box. So far it’s one I’d recommend also.

    • Reply Lisa of Lisa's Yarns September 17, 2019 at 9:27 am

      I’m also reading and loving this book, too! It reminds me of Anne Patchett’s writing – very character-driven with complicated characters.

  • Reply Alissa September 16, 2019 at 9:31 pm

    I second the recommendation for “the most fun we ever had.” Secret daughter by Gowda is an older title but one I think you might enjoy. Did you read recursion? If you’re looking for lighter fair – the flatshare or waiting for Tom hanks.

  • Reply Emily September 16, 2019 at 9:58 pm

    Fleishman is in Trouble and Lost and Wanted are both immersive and compelling reads! Not necessarily fall-ish (they both span various seasons!) but I think you’d like both!

    • Reply Marthe September 17, 2019 at 7:45 am

      Yes, Fleishman is a very nice read… not super-uplifting but funny at times, although tragic. Especially at the end.

  • Reply Aly September 17, 2019 at 12:30 am

    The silent patient.

  • Reply LEE A HILLHOUSE September 17, 2019 at 12:35 am

    I really liked A Fall of Marigolds by Susan Meissner, especially the part about the hospital on Ellis Island.

    • Reply Kaethe September 17, 2019 at 2:47 pm

      I just finished this one too and loved it!

  • Reply Amanda September 17, 2019 at 1:54 am

    The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abbi Waxman

  • Reply Sarah September 17, 2019 at 6:35 am

    Oh my goodness, flying through The Farm by Joanne Ramos and I think you would love it – juicy, dystopian novel about a high end surrogacy agency for the uber wealthy – so delicious!

  • Reply Lori C September 17, 2019 at 8:00 am

    -love these posts, I love reading other peoples meal and workout schedules! Gives me motivation/ideas
    -I’m reading one of Tana French’s books in the Dublin Murder Squad series. Have you read In the Woods? Takes place on Ireland which is refreshing. I like The Who done it type books and has a fall feel.

  • Reply Young September 17, 2019 at 8:40 am

    I loved and highly recommend Pachinko.

  • Reply Lisa of Lisa's Yarns September 17, 2019 at 9:30 am

    So awesome that your nanny helps with meal plans! The mental fatigue of coming up meal ideas is awful sometimes! I used to do it all myself but after having our son, I made my husband help come up with ideas. I just did a post yesterday about how we handle meal planning/prep in our house in case other moms are interested. I had to completely change it after having our son since our week nights are so chaotic! (

    Have you read Bad Blood? I can’t remember? If not, I think you’d find that fascinating. Not exactly a ‘fall read’ but it’s quite the page turner!

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger September 17, 2019 at 9:47 am

      I LOVED Bad Blood 🙂

  • Reply Caitlin September 20, 2019 at 1:15 pm

    A little late here, and I haven’t read it yet, but The Swallows by Lisa Lutz looks really good and seems to have that fall in New England feeling–it’s set at a prep school.

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