Why not 🙂 ?
1- On call things. My call week will end on Tuesday morning, and I am actually rather proud of my (relatively) positive attitude through this week. Even if I did not try classical conditioning with chocolate chips every time my pager app goes off (though it is still tempting). My attitude may have been buoyed by a rather light census (and copious child care!), but still! Progress.
Once I get to Tuesday I will have no overnight or weekend call until FEBRUARY! This is a longer gap than most of my maternity leaves. This magic is happening because I was relatively front-loaded in the year, and also because next year my call is going to be proportional to my clinical role. The kids (Annabel in particular) are happy about this.
2- Half marathon training has officially begun — today I snuck in a 6 mile long run before rounding in the hospital. It was . . . hot and humid. I am looking forward to December. I do enjoy the challenge of increasing mileage again, though. I think a half is the perfect distance for me right now. Once a year, anyway.
3- Weekly review. I spent ~90 minutes this morning clearing the decks. (I also have determined that the HOME weekly review can be separate from the WORK weekly review, but for optimal effect they both need to happen weekly!). I can’t overestimate how good it feels to know exactly what is on my plate and what is up ahead. I do not do as much axe-sharpening as this guy (Trent Hamm // The Simple Dollar) — but I sort of get it. Regular reflection and review pays off in dividends and the resulting mental freedom feels so much nicer, too.
4- On that note, I am considering using November as a NaBoProMo – ie, a month-long push to work on my book proposal! I have had ideas for a planning-focused book on my mind for years now, and I’d like to start moving towards . . . well, actually writing it! I have a (draft) chapter list in rough outline form, and much of what I want to say has already been said here on the blog — in one form or another. If I had time to post here daily in September, I could probably do 30 minutes of focused drafting time in November. I will keep you all posted!
Two versions of a perfect day by Leanne Sowul (I love thinking about perfect days . . . and also perfect weeks, months, and beyond. Of course perfection isn’t achievable, but how do you know what you are shooting for if you don’t think about it!?)
Physician on Fire’s take on spending money on happiness. I agree with some of this. Not sure about #8, though!
One of you commented and mentioned Denaye Barahona at Simple Families. I listened to her podcast on my run this morning and really enjoyed a few of the episodes (and am motivated to cull our toy collection — again. SIGH). I did NOT however have any envy when she described her family’s trip to Greece – literally sounded like my personal version of hell. To each their own 🙂