Dare I say . . . I rather miss the morning ritual of writing here every day? It actually doesn’t take all that much time and fits nicely into my morning routine. On weekdays, that is. I am reminded of Gretchen Rubin’s writings about the appeal of doing something every day versus the more nebulous “sometimes”.
(On weekends, writing here doesn’t fit very naturally into my day! I think that’s where my streak stretched me the most.)
Anyway, hi. I just started Atomic Habits by James Clear and can already glean that he thinks along the same lines as I do about rituals, habits, and planning (I love all of those things, for the most part).
1- I sort of want to train for a half marathon. There is a very local race that is likely to have lovely January weather (hey, it’s South Florida). This would be my first half in ~3 years, and I do not expect a PR, but I miss having something to train for!
I would probably aim to run 4x/week and continue 2-3x with my Beachbody sessions. The main difference in my workouts would be slightly lengthening some of my runs & doing a longer run each weekend (or on a weekday on a day off). If anyone has a favorite low key training plan they’d like to share (with room for strength/cross-training), I’d love to see it!
2- On that note, I think this will be the month that I finally buy new running shoes (and probably some sports bras & socks) this month! IT IS TIME. I believe my current pair is from 2017. Which is ridiculous. They are good shoes (Asics Gel Nimbus) but no running shoes last that long! I have had this fantasy of going to a local running store and next week might be my week to finally do that. Exciting!
3- Recent blog posts I have enjoyed:
- The Magic Ingredient in Frugality, Financial, and Personal Success by Trent Hamm at The Simple Dollar. (MY TAKE: replace the word forethought with ‘planning’ and you essentially have my life philosophy)
- Day in the Life by my friend Sue at The Early Bird Press. Just a lovely (detailed!) glimpse at a day in her life at home with her 4 (!) boys.
4- TV vs books. I am realizing that it is very hard to keep up with favorite TV shows (even if there are only 1-2 that I am really interested in!) AND read. There is mostly just room in my life for one of the two, save for random periods of binge-watching (ie, during a weekend away). For the most part, I am preferring books right now.
But I do want to catch up on This Is Us and watch more of Schitt’s Creek!
5– Sickness update. On the very positive side, there was NO further vomiting in our household after Cameron’s very bad night! He is 100% better. On the down . . . G has yet another (new) cold. Ready for these (slightly OCD) stats?
January – June – Genevieve had 10 total days of a runny nose / URI symptoms. This is actually lower than average for a toddler! Life was great!
July 1 – Oct 4 – She had cold symptoms 7/1 – 7/9, 7/14 – 7/18, 8/5 – 8/8, 8/17 – 8/18, 8/25 – 9/26 (literally an entire month of a running nose), and now is sick with what seems like a new virus. Throughout most of this she is happy, active, and thriving — so I do not think we are missing some complex underlying issue or a pneumonia or secondary infection. BUT OMG THAT IS A LOT OF SNOT! My hope is that if we make it through this school year, she will be equipped with basically every antibody from here to kingdom come and NO ONE will ever be sick in our house again. Right!?
Also, a note to those who have kids that frequently vomit – I feel very grateful that mine do not. (At least, that has been the trend until now). But we seem to have the market cornered on URIs . . .
6- One extra item. KK, Josh’s grandmother (and basically an honorary grandmother to me, since I have known her since 2002) — is very sick, likely to pass very soon. She is 94 and an amazingly creative, stylish, and spunky human being.
She had a beautiful life and brought forth an amazing family into this world — 4 children, 9 grandchildren & 13 great grandchildren by my count. I feel so lucky that my kids were able to know their great grandmother. We will miss her.