New Quarter! (And one my favorite quarters, at that.)
I have decided that I am tabling my NaBoProMo (National Book Proposal Month) until January. While I love that there is a widespread movement of others writing in November, I suspect this month is going to be insane. And I want to set myself up for success, not failure!
SO – I will spend the next two months in preparation mode and also cleaning up the blog-related projects that will support a proposal (especially an EMAIL LIST/newsletter – I am determined to roll this out by the end of 2019 and now have all of the pieces in place!). January 1st, BoProMo will be ON.
November will contain:
- More half marathon training
- First trip with Annabel! (I feel like I’ve been waiting for this for years!) — we are headed to NC for the weekend for my sister’s baby shower! The weather looks cool and glorious and I am excited for this one-on-one time with her.
- A visit from my parents
- Thanksgiving (yesss, love that holiday)
- Residency interviews (4 more days!)
- Onboarding of our new coordinator (yay!!)
- A grand rounds presentation (need to get on that)
- Reflection & goal-setting (yes I start this in November)
- About 324837 work events.
Halloween report! I volunteered in C’s class for their party (fun, and he was so happy) and we all wore costumes last night! Family costumes are the norm in Miami Beach but we were definitely outliers in our more low-key neighborhood. It was a lot of fun, though, and it helped us meet/talk with more neighbors.
The kids had so much fun — Genevieve caught on immediately to trick-or-treating and it was amazing to watch. She also caught on immediately to the concept of candy. It is much harder to shield your third kid from such things!
Speaking of candy . . . I have not yet decided on our policy with respect to the candy for Annabel & Cameron. I know it’s all rather disgusting (basically a mix of corn syrup and artificial *#@#) and I would prefer they not eat it daily for the next several months. I used to allow them to pick 10 or so pieces and then put the rest in a vague “for later as a treat” pile that they then eventually forgot about. (PS: my own personal candy policy is to eat a few pieces on Halloween, and then move on. I greatly enjoyed the Reese’s PB cup and mini Butterfingers that I sampled!)
Fortunately they didn’t collect a terribly obscene amount, so . . . maybe I will just see what happens if we allow one piece per night (in lieu of their usual dark chocolate square!) if they choose. This is how I ate my candy as a kid and seem to have lived to tell the tale . . . for G, I feel more strongly about keeping it away (she’s just so young!) but the big kids typically have their ‘piece’ of dark chocolate after she goes to bed, so it should work out ok.
Finally, thank you for all of your Evening tips! I think my biggest struggles are all related to Genevieve and the age gap we have. Many of the things that are fun for A&C are just HARD with G. And their sleep needs are not equal at this point. I honestly think some of this is only going to be solved by . . . TIME. And not that much time, either. 2 years from now, she will be almost 4, C will be 7.5, and A will be 9.5. And I suspect our evenings will be full and rarely boring.
I do think that in the meantime, I will work on enacting some more strategies. Particularly picking a night or two each week to just get out and do something, even if it’s a walk around the block. (Notably, my willingness to do this very much coincides with the start of our 6 month stretch of Mostly Good Weather — the nightly storms of the summer just make me want to cower inside of our house and do nothing).