1- URI. This week’s busy social calendar? My usual weekly workout plan? Both derailed by G’s virus because I have it now. Oh well. Luckily it is not so bad that I cannot work. I have no voice however which is going to make my job challenging today. I’m off this weekend, though!
2- 20 for 2020. I haven’t jumped on the “XX for 20XX” bandwagon yet (I prefer setting goals each quintile!) but . . . the round number of 2020 (AND my milestone birthday in May) is just so alluring. I may have to. I see this not as a list of self-improvement items but as fun and/or important things I’d like to accomplish or experience throughout the year.
(And it will not replace my other goal-setting rituals 🙂 )
3- I am apparently in a phase of quitting certain things that are not sparking joy. Kon-mari-ing . . . life? I am not sure what inspired me, but I took a step back and realized that there were certain areas of my life where there was pressure that . . . didn’t necessarily need to be there.
I told the Josh-side of my family that I will not be making a family calendar this year (sorry family – maybe I’ll go back to doing it in the future, but I just need to keep the holiday simple this year).
I am thinking of letting the kids stop piano, because neither seem that excited about and the to-do item of asking them to practice has already gotten old. Josh seems to think they’ll miss out on the opportunity to get a solid music foundation if they don’t do it now. (To that I say — ahh well, can’t do everything! And of the two fo us, I am the one with the ‘solid music foundation’ cultivated by hours and hours at the piano growing up.)
4- Work holiday parties. At least 5 work-related holiday invites have shown up on my calendar (one was from Josh’s work group). Oy. I have already managed to miss two of them (due to being on call and then being sick). I don’t know if it’s just my mood this year but I am essentially dreading every event. There’s one next week that involves a 1+ hour drive through traffic each way at night and I’m thinking of skipping that too (Josh is on call). The thing is — for the GME side of my job, I’m sort of expected to come to these events. In all honesty, it surprises me that our residents really want to spend their off hours socializing with faculty, but apparently they do.
5- 2020 books! I’m working on cultivating lists for each quintile (I think I’d like to aim for 40 books total next year, or an average of 8 per quintile!). Did you read something amazing recently? Let me know in the comments! Some tentative Q1 picks:
The Dutch House — Ann Patchett
The Antidote for Everything (Feb 2020 release) – Kimmery Martin
How Reading Changed My Life — Anna Quindlen
The Topeka School — Ben Lerner
My Year of Rest and Relaxation — Ottessa Moshfegh (this is a novel despite the memoir-sounding title)
Daily Rituals — How Artists Work — Mason Currey
Your Money or Your Life — Vicki Robin