Parenting Weekend

WBR Day 8: Meh

December 28, 2019

Yesterday was . . . a day. I’ve just rewritten that first sentence 5 times because truly, it was a rather lonely and boring day.

But I feel a little bad about admitting that.

We got rained out at the playground. I ruined G’s nap with a poorly-timed drive. I ran 4 miles in the morning that felt like 14.


Not every moment was bad. G gave me a lot of good hugs. A and I sat on the couch and read together. C was generally good natured and happy and fell asleep on the couch at 7:30. I got through a solid chunk of Red White and Royal Blue.

WELL. Today is a new one. We have a playdate/dinner scheduled, so there’s that!

Also, I have been enjoying filling in my Hobonichi accessory notebook. So there’s that.

Accessory Notebook Table of Contents
revisiting various rituals & reviews

On a totally random note, I am thinking of giving up Instagram for January (and possibly all of 2020). I did the same thing with Facebook in 2016 and have zero regrets (and have had no temptation to return). Interestingly, many of my closest friends are not on it or post VERY rarely, so I don’t even feel like I need it to keep up with real humans.

I do run the podcast account though and think having that forum for podcast interaction is important. So I guess that would be one exception. Hmm. A monthlong experiment is probably a reasonable start . . .

Notes on yesterday:

Workout – 4 miles that felt TERRIBLE. A result of the 9-miler 2 days prior? Seriously, I was going very slowly (10:40/mi ave!) and it still felt painfully hard.

Reading – lots more of RW&RB

Meditation – check


Cooking – nope, gave up and ordered pizza. It was good though.


  • Reply Elaine December 28, 2019 at 7:52 am

    I’m so excited to hear about the rest of your 2020 goals, I think I might like new year goal setting even more than Christmas. I definitely prefer the fresh start that New Year’s day brings rather than staying up to midnight New Year’s Eve.

    One of my goals for 2020 is to give up Instagram. I find myself mindlessly scrolling on it way too much (especially on-call when I feel I need to be by my phone just in case) and with our wedding coming up I keep second guessing the choices we’ve made when I see others’ weddings which is just silly.

  • Reply Lisa December 28, 2019 at 8:23 am

    Do you store the accessory notebook in the same cover as the hobonichi? I’m trying to figure this out for 2020 with my new techno.

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger December 28, 2019 at 8:59 am

      Yes tucks right into the cover 🙂

  • Reply V December 28, 2019 at 8:24 am

    What a helpful post. Sorry that day was meh, but your planning pages are extremely helpful!

  • Reply Andrea December 28, 2019 at 9:08 am

    We all have those days! It’s just a day… and it’s okay to feel however you feel about it. Your slow pace is relative – my regular “running” pace is an 11:30 mile!! People walk faster than me (literally) – the important thing is that you’re out there and doing your thing!

  • Reply Omdg December 28, 2019 at 9:46 am

    Give it up!! I never really “got” instrgram though, so it’s easy for me to say. Have been thinking about giving up Facebook, but I like the groups which are full of people I don’t know in real life, mostly. I too find myself mindlessly scrolling. Honestly? I think I do it as a) a neurotic impulse, but also b) because I lack sufficient meaningful social interaction in my real life. I think giving it up might make me happier though. Maybe I’ll start by taking it off my phone…

    I’m sorry your day sucked. Today will be better. That picture of G is so cute though. I could eat her!

  • Reply Sue December 28, 2019 at 10:28 am

    I really love seeing your planner pages. It’s very aspirational for me! I’m also considering saying goodbye forever to Insta- I did so with FB in 2014 and never looked back. I feel nostalgic for the early days of it, when I had 25 friends and followed 25 friends and loved posting dailyish snapshots of our life. But it’s just different now and I find myself in a rabbit hole of random stranger’s accounts and ugh. Party is over I think.

  • Reply Emily December 28, 2019 at 11:22 am

    I agree with Elaine — looking forward to hearing your 2020 goals too! (and more posts on planning/organization 🙂 ) The photo of G is adorable. Hope your weekend is a little less meh!

  • Reply Rachel December 28, 2019 at 12:03 pm

    I gave up all social media and it’s just so freeing. I have such limited free time as is and it’s so nice to not waste time (since social media time never seems relaxing but can be a huge time drain). I’d definitely say go for it!

    I’m in the same boat as you this winter break except I’m until the 7th and my husband’s working quote a bit. I have a 6 month and 2.5 yr old though. Many enjoyable moments but also so many stressful, exhausting ones.

  • Reply Mel December 28, 2019 at 2:15 pm

    Your 2020 lists inspired me to add to my own! I love your planning posts so please keep them coming! Would you be willing to share your what you do for daily rituals? THANKS!

  • Reply Lily December 28, 2019 at 10:07 pm

    Another request to please keep the planner/hobonichi posts coming! I’ve gone back to the cousin this year – while I loved the portability and tiny size of the original (and the fact that the green weekly diary tucked perfectly into my oversize wallet) – I’ve come to accept that I just need more space! My husband is out most of today and I am spending it home alone running an annual review and planning for 2020. I’ve lost my mojo a bit over the past few years – time to get it back!

  • Reply LEE HILLHOUSE December 29, 2019 at 12:23 pm

    Sarah, have you ever found a planner that had room for your lists so you didn’t need 2 books?

  • Reply Lori C December 30, 2019 at 6:43 pm

    Ohhhhhyou did a Table of Contents! How very scientific journal of you. I love it. I also love the planner pics because my handwriting is atrocious and looking at yours gives me a sense of calm. I also love getting ideas of what to include in my accessory journal. I feel like mine is currently a mish mash of lists and like to think one day it will be organized!

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger December 31, 2019 at 10:13 am

      aww thank you!!!

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