Goals Parenting

Weekend Report: It’s Feb

February 3, 2020

Another Josh-call weekend down. It was not one of my favorites (it’s really challenging to have 3:1 right now, and not that much fun). HOWEVER, everyone seems to have survived in one piece and we did manage to achieve my main goal, which was to eat chili for the Super Bowl.

(I watched exactly 0 minutes of it, but that was my own choice!)

Cincinnati chili: shown pre-mixed but eaten as a delicious melange

Josh ended up having a fairly light day on Saturday but a very heavy on on Sunday (at work doing emergency case & then rounding from ~6a – 7p — sad!). I think he enjoyed watching part of the game with A once C & G were in bed, though.

Other events:

  • Impromptu (frozen) pizza party with a friend of A’s + her mom on Saturday night
  • Parenting group event for work that I organized at a local park — we had 6 families come which was our largest turnout yet, so that was good!
  • 2 runs
  • Young at Art trip in drizzly weather Saturday
  • Read most of Nir Eyal‘s Indistractable, thoughts to follow
  • Completed weekly & monthly reviews (mostly) this AM! I feel mostly ready for February now 🙂

LAST WEEK – workouts:

M – BB Dirty 30, 8 + 12 lb weights

T – 5 mi total including 3 x 1 mi tempo. Tempo miles @ 9:06, 9:06, 9:03

W – 30 min (well, 27) easy with strides

R – BB Upper, 8 + 12 lb weights except for triceps (10)


S – 5.3 mi total including 6 x 1K tempo. Tempo segments @ 8:55, 9:02, 9:26, 9:20, 9:05, 9:13

S – 4.5 mi took it super slow & easy (10:48/mi)


M – leftover cincinnati chili, raw veggies

T – salmon / rice bowls from Dinner Illustrated

W – rioja-style sausage, potatoes, and peas from Dinner Illustrated

R – leftovers

F – chickpea & kale soup from Dinner Illustrated

S – takeout sushi (A’s request)

S – likely will make this winter grain bowl (idea from LL as usual!)


  • Reply Sheryl February 3, 2020 at 7:36 am

    Looks like you put together a fabulous weekend with your kids! I just did a weekend alone with my three (ages 8, 2 and 7 months) and at one point I texted my sister to say “I feel like I spent the day either breaking up fights or washing dishes!.” My husband is away for two weeks for work, and even though the weekdays are busy and tough themselves without him, the weekends do seem more difficult on my own in a lot of ways (i.e. lonelier). Hope you have a great week!

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger February 3, 2020 at 10:27 am

      Oh I didn’t feel all that fabulous. I was pretty bored and lonely and (at times) frustrated. And honestly it’s always an anxious experience to be out in public 1 on 3.

  • Reply Elisabeth Frost February 3, 2020 at 10:27 am

    My hubby travels for work a lot, and I think weekends solo are 100% harder than weekdays. Even despite having more hands-on work with the kiddos, it also feels like weekends should be fun and relaxing and they often end up being anything but…I’m hoping as the kids get older this will get a bit easier? Though I think it’s more my expectations that need to change!

  • Reply Elizabeth February 3, 2020 at 10:38 am

    Sarah, I just wanted to say that I really love your blog and also your voice/opinions on the BOBW podcast. I am a stay at home mom of 2, 21 months apart, now 5 and 3, but often find great tips or ideas on the podcast and overall totally relate to it being hard to be solo with young kids!! Love your organized life, your priorities of reading, exercise and healthy (mostly, not extreme!) eating, and providing great memories for your family while not ignoring your own needs. Thanks for spending some of your precious alone time posting!!! It’s always a treat for me to check and see a new post.

  • Reply Lana February 6, 2020 at 2:30 pm

    Thanks for being so honest about the loneliness and frustration of solo weekends. I sometimes wonder if I “wasn’t meant to be a mom” because I don’t love every minute spent with my kid – and I only have one right now, 6 months older than G, with another on the way. I am almost always grateful for those minutes in retrospect, but not in the moment. I also wonder if I would feel better about this time if our society really, truly rewarded the work involved in childcare. I am trying to not let “societal messages” influence how I evaluate myself and how my time is spent, but it’s really really hard.

    On the bright side, I am finding that at 2 years and 8 months my daughter is really becoming a lot easier and more interesting to manage – we are having sort-of conversations, she is developing some logical thinking ability, and some understanding of “if/then” consequence statements. I feel like this change really took place in the last 2 months or so. Maybe once G is there in just a couple of months, 3:1 will get a little easier?

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