COVID19 Weekend


August 16, 2020

Last day of vacation, and then it’s back to work for the foreseeable future! I did not take a lot of pix of Cameron’s Mommy Day, but it involved:

  • basketball ‘practice’ outside in our driveway
his fave
  • Target yet again (and the purchase of a Transformer – I guess they are back, or did they ever leave?)
  • Getting his school supplies (not sure he was that excited, but I’m glad to have it off the list!)
  • Me watching him play Minecraft & Rocket League and then ending up taking a nap (oops, but he didn’t really care)
  • another baking project: oatmeal raisin cookies (mostly based on what we had in the house!)
  • burgers for dinner (yep, I’m feeling ready for a post-vac detox!)

WHEW. We also took a family walk and started cleaning up the house a bit (necessary). Josh and I are somehow both rested AND exhausted from the week of family fun. Taking a staycation was not bad, but I’m hoping that next summer we’d feel comfortable getting on a plane. Who knows, though. I guess rather than focusing on next summer it’s best to just be grateful that we had a (relatively) safe and relaxing week at home.

TODAY – well, it’s time for some prep for reentry. I don’t plan on looking at my email until tomorrow morning though! I have work all 5 days next week but I did peek at my patient schedules and they are not terribly heavy, so I have high hopes for feeling caught up by Friday. WISH ME LUCK!

Random planner related note: I am on a slightly obsessive quest to find the best pen for my planning endeavors, especially the Hobonichi, since I plan to go back to my old standard next year. This video from jetpens was fun & helpful . . . and of course led to yet another pen order. I have now amassed so many pens I may have to do a giveaway of sorts.


❏ Order G’s school supplies

❏ Workout #79/80 (!!!)

❏ Some pod prep including prewriting tomorrow’s show notes & recording the Q&A ep #5!

❏ Meal plan & grocery shop for next week (going to mine LL’s last post for ideas!)

❏ Organize kids’ clothes (maybe)

❏ Start getting kids back on a better schedule b/c they have been going to bed at 10 (oops)


  • Reply A. August 16, 2020 at 8:15 am

    Hoping to re-take the plane with a family of 5… Now it is a pandemic, but climate crisis is still on. Maybe we have to think how to make vacations great and exciting without having to take planes every year. The planet cannot take it anymore, scientists have already written about the link between the potential increase in epidemics/pandemics and the climate crisis. There will be more to come. Not to mention the natural disasters, famines, and migratory refugees linked to the climate crisis… (I know I am a little intense this morning, but I am confused about people who are just waiting to get back on planes and well, to continue life as usual after all that. But maybe it is my problem and I should stop reading blogs.)

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger August 16, 2020 at 8:49 am

      I do think we probably will reduce the amount of plane travel we do for various reasons (including climate), but never doing it again is not realistic for us. Esp bc my parents do not live within driving distance.

    • Reply Erin August 16, 2020 at 11:54 am

      We have no desire to get on a plane anytime soon (both pandemic and climate), but we live on the east coast with family on the west coast and in Asia so it’s a bit unrealistic for us to never travel by plane again. I do hope that that we can use this time to shift academic conferences to a more virtual platform so I can more easily restrict travel to those I can access by train. My husband is a consultant and has seen a big downshift in travel before the pandemic so I’m hoping that continues to stay very very low.

  • Reply Amy August 16, 2020 at 9:59 am

    I hope you show some of your favorite pens (or talk about them on your podcast)! I have also accumulated so many pens in my quest for the best pen for Hobonichi. So many end up smudging on that paper. I like the ballpoint pen that comes with it, but don’t love my handwriting with it as much as with other pens. Also… how have you liked the Jibun Techo? It looks so nice in Instagram posts, but I’ve never used one.

  • Reply Clare August 16, 2020 at 10:15 am

    How long does the pod prep take? Curious about whether you are planning to turn either podcast into a genuine money making side huddle that brings in a decent income.

    And I know what you mean about feeling rested and exhausted.

  • Reply ML August 16, 2020 at 10:21 am

    My kids were also on the “going to bed later than is good for everyone (including me)” plan for awhile. What finally helped was putting an alarm on my Apple Watch to remind me when it was time to start getting them ready for bed. Made a huge difference!

  • Reply Jessica August 16, 2020 at 11:32 am

    Have you tried any of the Jet Pens samplers? They are quite fun (if intensely enabling of more pen purchases) I’ve found my pen preferences change by the day and by what paper I happen to be using, but I always love an extra fine tip 🙂

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger August 16, 2020 at 1:13 pm

      oh NOOO i did not know these exist but what a DANGEROUS concept!!!

  • Reply Amanda August 16, 2020 at 11:48 am

    I will happily take any gel pens you decide to give away! 😉 I was doing pen research last night (courtesy of your latest obsessions) and got overwhelmed by the choices, plus pens are an item I want to try (write) before purchasing, which I cannot do with online purchasing. So your hand-me-downs are probably the best way for me to start!

  • Reply Erin August 16, 2020 at 11:57 am

    I’ve started using the Uni Pin Pen (size 4) from Jet Pens for my bullet journal and it’s amazing. I’m pretty sure it will stay my new journaling pen. I use a Zebra Fortia for all other writing tasks.

  • Reply Alyce August 16, 2020 at 11:58 am

    I could watch Jetpens videos all day. But they are incredibly dangerous, since they never fail to convince me I want so many things. We (okay, I) instituted a family pen when we got married. We only use this one pen, and we get it in different colors for each of us so that we know where pens belong (I got black and blue black – black stays at home while blue black is my office pen. My husband got regular blue, green black, and burgundy black. Brown is the house pen that we stash in assorted places – mail bin, bedside table, kitchen fridge pen. The color coding sounds crazy, but it helps is keep track of where pens should be because, quite frankly, my husband kept stealing my pens and I would never get them back.) But there’s been slippage, with assorted other pens coming into the mix…which makes me wonder whether we’re actually dissatisfied with our current family pen and need to re-evaluate….

  • Reply rose August 16, 2020 at 3:45 pm

    WOULD LOVE if you did a review of the pros and cons of pens and their use like you did about planners last year. AND, the add in comments of your readers would be super wonderful addition too.
    Please consider how that might or not fit into your life.
    THANK you for writing and reporting on your day out with son!

  • Reply Lisa of Lisa's Yarns August 17, 2020 at 12:33 pm

    I also hope you do an episode about pens at some point! I am especially interested in ones that don’t bleed through or smear easily!

    I hope your return to work goes well! This is my first day back after having 6 days off. I did have to write something for work yesterday morning so I decided to go through all my emails so my Monday would be more pleasant. I’m glad I did that! I hate coming back to a ton of emails!

  • Reply Marcia (OrganisingQueen) August 17, 2020 at 12:34 pm

    I LOVE talking about pens and I’m here for it 🙂

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