1- Back to work. In Person!
I have been doing primarily telehealth since our July surge hit, but it feels right to go back to work and offer patients the option of either in person or telehealth (ie, leave it up to them).
I’m going to continue working from home on my GME days, which are Tuesday & Friday. I am actually really looking forward to seeing non-family humans in person again. Annabel has been mostly handling school on her own, so that’s been good.
2- #$(@*#@. We received 2020 tax estimates (ie, checking on witholdings to see if they are projected enough for the year) and they were shocking/depressing. OOPS. I thought we were really doing well with savings but. . . I’d change that assessment to just okay. I don’t think we are going to meet the goal of 20% gross income in retirement savings. (We still saved more this year than any other year prior though so I guess it’s not THAAAAAT bad.)
Note to self: do this IN JANURY next year. NOTE: not in any way complaining about $ or the taxes themselves! I recognize a) our privilege and b) this is just money that never should have hit our bank accounts in the first place. I only blame us for not figuring this out ~9 months ago.
You can only make accurate financial plans with complete information, and that includes accurately estimated withholdings. Lesson learned. (I keep hoping I’ve learned my last financial lesson . . .)
3- FUNK. Quite honestly, this week has been difficult. I think I’m getting to a point of Pandemic Fatigue. I have felt tired and sort of aimless while also being aware of several projects that need action sooner rather than later (all-digital resident recruitment + more). I’m sick of having to reinvent everything. But at least I finished my ACGME reporting! Until 2021 anyway.
4- Physical activity. I was going to start LIIFT4 yesterday but took a total rest day instead. I’m going to give the first workout a try today. I’m not committing to anything yet though! I might just do another full round of 21DF first. I also want to add back running 2x/week or so (though just short runs; it’s SOO hot and historically we don’t see significant weather change until ~November)
5- Physical activity, kid edition. Now that Annabel is in online school from ~8a – 1:30p, I am worried about how she will get any significant regular physical activity in. (A specifically, because I’m assuming C&G will get a chance to be somewhat active at their school.)
I think I am going to have to make sure she gets outside with either me OR our nanny from 1:30 – 2:30 but let me tell you — that’s not a hospitable time to be outside right now. I also can only do this on non-patient days (Tues / Thurs / Fri). Probably I need to actually plan it in. I should be capable of that . . .
Here’s another cover I am considering for next year.
Because browsing the Hobonichi store (with Annabel!) was definitely a bright spot yesterday.