1- Parenting update. After a terrible start to the week, I am so happy to report that my time with the kids has been so much more enjoyable these past few days. I am not sure it is due to a less distracted state on my part (probably contributing) or a renewed dedication to getting them IN BED at a reasonable hour.
Currently bedtime is ~8:30 which means heading upstairs at 7:45 pm. We had gotten so lax about this that their bedtime was starting to bleed past my own bedtime, and everyone was largely miserable.
(I’m already dreading “fall back” Nov 1, but I guess I should just not think about it!)
2- Duolingo. Yesterday someone (astutely!) noticed Duolingo on my screen time shot! I finally signed up because Annabel is doing Spanish (she has it at school but it also supplementing with Duolingo) and I wanted to do it with her.
Given her highly plastic 8 year old brain, she will probably learn faster than I will. Right I am in the “Yo como manzanas” phase of learning. But even if it gets me to a very very basic level of understanding / ability to speak, that will be better than my current level.
(Despite working in South Florida, I actually do not have that many patients that speak only Spanish because we have 3 providers in our group of 6 who are fluent, and they take most of these patients! I do sometimes need to use an interpreter when on call though if someone comes into the hospital. Most common languages needed: Spanish, French Creole, and Russian).
3- CLUE. We bought the 1980s version of Clue. The kids are into it, but it’s very hard to play games when you also have a toddler around (unless you have a 2nd adult to distract or take the toddler elsewhere). Hopefully this weekend we will be able to make this happen for A&C.
4- Screen Time. I did meet all of my Operation 100 goals yesterday. I am really fully dedicated to this effort and I hope I can maintain the energy. (I think it will be especially helpful as we draw closer and closer to the election. It’s not like I’m not sure who I’m voting for and need more info!).
Annoyingly, my phone auto-upgraded to iOS14 right before I went to bed and erased all of my minutes! But I had previously glanced at it and saw 1 hr 31 minutes minus some time for maps and a 30 minute Webex meeting, so I feel confident logging it as 60.
5- PSA Speaking of Election: EVERYONE VOTE! IN PERSON IF POSSIBLE! PLEASE!! If you haven’t already, check out your state’s election info here. I just went ahead and verified the early voting locations for our state — personally, I will be Early Voting at our local library!
TONIGHT’S GLAMOROUS PLANS: break into this baby 🙂
(Sorry for the recycled pic – apparently when I am not using my phone I have very few images at the ready! Oh well. Worth it.)