5 on a Friday

October 30, 2020

1- Today is our first residency interview day!

I wouldn’t be nervous for an IRL interview, but since we are Zooming it I feel there are many things that could go awry.

I also aggressively consolidated our interview structure (went from 1 live session per day with ~10 candidates max to 2 sessions/day with 15 candidates each, so 30!). I was tired of spending half of the fall/winter doing interviews, and now that I have a full size program to run while recruiting, it just didn’t make sense anymore. Obviously the days we are interviewing will be intense but there are much fewer than before!

I guess I hyperbatched the interviews. Wish me luck!

2- Time change.

I am considering an incremental approach. Currently, kids are going to bed ~8-8:30 and waking up 6:30-7. Left to their own devices and doing nothing, the time change would render that 7-7:30 and then wakeup of 5:30-6 (ugh). Rather than failing to do it all in one go, I think might try a gradual adjustment?

⏰ First 3 days: put kids to bed 7:45 (suspect they will wake up 5:45-ish) and set my own alarm for 4:15 rather than 5:15 so I still have workout time etc

⏰ Second 3 days: put kids to bed 8:00 (hopefully wakeup will shift towards 6) and set my own alarm for 4:30

⏰ Third 3 days: put kids to bed 8:15, set own alarm 4:45

⏰ Final step: kids back to 8:30 bedtime and go back to my current normal 5a wakeup.

It seems . . worth a shot.

3- Halloween.

Is it bad that I still am not sure what we are doing? I bought an entire $10.68 worth of candy (Reese’s Cups + an M&M variety bag). Back when we lived in Miami Beach where there are literal hordes of trick or treaters driving into our neighborhood I used to spend like $150). Our tentative plan is to go to 3 friends’ houses and hand out treat bags, but we did not factor in whether these friends will be out trick or treating. I guess it would be easy to track them down with the miracle of cell phones . . .

There is talk that some people will have some tables set up outside so I may let the kids do some minimal trick or treating too.

4- Podcasts on Halloween ideas:

2 good ones recently: Lazy Genius + Edit Your Life

5- Considering AirPod Pros


(gift to myself using my allowance post interview lol). I feel like my life now includes enough headphone time that I’d like really nice comfortable ones. I can’t get the regular AirPods because the standard Apple ear buds do not fit well in my ears! I was pretty surprised to see the Wirecutter review not even mention them . . .

(My phone + laptop are both Apple, but my work computer in my ‘real’ office is not).


  • Reply Sarah K October 30, 2020 at 8:26 am

    I really like my AirPods! My kids are a teensy bit older but my normal time change approach is to change the clocks early in the day on the Saturday before the change, then just proceed as normal. With Halloween being the night of the change, our activities will more be dictated by the sunset time than clock time anyway!

  • Reply Irene October 30, 2020 at 9:07 am

    We are tentatively planning to do a table too. I don’t have it super planned beyond that because most people I know are just not doing anything. But I am hoping to find a couple other tables because my kids are SO EXCITED for dressing up

  • Reply CBS October 30, 2020 at 9:29 am

    My son went to nursery today in his “costume”. He wanted to be a farmer so jeans, checked top, bandana, and straw hat. I liked that it was cheap and easy. Halloween is supposedly cancelled here but I’m sure we’ll have knocks at the door. I think one of the neighbours is going to let him do a socially distanced trick or treat.

  • Reply Kt October 30, 2020 at 10:15 am

    I LOVE my AirPod Pros. I use them every day – for podcasts, for phone calls, or even just the noise cancelation option with music to block out noise when I work from home. They’re phenomenal.

  • Reply Hanna October 30, 2020 at 10:17 am

    I got the samsung version of airpods for Christmas and like them a lot. I currently use them to listen to podcasts while i wash dishes (or do physical labor at work), take walking meetings, and watch tiktok or youtube while i wait at the doctor’s office (I get allergy shots every week). Not having to find headphones, detangle the cord, and have the cord flying around is more of a perk than I thought. Plus popping in one and leaving the other in the case, rather than trying to tuck it somewhere it won’t catch on anything.

  • Reply Donelle October 30, 2020 at 10:27 am

    We have tried the incremental approach with our son. It often doesn’t work because daycare doesn’t change their nap times or meal times. We do start working toward it Friday evening to get a little head start!

  • Reply Hannah October 30, 2020 at 10:30 am

    I am intrigued by every earbud I see advertised for small ears but my ears must be the smallest every because nothing has ever fit. I would love to be able to use AirPods as they seem so convenient!

  • Reply Heather October 30, 2020 at 10:40 am

    We live in a cul de sac and get barely any trick-or-treaters so we aren’t putting anything out, but we are dressing up the kids and going around the neighborhood to look for people with candy chutes, tables of bags out, etc. We’ll all be wearing masks and totally outdoors – I think this is actually a very safe activity. The chance of them getting anything from the treat bags themselves is very low.

    My husband got my airpods for my birthday in mid-April. Like many, I had been abruptly transitioned to WFH, and I have a very conference call-heavy job and we have two kids that needed assistance while we were both trying to work. I use them now constantly for everything – work calls, working out, podcasts while I walk the dog, etc etc etc. Never going back to anything else.

  • Reply Louisa October 30, 2020 at 10:49 am

    I highly recommend the AirPod pros!! IMO, they are comfortable, have great sound quality, and the optional noise cancelling is very impressive for wireless headphones. I’m so glad I got them!!

  • Reply Eva Lantsoght October 30, 2020 at 10:59 am

    Both my husband and I use Jabra elite 65t headphones – and the other day, on a call, I noticed one of my colleagues uses the same as well. I like them for running/working out, listening to podcasts etc – but for calls for work I use an over-ear headset with nice cushions (I use Bose noiscanceling but the microphone could be better), since I spend a lot of my time on videocalls these days

  • Reply Lisa of Lisa's Yarns October 30, 2020 at 11:08 am

    Our block is doing a treat hunt for kids which I think will be better than trick or treating for our extremely shy 2.5yo! So I am looking forward to that tomorrow.

    I read an article in the NYT about adjusting to the end of DSL. They suggested moving bedtime back 30 minutes for the 3 nights before. We missed last night, but will do that tonight/tomorrow night and see how that goes… I hate DLS!

  • Reply Angie October 30, 2020 at 1:13 pm

    We been slowly pushing bedtime back this week 15 min a day. Hopefully this helps come Sunday morning. We’re not trick or treating but doing a scavenger hunt, egg hunt, and watching a Halloween movie. Many in our area in Utah are not taking it seriously and our neighborhood is a zoo at Halloween. I don’t trust people with social distancing. Our kids are still excited. Our elderly neighbor got Halloween treats for our boys and grandparents have sent treats too

  • Reply Nadine S Dodge October 30, 2020 at 2:14 pm

    If you are going to be using them for work and have them in for hours a day, I would recommend an over ear style instead, like the bose quiet comfort 35. They are much more comfy for long term wear, although not good if you want to wear them while exercising

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger October 30, 2020 at 5:56 pm

      I definitely plan to wear them running . . . otherwise I can imagine Bose probably makes an amazing sounding product!

      • Reply Alyce October 31, 2020 at 7:15 am

        I just bought wireless headphones and went with the Jabra Elite ones after watching a video review in which the Apple wireless headphones kept falling out during exercise. And that was at an indoor gym with much less movement/ jostling than running and in an environment where you could easily find and pick up the headphone. The Jabra Elite stay in for real.

  • Reply Grateful Kae October 30, 2020 at 4:49 pm

    Well, I’m sold! Those Air Pod Pros look awesome. I am so behind the times on headphones…I am literally use the regular Apple ones that come with your phone (with wires), and the regular ones do NOT fit my ears, either. They constantly fall out when I’m out walking; it’s so annoying. Those look pretty amazing! I kind of worry I would lose them though, being so small!! I didn’t look to see if they come with a little case to store them in- that might help.

  • Reply Sara B. October 30, 2020 at 5:17 pm

    I just did my first set of virtual interviews for our program with my new (prime day!) AirPods Pro and I LOVE them. I had the original AirPods, and the battery life had shortened by quite a bit so I couldn’t make it through conference calls with both in. The pros fit better, the noise canceling is really good, and I like the option for transparency mode too (like when I’m pushing my kids in the stroller) since they fit tightly enough to block out noise that way. Definitely a worthwhile splurge! We were invited to outdoor pumpkin carving tonight, but I think we’ll end up staying home; I miss my friends and their kids so much, but they are awful about masks and distancing and we’re supposed to go see some family this week.

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