A Better Solo Saturday

October 11, 2020


. . . was decent.

Better than my last Saturday solo anyway. I got in my usual morning routine (workout, etc). G napped (HALLELUJAH) and there was pizza. I took a (30 minute) nap myself and finished I Thought It Would Get Easier which was light and pretty perfect for weekend reading in bed. I watched 2 episodes of Schitt’s Creek, texted with a friend, and FaceTimed my parents. Not bad! Josh left at 9am and I have no idea what time he got home because I was deeply asleep, but probably after midnight due to some late emergency case. A very tough call day for him.

I also did some boring admin-type work while the kids played (bills etc), snuggled with G after her nap, and we all took a walk to check out Halloween decorations and got rained on:

not our house

Today we are meeting up with Annabel’s BFF (plus her twin brother + their mom) at Flamingo Gardens! Perfect location for a socially distanced playdate since it’s entirely outside with lots of space to run around. I am excited to have a social plan of sorts.

OH! And the kids decided on Halloween costumes, which I ordered. CHECK. I have no idea how they’ll be using them this year but I think there will be some limited outdoor trick or treating (with masks and distancing) in our neighborhood and I did not want to deny them the pleasure of costumes just because COVID. (They tend to reuse their costumes all year in pretend play anyway, so #worthit).

Random note #1: if you need something to listen to today, Call Center Call Out from Planet Money was probably the most interesting thing I heard all week and is unrelated to current politics (so . . . a nice break). It’s a dive into the world of a company providing contracted call center workers and their exploitative practices.

Random notes #2: as I was watching Schitt’s Creek yesterday I had zero urges to double device, something I annoyed myself by doing for years (ie, check texts/insta/god knows what else while watching something, get sucked in, and then miss significant chunks of whatever I was watching). I feel like my attention span has already improved with the drastic reduction in scrolling/checking/etc!? This made me happy.


  • Reply Chelsea October 11, 2020 at 7:35 am

    What are they going to be for Halloween??? We’re doing the same… getting re-usable costumes with the idea that there will be limited Trick or Treating (most people already sit outside to give out candy here). Scott is going to be Grizz from We Bare Bears (brown shorts, We Bare Bears t-shirt, bear ears), Will is going to be Sergeant Bones, which is the Halloween costume that Buttercup from Power Puff Girls wore in a Halloween episode (skeleton pajamas, viking helmet, mop) and Ian is just going to wear a Paw Patrol Halloween t-shirt because I can’t imagine him wanting to wear an actual costume.

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger October 11, 2020 at 1:36 pm

      All characters from How to Train Your Dragon (A&C are into it and G agreed to be a cute white dragon just so she could “match” 🙂 )

  • Reply Rachel October 11, 2020 at 7:55 am

    Are solo weekends getting easier as G gets bigger? What age does it really improve?

    Also, Is call as hard on Josh as it is on you? Kudos to him, it sounds really tough but I’m sure it’s just part of the job

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger October 11, 2020 at 1:38 pm

      Hmmm. I’d say mixed bag about easier – it’s definitely easier but I can see the nap is starting to go away and honestly losing that is going to be TOUGH! she’s still really destructive/messy when not watched 24/7. I can leave her in a room without wondering if she’ll survive, but if she’s particularly quiet it means she’s doing something like squeezing out an entire tube of toothpaste 🙂

  • Reply ehartung7 October 11, 2020 at 8:06 am

    I love that you have seen a decrease in double device checking. I hate that in myself too but I feel like it’s even worse when I’m watching something with someone like the checking bugs me more then. You are inspiring me for less screen time.

  • Reply Irene October 11, 2020 at 11:58 am

    I would be interested in more on socially distanced play dates especially as it becomes clear this is stretching on for a loooong time. We have done a few like your flamingo garden ones but also tried some at playgrounds and it’s just not as “social” as having some one over. I am struggling with my kids lack of socialization more than almost anything. I am frankly worried about this whole generation.

  • Reply Lisa of Lisa's Yarns October 12, 2020 at 11:15 am

    That Flamingo garden place sounds awesome! I ordered our son’s costume this weekend, too. he’s going to be dinosaur. He’s super into them. We aren’t trick or treating, though. Instead our block is doing a egg/treat hunt for the kids. I’m one of the 4 moms organizing it – it should be fun! I’m glad we can do something and it gives us a chance to get to know our neighbors better. Hopefully we’ll have nice weather – you never know in Minnesota!

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