Parenting Weekend

Saturday Hijinks

October 17, 2020

First of all — another giant thank you to the many who responded to Lily (and Lily, who responded back so thoroughly and kindly!) on Thursday’s post! You all are amazing and make writing here so much fun.

Second, Megan shared a great link in the comments: The Diderot Effect from James Clear. I’ve heard the story/idea before, but I love his examples.

(I still kind of want the new iPhone 12 mini though. I’ve been using an 8 and I’m starting to be over it. Sigh.)

AND, I still haven’t been able to fix the “Health App” issue that causes me to be unable to change my alarm settings. Good thing I don’t really mind getting up early most days . . .


. . . and no one is on call! Woohoo. I am not sure what we will be doing; probably some Halloween prep (big kids have been insistent about putting up some kind of non-scary decorations) and mayyyyybe even pumpkin carving.

I am going to attempt to do my nails so that my Olive & June mani kit does not sit around as an aspirational purchase, and will likely read more of my current novel & take a nap when G does (because of course).

Finally, I will share a video that I feel will live on for posterity (getting to the end is key; don’t worry, it’s only 30 seconds). I feel like this perfectly captures RIGHT NOW.

Also this will be an experiment as I don’t think I’ve ever attempted to embed video directly before!


  • Reply CBS October 17, 2020 at 6:47 am

    I went back and read the comments on the Thursday post and the idea on research time from NeuroMD is genius, now copy and pasted to a sticky note on my desktop. What a brilliant idea, definitely going to implement that. I think I’m just going to go with a Leuchtturm monthly planner which I use as a bit of a bullet journal style set-up. And some sort of daily planner or planning pad. Using a Muji monthly and a Zelo daily, but pretty unfussed by the structure of the daily pages as it is more of a to do list than record of anything that I want to keep. I do like the weekly reflections though.

    We’re having a productive Saturday here as it’s rainy. Moving in 7 weeks so listing our buggy for sale on FB Marketplace, getting rid of some extra furniture and going through stuff with a critical eye. We’re moving from 2 beds to 3 beds (with a shed and a utility room!) but I hate the idea of paying to move stuff. I’m afraid we’ll end up in another lockdown here in Scotland so trying to get as much stuff out and ready as I can.

  • Reply Sarah K October 17, 2020 at 8:38 am

    I’m not seeing the video – just an audio player. It’s supposed to be a nice day so I think we’re going to take a drive in the country and hopefully get out and explore a little bit. The leaves are really pretty in the midwest!

  • Reply Gillian October 17, 2020 at 8:54 am

    The comments from Thursday are amazing! NeuroMD’s take on call is so helpful. I also heavily batch email and patient messages. I scan through these about 3 times per day to make sure there are no emergencies in there, but otherwise I have about 3 sessions per week when I clean these boxes out. When I clean them out I pick a day and time that I consider up to date and respond up to that point and I am done. For example, my office closes at 1 p.m. on Fridays, so I consider myself up to date on Fridays if I have answered all non-emergent requests that came in before 1 p.m. on Friday.

    Enjoy your “No one on-call” weekend!

  • Reply Kelly October 17, 2020 at 9:57 am

    Laughed out loud at the video. 2020 with kids right there.

  • Reply Kersti October 17, 2020 at 12:53 pm

    The video cracked me up…this perfectly encapsulates the brother sister dynamic.

  • Reply Irene October 17, 2020 at 2:36 pm

    Oh that video…. that’s my life too.

  • Reply Omdg October 17, 2020 at 4:05 pm

    Haha that video!

  • Reply Lee October 17, 2020 at 8:19 pm

    Haha! Thanks for sharing the video, that was great!

  • Reply Lily October 18, 2020 at 4:15 am

    Echoing my thanks to everyone for the thoughtful comments – I’m currently taking a bit of time to re-read and decide on a clear list of actions for myself, and set some goals for this last quarter-ish of 2020.

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