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Back To It

January 13, 2021

Today is the first day in forever that feels normal. And oh, does it feel good! I just had my lovely usual AM routine of reading, meditation, and planning my day — and purposefully kept my “To Do” checklist at a reasonable volume.

The past two days of true re-entry have been rocky at best, particularly since I was too tired to get up and start my day with my normal rhythm. I recognize this is not universal, but when I miss my morning rituals it all tends to go downhill from there.

SO: today will be good. It is a patient day plus PD meeting so relatively busy, but all telehealth again, so no commute. (Next week I will be back to seeing some of my patients in person, which I am excited about.)

Annabel is starting with a new teacher (!) because of some reorganization the school is doing for kids who are home vs face to face, which is sad because her previous one was (is!) fantastic, but at the same time this one is supposed to be great too, and she’s in her best friend’s class so that is great. I am going to try to leave early with her so we can park + walk partway together. Would be a lovely start to her new chapter.

Now here is where I would loooove to share a photo of her reading Harry Potter in her bathrobe yesterday in part because she was in a crazy position but she is not awake to ask and we have definitely reached the juncture where I need to ask.

So, here’s the book cover instead.

Book 2. Classic.


consistent workouts (which, if you know me . . . is extremely unusual)

Organize 365 (note: there is no time limit/urgency to this program, which I feel is actually a great thing . . I don’t like pressure. But I am going to attempt to go back to more or less daily completion today!)

very much reading (sad!)

staying off of my phone/Insta (I mean really – my usage skyrocketed to a very gross and unhealthy level over the past couple weeks of high stress)

Just . . . excited to get back to everything. Here’s to a peaceful day.


  • Reply Sam January 13, 2021 at 7:52 am

    I agree. If I skip my morning routine, the day feels a bit off. Hope you continue to feel better and give yourself lots of grace as you get back into a normal routine.

  • Reply Leanne January 13, 2021 at 9:05 am

    It’s never too late for a fresh start! Have a great day, Sarah!

  • Reply Lisa of Lisa’s Yarns January 13, 2021 at 9:14 am

    Hooray for a return to some normalcy. I bet that feels so good. Routines are so important! I don’t really have one right now with a newborn but I try to have some things that happen every day, like a long walk outside. We’ve had beautiful mild Jan weather (which is temps in the 20-30s!) so I have been outside nearly every day this month. That is sooo uncommon for January when it could be as cold as -20 with the wind chill! I’ve been on social media and my phone a lot too, but have been reading a ton thanks to all the nursing sessions!!

  • Reply Natalie January 13, 2021 at 12:09 pm

    It is such a relief to feel better and return to normal (or whatever passes for normal in pandemic times) routines! I’m sure it wasn’t easy to share your experiences over the past month– thank you for being open and positive.

  • Reply Angie January 13, 2021 at 12:21 pm

    Glad to hear you are back to a routine. Give yourself some grace to get back to 100% gradually. The first week back to hybrid learning and work after the Christmas holiday was ROUGH for my family, and we weren’t also trying to recover from Covid!

  • Reply Allison January 13, 2021 at 1:08 pm

    This reminds me that you asked for book suggestions for A. How about the Baby sitters club? Tons of them and she liked the show…:)

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger January 13, 2021 at 2:51 pm

      She has read some of the graphic novels and liked them (but not LOVED . . . which greatly disappointed me, lol!)

  • Reply Beth @ Parent Lightly January 13, 2021 at 4:06 pm

    My 3rd grader is reading this book too! I figure Harry Potter will keep her busy a while since the books get so long near the end. I don’t know if A likes dogs, but my daughter really likes the kids adventure books by Terry Lynn Johnson (Ice Dogs, Sled Dog School). She also likes Boxcar Children but doesn’t seem pulled to read them as much as the others.

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