1- Annabel has done better than expected with her palate expander. Yay! I know braces may be worse. I think they are next but am not sure of the exact timeline. We will see.
2- I REALLY like Anxious People so far. Maybe as much as Bear Town / Us Against You.
3- I wanted to take a moment and clarify my 20 minute ‘getting ready’ routine! I think this amount of time is accurate (though I am going to time myself more specifically this morning, a la Kae).
Here are my ‘secrets’:
a) I listen to Up First in the shower. (Yes, in the shower. I rest my phone on a ledge, but it’s waterproof anyway.) I listen on 1.5 speed which means this takes about 8 minutes. If I get to the end I know it’s time to get out!!
b) I do nothing to my hair. Well, on a daily basis. I get it Japanese straightened every 6 months which means that I can get away with doing nothing and have straight non-frizzy hair with no drying/straightening/etc. Recall that it’s not usually cold here, so going out with wettish hair on the way to work is not typically a big deal. So – I guess I save a lot of time that way!
4- Valentine’s Day Treasure Hunt – some of you asked about this! This is a tradition from my childhood. The ‘treasure’ is typically a Valentine’s heart with chocolates, though I’ve bought little toys on occasion. The ‘hunt’ is a series of clues leading from one place to another. This works better once at least one child can read, though I have used pictorial clues in the pre-literate years! It’s a fun tradition and I highly recommend. Josh and I don’t usually go out on V-day but we enjoy this holiday as a family thing!
5- WINTER! Every fall I miss the seasons – and then the moment we actually get some (intermittent, mildly) cold temps I remember how much I detest ‘real’ winter. Low of 39! Of the 3 kids, only Annabel has a proper winter coat (not sure how that happened) so will have to layer up the other 2 . . . agh.
Going to layer up and attempt a run.