COVID19 life Parenting


March 2, 2021


I am back.

I know I posted yesterday, but that was a pre-written show notes post (I am trying to get those done over the weekend to allow Monday mornings to be less hectic!) and so it doesn’t entirely count.

In the past week I have:

Certified our rank list (for the residency match — we will receive our results in 16 days ahhhh!!)

Completed most of my Monthly Review rituals

Cleaned out my car (somewhat)

Watched To All The Boys: Always and Forever (did not disappoint)

Attended a very relaxing virtual yoga class x 1

Dealt with some more challenging kid-related stuff (culminating in arrangement of some educational testing, hopefully that will be helpful!)

Generally got some extra sleep, which was excellent.

Atlantic article that my sister referred to as an “antidepressant”: 5 Pandemic Mistakes We Keep Repeating (I really liked it too — and it’s far less click-baity than the title would have you believe.)

Great podcast episode: How to Create Your Dream Job , a deep-dive into the job search details of host Ryan’s wife Taylor (a peds pulmonologist).

Album on repeat: Julien Baker’s Little Oblivions. Fits the mood . . .

I am on call this week – today is day #1/7! Hoping as always to maintain a positive and calm attitude to the best of my abilities . . .


From the weekend — Josh was on call and we built (and ate) a gingerbread house. Yes, at the end of February. Because why not.


  • Reply Elaine March 2, 2021 at 6:26 am

    Glad you’re back 🙂 I’m currently in hospital about to have a baby that only exists because of this blog. If you hadn’t been so open with your own struggles conceiving it would have taken me a lot longer to realise why I wasn’t getting pregnant and to stop running, and this particularly little one never would have come to be. So THANK YOU.

    Hope the on-call goes well, you deserve all the good vibes.

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger March 2, 2021 at 8:17 am

      Elaine!!!! I’m so excited for you!!! Please keep us updated with baby news and I will head to your insta for pix!!!

  • Reply Chelsea March 2, 2021 at 9:00 am

    We’re in the middle of a really hard kid-school-behavior thing, too. Hope the eval is helpful. This parenting thing is hard!

  • Reply Lisa of Lisa’s Yarns March 2, 2021 at 9:40 am

    Welcome back!! I missed your daily posts but am glad the break was good for you! Love the gingerbread pics! Our weekend project was making a big cookie cake with my 3yo for his birthday which was yesterday. He doesn’t like cake so requested a big cookie cake. It was not pretty as I am terrible at decorating, but it tasted really good!!!!

    Sorry to hear about the kid challenges. I am glad there is more understanding and testing available these days to get to the bottom of challenges. Hope they shed some light on what can be done to make for a better experience for everyone!

  • Reply RKK March 2, 2021 at 1:21 pm

    Educational testing was a game changer for us! Made a big difference to how we work with my 9yo son (and how the school works, with him too.) Feel free to reach out if you have questions…

  • Reply Marci Gilbert March 2, 2021 at 1:49 pm

    I spent February learning about educational testing types and providers and we just did it for my kindergartener. Get the results tomorrow. It is hard to navigate! Hopefully it will clear up ways we can help him.

  • Reply Ashley G. March 3, 2021 at 4:16 pm

    That Atlantic article is fantastic. Also, the short version of that is “Communicating effectively and accurately on a complex topic with a large audience is very, very difficult.” Thanks for sharing!

  • Reply Kristen M March 4, 2021 at 11:30 am

    The Atlantic article is by a professor from the Info and Library Science program at UNC Chapel Hill (of which I am an alum) and she has been an amazing voice of reason and research this whole pandemic – her twitter feed is fantastic

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