Things that are going well
Operation 100, Revisited. After starting my Insta-break, reducing my phone’s screen time became instantly easier. Imagine that. I spent a few days oddly flitting back between email and feedly, but the device’s compelling nature became approximately 80% less compelling. I haven’t hit the target every single day, but I’ve done much better than before. I allow myself a Friday night Insta session on my computer – mostly to scroll through a few planner accounts that I follow, because a) it’s fun and b) staying up to date on new releases feels important for BLP! One might think I’d be sucked in for hours but that was not the case last Friday nor the Friday before that.
My usual end-of-the-month negativity. I certainly did not hit a bulls-eye on all of my April goals, but somehow I have not experienced the low moods that often punctuate the end of a month for me.
Running? Maybe? I did end up surviving the virtual 5K last weekend, finishing in a not-terribly-blazing 28:04, which is ~9:03 pace. But for whatever reason, I am interested in running faster again after being sort of over it for the past year (since COVID hit, really). At Josh’s encouragement, I started a “Fitness” training plan from Daniels Running Formula (one running nerd bible). I know I am not likely to run as fast as I did in my late 20s when I had youth on my side AND the time and wherewithal to train 40+ miles/week much of the time. But I still have hopes of improving my pace from where I currently am! And the pursuit of improvement itself makes me happy.
Getting ready to leave in the mornings. 3x/week Josh and I have been driving all 3 kids to school (our nanny drives the other 2, often when we have early meetings or OR times in his case). The two drop-offs haven’t been too bad now that G moved up to the 3-6 class and doesn’t need to be walked to the gate! When it’s my day (like today), I leave with all 3 at 7:25 and we drop Annabel @ ~7:35 and the other two @ ~7:50-8:00. Their school is on the way to my hospital/office, so this allows me to get to clinic on time! I made checklists for several days which I think helped certain family members (ahem C) to understand the discrete tasks involved in getting ready.
He and A get ‘points’ if they are dressed by 7:05 (fewer points if 7:15, and none after that) and ready to leave entirely by 7:20. Points may be redeemed at a cash value at Target or Michael’s or exchanged for experiences of their choice (ie ice skating trip). I am not entirely sure if they are motivated by the points or if it’s just the concrete steps are more laid out. Either way, it has been better.
Things that are going not-as-well!
(Alternate optimistic title: Works In Progress?)
Bedtime. Because of course if mornings are better, something else has to give, right? On nights that Josh is not home, it goes reasonably well. I have to be pretty businesslike about it, but can usually get through books & teeth & reading to the big kids by 8:30 or so. HOWEVER on nights Josh is home, G will cry until he lies next to her. Last night Josh and I tried to watch This Is Us and got interrupted approximately 10 minutes in. We have threatened to put her back in her own room (and we showed her the Door Monkey . . .) and may have to re-demonstrate that to her because not getting any time without the kids together before 9:00 or later is not working for me.
(Yes, she does still nap on school days – 20 minutes, we are told. I could try to put the kibosh on that. Was thinking of trying to at least get to the end of the school year without making too many waves . . . though now that she’s in the bigger kid classroom it should be less of a big deal if she doesn’t nap. Certainly the 5-6 year olds better not be napping!)
$$$. OMG spending allll my money, honey. Mostly this refers to my allowance. But still. I definitely feel the drive to spend and I have noticed prices are a bit higher (on kids’ clothes, for example). It does not help that I have been buying planners to review at a brisk clip (Simplified review coming up!). I just . . . want more. I want to get massages! I want running gear (and am approaching a ‘need’ when it comes to new shoes). I want to plan travel. We are paying school tuition x 3 next year and currently paying for other related specialists. But I do not want to ramp our spending up TOO much from 2020 levels. I think some increase is reasonable & expected, but I do not want to blow past our savings goals.
In the less optimistic realm . . .did anyone else see this!? I am . . . astounded. I have never heard of the school. So (%*&#$ embarrassing for south FL.