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Weekend Life

April 11, 2021

Yesterday G had her very first activity – playing soccer for the first time! It was more “run around the field after balls” but it was so cute.

Annabel also started soccer after a many-year hiatus and I was very proud of her mindset (she knew she was one of the less experienced players — which has to be a little tough! — but was accepting of that and there to learn). She ended up getting a “Best Listening” medal and is excited to go back.

Note the pink socks. Her fashion choice . . .

C was doing soccer before and probably would have happily continued but we wanted to make sure he didn’t get bored of any one thing so he is doing tennis. He had that yesterday too (at 9 am; Josh took him before heading to work).

It was quite the day! I ended it kind of tired and cranky and sunburned. My nose especially – I had applied with my mask on, and at one point I wasn’t near anyone so I took it off and laid back. #(*&@#@. Josh said Welcome to Florida. I informed him we had been here nearly 8 years but I did feel pretty silly for doing that. At least the kids didn’t burn . . .

I scrolled Insta for way too long (planner accounts, mostly) and rage-deleted the app from my phone at around 9 pm. Sigh. Trying to decide if I will reinstall tomorrow to post for BLP or take a more extended break.


Order groceries. Next week I want to start trying to go in person again, and in particular I want to see if I can rely more on Trader Joe’s. (Somewhat as an experiment). But Josh is on call and I am not taking 3 kids with me, so today = ordering.

Q1 tax stuff (for our nanny, FL re-employment tax gets filed quarterly)

Meal plan. Lagliv posted 3 weeks of meals!! I will surely be pulling from this. Her choices always resonate with me!

Park play date. With bagels. Weather permitting. We are going at 11, so maybe we’ll be lucky? And then we can get home & kids can have their screen time and we can all relax as it rains. (Maybe even with a NAP. For me.) Fingers crossed, that actually sounds pretty nice.

C has a school project. It is due next Friday. Honestly, I am not super looking forward to helping with this. But maybe we can set a timer (he likes knowing there will be an ‘end’ to things) and just get started . . .

Students may choose one period from one of the three geological eras: Paleozoic Era, Mesozoic Era, or Cenozoic Era.
They can read and create a project about geology, climate, or biology of a particular time using some of the links below.

That project actually sounds kind of challenging to me. And I’m 40. (Almost 41.)

RUN. Headed out early. Will listen to:

No Stupid Questions (current weekend running fave!)

Organize 365 “Discovering You” series.


  • Reply Chelsea April 11, 2021 at 8:49 am

    Here’s a link to the chrome extension to post on Instagram from a Mac:

    It sounds link Insta on your phone is driving you crazy. Banish it forever.

  • Reply Haya Finan Mckinley April 11, 2021 at 9:23 am

    i’d choose mesozoic. can’t go wrong with dinosaurs.

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger April 11, 2021 at 9:40 am

      That was my exact instinct 🙂

  • Reply Grateful Kae April 11, 2021 at 9:30 am

    Are you sure the Saturday night insta scrolling (and of planner accounts, which is a hobby of yours/ very enjoyable and relevant to you & your podcast) is such a problem?? If you aren’t using it as much during the week, I guess I wouldn’t think it’s necessarily an issue to have some chunks of time, especially on a weekend, where you can just veg out and scroll, check out new products, ideas, etc. If it were content that were distressing to you, that’d be different- but otherwise some insta time here and there like that seems like it could be fine!

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger April 11, 2021 at 9:40 am

      It’s true- what I’ve started spending more time looking at is very relaxing content generally but it just takes up a lot of time and feels wasteful.

      I think I need to go all the way and just take a break from ALL OF IT for a few months and reassess.

      • Reply Grateful Kae April 11, 2021 at 10:28 am

        That makes sense, too! I can relate to that. I think the invisible “pull” to social media is what annoys me the most, personally. 🙂 I don’t like feeling like it’s the #1 default thing for me to do in any moment of downtime, you know?!

      • Reply Chantal April 11, 2021 at 8:30 pm

        I have a love hate relationship with insta! I’m trying just to check it on my laptop but every now and then I regress and put it on my phone, I got stuck on it for an hour the other day watching funny reels of dogs! What the #$@&! 🤦‍♀️🤷🏻‍♀️ Is A going to try horse riding? I remember seeing that on your monthly goals one time?

        • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger April 11, 2021 at 8:36 pm

          She is doing a week of local riding camp this summer! If that goes well she could do weekly lessons next year.

          • Chantal April 14, 2021 at 10:40 pm


  • Reply Emily April 11, 2021 at 1:09 pm

    I agree C’s project sounds intimidating to me as a medical resident? That is a pretty broad/amorphous topic!

    I quit Instagram entirely about a year ago (have only very rarely logged on on a computer, not phone, to see what an old friend was up to or to see a photo through an instagram link) and feel that quitting entirely is the best way to break the habit/see more clearly what you do and don’t get from it (like Cal often recommends). Good luck Sarah!

    Also impressed w Annabel’s attitude — even at her age it can feel like you are already ‘behind’ other kids if you didn’t do an activity continuously since early elementary.

    Hope you enjoy your Sunday!

  • Reply lawandcreative April 11, 2021 at 2:41 pm

    Good luck with the IG hiatus!

    I totally understand that frustration at time spent on social media, and feel similarly. IG isn’t a site I can spend much time on, but Facebook……. oh, the hours I lose there

  • Reply Lisa of Lisa’s Yarns April 12, 2021 at 8:24 am

    I hope the project went ok! It’s a very wide topic range and not much guidance on what they are supposed to do? Maybe that is the point so they can focus on what they are interested in?? But I like more guidelines!

    I am behind on blogs so know you are taking an IG break! I was off for lent and it was so good for me!

  • Reply Lori C April 12, 2021 at 12:14 pm

    I kind of laugh (not in a mean way) at you with your love/hate of instagram. Since I am pregnant with #3, and our kids are going to have similar spacing, I have been reading your old posts when you were pregnant with G and you were talking about this love/hate back then too! 🙂 I don’t think there is anything inherently wrong with insta, I don’t think you do either, but you seem happier when you limit it…. so why not do your limit again? You seemed to find a good balance when you were doing your operation 100 at the end of the year – maybe revive it?

    I love the play date and bagels idea. I may steal it, because nothing sounds nicer than a high quality bagel at the park while the kids run around….

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