Thank you so much for the birthday wishes!! It really was a nice day. Fairly low-key, but lovely and relaxing. Josh + the kids made me lemon bars in lieu of a birthday cake at my request and they were GOOD.
It’s Friday! And I feel like the next few weeks are going to be packed with things (mostly fun things). 5 things inspired by recent podcasts swirling around in my head right now . . .
1- How to Lazy Genius Kids’ Screen Time from The Lazy Genius Podcast (Kendra Adachi). This was a great episode on managing kids’ screen time as it was not prescriptive or filled with judgment but instead offered some different ideas.
Our current screen time rules are typically: TV (no iPad) on weeknights from ~7p – 7:30 if the downstairs is picked up + iPad / video games on weekends from ~2p – 5p unless we have something else going on. G does not play iPad for 3 hours but will usually play for an hour or so and then either watch shows or play with other toys. This works reasonably well. For now.
2- Spend Your Days on Paper from Lead to Win with Michael Hyatt & Megan Hyatt Miller. This one inspired me to block off all of my vac time for the rest of 2021. Newsflash: no one is going to reserve those days for me! I work at a healthcare system where PTO is clearly defined (we get a certain number of days per year) and I am determined to TAKE IT and ENJOY IT!
3- We Made it to Summer from Kelsey & Erica’s Girl Next Door Podcast. I am also ready to think about summer (spoiler alert: BLP topic coming up will be all about planning summer 🙂 ).
4- Get the Vaccine, Lose the Skinny Jeans from NPR’s Planet Money. This episode had two separate parts – the first was interesting, all about tactics used to try to nudge people towards getting COVID-19 vaccines (the lottery in Ohio = fascinating!). THEN they covered the whole “skinny jeans aren’t cool anymore” thing which was done with a light and fun tone. PS: I still like my skinny jeans. I bought ones that fit pretty perfectly from AG last year and I do not plan on giving them up. The nice part about 41 is you can just give up being cool and it’s all good!
5- I did order these shorts, cool or not! Happy birthday to me. Hopefully they will fit. I also ordered a pair of Birkenstocks that I coveted in 1995 so I guess it can just be a vintage-y summer.