1- Looking forward to making vaccine appointments for A&C! I will call our pediatrician today — he had said he was preparing to receive a big shipment. Our flu shot appointment was way more dramatic than it needed to be, so this time I will bring 3 pieces of candy to be doled out immediately to kids who can be brave and not try to run away from then nurse giving the shots . . .
2- Thinking about travel! AHHHH! In 2.5 weeks we will be taking our first family plane flight in forever. I really want to a) pack intelligently b) plan out some fun activities so that we are not just sitting around arguing about what to do. I already know I want to hit up the Museum of Life + Science and the Duke Gardens (though both are in Durham and we will be staying in Cary near my sister!).
3- Not super happy about the state of my wardrobe, both work + casual. My shoes are all falling apart. My shirts are aging. As previously noted, some of my work pants do not currently fit well (WILL THEY EVER AGAIN?! I am not ready to give up . . . yet). I no longer really like wearing dresses to work because I really like to take a walk outside during lunchtime if possible and a dress (or even skirt) just feels like too much. Also, I think I want a new winter coat for travel?! This seems ridiculous but at the same time, wearing my coat from circa 2011 is starting to feel kind of lame. I’m thinking relatively inexpensive-but-sleek puffer jacket, if such a thing exists?
4- Really enjoying 4000 weeks so far. His discussions about how time is finite are not earth shattering to me (I recall an article from several years back that was called something like “We Plan Because We Know We Are Going to Die” — I can’t find it, but I totally agree with the sentiment). That said, there’s an interesting tension there, because some of the practices I find valuable (INBOX ZERO), Oliver Burkeman seems to be against. He is correct that sending more emails DOES result in more emails, and completing projects at work efficiently just gets you more projects. Yet the nature of my job does not really allow for me to ignore emails.
5- Post-work difficulties. Yesterday C had homework which he was greatly struggling with (most of the struggle mental – like angst about having to do it rather than the actual content, if that makes sense?) and I was really really not the patient parent that I want to be. I will keep working on it. On the days that our nanny starts late, I will have her stay until I can help him finish. It is 3958394 times harder when the other two are around causing more distractions and fraying my attention, too.