1- Yesterday was terrible (work-related). Details are not for the blog, but it was a bad day. Nothing insurmountable, but disappointing nonetheless. I guess one victory was that I did not dive into a social media hole to cope. Hopefully I will move from sadness to a more positive “growth mindset” action plan mode soon in a few days.
2- I have to admit — I like the Apple Watch! I wasn’t sure initially, but I really do. More than the Garmin, it allows me to entirely put my phone away and only have my watch out when at home. This is a game-changer. Also, a very small (but wonderful) thing is that when I have to authenticate (via DUO) to remote access my work email or electronic medical record, I can just tap my wrist rather than having to find + unlock my phone every time. It’s also more comfortable to wear overall. And I love being able to answer the phone on the watch!
It probably isn’t 100% accurate when it comes to running distance, but I wore both on my initial run and they were pretty close! As Josh pointed out, I am not training for the Olympics (I accept this!) so it’s probably good enough for those purposes. I will shelve my ~5 year old Garmin for now.
3- 3 more nights of Hanukkah! We’ve been squeaking by from a gift perspective each night. I will not be terribly disappointed when it’s over (and then we have 2 birthdays). But I have to say I am rather relieved to be done with most of the holiday stuff! We are giving out cash gifts at work, so that’s easy. Cash bonuses for our nanny, babysitter, etc. Our GME holiday party is next Friday. I will be ‘done’ with Christmas 2 weeks before it even begins! We did decide to delay holiday cards this year until January and convert them to Belated New Year / New Address cards.
I recognize this makes me sound very curmudgeonly but I’m okay/happy with it.
4- Good news or inaccurate/incomplete data!? Our hospital system numbers are very low right now, so keeping fingers crossed this is at least somewhat real. I desperately hope Omicron does not put a stop to the phase we are in now where COVID is really not limiting much of what we do. (We still mask, but that’s about the extent of precautions. And with the rates below, I’m thinking school masking may not be needed forever, especially for vaccinated kids!?)
5- Instagram report: Well, I’m about ~5 days into my official exit from Instagram. Thus far, I do not miss it at all. My Screen Time levels are way down. I feel less scattered/distracted (though that meant yesterday I had to feel my negative feelings a bit more than I would have otherwise). So this is encouraging!
Time for a workout – I have pivoted back to Sydney Cummings because after 5 weeks of the EPIC I I decided it was too torturous (esp since I’m trying to run more). So, this one today!