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Break in the Routine

February 23, 2022

Sometimes I guess routines are made for breaking.

We met up with some old friends (and their kids) in Ft. Lauderdale last night, visiting from Rhode Island. I cannot remember the last time Josh and I did anything social on a weeknight, especially with kids! But this worked out really well.

YOT bar & kitchen, current go-to for outdoor dining + great atmosphere

We know these friends via Josh – he went to HS with the female half of the couple, and over the years we’ve tended to see them when they come to MIA for the holidays. I remember meeting up when their oldest was a preschooler and now she’s in 8th grade and significantly taller than I am (not that hard, but still!).

We hadn’t seen them since 2019. But it felt so recent — and yet talking about their 8th grader headed to high school it felt like a LOOONG time, too. Time is weird.

ALSO, time spent with friends = basically always worth it. Even if it meant a break in the routine (I had NO DESIRE to get up early this morning . . . so I didn’t).

Luckily, i have a fairly chill / self-paced day today for the first time in many. TIME TO CATCH UP on lots of GME-related things, which I sorely need! Also, my residents bought me cookies yesterday and it made my day. I know one or more of them may read here (hey, it’s a public blog . . what can I say!) and perhaps knew I have been having a harder time recently. Or maybe it was just a great coincidence. Either way, it made me happy.

happy moment 🙂 There are definitely downs at times, but here is proof that there are ups, too.


  • Reply Elizabeth February 23, 2022 at 8:53 am

    This post makes me so happy!!! Time with friends! Residents who really care! Cookies!!!!

    There will always be down times in life, but it is so heartening to remember that spending time with others can bring us such joy. So glad you had this break in the routine, Sarah!!

    Your online friends care, too. Hugs.

  • Reply Amanda February 23, 2022 at 9:20 am

    My PD was so hard working and I know it wasn’t always easy for her but we admired and appreciated her so much! I still think of her often and try to have the same generous attitude and dedication to patient care and resident well being that she had. I am sure you are appreciated even more than you know!

  • Reply Coree February 23, 2022 at 11:18 am

    I sometimes struggle to motivate myself to socialise (why is dinner always past my bedtime…?) but never regret it when I do.

    • Reply Amy February 23, 2022 at 3:44 pm

      same! I NEVER regret it. I’m so glad you went out Sarah!

  • Reply Lisa of Lisa's Yarns February 23, 2022 at 11:22 am

    That was so nice of your residents to bring you cookies! I am sure they appreciate all of your hard work and were happy to brighten your day a bit!

    Your night out sounds fun! Sometimes I have a hard time motivating myself to do things like that, but it’s almost always worth the effort of going out/changing my routine. It’s nice that your kids are all old enough to handle an evening out like that. Our oldest can but we are still super constrained by the baby since he goes to bed at 6:30! But that means I can easily plan a dinner out after he is in bed. I haven’t been eating in restaurants during covid but have decided it’s time to shift and start to eat out again so I have a fun dinner planned in March to celebrate a friend’s 40th birthday. It feels good to have something to look forward to!

  • Reply Elisabeth February 23, 2022 at 12:09 pm

    Crumble cookies are the BEST! Nice job, residents!

    So glad to hear you enjoyed a social evening on a “school” night. Nice reminder for me to try to do more social things as well. I definitely struggle to make myself do almost anything social, but rarely regret it once I’m there.

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