I only read one book in February. What can I say – it was that kind of month. I am not going to put pressure on myself to finish any specific number of books in 2022; I just want to enjoy reading. I just finished Wintering by Katherine May and can say it was a very apropos for this moment. There are some critiques centered around the author’s privilege (premise: she called in sick from work for quite some time and finally left her job after it sounds like her coworkers picked up her slack for some months). But then again, she did write a fascinating and beautifully-written book. That’s certainly work, right? And, she had what sounds like a very real illness involving cancer and pain.
(I found myself intrigued by the mere fact that she was able to take so much paid sick time — not shockingly, she does not live in the US.)
Things are already looking up a little. I got to chat with my college BFFs last night. I have a fun experience on the calendar for next week (and I just pray that nothing messes it up).
It’s a new month, and I guess despite everything going on in the world, I am feeling slightly better about what March has on offer. Today is a more relaxed day where I can once again catch up on all the (mostly work) things. My kids have been in school sans masks for 3 days now — I will brace myself for the onslaught of URIs that will probably ensue, but right now I feel comfortable with this choice. Any brief excitement about this new development was rapidly tempered by international news, but I think it’s still warranted to appreciate the little things.
Oh! We decided to make March screen free at our house — kids, not adults necessarily — though I will refrain from interacting with my phone or computer for non-essentials when I am with them. I am also on a (somewhat related) CRUSADE to improve bedtime, which I know has been a subject many times before and you are probably all bored of hearing about it.
I truly believe it HAS TO BE possible to get all 3 kids in bed (or reading in bed in A’s case, if she chooses) by 8 pm. Yes, this may change when they are teens – but no one is currently a teen and I just . . . need this to happen. I cannot imagine this policy would cause them harm and if anything, will hopefully help them get better sleep. And I will be happier with some quieter time or time with Josh at the end of the day. Which matters too.
I used a random layout for this week’s goals from a Sprouted tear-off pad – somehow having a different view felt helpful.