Well! The last few days have been interesting. I managed to catch a non-COVID kid-cold that was not severe but just enough to take away all my energy and will to do anything other than the bare minimum to survive.
BUT I started feeling better yesterday and now I just feel especially aware and grateful that I feel normal again.
I feel a bit of a comeback coming on.
1- Looking forward to things. Josh and I rehashed our summer travel plans last night, and for the first time in a while I found myself really looking forward to things. We have 2 family trips and 2 just-us trips planned between now and the school year, and indeed that is a lot of fun on the horizon. (3/4 of them are fully booked, too. Just one more set of flights + hotel to arrange — we are thinking about a few days of just-us time together in Ithaca after attending the kids’ camp visiting day! If anyone is familiar with that area, recs would be welcome!).
2- Podcast rec: By The Book — The Power of Ritual. I love By the Book podcast, a comedic (but often poignant) podcast where the hosts “live by” a self-help book and then talk about it. This is the first time I’ve ever BOUGHT a book immediately upon the podcast’s conclusion!
3- Book rec: In a New York Minute by Kate Spencer (yes, of Forever 35 fame!). Okay, I’m reading two novels at once right now which is a little unusual. But I admit I started this book before finishing Matrix (though in the end I am enjoying both and almost done with Matrix now).
In a New York Minute is a cute and fun romp that I can credit for getting me out of a LONG and uncharacteristic reading slump. Also, there is a time and place for light and happy romance novels and I think that time (for me) may be now.
4- Weekend plans. Laura and I just recorded an episode on weekend planning, and it has motivated me to think about this weekend’s plans! Josh is on call and so far we have a baseball game but not much else. Trying to add at least one social event (neighborhood pool meetup, I think!) and we will be golden. Mostly I just to finish the book above and enjoy running in the last gasp of non-summer-temps:
5- HOUSE STUFF. Our floors are almost done! Our paint job is almost done! We have hired movers (including a day of packing the day prior). I guess this is really happening. Next week is going to be intensive decluttering time in preparation and I am HERE FOR IT. Hopefully Josh will let me get rid of basically everything . . .