Memorial Day Weekend Contained Multitudes

May 31, 2022

We had quite a full weekend after our getaway! Josh and I picked up the kids midday Saturday and somehow we managed to fit in:

  • A sleepover with A’s friend
  • Bowling @ Sparez (I lost, lol — I am terrible. But the kids had bumpers . . .)
  • Watching the original Top Gun (until I fell asleep)
  • Finally setting up our bookshelf and unpacking several boxes of books (YAY)
  • A trip to Frost Science
  • Boosters for A/C (particularly necessary since otherwise an exposure would mean they would be automatically sent home from camp – which would be sad)
  • Festive Memorial Day dinner (bison burgers, hot dogs, corn, cole slaw)
  • Workouts each day (started Total Strength with Andy #2 Sun, plus a 60 min run yesterday – longest in a while!)

Now it is back to reality – this is the kids’ last week of school! C has a class party today just . . . wow, it really feels like this school year came to an abrupt end. We are now on the first week of the master Summer calendar I have taped to the fridge, which is exciting. And I am already immersed in my summer reading list – greatly enjoying this one, which I have in paperback and via the Libby app so I can conveniently read in the kids’ rooms while they fall asleep . . .

While there has been loss and tragedy in the headlines, May has a personally been a very special and positive month for me. I will be spending some time today thinking about what my priorities will be for June.

Welcome back to the work week for (most of my) fellow US readers!


  • Reply Coree May 31, 2022 at 6:26 am

    I love that you post when I’m in need of a morning tea and a pause. That sounds like a busy, lovely weekend! Always nice to get books on shelves and some more boxes out of the house.

    We’re on our summer schedule as well – with our first summer holiday this weekend (thanks to the Jubilee, an extra 2 days off). A few more weeks of teaching related things… plagiarism panels, exam board, the final essays, and then I can focus on writing for the next few months.

    T will turn five 12 days before school starts, so we’ll take him to get his vaccine then, “happy birthday from science!” It’ll be a relief to at least have 1 vaccine in him before school starts, although Covid is apparently “over” in the UK – no more testing, etc.

  • Reply Amy May 31, 2022 at 6:54 am

    Doesn’t it seem like the transition from school life to summer life is so sudden? I’m never prepared for the profound shift in schedule or lifestyle. This is our first week of summer break and I feel like I’m spinning in circles!

  • Reply Lori C May 31, 2022 at 7:29 am

    Sarah you may have addressed this already, but can you share picture (edited/blurred of personal info) of your calendar? Did you make it yourself or use a template?

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger May 31, 2022 at 7:46 am

      It’s a page from the Organize 365 summer planner and it’s basically 11 weeks of calendar boxes, blank (I added the days). It’s basically all personal info but I can email you a pic!

  • Reply Lori C May 31, 2022 at 7:31 am

    Also that’s awesome on boosters, and sounds like a busy but fun weekend!!

  • Reply Mrs.Candid May 31, 2022 at 9:39 am

    A and G photo is so so good ❤

    • Reply Beth May 31, 2022 at 2:20 pm

      I would totally print and frame that one. It’s beautiful.

  • Reply Lani Inlander May 31, 2022 at 10:10 am

    Very exciting about your bookshelves! Even more exciting than your closet 🙂 And The Great Believers is one of the best books I HAVE EVER READ. I loved that book so much I actually sent it to a friend. And not just because I was doing AIDS Awareness education in Chicago in the 90’s, when some of the book takes place. There are no words as to how good this book is. I’m so happy you are reading it! And Yay for boosters!

  • Reply Emily May 31, 2022 at 11:19 am

    The pic w A & G is so cute! And thanks for the reminder of that book – was really interesting to read historical fiction about the beginning of the AIDS epidemic.

  • Reply Jenny May 31, 2022 at 1:26 pm

    LOVED The Great Believers.

  • Reply Lisa of Lisa's Yarns May 31, 2022 at 2:58 pm

    I also really enjoyed The Great Believers. It was such a great and heart breaking book.

    We packed a lot into the weekend, too. Because the less we are in the house, the better it is for EVERYONE. I am so happy May is almost over. It was a long month between me and the toddler getting quarantine and his endless 10-day isolation. He goes back to school tomorrow AND I CAN’T WAIT. There were some good things, but overall I just felt so worn out all month and am finally feeling back to 100% now, 3 weeks after testing positive! Most adults I know have had short courses of covid but I was an outlier in feeling like crud for quite awhile! But onwards and upwards to a new month!!

  • Reply Grateful Kae May 31, 2022 at 5:23 pm

    I wonder if part of what has made you feel more “upbeat” lately is the shift in the stage of the pandemic? I mean, I know people have been doing things again in public again for a long time now, but overall I feel like a majority of life is just more recently REALLY back on and the general vibe has definitely loosened a lot. Before, I always felt constantly uneasy/ unsure of what was okay, what was not, should we travel, should we not, can the kids play with friends, should we go out, the whole masking everywhere thing/ always distancing, etc. was just so draining and mentally exhausting. A constant underlying buzz of stress and uncertainty. I now feel the general consensus, from the government and healthcare providers alike, is that it’s generally ok to resume living in a mostly normal way. Since you like social interactions, I wonder if all the restrictions/ stress of the pandemic was affecting you more than you realized? I could be totally guessing! But you just seem much happier, smiley and loving life again, involving a lot more social activities than you’d seen in a long time. 🙂

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger June 1, 2022 at 5:38 am

      Honestly? I don’t think it’s that . . . and interestingly I still see some people very cautious (and judgy of those who are less so) and I almost can’t ever see the rift closing.

      However, this is a great question to reflect on. WHY has life felt better recently and how do I hold onto that?

  • Reply Sarah Jedd June 1, 2022 at 10:28 pm

    I looooooooooved that book. One of my all-time favorites, and I don’t say that lightly.

  • Reply Lani Inlander June 2, 2022 at 7:36 am

    Me either, Sarah 🙂 Do we know about anything else from her? I’m obsessed.

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