1- During afternoon down time (after submitting my big work project, yay!) I took a deep dive down the rabbit hole of a listener-recommended YouTube Channel: ColorCodedChaos.
I admit I’ve played with Notion but never really got a system off the ground. My Apple Notes seems to do enough for me, but I can see how the features in Notion could be useful.
2- I am starting to feel the itch to get back into my usual routine. Eating and exercise, but also my morning routine + getting the kids to bed at a reasonable hour. School starts Wednesday! I’m grateful that at least we dive into a partial week.
I stopped time tracking for a few days but resumed yesterday. If nothing else, I’m enjoying getting some use out of my A6 Hobonichi . . .
3- Beach Break! Yesterday we took a break from our usual daily beach agenda to head to the skate park (too hot) and playground (better).
4- Does anyone else spend at least part of vacation thinking about future vacations? I recognize this is not very present-minded of me, but what can I say? I am trying to decide whether next summer’s adventures would be better in one ~2 week stretch vs two shorter ones. I’m thinking shorter but Josh is leaning towards longer, in part because that way we can see some friends/family in the Pacific NW. Longer is definitely more challenging to coordinate from a work/call perspective.
The way I feel right now (happy but also ready to return) makes me think a week is good for me?! At some point I just start to miss routine a lot! That said, maybe we can do a hybrid of the two or incorporate more ‘routine’ aspects into the trip itself.
5- How has back to school gone for those who started this week? In the area where we are staying, kids were back on Weds! I am planning on spending some time Sunday making signs showing our (ideal) morning and bedtime routines. I am really hoping to make this the school year we conquer bedtime as a major pain point and I truly believe each of my kids IS capable of going to sleep independently . . . with the right motivation and attention. Wish us luck.
run 3-4 miles
low-key lunch, laundry, etc
afternoon movie! (probably Minions . . . not my first pick but you know)
dinner @ Wicked Bao
Tomorrow we drive back & Sunday will be a day of organizing and planning for school. Ahhh!