1- My Ashley Shelly / Amanda’s Favorites monthly planner arrived! I love using this little booklet to sort of pre-plan out the year (call weeks, vacation weeks, etc – the big things). Plus it’s fun to support Amanda.
The inside features monthly layouts WITH LINES and then a blank page between each month. This would also make a cool and fairly compact running training journal or media journal (collect books read, movies watched, etc). This particular version is sold out but the link above is to her very similar monthly books.
2- Snapshot of the current moment –> Kids driving to school playlist:
- Rihanna, “We Found Love (in a hopeless place)”
- Dua Lipa, “Levitating”
- Taron Egerton, “Sky Full of Stars” (Sing 2 Version)
- Halsey, “Could Have Been Me” (Sing 2)
- Billie Eilish, “Bad Guy”
- Belinda Carlisle, “Heaven is a Place on Earth”
Which one of the above doesn’t belong? Haha. G loves that last track though!
3- I can’t wait to read this:
I’m seeing this book everywhere! When I first did, I had the strangest moment because I was like . . . “wait, I knew a Shelby Van Pelt! Are there two Shelby Van Pelts!?!?” because the Shelby I knew was a running blogger in the mid-late oughts in NC, hitting just the right amount of snark, and we went to a Girl Talk concert together that is still memorable to this day (and I have blog evidence, lol). But at that point, I don’t think she was writing acclaimed novels.
Well, not shockingly, it’s the same Shelby!!!! So cool to see her success and I cannot wait to read this; I’ve heard it compared to Kevin Wilson’s Nothing to See Here, which I really liked. It’s next in my queue and I got a copy via Libby (yay) so I will be diving into it soon.
4- Huge congrats to Chelsea who qualified for the Boston Marathon this year! She has put in so much consistent effort over the years in addition to smart (and intense) training and I am just so excited for her. I felt like this deserved more than a mini-party in the comments. GO CHELSEA!!
5- School routines: I feel like we are in a good place right now!! Bedtime is working well (!!!!!), after school is fairly functional (and starting to get busier but not overwhelmingly so — it helps that no one has long sports games or practices right now). Mornings are even mostly decent although this morning 2/3 woke up annoyingly early, which is blah. On the upside, I have even been able to eat dinner with the kids most nights! Hopefully this isn’t just a honeymoon phase . . .