After flying high on excitement about my new hybrid / part-time job setup, I hit a bit of a low yesterday, panicking a bit about finances and time and basically everything.
But I realized I need to take a deep breath and be patient. I think it will take a few weeks (or months) to really settle into my new rhythms, and I need to let them evolve somewhat organically, not by brute force.
The kids were off from school yesterday for Yom Kippur so this week is a terrible model of what life will be like, as is next week because I’m on call (though only during the day, which is the best kind of call!). I actually feel like I probably won’t really ‘feel’ my new new schedule for quite some time. And that’s ok.
Blah, I’ve been in a bit of a reading slump recently! The summer was great, bookwise. Then things sort of fell apart. There are SOOOO many things I want to read, and I can’t figure out exactly what I’m doing instead (other than Handmaid’s Tale, which is 100% worth it).
I did just start Rivals (below) on my Kindle and it’s good and light and absorbing so maybe this will launch me back into Reading Mode.
AND AND AND speaking of reading, I watched this YouTube video last night and am VERY tempted to add the Little Inklings Always Fully Booked combo to my lineup for 2023!! Love how it has space to record other media as well.
I do have one major victory to report: I FINISHED AND ORDERED OUR 2020 PHOTOBOOK and have even started on 2021!!! My process:
- Select photos (fairly quickly) from Google Photos by searching by month (ie, “December 2020”) and pulling each month’s pix at a time. This takes less than 10 minutes per month the way I do it (imperfectly!). I often do 2 months at a time because after that my brain starts getting annoyed at scanning the tiny images.
- Dump each month’s photos for given year into one album labeled “Photobook 2020”
- Import Photobook 2020 into Shutterfly (thankfully pretty easy)
- Choose option for auto layout
- Tweak minimally
Does it result in the most artful photobook in the world? Definitely not.
Does it result IN A PHOTOBOOK filled with MANY memories? In a reasonable amount of time? YES IT DOES!
I always build up this task to be harder than it is, and I’m always so happy to be finished. I always order when they offer the “unlimited pages” code, as this brought the cost to something like $60 down from >$200.
Also, I have decided not to be precious about my digital photo organization whatsoever, and once I have completed a given photobook I consider my photo processing done. We do pay Google to store our photos and videos and have always been able to search for anything.
Shutterfly DOES save old books in their database so I could always order additional copies in the future. I HOPE if this ever changes I hope they would let customers know because I would 100% order an extra copy of every single book I’ve created since 2012 to have on hand as backup.