1- Taylor Swift is coming. Somehow — and I honestly don’t know how — I missed this announcement! Since currently TS is where my musical interests and the kids’ seem to overlap the most, I think we will try to attend Tampa’s performance as a family. Just booked a (refundable) hotel so hopefully we can get tickets!!!
(My kids are so lucky! My first concert was Tori Amos and I think I was 14. I believe my dad dropped off / picked up at the Tower Theater (the internet suggests maybe it was this one!). How we found each other afterwards in the pre-cell phone era? Not sure! I think the rule was wait at a certain corner at an exact time. We did have watches. Thx dad.)
((I would totally see Tori again right now.))
2- YouTube thoughts. Valuable comments and discussion yesterday, thank you! I do think G does not benefit from YouTube and it produces a certain zombie-like experience for her that is not good. She even commented at one point that the family she was watching “had better lives” than her own? UMMM. So – I am going to drive a hard line on this one for now. We will still allow her to watch shows like Bluey and movies and play games at times. But no more YouTube.
I do not put this in the same camp as Rainbow Loom tutorials or hamster-care how-tos (Annabel’s picks). C is actually more likely to be playing Roblox or Minecraft with friends than watching a video, so it’s honestly mostly G. Who is not even FIVE yet! I do not think either of the other kids even had their own iPad at that age . . .
3- Holiday fun list! Laura’s is up! I don’t typically do a holiday fun list (I guess I tend to embed some of our fun into my Quintile goals so seasonal lists don’t always feel necessary?) but, I will try to get in the following 4 holiday-ish goals:
- Make a recipe with each kid. One at a time, instead of all 3 clamoring to crack the last egg and then knocking the entire bowl onto the floor leading to everyone crying, including me (IYKYK).
- Have a growth mindset for our ski trip and set the expectation for the kids as well! It’s a learning experience and I haven’t skied in over 15 years so I’m basically starting as a clean slate. (Yes, we are all doing lessons – including Josh and me. 3 days for Genevieve and 2 for everyone else.)
- Send out cards by MONDAY! We are doing Thanksgiving cards so – it’s time. (I’ve already designed it and have entered 90% of the addresses but I’m waiting on some addresses that Josh needs to confirm/procure!)
- Enjoy the parties. I got really burned out on parties in 2019. Then parties weren’t a thing for a while. Now I am ready to connect and feel grateful to be able to get to do it! Josh and I are actually attending a fundraising ball for our health system this weekend, so I guess that will kick things off! (One pandemic bonus: I can wear outfits from 2018-19 and probably no one will remember them. This is necessary because I spent all of my 2022 allowance on ski clothing.)
4- Running fast. You know what’s fun? Running fast! My training plan today had me doing fast (to me) intervals with a lot of rest and I have to say it felt pretty exhilarating to ramp up the treadmill to ~7:06/mi pace. (The specifics of this workout were: 3 x (600m @ 7:25/mi, 3 min recovery, 400m @ 7:15/mi, 3 min recovery, 200m @ 7:06/mi) with recovery between each set. So lots of rest, but fast – for me – during the speed parts).
5- Almost done with this:
I have somewhat mixed feelings about it, particularly the way she centered things around her own parenting experiences (2 parent family with 1 neurotypical child and plenty of resources, and she made it seem like the hardest thing in the world). But I enjoyed the parts about getting children to contribute more to household operations and also about “alloparents” and in how many cultures the loads is shared very differently than it is in most western nations.