New Month & Halloween

November 1, 2022

= new contacts!

Also: new goals, new YNAB budget, and in this case — a new Quintile.

November contains:

  • 1 call week
  • 1 business mini-retreat
  • 1 big holiday (Thanksgiving)
  • 13 clinical work days
  • 6 nonclinical work days
  • 3 holiday weekdays with kids off
  • 1 Josh call weekend
  • 1 SHU call weekend
  • 2 call-free weekends

(I don’t usually do the above tally, but it did feel a bit helpful in understanding the landscape!)

Goals list coming tomorrow and newsletter later this week!

Also, an update on my slightly crazy reading plan.

But first, Halloween!

Last night was great. I was honestly quite fearful of how I would feel coming back from the west coast and diving straight into work (and Halloween!). But I don’t think my sleep centers ever really adjusted to the new time zone (despite staying up late/sleeping in while in Seattle) and ultimately that worked in my favor!

We are in a new era where Halloween feels less harrowing and more fun. We are also in a narrow window where I can keep all the kids together. I suspect in 1-2 years at least Annabel will want to peel off with friends. So I will enjoy it while I can! Some pix:

lucky kids got to wear costumes to school AND have no school today (teacher planning and a strategic decision I think)
a few people recognized my costume 🙂
our neighborhood is super calm and sweet on Halloween compared to Miami Beach (which was crowded and party central)

I told the kids they can pick 30 pieces to keep + donate the rest. (I have no problem with the kids eating chocolate regularly but I’d rather it be better ingredients than what is in this stuff.)

Also the best candy is Butterfinger. The end.


  • Reply Chelsea November 1, 2022 at 6:20 am

    I have to vote for peppermint patties as the best candy, though my favorite candy that I associate with Halloween is Almond Joy/Mounds. Butterfinger is up there, though.

  • Reply Coree November 1, 2022 at 7:47 am

    PB cups or peppermint patties. My son got 20 pieces of candy (someone was handing out cupcakes – he declined b/c he didn’t know how he’d get it home in his bag, I would have let him eat it en route though…). The specificity of the count is worrying b/c I wanted to steal some skittles once he went to bed and I stayed up working, but no joy.

  • Reply Beth November 1, 2022 at 9:40 am

    Butterfinger, what?! Weird texture…gets stuck in my teeth…I would trade you all of my Butterfingers. 🙂

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger November 1, 2022 at 10:25 am

      Hahahah I love the slightly gritty but crunchy and sticky texture!

  • Reply Lisa of Lisa's Yarns November 1, 2022 at 9:51 am

    We only got one butterfinger last night! I had Paul sort his candy so we could figure out what he got the most of (pb cups (my fave!), snickers, kit kats) and the least (oddly, m&ms and butterfingers). I tell myself it’s a fun math lesson but really it’s me living my best life because sorting candy was one of my fave parts about halloween as a child. I guess I’ve always been a numbers girl!

    By the way, I was woken at 2am last night by Paul and couldn’t get back to sleep so ruminated on whether I am a weirdo for not liking goals or if this is just a “young kids” stage of life kind of thing. I think it’s probably not normal to not want to set goals, like my company requires us to set goals so clearly there is value in setting them. All that said, I look forward to reading about your goals!

  • Reply Grateful Kae November 1, 2022 at 12:42 pm

    I’m lost on your costume. ??? (Hoping I’m not embarrassing myself for asking this? Should I know this??)

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger November 1, 2022 at 2:46 pm

      Inventing Anna/Anna Delvey 🙂 (I think you were probably traveling when I posted it before!)

  • Reply AW November 3, 2022 at 12:37 am

    30 pieces each means these kids must have visited a lot of houses! So fun. My daughter is 2.5 so we hit up 4 houses and then called it a night :-).

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger November 3, 2022 at 9:52 am

      oh we hit MANY! our neighborhood is a very easy trick or treat setup 🙂

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