Parenting Reading Weekend

Saturday Stuff

November 5, 2022

The ultimate sacrifice:

OMG!!! But, this is a 2022 April start book so these are pages I’ll never use. So, it was okay. Waiting for her gymnastics class to start since A&C are in class 30 more minutes. They all end at the same time.

Saturday to do list:

Workout. No run today! 30 min strength (Rad Lopez full body), check. I have my longest run in quite some time tomorrow so I am happy to be not-running today!

Meal plan/order groceries. I did not do this Friday and regret it a bit, but should have some time today and will try for Sunday AM delivery. I will probably do a hybrid PrepDish plan BUT this next week is a little complicated (we also have Green Chef coming AND I’ll miss Thurs/Fri dinner) so I have to think strategically so that nothing goes to waste.

Figure out how to create a waitlist on the BLPA course platform (Kajabi). I’ve gotten a few emails and while it’s tempting to expand session 1, I *really* want to make sure it runs smoothly and that I can give attention to each participant before any expansion. Next session will be spring with registration opening February 2023, and I will open it to the waitlist first! ADDENDUM: ✅ I think I figured it out! Waitlist is now active – will show up if anyone attempts to register — just visit the BLPA page.

Pick a new book. I started a new fiction book yesterday and just found it wasn’t for me, so I’m abandoning ship. Before my “attempt to read 10% per day” challenge I probably would just stop reading for days before recognizing that it was time to move on, or perhaps I would have finished it (but taken forever to do so — also no fun!). None of my holds are available on Libby so I will have to think about this! Might dive into The Handmaid’s Tale . . . not sure if watching and reading it concurrently would get confusing.

I’m at gymnastics now and we are meeting up with friends later AND the kids have requested Jeremiah’s. AAAAND possibly takeout sushi for dinner. Going to be a full day! Other things going on: Annabel and I watched Mean Girls together last night while Josh watched a kid movie with the other two and G conveniently feels asleep on the couch. It was good BUT definitely dated in some ways and some of the humor did not survive the past 2 decades. Thinking Clueless may fare better!? Also Cameron has started soccer and practices end at like 8:30 and I am less than thrilled about it all, but we are working on a plan to share the load. More on that next week.


  • Reply Marianne November 5, 2022 at 11:11 am

    For The Handmaid’s Tale, the show has gone far beyond where the book left off, so I think you’d be fine to go ahead and read it. The book is also far less character driven and not a linear narrative, so it has a very different feel. You might want to skip The Testaments, though, since that story diverged from what was in the show, so really could be confusing.

  • Reply Lisa of Lisa’s Yarns November 5, 2022 at 11:19 am

    I’m curious what you abandoned! Good for you for doing that! You are doing yourself a favor by not sticking with it. I only force myself to finish book club books.

    Oof soccer ending at 8:30 is so late!! That is when I ideally go up to bed to read.

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger November 5, 2022 at 11:51 am

      Right now it’s still up on my book page!

  • Reply Keren November 5, 2022 at 11:39 am

    I’ve read “The Thursday Murder Club” yesterday, very hard to put down and very enjoyable.I don’t think you’ll have a problem reaching your daily pages quota with it, quite the opposite.

  • Reply Chelsea November 5, 2022 at 11:40 am

    I’m in the middle of Crossing to Safety, and I wouldn’t say it was my favorite book ever (I think it’s one of MMD’s favorites ever!), but I’m there for the depiction of Madison, WI and UW in the 1930s. It’s fun to be able to picture everything the author is describing.

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger November 5, 2022 at 12:36 pm

      Ohhh yes I enjoyed it! Not a fast moving page turner but I still remember the characters and scenery now and I read it at least 2 years ago.

  • Reply Rebekah November 5, 2022 at 1:42 pm

    I just want to say that Clueless does not fare better – and I LOVE both of those movies. The whole dating the older former step brother who is in college while she’s in high school felt like a shock to my system when kid me thought it was so romantic!

  • Reply Jessica November 5, 2022 at 9:53 pm

    I read the handmaid’s tale before watching, and quickly abandoned the show because I remembered too much exactly from the book. Not sure if you’d have the same problem going in the opposite direction.

  • Reply omdg November 6, 2022 at 10:15 am

    Clueless fared waaaaay worse than Mean Girls IMO (though we did take the opportunity to tell Dylan the Brittney Murphy died of an eating disorder/drug overdose). It wasn’t even the relationship with the step brother that bothered me, it was that nobody had any expectations of her except that she look attractive and become a good caregiver to her various family members. Also, Miss. Geist and the other “ugly old teacher” were supposed to be 40, which I was mildly horrified by.

    Princess Diaries also only did so-so. My daughter loved Mean Girls. Others that fared badly — Spaceballs, Labyrinth. She seemed to like The Parent Trap. Goonies aged well (except for the racist Asian jokes). Ferris Bueller’s Day off aged ok (except for the Sloane character). Top Gun aged ok. We started watching Save the Last Dance, and interesting that seems to have aged ok, except that my daughter didn’t want to watch the end because she was afraid someone would die.

    I wonder how My Girl has aged.

    • Reply omdg November 6, 2022 at 10:15 am

      Oh! Also, I wonder about Bend it Like Beckham.

    • Reply Ash November 6, 2022 at 11:20 am

      Is that really how Britney Murphy died? I know the mold thing was deemed unlikely but the official report shows basically a bunch of cold medicine + pneumonia. Which, true, is still a drug overdose but more a cautionary tale of mixing medicine/too much acetaminophen.

      • Reply Omdg November 6, 2022 at 12:08 pm

        She had an arrhythmia that they thought was due to hypokalemia from chronic vomiting. And cold medicines. And other prescription medicines.

  • Reply Ann November 6, 2022 at 11:02 am

    I feel like 10 Things I Hate About You has aged pretty well!

  • Reply Omdg November 6, 2022 at 12:10 pm

    I also forgot about the Enola Holmes movie. Dylan really enjoyed it and it was a lot of fun. My husband said the sequel just came out too!

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger November 6, 2022 at 1:17 pm

      Ooh! I will totally check this out!

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