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5 on a Friday: Life Happenings

February 10, 2023

1- I went to book club last night. It was great. It is so rare that I am out of the house on a weeknight but every time I do, it is worth it.

2- I am an influencer in my office! Not a social media influencer but um . . . an anti-social media influencer. Two people told me today that I helped them quit or make the decision to quit social media. I can’t tell you how awesome that makes me feel! One of them put an ‘away message’ up on Insta today, and the other has been off for years (and told me I was the one to convince her to quit). She is very happy to have moved on, as am I.

(I do something wonder if podcast growth and the like would be better if I had an SM presence. But even if the answer is yes, it just isn’t worth it to me. So shubox tiktok is not coming your way any time soon.)

3- Running coach is a go – I’m super excited!! I did end up choosing to go with someone from a company called Microcosm which actually does a ton with ultra/extreme runners (think: 100 miles up a mountain . . .) but they have an expanding road division as well. I am paying full price (not any kind of deal for exposure); they do have a ‘referral program’ for any customer so I get a small discount if anyone gives my name when they sign up — so let me know if you do. (Plus I’d want to know anyway!)

I am planning on at least 2 years of coached training – playing the long game here. The monthly cost eats up a chunk of my ‘allowance’ and initially I felt guilty but then I realized a) if not this, I’d probably blow it on something else equally frivolous and b) it’s less than I spend on many of the kids’ activities, and each kid has more than one.

4- Super excited for this weekend. The last few have been filled with call + travel (though the travel one was fun) and I don’t feel like we’ve had much relaxation. This weekend includes a date night, family time, kid time, and overall doesn’t look too packed. Plus I’m tapering (probably will do a relaxed 9 mi for my LR) and the last somewhat stressful run was yesterday so that will be kind of nice.


This is for our Patreon book club! Admittedly I did not know who Benedict Cumberbatch was when I started this book. But — the book is not about him, it’s about the author’s obsession with him and it’s a really fun read so far. (Running may be my current Benedict Cumberbatch. Or planners?! Maybe planners. Or both.)


  • Reply Lisa of Lisa's Yarns February 10, 2023 at 1:58 pm

    You also “influenced” me to go off social media, too. I quit cold turkey without any “out of office” message on either account. I maybe should have taken the OOO approach but I wanted a firm, clean break so shutting down my accounts was the way to go. I do not miss it! I had taken breaks before as I usually gave social media up for lent. It’s definitely been a net positive contributor to my happiness! I think the world would be a better place without social media… I know there are benefits but I wish I could un-see some of the stuff I saw on social media, especially during the pandemic… Eeks.

    I am bummed to miss the BOBW book club. I’ll be traveling that week. I’m traveling twice this month, my husband traveled this week, and we hosted a (very fun) guest last weekend so February is feeling a little bit nutty… I’m hoping for a quieter March!

  • Reply Coco February 10, 2023 at 3:47 pm

    what made you choose this running coach vs. so many others?

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger February 10, 2023 at 5:42 pm

      Some Reddit reviews mostly and I just liked the approach!

  • Reply Grateful Kae February 10, 2023 at 6:36 pm

    That’s great you’ve positively influenced others! I do feel like social media is maybe kind of regional?? Like here in the Midwest, at least in my town, Facebook specifically still seems really big. And I mean it’s hard to give it up, because literally: my kids’ school posts photo updates there constantly, the soccer club does, the swim coach puts meet recaps on FB, etc. If I were to go off completely, I would totally miss all of that! (And no, they don’t also send everything via email! I mean important updates go out by email, but say, pics of a school event will be on school FB page only. Same with swim team- stuff about registration goes by email, but a recap of the weekend’s meet/ how the team did/ photos of the kids hanging out/ etc will all be in a Facebook post…). Anyway, for me I feel like it’s a nice idea in theory to go totally off social media, but I would feel very in the dark about certain things, and I wouldn’t like that. I do like Cal’s idea of possibly just say checking in once a week or something and “making the rounds” on the school page, the swim team page, etc and checking for updates, then getting off.

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger February 10, 2023 at 6:38 pm

      thankfully most people use WhatsApp for most groups – the kids classrooms, my neighborhood, sports teams, etc. Also StackTeam app for sports + dance. if I had to use FB I’d have an account just for that.

  • Reply Grateful Kae February 10, 2023 at 6:36 pm

    P.S. I like the Patreon link in the sidebar! 😉

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger February 10, 2023 at 6:38 pm

      was on my checklist just because of you but OMG I am SSOOOOO impressed you noticed!!!!

      • Reply Grateful Kae February 10, 2023 at 7:13 pm

        Hahah!! Well, I was commenting from my desktop and when I scrolled down to the comment section, it was immediately to the right! So it caught my eye. 😉

  • Reply Kristie February 10, 2023 at 8:15 pm

    I’m glad to know I’m not the only one who had never heard of Benedict Cumberbatch until reading the book! I also enjoyed it and am looking forward to the discussion.

    • Reply Marthe February 12, 2023 at 6:18 am

      Googling the guy now…

      • Reply Marthe February 12, 2023 at 6:19 am

        No shit, sherlock… 🤣

  • Reply Amanda K February 11, 2023 at 6:59 am

    Excellent point about the cost of kids activities! Moms should have activities too. 😊

    • Reply Arden February 11, 2023 at 8:44 am


  • Reply MP February 11, 2023 at 9:51 am

    Wow! I can not believe you wonderful people didn’t know who Benedict Cumberbatch is? The name alone is so entertaining! No Sherlock? Ok-so Power of the dog was super creepy..What’s next-unfamiliar with Brad Pitt? Chris Hemsworth? :). There’s an interesting interview with him on Fresh Air and another on WTF with Marc Maron.

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger February 11, 2023 at 10:50 am

      Hahahaha Brad Pitt I definitely know but not entirely sure I could pick Chris Hemsworth out of a lineup … #confessions

  • Reply Lee February 11, 2023 at 11:26 am

    I loved that Benedict Cumberbatch book. Her embarrassment made me laugh.

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