life Reading Weekend

5 on a Friday: Living Life Edition

February 17, 2023

1. A lot going on . . .

I keep waiting for it to ‘calm down.’ I am realizing . . . life is not going to calm down, in part because when I see a hint of a void, I end up filling it (generally with enjoyable + exciting things.)

This has been a lifelong trend and I’m okay with it, actually. But I should probably stop telling myself things will calm down. They won’t. Or if they do I’ll immediately sign up to run a 100 mile ultra or something.

SO I am just going to lean into the fullness and generally try to enjoy it.

2. Speaking of ultras . . . A1A half is in 2 days

I just finished a bag of pretzel sticks so I guess carb load game is on. Low is still 70. It will go however it goes, and I am already 3 steps ahead thinking about winter marathons in colder locations. Ha.

I will definitely post after the race on Sunday. It’s been 3 years since my last race report which is actually not as long as I thought. (In the post, I note that I was reading Station Eleven in January 2020. Interesting timing.)

I trained much less for that race but my report says the weather was in the 50s which must have been lovely. I am jealous of my January 2020 self. I still hope I can do this one faster.

3. Leisure Time

Patreon (AND BLPA!) member Jordan sent me a link to this fascinating newsletter on Leisure Time by Anne Helen Peterson: here. It’s not new, but relates directly to the Patreon book club book I just finished (and enjoyed!), This is Not a Book About Benedict Cumberbatch by Tabitha Carvan.

I have to say I enjoy relative ‘leisure privilege’ in terms of getting in my runs. I don’t do much else out of the house other than occasional friend dates + book club every few months. Lately it’s been a struggle to attend a ~monthly 8 pm zoom call with my college friends. (Maybe that’s more on me though just b/c I am tired . . .).

Anyway, just interesting to think about.

4. Taylor Swift

There will be a Blank Space on my calendar on April 15 ๐Ÿ™

I am 99% sure we are not going. There are too many OTHER pricey things I want to do this year to justify the ticket prices for just one high stakes night of enjoyment. Next time I will get in the fan queue! Seriously. And I am considering a T Swift karaoke party on the night of the concert because why not. I can spend a FRACTION of the ticket prices on snacks, drinks, and a karaoke machine and probably have just as much fun ๐Ÿ™‚

(I saw 99% because what if someone — ideally a family of 5 someones — randomly decides they can’t go that day and wants to sell the tickets for a song? I would take them. Ha.)

5. Terribly basic, but:

This cup actually HAS helped me drink more water. And this week has been migraine free (though the taper helps with that!). Correlation is not causation but I will take it.


  • Reply Amy F February 18, 2023 at 12:01 am

    Another correlation is not causation- DD16 has had migraines for a few years, and I def observe a correlation with her water consumption. She tends to have more in the summer when itโ€™s hot and humid (our winters are cold/ mild) and when water is not conveniently available. I bought her a pricey Hydroflask with a flip top lid in a color she loves – and I do think it helps her.

    Really enjoying TINABABC – I love her writing style.

    Good luck on Sunday – looking forward to the race report ๐Ÿ˜Š

  • Reply PHOENIX57 GIDEON February 18, 2023 at 12:29 am

    just “ran” (bad pun… across shubox on a thread I got (unintended..) based on my zookeeper “preferences”…really like this sarah hart-unger post/blog…heck, I don’t even know what they’re called 2day…everything changes the minute these days it seems…getting older…finding it hard to “keep up”…thought I would use this forum to “come outta the closet” re: no, not my sexual identity, which I’m proud to admit is 101% boy-girl/hetero (not apologetic…if that’s offensive…im happy to not care..), but with ๐ŸŽถ music “love”, in which, in this forum, I feel “ego-free” to admit I’m a very enamored “swifty”(OG-older guy who adores taylor swift…) as a trained musician (vocation, not profession..), i fell in love with her songwriting…”romantic and juvenile”, on day one of her debut, and haven’t wavered…my sweet wife of 19 years took her own life some time back, before Taylor’s “tim mcgraw” song was released, and “just to see you smile” (mc graw) was “our” song, and tears still pour outta this grown man everything I hear & listen to it…it (the song…her songs ๐ŸŽต….) continue to fill the spot in my heart where she resides…glad to be a “swifty 4 life” 2day…thanks sarah for the intro to shubox….smiling….the krazy kernal..
    christofer gideon, lt col, usaf (ret.)๐ŸŽผ๐ŸŽน๐ŸŽถโ™๐Ÿฆ‚โœˆ๐Ÿ›ก๐ŸŒ โค๐ŸŒŸ๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ‘

  • Reply Coree February 18, 2023 at 1:27 am

    I find the quality leisure time and the gendered dimension really interesting. I feel like I get a decent amount of leisure time, but the things I enjoy are easily fit in around family life – reading, yoga classes (which I do when in work city), a walk or coffee with a pal, etc. I do find that men tend to have more consuming, time/location sensitive hobbies whilst women tend to make do.

  • Reply Gwinne February 18, 2023 at 7:23 am

    Very much appreciated that article. I was particularly intrigued by the questions she raised about the quality of women’s leisure time. Echoed much of what I feel intuitively as a single parent.

  • Reply Lisa of Lisaโ€™s Yarns February 18, 2023 at 5:06 pm

    I am bummed to miss the book club discussion next week! Iโ€™ll be in Chicago for work.

    I gave up on getting TS tickets when they sold out. I will have to see her on a future tour! I could not stomach or justify the resale market prices. So insane!!

    Best of luck tomorrow at your half! I hope the weather isnโ€™t too warm for you!!

  • Reply Elissa May 25, 2023 at 4:23 pm

    How many ounces is this Stanley? I’m slacking on water intake…

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger May 25, 2023 at 4:30 pm


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