1- For those paying attention, yes this is my second (SHORT) trip to NC within a 1-month time frame. I was here with Annabel at the end of January to celebrate my niece’s 3rd birthday, and now Josh and I are here to celebrate the 10th anniversary of our closest med school friends.
(If you are REALLY an OG shubox diehard and have a memory like a steel trap, you may recall friends previously referred to as K and Dr S. Dr S. was in our graduating class and currently practices as a maternal fetal medicine specialist. He also helped me get admitted when I was in labor with Annabel. One would not think you would need to convince anyone in the circumstances I was in, but apparently shift change is not a good time to show up at the unit).
K is an amazing human and now mother of 3 and we have known them from the early days of their relationship. So it is super special to be here celebrating with them!)
Our plans: run (in amazing weather), lunch with my sister, hang out with our friends, celebratory dinner, fly home tomorrow AM. Our nanny is staying with the kids for these ~32 hours. I wish we could stay longer but G’s BFF’s bday party is tomorrow (all 3 kids invited) and we didn’t want to miss it.
2- I forgot that I love working in airports. Something about the white noise and the feeling of being entirely trapped is the perfect setup for me. I usually read on the plane (or watch TV) but in the airport I am a machine. Anyone else or just me?
3- People often glean that I liked NC more than I like South FL. People are correct. I objectively prefer this area for its weather, cost of living, better food, and overall landscape. Also a FAR FAR better more attractive airport (lol). The things keeping us in South FL are:
- JOBS (and colleagues)
- OUR NANNY AND OVERALL SETUP
. . . and those are pretty powerful and important things, since most of them are humans! I will try to remember them every time I venture out on a run and it’s 82F at the start at 5:30 am (thankfully not in Feb, but the norm from May-Oct).
4- I am hoping to run here this AM:
5- Two podcast recs for you!
- Body Image in Motherhood and Midlife from The Mom Hour
- Kieran Setiya on How Philosophy Can Guide Us Through Life from Beyond the To-Do List