1- Time & 60% Thoughts
So. I am ~4 months into my 60% transition (began 10/1). In general, I really love it. I actually *do* feel I can effectively disconnect from clinical work on my days off, which is awesome. YES, my inbox is a little more full each time I come in (because messages/results build over 2 days instead of just 1) but it has been manageable.
On the flip side . . . I am having a hard time corralling my creative work to the 2 days/week. There always seems to be some ‘exception’ – a kid dr appointment, a sick kid, a call week. I did some dumb things like take off a Monday but then add patients to a Tuesday (totally warranted if I were running out of PTO time, but I’m not!). ALSO, once the kids get home (~3:30) — it is very hard to focus. They may not need me, but they want me! Which is not necessarily a bad thing. BUT I don’t necessarily like the work that overflows – like having to record podcast episodes on weekends or after work at the end of a clinical day.
MAYBE I need to do a more ruthless job using the hours I have. MAYBE I need to hold off on any judgments. MAYBE I need to recognize that getting BLPA off the ground took a lot of work, and now that it is scaffolded things might be easier. . . but I’m always thinking of more things I want to do, so I kind of doubt it.
I don’t think I can realistically go any lower than 60% at work so there’s no easy solution here but I’m going to start being a little more aware/careful about how I am using my clinical days.
One of you remarked that yesterday’s dress would look good with some booties. I AGREE. But which ones? I’m hoping I can find wedges (or a blockier heel) that look formal enough because I don’t think my feet are excited about stilettos.
(The event is a 10 year anniversary dinner at a nice NC steakhouse later this month for context!)
3- Weekend plan
Well, I’m on call. But I’m hoping for:
Saturday: easy run + weights (early), take A&G to gymnastics (YNAB audit while I’m there!), take A (and possibly G tagging along) to haircut, drop A off at sleepover, round in hospital. Takeout . . . sushi vs Mediterranean maybe . . .
Sunday: longish run (10 mi with a faster component), round in hospital, get some BLP work done, hopefully have some time to relax. A wants to make dinner! Week prep stuff, though I want to meal plan/make grocery list today!
4- Currently reading + enjoying:
5- Date nights – Not for me this weekend (see CALL above) but Josh has been taking the kids on some 1:1 Friday night date nights! He spends a lot of time with C (as the main soccer parent – thank the lord because my circadian rhythms reject the nighttime practices/games) but he took A a couple of weeks ago and tonight he’s taking G. Super cute and I’m not sure whether he was influenced by BOBW (mommy days?) but either way . . . love it.