Reading Weekend

5 on a Friday: Short and SWIFT Edition

April 14, 2023

(see #2. I’m bitter but STILL could not resist a pun!)

1- Leo Babauta says we overcomplicate our task systems.

I agree with getting tasks out of our inboxes and onto lists.

I disagree that one giant list and holistically pulling things off of it would be all that is needed for most people. I wonder what he would think of BLPA 🙂

I sense there may be some planner privilege inherent in his answer, but I don’t know for sure so . . . we’ll just leave that as speculation!

2- Taylor Swift is in Tampa this weekend and I have to admit, I’m annoyed I’m not going. I am jealous and I need to just move on. Next time! If you are going, feel free to lie and tell me I didn’t miss much!!!!

3- I am hitting my highest mileage week in years this week (assuming tomorrow’s long run goes well) — 46! Hoping I can keep up the volume and STAY INJURY FREE. Also, I now do strength training in the evenings. Who knew this was possible?

4- Current novel: Curtis Sittenfeld’s Romantic Comedy. I haven’t read a book of hers I haven’t enjoyed! (Prep and Rodham were my favorites though. Oh and American Wife was great too!)

5- THE WEATHER SEEMS NORMAL-ISH AGAIN. However, we did get an ominous note from the school making me wonder if the kids will even go back Monday. This is hurricane-esque for sure.

that little blob BETTER not nail me on the way home. though it looks like it will.


  • Reply Grateful Kae April 14, 2023 at 4:59 pm

    Ahhhh, I can see feeling kinda bitter! I was actually thinking about all of that the other day. When you first posted about the concert I had said I personally didn’t think I would ever spend that much on that…. But then I was thinking about it more and was like, hmm, maybe that would have been worth it for you. And maybe I would actually pay that to take my kids to something comparable for them- say, to see Messi play in a World Cup final? (I am not personally a T Swift fan- I don’t dislike her but I am just indifferent). I mean, in your case with you and the kids so into her and all, maybe it would have made sense. I don’t know! Sorry, this comment is probably so not helpful. 😅 Anyway, too late now! Next time 😉

  • Reply Lag Liv April 14, 2023 at 6:03 pm

    I didn’t get tickets to the Dallas shows because they were so expensive I convinced myself it wasn’t worth it, but then a ton of our friends went and absolutely RAVED and I bought tickets to Houston and now the girls and I are driving there next Friday, so I tried to be reasonable and now have spent half a mortgage payment on concert tickets and I’m pretty sure I am a bad example but I’m so excited I don’t care. YOLO right? (Also my girls were closer to your girls age at her last tour 4 years ago and I don’t at all regret not going; that decision has also helped justify the insanity of what I just spent this time :P)

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger April 14, 2023 at 7:14 pm

      lol i should fly to houston + join you.

  • Reply Sophie April 14, 2023 at 6:05 pm

    Re Leo Babauto post, in the Q&A section, if the One List overwhelming, he suggests organising to one list into different categories, integrating a calendar into the system etc, which sounds a lot more reasonable and more like a typical productivity system you would recommend. 🙂 I think not oversimplifying a system is as important as not overcomplicating it.

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger April 14, 2023 at 6:24 pm

      true 🙂 that does help. I think even further categorization is helpful (ie lists for different time horizons, and calendar management is a whole thing in and of itself) but you are right, his Q&A part is more realistic!

  • Reply Chelsea April 14, 2023 at 7:32 pm

    I feel like half my FB feed right now is people in Tampa waiting to see Taylor Swift, lol.

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger April 14, 2023 at 7:38 pm

      I had a hotel room booked that i relinquished. Should have sold that to the highest bidder and used it for tickets (and drink 5 cups of coffee and drive home after the show, ha!)

  • Reply Coree April 15, 2023 at 3:46 am

    I just picked up my copy of the new Sittenfield at the local bookshop – I was away when it came out and displayed admirable self restraint not buying it whilst travelling. I’m just finishing the Half Life of Valery K but hoping to finish that tonight and sit in the garden and read for a bit tomorrow. I find her writing achingly true, and a bit uncomfortable.

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