1- MAY. It’s coming! I spent some time last night filling out our Essential Calendar through June and I will do the rest of the summer tonight (looking forward to this probably more than is normal). I feel like the year is going at warp speed.
I think it’s more due to ENJOYING it than too much monotony. This is — overall — a very fun and full phase and even though I am a parent who has NEVER wanted to ‘freeze time’ to keep my babies babiezzz foreverrrr, I wouldn’t mind doing this particular portion at some sort of magical half or quarter speed.
(That would be a cool premise for a sci-fi book, maybe? Varying life speeds – a year could be 36 days or 3650?)
ANYWAY! May doesn’t look as terrible as it tends to be known for, but we’ll see how I feel at the end. I also realized the kids have exactly four days of school during the month of June. We’re close to wrapping up pre-K / 3rd / 5th! (Which mean we’re close to middle school. Just wow. But she is 100% ready.)
2- On that same note: SUMMER. Camp spreadsheet is DONE! The kids are only doing 5 weeks of camp this summer due to a good amount of travel. This will also give them a few 2-3 stretches of unstructured weekday time. I think it will be a good balance!
On the negative side, for 2 of those weeks, ALL 3 ARE IN DIFFERENT camps. However, A + G camps are located next to one another and they are all specialty camps: gymnastics, dance, soccer. It will be ok. I recognize I can only do this because we have our nanny, and she will probably do more driving during the summer than the year. (But only for a few weeks. Also, I likely will do drop-off on my non-clinical days.)
3- Podcast rec: Organize 365 Ep #533: Is there an Organization Finish Line? I found this very interesting. My ‘failure’ to finish organizing our home may be, in part because a) I tend to want to organize areas that have some magically fast entropy to revert to chaos and b) I am not considering things ‘done’ when they are at the “functional enough but not minimalist and spare looking” level. Something to ponder. (I still am glad I cleared out G&C’s rooms. They may quickly appear messy again but there was an insane amount of (&#$ that just had to GO. It feels noticeably more relaxing to exist in both rooms.)
4- Book club pick: I had a fun book club (at our house!) last night. We chose for our next book:
Every single time book club night rolls around I think to myself “OMG I CAN’T DO THIS IT’S TOO LATE” (ps, it starts at 7:30 . . .) and then every time it’s so much fun and I am so glad it happened.
5- Time Tracking Thoughts so far: I am making good use of my time 95% of the time. The other 5% is a work in progress and honestly, I think I *can* fix it. I’ve made it this far . . .
I am going to continue time tracking through next week, but will just share highlights here. And then I will go back to not tracking time per se — but my daily planning style does track a lot automatically. (And then I throw the daily planners in the recycle bin, so it’s not a long term record – but that is enough for me.)
D I T L: Nonclinical day
4:45 Up, read, plan. (Didn’t do Headspace; somehow it got to be too late.)
5:45 Treadmill workout: 3 mi warmup outside, 8 x 90 second hill repeats on the treadmill, 2 mi cooldown outside. YES! A way to get some hill work in while spending less than 30 min on the TM . . . win.
7:10 Shower. (I asked Josh to just take charge + get everyone ready, and he did)
7:40 Leave WITH Josh to drop kids off. Breakfast at a rather mediocre (but convenient!) diner near school.
9:15 Back at school for Market Day! We picked up G and she spent half her cash on handmade bracelets and treats. (I got a bookmark that said “Reading is LIT”. Haha. Get it!?)
10:30 Home. Record lots of podcast sponsor stuff! Very grateful to have some awesome sponsors right now.
1:00 Lead BLPA Spring Healthcare discussion! This was a great one. We talked notes, inbox management, making use of protected time, and more.
2:00 Email, some podcast stuff, work on kid camp forms
3:00 15 min BLPA 1:1
3:15 More camp forms . . . kind of a mishmash of admin
5:00 15 min BLPA 1:1
5:30 Dinner w kids (pasta with broccoli + cheddar); MORE camp forms . . . (I did pretty much finish other than some medication-related stuff)
7:30 Book club!!! I ordered Crumbl cookies (apparently this is my new party trick?) and served with wine (which I ended up drinking like 1/3 of a glass . . . did not like the one I tried and then decided it was for the best sleep-wise!), manchego + grapes. Then people brought stuff and we had way too much and I made them take it home. Ha. We had about 8 people there and it was really fun!
9:30 Guests gone, clean up a bit (wasn’t too much), set up coffee, read for 5 min
Total screen time 91 minutes – WhatsApp, YNAB, gmail, Notes, safari
(I actually do not know how I am functioning right now but I actually feel good . . . I won’t question it.)
Book club! I am dying to join an in-person book club. I have one with a couple friends from college on zoom which is lovely but not the same. What book did you read/what did you think of it?
this time, we read Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow. I loved it as did 1-2 others and the rest disliked!!! Which made for nice discussion. We also talked about TV and random stuff. Most have kids between ages 3-12 so lots in common and several live walking distance.
I also liked Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow – I wasn’t going to read it at first knowing it was somewhat about video games but in a way it made me appreciate them as storytelling devices more? Ha. How nice you have so much in common and are mostly within walking distance
May is my second favorite month! (After October). In central New Jersey, the weather is often delicious, the colors are vibrant (albeit all the pollen causes tremendous allergies), and I finally feel I can crawl out of my safe shell that I spent winter in. May brings my birthday, Mother’s Day, Memorial Day weekend (this year we are off for FIVE days), and a variety of end-of-school activities: for me and for my kids. Girls next door just released an excellent episode on May 🙂
How do you handle logistics of having book club at your house during kid bedtime? Does Josh handle bedtime and keep kids out of the way? Or your nanny helps? I want to start a book club but evenings are chaos (and husband often on call). I think I might have to find a separate space and get childcare at home. Have you ever met in a public space or restaurant?
She did stay late that night to help put kids to bed, I think she left 8:30. (She came in at 2:00ish so not too long of a day!)
Curious as to what is the 5% that is not a good use of time!
I don’t think I had any specific activity in mind! Just general . . .