Habits life Reading

5 on a Friday: Email, Books + More

November 17, 2023

1- Podcast rec: I thought this podcast ep from Lisa Woodruff was brilliant:

Her email tactics are fairly similar to mine – she gets down to (almost) inbox 0 regularly but lets it build up strategically so that she’s not always in there and ping-ponging things back and forth. In lieu of printing emails (she does this!), I put to do items straight into my planner. A few things go into Apple Notes. Everything else gets archived. Only one folder (and in my work email only): waiting on / follow up. The one thing I could do better is that she has largely stopped checking email on her phone. I would love to do that!

2- Light reading: I am enjoying this book (my Britney memoir got delayed, #%*#&$). It is a very non-stressful closed-door (meaning: no graphic sex scenes, I just learned that term!) romance and what I needed right now. This is my 4th novel in November so I guess I am in a fiction mode!

3- MY KIDS’ SCHOOL IS CLOSED AGAIN TODAY. Apparently the grounds are still flooded!? Next week they have ONE half day and then no school the rest of the week so . . . wow. They probably will assign makeup days though. (I really hope they do!!). Very very glad I still have full time childcare because otherwise this would have been a very stressful week (today is a patient day).

4- This has been a nearly-normal week of running for me!!!! So relieved. I still get some mild pain in my injured knee ~4 miles into every run but then it gradually fades and by mile 6 I feel totally normal again (!). It has been slightly better every single day so I feel like maybe I am out of the woods. I will be going long tomorrow – we will see how that goes (I will stop if pain is persistent or worsens throughout of course!). I have *not* been strength training. I have a perhaps irrational fear that this might aggravate the knee further and I know many people stop or ease up on strength training a few weeks out from a race anyway.


  • Josh –> on call
  • Soccer games x 2
  • Long run x 1
  • Gymnastics/piano
  • Very overdue trip to the library (I am getting “please return our books” texts, oops)
  • Not much else. I am trying to have a positive outlook about next week — I’m on call. At least the food will be good (and having the office closed Thurs/Friday might actually make things a bit slower/more relaxed, we will see!)


  • Reply Omdg November 17, 2023 at 8:08 am

    I just finished Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng, and it was excellent. I think you might like it.

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger November 17, 2023 at 12:18 pm

      ooh I’ve read one of her books (Little Fires Everywhere) and liked it but not that one!!

      • Reply omdg November 17, 2023 at 12:34 pm

        Little Fires Everywhere was so good! Even the tv adaptation was excellent. This book doesn’t seem to be quite as popular, but I liked it just as much for different reasons.

  • Reply Elisabeth November 17, 2023 at 9:30 am

    I just ordered The Cheat Sheet from my library. I always appreciate when people say if things are closed/open-door or give trigger warnings (I try to remember to do the same when I post). It’s not usually information that is covered in regular book reviews.

    I recently read a memoir my friend enjoyed but she was SO clear about the major trigger warnings and I was so, so glad I was prepared going into it.

  • Reply Arden November 17, 2023 at 12:43 pm

    Hi Elisabeth
    I’m told that Storygraph is really good about posting trigger warnings – may want to take a look!

  • Reply Lizzy November 18, 2023 at 9:33 am

    Ooh I loved Cheat Sheet! I thought of Sarah Adams when you mentioned on BOBW that you didn’t read as much the years when you had new babies, because I’ve read more than ever this year, but it’s all been super light— including all of Sarah Adams! Sometimes that’s just what I need!

  • Reply jennystancampiano November 19, 2023 at 3:53 pm

    Ooh, I hope your long run went well!
    Your kids have one half day of school next week??? That’s really strange. Our kids have the whole week off, which I love. I would NOT love it if my kids were little, but now it means a way easier week for me.

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger November 19, 2023 at 4:06 pm

      It’s sooooo strange and silly! They also have a weird winter break too- starts and ends on weds (2 full weeks off but spans 3 if that makes sense!)

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