NOV –> DEC
It’s November 30!!!! What a month. SERIOUSLY, a very packed and emotionally charged month. A mini-recap of things that happened in November:
- BLP Live
- Trip to Denver with my college friends!
- A call week AND a big holiday (simultaneous . . .)
- Dual soccer team experiences
- 2 days of school closure due to a flood
- Lots of injury aftermath stuff (including uncertainty about whether I could do my much-anticipated marathon with a final “hard no” as the verdict and eventual journey to peace with said verdict)
- . . . and even a couple of things that go beyond what is blog-worthy
Truly, after all that — I am hoping for a really peaceful December.
My goal is to rest, reflect, read, experience, and generally slow down to recover that madness. I am so so glad we chose a very low-key relaxing trip (just a few days in Amelia Island) and won’t be flying anywhere this month.
We will be celebrating some birthdays, giving gifts, and watching the Nutcracker but truthfully compared to the above that sounds just lovely. ALSO school soccer ends 12/14 and club soccer takes a break starting at 12/15! I really truly AM glad C is getting to experience this level of sports engagement BUT I am also soooooooo psyched for a break!
Things that would be fun to do monthly:
(Please note, I am not planning to execute on all of these ideas! I am just brainstorming and playing with the idea of a monthly project!!)
- Date night with a kid (not with each kid, but A kid – ie, each kid gets 4 dates/year. I feel like this could be doable?)
- Mani/pedi monthly (book the last one as you leave each one so it’s set)
- Massage (as noted yesterday)
- Choose a room to focus on to declutter (#aspirational)
- Pick a challenging book (I just got The Covenant of Water by Abraham Verghese from the library and DAMMNNNNN is that a TOME) and read 1/30 of it daily
- Choose a podcast or TV show to binge (ie new one each month)
- Pick a color to use in my planner and generally stick to that scheme all month ( <– this I am kind of doing!)
- Choose a cookbook each month to make Sunday dinners from. Could get book at library even!
- Experiment with a scent – candle / lotion / etc – and use it every day for a month
- Do a 3-day split from Peloton (strength program) and repeat it all month to trend progress (switch to new one each month)
I guess I should save this for Friday but here we are!
LOVED this ep featuring Maryanne Wolf: This is Your Brain on Deep Reading. It’s a re-air, but I didn’t listen to it the first time so it was new to me.
Her premise is that many of us don’t take the time we used to when we read, in part due to different reading habits (devices, scrolling) and in part due to injured attention spans (in part due to device exposure/hyperstimulation). There is not a ton of evidence presented in the episode but I suspect many could relate to what she and Ezra are discussing (and personally recounting).
I actually wonder if trying to read XYZ # of books might contribute to shallower reading of certain texts, though with some volumes it may not matter (LOVE the word of authors like TJR and Elin Hilderbrand — I really do! — but I don’t necessarily need to spend 10 minutes on each page, you know?).
It strengthened my resolve to cultivate better family reading practices. Interested in what others do in their homes to promote reading (Kae also wrote about this recently with respect to her teens!).