Monday, August 21, 2017


Coming (very) soon!

Approximately 1 month ago, I concluded that the ever-expanding podcast world was still missing something: voices of working women, balancing work & family while having a blast doing it.  I wrote this post, and you all helped convince me that I needed to actually make this happen myself!  

When Laura contacted me asking if I'd be interested in collaborating, I was even more energized and excited to move things forward.  I've read all of her books (my two faves: 168 Hours and I Know How She Does It), but have also gotten to know her very well through the blogworld over the past several years.  Laura and I have met on several occasions, including on a run when she was newly pregnant with #4 -- always a bonding experience to chat over miles!  We definitely clicked, with plenty in common but enough variation in job type and family setup that I think we will have plenty to discuss and explore together.

The first three episodes will be available for download or stream tomorrow, and we should be searchable in iTunes by the end of the week!  We are planning on weekly releases, but wanted to start out with a bang :)  We are still wide open for questions and suggestions, so please keep them coming!

The first three episode topics are:

-- Crafting the right work/life balance -- about my decision to go part-time, and the pros/cons of doing so

-- The Second Shift:  evenings with the kids 

-- Having more than 2 children -- taking the plunge, and Laura's take on going from 0-4 in 8 years

Okay, now headed back to check over A's homework (we both survived The First Day of School!) and revel in my excitement over tomorrow's official debut!  More to come!!

PS: Amy won the naming contest as the first one to come up with Best of Both Worlds!  She is getting a Hobonichi with her winnings - she has promised to provide a picture of her loot once it arrives.

Friday, August 18, 2017

what a week!

I'm ready to move on to the weekend.

I gave grand rounds yesterday.  The preparation wasn't terribly labor intensive, since I gave a similar talk at another institution in January -- but it still was stressful.  Apparently I am more worried about being judged by my peers than people I don't actually know!

I think it went decently (hard to tell!) and was happy to be able to add it to my CV and check it off as DONE.  I also had packed patient days Wednesday and Thursday -- I think it's the back-to-school rush, as most area schools begin next week and everyone wants to get in beforehand!  Traditionally the first week of school is much much quieter, but since we have our own kindergartener starting this year it will be quite eventful for us.

A is definitely a little (maybe a lot) nervous.  She's been at the same school since ~18 months of age, and so this fall is a BIG switch for her.  An entirely new building, uniforms (yes, in a public school - I think it's a regional thing!), and much bigger kids in the upper grades.  On the positive side, her school is located across the street from her old one (and Cameron's) so at least the logistics aren't so bad!

We'll be going to orientation today and then Monday (ECLIPSE DAY) is go time!  I do think she may cry when we leave the first day but I am trying to look at the big picture -- long term, she is more than prepared and will have a great time.  (I probably cried my first day too, but seem to have recovered :) ).

We're more than halfway through (not sure how that happened . . .) so I feel this is timely.

1) Launch Podcast.  Guess what?  Planning on officially releasing the podcast NEXT WEEK!  Tuesday is tentatively launch day, but I'm hoping to announce title + other details on Monday.  There will be three episodes to start with -- I really hope everyone enjoys it!  I'm very excited about this as you can probably tell!

2) Finalize fall activity schedule (for the kids).  DONE.  Between the two of them, A&C are enrolled in probably too many things, but we'll just see how it goes.

3) Start 2016 Photobook.  Didn't happen yet.  Maybe next week . . . or month . . .'

4) Give a polished Grand Rounds.  Check.  Or at least I think check.

5) Give interview prep session.  Check.

6) 670G training.  Next week I should be able to fit this in.


1) Average < 60 min on Moment daily.  I was doing soooo well with this until the past few days when I ran out of books to read and started reading on my Kindle App, which started eating up minutes like crazy.  I have 4 books coming from the library on Saturday though so this should help!

2) Read daily.  YES, have been super into reading!  Definitely leaning more towards candy-fiction (will confess I just finished Fitness Junkie by Lucy Sykes) but hey - I'm really enjoying it.

3) Take prenatal daily + eat with pregnancy nutrition in mind.  Generally yes, though lately this has included nightly routine ice cream (or gelato) consumption.  My weight gain has slowed down though so I'm assuming my body just knows what it wants!

4) Run 3-4x/week and strength 2x/week.  Doing pretty well with this so far - last week was lighter due to sickness but overall I am meeting these goals.  (All of my strength work is barre3, it's just what works for me these days!).


Hobonichi's 2018 lineup is up!!  I have been wavering, but am tempted to just stick with Hobonichi again next year.  My system just works too well, even if it is starting to feel a bit routine.  Hmmmmmm.  Anyway, the new covers are viewable!  The store is open for purchases in September, but it's fun to peruse early.  I feel like this means planner season has officially begun . . . if there is such a thing!

some cute Cousin covers

I like this one!

Happy weekend!  Off to run, work, and strategize for the next 2 days (will be some intense kid-time since Josh is on call!).  

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

summer marches on . . .

I can't even call this post a weekend update, since it's mid-day Tuesday already.  Since my last post, Charlottesville happened, and while I've really been NOT paying a lot of attention to the news (I believe in Aziz Ansari's philosophy here), I couldn't quite turn away this time.  It made me so sad (and angry, and hopeless) to see that our country has gotten to the place where it has.  I have such great memories of time spent in Charlottesville (mostly with my college BFF Vickie who was there all the way through medical school and residency).  I've run their half marathon twice (maybe 3 times?) and would love to do it again.  

Anyway, so I've been thinking about the town and the people, and our country.  I'm trying to figure out the right ways to stand up against such hate, and welcome ideas (places to donate, actions to take, etc).  I truly hope things get better.  

In our corner, we had a reasonably good family-centric weekend - we were both off and spent most of the time at home or in the neighborhood.  Josh and I did venture out to see Dunkirk (a little too MUCH for me right now, I think).  We were all a little sick (GI . . .fun) so energy levels weren't amazing.  But I think everyone is better now.

More positive things to focus on:

1) The Atlantic.  I know, also news related.  But Josh and I have decided that a monthly magazine is the most tolerable way to stay reasonably updated without so much in-your-face-headline-sensationalism.  I am really into reading the issues in small pieces throughout the month.

2) THE ECLIPSE!  Have you looked up how it will look near you?  We won't have a total eclipse in FL (my sister, still in NC, gets a much better view!) but it will be pretty exciting nonetheless.

I am disappointed in my planning-ahead self for NOT ordering glasses (which are now exorbitantly expensive on amazon). Oh well.  We are going to employ some low-tech mirror/paper/etc viewing techniques.  I'm off that day AND it's A's first day of school!  What an event.

3) Magnatiles!  These are seriously the most versatile popular toys in our house.  They are pricey but their cost-per-use is probably one of the lowest of any of the toys we own.  I just added a glow-in-the-dark set.  This is literally our house every evening:

4) Museum outings.  We headed to the Frost and finally arrived early enough to park! (TIP: DO NOT GO MID-DAY ON A WEEKEND).  This is what our family would look like if A&C were both quadruplets:

God help us all.

5) Calzones!  I made some using this easy crust recipe (seriously, very easy!) and this sausage-vegetable filling.  They turned out really good!  C loved them.  (A would not taste but that had much more to do with stubborn-ness than calzone quality).

6) The Backpack, which arrived with plenty of time to spare


PODCAST UPDATE:  Episode 1 has been edited and is almost ready for prime time!  We're hoping to launch as early as next week - stay tuned!


Weekly workout report Aug 7 - 13 
pregnancy week 23

M - Treadmill run 35 min, 2.8 mi.  5 min run / 2 min walk x 5

T - REST - getting over cold

W - Barre3 40 minute workou

R - Treadmill run 42 min.  Ran 10 / walk 2 / Ran 8 / walk 2 / Ran 6 / walk 2 / Ran 4 / walk 2 / Ran 2 / walk 2.  (Paces 5 - 5.5 mph running).  Gotta keep it interesting . . .

F - REST - now with GI issues (it was a very sick week)

S - Treadmill run 44 min.  Ran 20 min @ 5 mph, walked 2 min, ran 20 min @ 5 mph, walked 2 min.

S - REST again.  It was a rough week - what can I say!