and i am pleased to announce that the winner is option B, otherwise known as the buttoned watercolor dress!
the sash is actually stolen from the phosphorescent dress, but it matches the pattern well enough (i think). i will fancy it up a bit with some dressier shoes.
while i have worn this dress to a wedding (and a rather fabulous one at that -- thank you aimée!) previously, that was friends and this is family, so there is no overlap. my rewearing can remain a secret between me, josh . . . and all of you :)
thank you for voting -- if you could get it to work, that is (it sounds like internet explorer is not accepting of the polldaddy widget). interesting that it was supposed to have been limited to 100 responses (since i only have the 'free' version), but didn't cap! weird.
more thoughts on 168 hours
overall, while i did NOT agree with everything laura vanderkam wrote, i thought this was a very interesting and thought-provoking book.
she maintains that:
"168 hours is enough time to work 50 hours a week, sleep 8 hours a night, and still spend massive amounts of time with your children." -- p. 145evidently, the way to do this is to outsource every chore, from doing laundry to buying groceries, and to sit down to work most nights for 2-3 hours after putting your children to bed. oh, and don't forget to squeeze some quality time with your spouse in there, too.
judging from your responses to my panicky post the other day, you all probably see a few holes in this plan. even i do, and i haven't even tried it yet! and i don't necessarily believe in outsourcing every little mundane chore. i would rather find some peace and fun (!) in most of these activities, something i believe to be possible.
however, grandiose declarations aside, the book made me think about time in a number of different ways. some positives:
■ i enjoyed starting my list of 100 dreams.
■ i found her notes on work interesting. she writes:
"a great way to clear your professional calendar is to quit projects or give up responsibilities that are leeching time that you could devote to core-competancy activities."although i can just imagine my program director's response to my request to quit such time-leeching responsibilities such as, you know, call. perhaps i'm just not high enough on the totem pole to be able to implement this sort of advice yet, or maybe the medical field is just . . . special.
■ i liked this quote:
"do not mistake things that look like work for actual work."time spent in meetings, surfing online in the office, incessantly checking email -- these things may eat up time during the work day and make one feel productive, but you're better off just getting done what you need to do and getting out of there! at least that's how i took this piece of advice.
■ i enjoyed the section on flow, something that i am always seeking. she notes that
"people were happiest when they were completely absorbed in activities that were difficult but doable, to the point where their brains no longer had space to ruminate on the troubles of daily life."an interesting way to put it, but this rang true to me.
■ whether this is a function of her engaging writing, my own idiosynchrasies, or just related to excess time from my media cleanse (!), i found myself wanting to engage in her suggested exercises, from listing the activities that find my flow (both blogging + clinic make the list!), to analyzing my future work goals, to tracking my own time to look for ways i can improve my usage of each 168 hour block.
i even found myself inspired to do a calming lunar flow yoga session with a block of downtime yesterday evening after listing 30-minute activities that bring bits of joy.
so, in summary: i recommend 168 hours, but taken with a grain of salt. it may have annoyed me at times, but it made me think, which had an overall positive impact. if anyone else has read it -- or something similar -- i would love to hear your thoughts!
media cleanse report
✰ number of time i checked email yesterday: 3 (oops)
✰ number of times i wanted to open my google reader: many (but i didn't!)
✰ how badly, on a scale of 1-10, i wanted to watch glee and/or desperate housewives on hulu yesterday: 9
yes, i will be excited when this little experiment draws to a close! i wish i could say that my desire for online connectivity has waned over the past few days, but in actuality the novelty of being 'disconnected' has worn off and i'm thirsting for a nice juicy zen habits post or a peek at the latest sale offerings at anthro. i can (and will) make it 3 more days, though!
workout: 30 minutes lunar flow yoga session (not really a workout, mostly just stretchiness, but it felt great)
real simple PLUS this may be a bit bold, but i think that my ravioli creation was a step up from the official version.
i subbed green beans (since we had a hefty sack of local ones in our CSA box) for brussels, used butternut squash ravioli, and added some fresh sage. the result?
at least i thought so!
board prep: 10 more PREP questions + review of derm + muscuoskeletal. today is basically my last real study day!! (!!!!!) i suppose i should get started . . .