1) evening routine -- i am in a GROOVE right now. basically, the nightly routine goes:
- ~6:15p: dinner for annabel [tonight: spiced pork tenderloin, braised leeks, tomatoes, and bulgur wheat. please let her stay this unpicky!!!!]
- play, bath, read, sing, bed -- she is down by 7p.
- cook while drinking wine and listening to a podcast [tonight: a rather painful segment on jillian michaels "endocrinology". i love her, but that's in quotes for a reason.]
- write post while waiting for josh to come home. [currently, dinner is simmering and he just texted that he may be home in 30. i can live with that, although 30 minutes tends to really mean 60+.]
i decided to take the plunge with fresh20 and am really enjoying the menus so far! full review to follow once i've done more than a weeks' worth.
the adult version
2) we [okay, i] ended up choosing a peg perego carseat. portable but sturdy. loved by its owners. so far, a seems to be dealing with the transition well :)
3) it looks like josh and i will be headed on a little getaway -- to montreal in august for osheaga!
i had mentioned my mild disappointment at not being able to swing an island trip right now . . . and josh and i spent weeks wondering what we could do for a mini-vacation before we start our real jobs [and real lives] in miami. we were browsing last night and came upon osheaga -- a 3-day music festival in montreal -- and decided we had to do it! yes, we're totally going to be the oldest ones there. no, we totally don't care!
vampire weekend, head and the heart, alt-J, beck, phoenix, beach house! miss a. will enjoy some quality time with her [newly local] g-parents and josh and i will go back in time a decade or so. i really can't wait.
planner review: the erin condren 2012-2013 edition
let me preface this by saying i am NOT a planner novice. although most of you probably know that about me already. i really love paper planners and rely on my system a great deal to do . . .well, pretty much everything.
i've used a number of exacompta/quo vadis planners and really love the brand. i also have flirted with some exotic korean volumes, available only through eBay. but last year, i took the plunge and tried out my first erin condren. and while i was a bit skeptical at first, it ended up being the most functional and fun-to-use system i've had to date. and i'm totally getting another one for next year [the new edition goes on sale tomorrow.]
a brief planner tour:
cover:fully customizeable, i chose the 'instagram' design and put a cute family photo on the front. while it probably isn't the world's most professional thing, it gives me joy every time i pull it out. so, i'll probably do something similar this year.
it has held up well through the past ~9 months of use. and [trust me on this] i'm not a very careful person when it comes to protecting my belongings. so that's saying a lot.
i didn't really use this section. but in retrospect, i'm thinking: wouldn't this have made a great brief running log? just mileage, speed, and any quick notes? or race planning calendar, perhaps?
or maybe i will use it for bdays, but actually look at it regularly. a decision to make for next year.
the weekly layout is one of my favorite things about these planners. each day is divided into morning/day/night -- however, you can use these sections however you see fit. i ended up using the top section for scheduled events [ie: conference @ 2 pm], the middle section for lists, and the bottom for planning dinners and workouts.
sometimes i attach an extra list sheet if a day is particularly busy. i keep this handy throughout the day and refer to it all the time.
wonderful 2-page spreads for planning call schedules [ugh] and vacations [yay!]. i also love the monthly goals/to-do sections -- definitely helps me with prioritizing.
the back is filled with plenty of paper for lists. i keep track of things ranging from lab to-dos [although you can see there are still many more things to be done . . .]
to music i want to look into buying:
in the back are cute little stickers to mark various events. i'm super excited that this years' stickers are going to be customizable! maybe i'll use more of them . . . although a 'call' sticker would be pretty lame.
there is also an ample back pocket which has held up well and a zippered pouch filled with a few gift labels, which i used for various things throughout the year.
i absolutely loved using this planner and am looking forward to designing my 2013-2014 edition. however, if there is a downside it is that this planner is quite substantial. i actually don't mind carrying it around, but it's not a 'slip in your clutch' kind of book. secondly, the design is very colorful and feminine. i enjoy this, but i can imagine that this is not everyone's style.
hope that was helpful for someone out there contemplating an EC purchase! anyone else getting one for next year?
[just a quick note to clarify this is NOT in any way a compensated review. EC does not know i exist. i just really like my planner!]