Friday, January 23, 2015

January, reading, and other goings-on

I'm about to head out on my last run before the half marathon on Sunday.

The radio silence around here is due to:

a) call
b) writer's block, I guess
c) paucity of excess time
d) generalized moodiness

I think I'm burnt out from reading so many "IT'S JANUARY CHANGE YOUR LIFE!!1!!" posts that I feel like I don't have much to add to the conversation.  It's been a bit of a rough week, for reasons that even I do not completely understand.  It's partly just fatigue -- when you are on call, you get called and interrupted all day with people asking you for various things, and then (if you're me) you come home and the little ones ask you for other things.  And then sometimes there are work calls (more asking) once I'm really past any point of usefulness and just want to be in bed.

It could be so much harder - I realize.  My life from an objective standpoint is as much as anyone could ask for.  But it doesn't always feel easy.

On the up-side:
✔ So far, I've been sticking to my one resolution and reading every night -- even if it's only for 5 minutes, as it has been for the last 2.  I finished Wild a couple of weeks ago and then The Rosie Project last week.  For me, that's some prolific reading!  I'm currently reading Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience, which has been on my list (and downloaded on my iPad) for ages.  I keep falling asleep, but I think it's my fault, not the book.

✔ A is signed up for camp this summer and school next year.  And I'm already thinking about what to do with C.  He'll be 18 months in August, but the preschool where Annabel goes starts at 20 months.  I agree that 18 months is too young to worry about that sort of thing, but waiting until the year after when he's 2 1/2 seems like a long time.  But maybe that's crazy.  (It's not a child care issue because we will be keeping our nanny until the kids graduate from college . . . but a question of the stimulation/social exposure for him.  Perhaps less of an issue for a second child?).

✔ My race is this weekend!!  Back in the day, I would be all hyped up about race strategy and nervous about meeting goals.  This time, I am mostly just looking forward to the race experience itself.  The weather calls for a beautifully-timed "cold" snap - a low of 54 degrees the night before the race, and a sunny clear day.  The forecasted high is 71, but since the race starts at 6am it's likely to be quite cool for the whole thing.  Yay!

✔ I think I'm finally going to take the plunge and try to arrange one 'night off' per week to go to yoga/barre/?? and just have that be a break in the weekly rhythm.

Recent link love:
Penelope Loves Lists is back!  Great post on her 7 minute strategy on getting things done a little bit at a time.

Laura Vanderkam's strategies for creating me-time.

13 things to do with blank notebooks from The Well-Appointed Desk

Some recent(ish) pix:


In her picture-day attire.  I just love this shot for some reason.


@ the playground.  (AKA their second home.)


2 3/4 is old enough to babysit, right?


last Sunday: C's first swim class.  He did very well!