I logged my time again last week again. I could make an argument that it wasn’t typical in the sense that I didn’t work Monday (our nanny was on vacation). But long-time readers will not be surprised to learn that, despite the day “off,” I still worked...wait for it...49.5 hours.
In other words, despite the week being atypical, my work total fell within 1 hour of the other 3 weeks I logged over the past 6 months. It’s uncanny. Because I didn’t work Monday, I wound up working a full 7 hours on Sunday. I also did some work most nights. While I’d prefer to work Monday through Friday during normal work hours, I can’t always make my 49 hours happen during those slots. So I do what I can.
It was a good week. With the weather warming up (before our St. Patrick’s Day snowfall today), I squeezed in a few 30 minute runs outside. I’m getting good at identifying an open half hour, changing clothes during a 5-minute break at some other point, and then racing out the door as soon as I’m off the phone or turn something in. I want to do this more often, and go for longer, once the weather is nicer, but I’m trying not to let the perfect be the enemy of the good.
I slept a little more than usual: 54.5 hours. This included a half hour nap on Monday while my 4-year-old slept (he hadn’t gotten enough sleep the night before with the whole Daylight Savings thing) and my 2-year-old watched Peter Rabbit. I don’t like the Peter Rabbit show, but boy am I happy it exists.
I logged some quality time with each of the kids:
-- My 6-year-old had his parent-teacher conference, and he participated in this one. I learned that he is a joy to have in class, which I was glad to have confirmed! The 6-year-old had 2 playdates, and I’m enjoying getting to know his friends’ parents and had some time in the car with him during playdate shuttling.
-- My 4-year-old was upset that my shuttling the 6-year-olds to playdates meant I missed lunch on Friday (it was a half day at school), so we had lunch together a little later, and read together. He also helped me bake banana bread on Tuesday night.
-- I naturally spent a lot of time with the 2-year-old as I had her all day Monday and Sunday. I took her for her first hair cut on Monday (she was such a big girl!) and I took her to Gymboree art class. She and I and her big brother played outside on Monday afternoon for quite a while. We went swimming together on Sunday.
My parents and my little brother came to visit over the weekend, and we did some fun family activities. We all went to the Sixers game on Friday night. We got cheap tickets through the YMCA basketball league my sons play in, but if they’re supposed to learn how to play basketball by watching the Sixers, possibly the Y should rethink this. We watched them extend the league’s longest losing streak!
My parents left on Saturday, but my brother stayed, and it was nice to have a 3rd adult around to help keep track of 3 kids at the Please Touch Museum’s Storybook ball. We didn’t lose anyone. He also helped my husband with the two boys went they went skiing Sunday.
There is room for improvement, of course. I’d like to exercise more. I’d like to spend more one-on-one time with my 4-year-old. I got extremely frustrated on Monday night when I wound up taking all 3 kids to Cub Scouts. My daughter was getting tired (she hadn’t napped) and commenced throwing things. While part of my frustration was that my husband wasn’t around to do his half of the 3-kid logistics, I should have anticipated this, and either hired a sitter to take the younger two, or asked another parent to take my 6-year-old to the meeting.
My husband and I didn’t spend much solo time together but we have a date night planned for next week.
I’ve been tallying my numbers, and I will likely use this particular log in the Mosaic database. I'd been worried it might be "atypical" but as it turned out, it really wasn't. In case anyone’s curious, I did 4.0 hours of housework. I exercised for 3.0 hours, read for 7.5 (though some of that overlaps with work), and watched 0.5 hours of TV.
EARLY WAKE UP CHALLENGE: Day 1 went well. I showered last night and got up at 6 a.m. I got in a solid 90 minutes of work before anyone got up. I plowed through several time logs, and I feel like I’m making progress. 13 down, 88 to go! Plus the other 40 that will come in soon...