Archive for January 2018

Friday miscellany: When (the book), plus winter kid activities

Some ups and downs this week. The 3-year-old is moving into his big boy bed. He had been sleeping in a crib with the back removed (so he could get in and out) for quite a while, but he was interested in moving, and I am interested in anything that makes him willing to go to bed. Potty-training is still a work in progress. Fairly limited progress. Oh well. Anyway, a few… read more »

The art of winter back-up plans

I woke this morning to a 2-hour school delay. It's getting to be a Tuesday tradition around here! But other than some mild trepidation about whether my 3-year-old would tear the house apart while I was outside shoveling the driveway, I am relatively relaxed about it. This has not always been the case. But I feel like I've reached a pretty good place on winter wea… read more »

Podcast discussion thread: What do you wear — and not wear?

Back in a different phase of my life, I used to watch a lot of episodes of What Not To Wear. In the show, the hosts would go through a person's closet, and toss almost everything as being too old, unworkable, unflattering, etc. They would then give this person (almost always a woman) $5000 to go purchase a new wardrobe, with guidance from the hosts about what worke… read more »

2018 Time-Tracking Challenge: The wrap-up thread

If you've been reading this blog over the past week, you now know exactly how I spent the last 168 hours. However, on the off chance that you weren't adding up every single minute (ha) I thought I'd share some of my analysis. Here's the run-down: I worked 34.5 hours. Only about 30 of these occurred during the Monday-Friday work week. And even some of those occurre… read more »

2018 Time-Tracking Challenge: Day 7

Almost done with 168 hours of time logs! Did you stick with the whole week? Last night, I watched football (Go Eagles!), ate various snacks, and put the kids to bed. I made it to bed around 11:30 (again! Perhaps my new bed time). Here's how today went: 7:00 - 7:15 up with 2-year-old, who announced he needed to go potty (!) His diaper was wet, alas, so it was an ineffec… read more »