Since writing 168 Hours, I’ve tried to get better about using my weekends. Before anyone grimaces at the idea of “using” weekends, please understand that I mean choosing a few activities that will be fun and/or meaningful for my family, and letting chores and everything else fill in around that. As a result, it’s Saturday night as I’m writing this and we still don’t have groceries. The house is a mess. On the other hand, we had a great day so far…
6:45 – wake up, nurse baby
7:05 – 7:20ish WJR in Detroit calls, do the Warren Pierce show
7:20-8:30 breakfast, puttering around, playing in bed with kids
8:30-9:30 go for run outside. Longest I’ve gone in a month, because I signed up for the Philly half-marathon in November and need to get a move on it.
9:30-10:45 – debate what to do with our day, finally decide we will go to New Paltz and see the historic area plus go apple picking. Michael rents car, picks it up, we pack kids in.
10:45-12:45 – drive north, hit Dubois Farms.
12:45-3:00 – ride in a wagon behind a tractor, pick apples, play in a miniature barn, eat pulled pork, watch Michael attempt a sack race.
3:00-4:15 – travel back into New Paltz, visit the Huguenot street historic area. Michael has been doing a lot of genealogy research lately and has traced some branch of his family tree there. We look at old gravestones with names that are somewhere in his lineage. Dating back to 1600s. Crazy – guess my kids are “DAR” types on his side. My side, not so much (see “Vanderkam”).
4:15-4:30 – ice cream. Dip cones. Only for the brave with a 3-year-old and nearly 1-year-old.
4:30-5:30 – death march. OK, it started as a pleasant stroll down one of New Paltz’s trails, but then we took the scenic route back on Huguenot street, and I was carrying Sam in the backpack. Second workout of day!
5:30-6:00 – drive back toward New York, try to find restaurant. Stop at Ship Lantern Inn (name?) Very nice place just on the highway. Serendipitous to find it.
6-7 – Dinner. As relaxed as it can be with 3-year-old and nearly 1-year-old. Baby sleeps for first part of it. Fried oysters, beef tenderloin stuffed with portobello mushrooms, glass of Syrah. Yum.
7-9 – drive back to New York. Last part little nerve-wracking as Jasper wakes up screaming and then announces (as soon as there is no where to stop) that he has to go potty.
9-9:15 – get stuff back into house. Jasper decides he doesn’t need to go potty after all.
9:15-9:25 – sit on kitchen floor, eating apples with Jasper.
9:25- write up blog post, check twitter/FB/etc.
10:00 – reading stories with Jasper.
10:30 – hang out with Michael
5am – baby wakes up. Ugh. He has a cold.
5-5:45 – hang out with baby
5:45 – 7:15 – wake up Michael, go back to sleep
7:15-7:40 – sit with baby and Jasper
7:40 -8 baths we didn’t get to earlier. I get shower while Michael starts bath.
8-10 AM – hang out with kids. Sam goes down 8:30-9:30 so just Jasper for a while
10-2:15 – go to zoo with friends (who have car). See Wild Asia monorail, Tiger Mountain, Congo exhibit, butterfly house, etc.
2:15-3 – putting away groceries, try to get Sam down (Jasper falls asleep)
3-3:30 – both kids asleep. Enjoy piece of chocolate and read Wired magazine
3:30-4 – nurse baby
4-4:15 – hang out with kids
4:15-4:35 – Michael comes home (he had been at event), much running around as he gets kids ready to go out
4:35-5:35 – work, thinking through next book
5:35-6:15 – run
6:15-7:30 – work
7:30 – Michael comes back home with the kids. Feed Sam, then nurse him and try to get him down.
8 – 8:20 – dinner
8:20-8:30 – Sam still awake. Get him down.
8:30-9:10 – clean up house, coaxing Jasper to help
9:10-9:20 – Jasper wants me to play with him. House is not yet clean. If I have learned nothing else from writing 168 Hours, it’s that I should put down the broom and play with my 3-year-old.
9:20 -9:30 – get him milk, brush teeth, potty, etc.
9:30- Michael reads Jasper story, I am here at computer.
9:35-9:45 – talk to parents on phone
9:45 – 9:55 – my presence is requested by Jasper to read another story. Jungle Drums it is.
9:55 – 10:30 – read, get ready for bed, chat with Michael.
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