I spent Friday doing a time management workshop for a few Ameriprise financial planners in downtown NYC. The photo on this post is the view out 7 World Trade Center. Stunning. I made sure this view was behind me for my presentation so people would want to look at me.
I managed to finish my work for the week by Friday evening last week. It was kind of nice not to have anything urgent hanging over me Sunday night.
Cold pools don’t make for happy children. The 4-year-old is taking swim lessons at the Y, and he’s been pretty reticent about getting in. I saw potentially why when the whole family went on Sunday. The pool was freezing. We didn’t last long.
My 2-year-old is a social butterfly. She’s the kid who wanted to go to the Y to play in the kid zone. She also wanted to go to church Sunday morning so she could hang out in the nursery. I think this is a positive sign for pre-school next year.
She’s also very verbal. My husband took her to her 2-year-old doctor visit. The doctor asked how many words she knew and my husband wasn’t sure. She asked “At least 20?” and he said yes. We’ve now been laughing over the past week at some of her observations, which most definitely use words that are not among the first 20 words you’d learn: “We’re far into the tunnel!” “I want you to put cream on my bottom.” “My ear is hurting me.” (Not “ear hurts” — there was possession and present tense). “My shoe is dirty. I need a wipe for my shoe.”
The 4-year-old went to a very fun birthday on Sunday. We met at the train station, and rode a few stops. We went to a pizza place, then got back on the train to ride home. It’s just SEPTA, the commuter line around here, but the kids rarely get to ride it, so it was very cool for them.
I started helping my 6-year-old with a 500-piece puzzle. He lost interest when he realized it’s pretty hard, and he lacks the patience to try dozens of tiny, seemingly identical blue sky pieces together to see what works. I, on the other hand, have become obsessed.
My husband and I went into the city Saturday night for date night. The restaurant was nice but the key is just getting out of the house. We still talked about the kids, but did so over a bottle of wine and some port. I was glad Sunday morning was my morning to sleep in!
I ran an 8:30 mile on the treadmill. I would like to get faster than my usual plodding pace, so faster miles (like that one) are key to that strategy.
I need to stay out of Trader Joe’s. I stopped by this weekend and wound up with dark chocolate-covered pretzels, dark chocolate-covered cashew bark, and dark chocolate salted caramel truffles. When it comes to dark chocolate with a little something salty, I am not a good moderator. I should not have let this stuff in the house. The good news is that at the pace I’m eating it, it won’t be here long!
I find November to be a lovely month. It starts out with beautiful fall colors around here, and ends in the coziness of Thanksgiving and the start of the Christmas season. But it’s an understated month, rather than the over-the-top nature of December. It’s more contemplative.
I am not writing a novel for NaNoWriMo. But I did have an intriguing concept for a novel pop into my brain upon waking from a dream that involved some plot aspects for it. We’ll see if I can do anything with it. I’m planning on finishing up revisions of the current novel by the end of the year. My Philanthropy Roundtable project on teacher quality is nearing the completion of a draft. Then I’m full-on to Mosaic. I’m looking forward to clearing the deck to work on that.
What are you working on these days?