Wintry Friday thoughts

photo-263We’ve had snow all week. We all came back from Christmas with a lovely cold (and in one case, a fever). Yep, we’re in the post holiday fun time of winter right now. On the plus side, snow is prettier out the window than mud. And thanks to the new treadmill, I’m getting in some early AM workouts. I am inordinately proud of myself that I am doing anything resembling running, given that it’s January and I am >38 weeks pregnant.

A few random notes.

My Fast Company post on 17 Small (And Totally Doable) Tweaks That Will Change Your Year is getting shared around a lot. My post on Why 90 Day Goals Are Better Than Year Long Ones did pretty well too. It turns out people like to read productivity and goal-setting articles during the first week of the new year!

I enjoyed Modern Mrs. Darcy’s list of big books coming out in 2015.

I am reminded that the category of “upholders” is really into New Year’s resolutions. I am a classic upholder. There are upsides and downsides to this, which I will explore when Gretchen Rubin’s Better Than Before book comes out in March (I read an advance copy recently, and enjoyed it).

I am working through copy-edits of I Know How She Does It. They are due next week. (I hope to share the cover with everyone next week too!) I also just turned in my last 3 Fast Company posts for a while. My last W-2 job was in 2002, so I’ve never really taken an official maternity leave. It is a little strange to look out and note that from about 1/15 on, I have very little on my calendar. I need to write 2 book reviews. I’ll likely keep posting here. I’m sure various things will come up. But I may actually succeed in taking some time off, which is kind of appealing.

I signed up for a half marathon in October.

Have you bought your copy of The Cortlandt Boys yet?

When you sing the song about the spider, do you say “itsy-bitsy” or “eensy-weensy?”

Photo: Somewhat surreal street sign I came across while out for a walk in the snow.

14 thoughts on “Wintry Friday thoughts

  1. I’m looking forward to your review of Gretchen Rubin’s new book. I love the topic of habits and New Year’s resolutions. I actually discovered you from your interview on Gretchen’s blog. She talked about your book 168 hours.I immediately read that book and have been following your blog every since. I just looked back at her web site. That interview was posted in September 2010. Here’s the link if anyone else wants to read it. You mention having 2 pre-schoolers back then. How time flies!
    http://www.gretchenrubin.com/happiness_project/2010/09/owning-up-to-our-choices-ultimately-makes-us-happier-if-we-dont-like-our-choices-we-can-change-them/

    1. @Linda M – oh, how fun. Yes, it was a while ago — 4.5 years! As she often says, the days are long but the years are short…

      Maybe I should do an interview series on this blog…

    1. @The frugal ecologist – It may be. I’m itsy-bitsy, and it seems to be one of those things people feel very strongly about. I haven’t identified exactly where the eensy-weensy camp is concentrated.

  2. I grew up with ‘incy-wincy’ which makes no sense at all. (Assuming the rhyme is the about a spider climbing a water spout?$

    1. @Zenmoo- that is the rhyme I have in mind. “The [something-something] spider climbed up the water spout…” But what is that something-something?

  3. Itsy-bitsy!

    Thanks for the share. I’m chuckling at this because *I* shared your 17 tweaks post on the MMD facebook page. (My biggest takeaway: I need a plant for my office.)

  4. Eensy weensy (taught to me by someone from Pittsburgh, PA).
    Thanks for the reminder that one of my New Year’s resolutions should be to ditch the snooze alarm. Looking forward to learning how being an “upholder” influences my habits.

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