This was a fairly productive weekend, as these things go. On Friday, I went to NYC for the board meeting of the University Press Club, a century-old Princeton institution that I was in as an undergraduate. We were brainstorming what the club should look like in its second hundred years, given all the changes in journalism. I’m not sure if we solved all the problems in journalism, but my particular small group was quite fun, given that it featured Bill Rukeyser (former managing editor of Money and Fortune). After, we went to a party at one board member’s East Harlem town house. It was good networking and reminiscing all around, though I did have to do my usual dash to Penn Station.
I read there and back on the train, and finished Cal Newport’s new book Deep Work (I’m writing about it for Fortune, and will write about it here in another week or two). Over the weekend I also managed to read the entirety of Arlie Hochschild’s old book, The Second Shift, as I’m writing about it for Fast Company (a what’s changed sort of piece). I ran twice. I cooked a chicken and artichoke dish, banana bread, and white chili.
However, much of the weekend was dictated by my new winter reality. My husband loves to ski, and my two older boys are now in a ski development program at a mountain that’s 90 minutes away. My daughter is likely going to go many days with them too. So my weekends are going to feature a lot of solo toddler time.
This weekend I did a zoo trip on Saturday (my daughter was with us) and then worked during nap. On Sunday we didn’t leave the house in the morning, which was potentially a mistake. It was raining, though, and it was hard to motivate. Also, while church is a good thing to do on Sunday morning, I’m not terribly excited about putting the baby in the church nursery. He’s still recovering from his cough, and I’m worried about what else he’ll pick up. This is the reason that the Y childcare room is not happening right now either (or ski mountain daycares).
So, as I look forward to the next few months, I’m trying to figure out what I can do on weekends to entertain myself and my 1-year-old and yet still feel somewhat restored at the end of the weekend. I’m going to have to do some digging. There are only so many times we can go to the Please Touch Museum. The zoo happened because it was 45 degrees on Saturday, but that may be a rare occurrence. I need some anchor event for the morning, which will then bring us home around lunch for nap (he’s down to one nap a day, but it’s usually a reasonable one in the afternoon). I need to get myself organized to use nap time for whatever needs to get done on the weekend, because it is basically impossible to do anything, including shower, with my son awake. Then potentially we do some shorter afternoon activity once he wakes up. I welcome suggestions.
In other news: I’m posting time logs this week, but since the time challenge starts on Monday Januarly 11, there won’t be much to post until evening. But the 7-Day Time Tracking Challenge is ON so please log along with me!