I am deep into revisions on Off the Clock. (My next book; current subtitle is “The fine art of feeling less busy while getting more done.”) This is consuming pretty much all my mental energy, so I don’t have a lot on the blog front. So just a few thoughts.
First, please leave a comment on the previous post on abandoned books! I will choose a comment at random (using a random number generator) and that commenter can choose one of my abandoned books. But even if you have no interest in the give-away, it’s a fun discussion. Certain books seem to have been abandoned by a LOT of people.
I had an unexpectedly charmed dealing with the health care system yesterday. My daughter had a fever and ear ache last week, and then I thought it was getting better, but then she clearly couldn’t hear us well on Monday. So I called her pediatrician’s office when it opened on Tuesday morning. They offered me an appointment with her physician at 11:30. I picked my daughter up from camp at 11:20. We got to the office at 11:28, and despite the waiting room being pretty full, we were in by 11:32 (maybe the others were seeing other providers?) We got a quick ear infection diagnosis, and were in the car to the drug store by 11:50. They filled the scrip while my daughter and I chose a shade of nail polish. I made it back to the camp before 12:30 when the boys got out. Efficiency!
I’m still running daily. I had a goal to run the equivalent of a 5k daily in Q2. I’m only 0.8 miles, total, ahead of schedule, so I guess I need to push it for the next week. I really thought I was going to be farther ahead than that, but this is often the fascinating result of tracking things. It feels like I’m running a lot, so I would have assumed I had done a lot more than a 5k daily. Nope.
Speaking of gaps between perception and reality — the American Time Use Survey should be out next week! Long time readers know this is my favorite time survey (yes, I have one). More on that when it’s released. One of the fun findings last year is that the amount Americans sleep per day has actually *risen* by a statistically significant amount over the last 15 years.
I have two karate belt graduation ceremonies on Saturday. Good times.
This morning, while I was making the kids waffles, my daughter twisted off the top of a squishy rubber dinosaur. Inside were thousands of tiny pellets, about the size of a grain of sand. I have been stepping on them all day. This is one of those parenting things where you just think why? Why?