I am on vacation next week and will not be blogging much (if at all). Try not to miss me too much 🙂
Some ups and downs this week as usual. I had scheduled a massage this morning — my little occasional treat — but after getting myself to the place on time, and then waiting for a while, I learned my masseuse was not there yet and was running at least 30 minutes late. Boo. I wound up leaving (because if I’d started my hour-long massage at 9:40 I would have been late for other things). While I realize that a canceled massage is the definition of a first world problem, I never like wasting time.
An upside of that, though: I listened to more of the Simplify podcast on the drive there and back. I listened to the interview with myself and I thought I sounded reasonable. They told me this episode was downloaded 25,000 times in the first few days, which is definitely cool.
Running is going well. I did two runs during the week with a friend. Both days wound up being 2x days, once because I’d run in the A.M. before she texted, and then the other because I did my evening bike/run with my 7-year-old. I’ll do a long run with another friend this weekend. I made the mistake one day of trying to do a mid-day run outside when it was particularly hot, and I had to quit after 2 miles.
We have tickets for the Longwood Gardens fireworks this weekend. I am slightly concerned about the big kids being out past their bedtime (the 2-year-old will stay home). OK, scratch that, I’m concerned about being out past my bedtime, given the early wake-ups. But as I keep seeing from my time logs, one way or another I get to my 7.4 hour average. And I can be pretty functional on 6 hours sleep if I need to be, as long as I make it up over the next night or two. The 2-year-old woke up sometime around 6:30 a.m. this morning, so that felt quite reasonable. I was actually up on my own before that.
On the professional front, I made some progress. Some was platform building, some was creative. I sketched the outline of a potential time management “fable.”
I learned a woman I met many years ago (and liked!) would be moving to my neck of the woods later this month. So now we have lunch scheduled.
I scheduled a lot of life maintenance stuff. I made it to the eye doctor (though, as usual, it requires a follow-up appointment…precluding simply checking this to-do off the list). I made a dentist appointment for next month. I got my hair cut.
I read like a madwoman. I finished the Personal Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant. This was surprisingly readable. I know that Mark Twain published it; maybe he edited it too? It was a little strange that Grant’s memoirs didn’t cover his presidency, but I guess the war in Mexico and the Civil War were his personal highlights. Then, after two very short books as palate cleansers, I plunged into Kristin Lavransdatter. I only committed to making it through book 1 (which is 291 pages; I’m at 265 now). It was published originally as 3 separate books, so I think it’s OK to count it as 3 books on my books read list (right?). If book 1 goes well then I will attempt to get through the whole 1100 pages. I’m realizing that you read an 1100 page book just like you’d read anything. A bit at a time. I told myself if I read 50 pages a day, I’d get through it by the end of August. I’m ahead of that pace now, so it probably won’t take that long. Can War and Peace and IQ84 be far behind??? Curious which 600+ page books people have read and would recommend.
Only one camp show this week. I’d call that a win.
In other news: I had a great laugh about that guy who tried to schedule 6 dates in a night, and the ladies all wound up meeting up and having a drink together and enjoying each others’ company. With informational interviews, stacking is OK. Dates, not so much. Sometimes, efficiency is not the way to go.
Photo: Tomatoes from the garden. Finally!