I will admit that I was nervous about this week. My husband left at 6:45 a.m. Monday and is home today. Being gone four nights is not so long a trip, but last week the 2-year-old went on a sleep strike. We are talking multiple nights up in the middle of the night for hours, or else waking up at 3:45 a.m. and never going back to bed. I had zero desire to deal with four nights of this myself.
We also added a winter activity into the schedule (2 nights of wrestling) without any of the fall activities ending yet. So there was the question of how the intricate matrix of all this would with stand the addition.
But the good news is there was only one middle-of-the-night wake-up during the four nights. I am grateful for that. And now the next 3 nights are not my problem! Also, we absorbed the wrestling just fine. In general, the week went pretty well. Some highlights:
I finished a draft of the fable. It’s only about 19,000 words right now and will likely be in the low 20ks when I’m done, but that’s about par for the course for the genre (Who Moved My Cheese is sub-10k words).
Sarah and I recorded four podcasts. Four! Three were with guests, and they were awesome guests. We taped three episodes in a row Thursday morning, and I’ll admit that I was really glad the last one we taped was our “Planner-Palooza,” which involved Sarah’s overview of the paper planner market, and how to use a planner to organize one’s life. Translation: I could just be quiet while she ran with it. We’re now good through the end of the year, which is fortunate, since she’s due in early December.
I spoke at a local event on Wednesday night. In and out — easy!
I managed to finish a surprising amount of administrative stuff. I realized while in the process of getting some travel to Canada booked that my passport expires in 6 months (not that it matters for Canada, but it does for some other destinations). So I filled out the forms to renew by mail, got my photo taken, and got myself to the post office to send it in for expedited processing. Check that off! I also managed to get myself approved in the federal government’s System for Award Management. It helped that I already had various numbers I needed ahead of time, but still. Getting the notification made me feel like Small Business Superwoman.
I wound up with quite a bit of kid time too. My kids’ elementary school was celebrating American Education Week, which meant we could come visit at various points to see lessons. I made it to the kindergarten class and the 2nd grade class. I had some good conversations with my 10-year-old about some tricky issues in the car. And then he made me a PowerPoint presentation about which fish would work with a 40-gallon aquarium (which he wants). The presentation was pretty good, though being a kid, he used the funky transitions between slides (I haven’t shared my thoughts on PowerPoint with him yet).
I arranged playdates and Friday evening activities for all the kids. I went to choir practice on Thursday having practiced all my music ahead of time.
I will admit that I did not achieve my running goals this week. I ran every day (as I do) but I have neither run long nor run fast. I wanted to either do that 10-mile run in the fall foliage that I didn’t get to from my fall fun list, or else run a sub 7:40 mile* on the treadmill. Perhaps I will still get to that second option later today though I kind of doubt it, as I don’t really feel like doing it.
In other news: Speaking of podcasts, I was the guest on Christy Wright’s Business Boutique this week — excuses that steal time episode. Please check it out!
Also, news from friends of the blog! Elizabeth Grace Saunders, author of numerous time management books, has a new book out this week called Divine Time Management. This book looks at time and schedules from a Christian inspirational perspective.
*This is fast for me.