Summer is hitting hard. We had two large storms this week, and the forecast for the weekend has the high as 99 degrees on Saturday and Sunday. I’ve been trying to run in the morning, generally 8-8:35 a.m. when I have childcare, but before the camp runs. But when it’s 82 degrees at 7 a.m., as it looks to be tomorrow, I guess it’s a treadmill day.
(We had four kids in three camps, all with simultaneous drop-offs, so I’ve been doing a lot of camp runs, even if I’m sharing these duties. On the plus side, I’m listening to a lot of podcasts.)
This has been a challenging week on the sleep front. The 4-year-old has woken me up before 6 a.m. every morning this week (my husband was on the road for much of it). If I’m woken up at 2 a.m., I can go back to sleep, but I find this hard to do at, say, 5:15 a.m. as the sun is coming up. This would be fine if I went to bed at 9:45 p.m., but the older boys have been dragging out bedtime. It’s been hard to get to sleep before 10:45 p.m. by the time they’re settled in.
So, I’ve been pondering solutions. We set up a system where the 4-year-old can go turn on the computer himself and play games/watch videos. I may also just tell the older boys that I will say goodnight at 10 p.m. and trust them to turn out their own lights at 10:30. I know I will make up the sleep this weekend, but I generally prefer to get at least 7 hours every night, rather than go short and then long. Here’s hoping next week will be better.
I did not buy anything for Amazon Prime Day (I did opt to try the Kindle Unlimited free 3-month offer, but I also have a calendar note to cancel in September if I’m not using it). We took advantage of the Old Navy 50 percent off sale to buy a lot of summer and back-to-school clothes for the kids, since that’s one of the places we tend to shop.
My Libby app finally came through on Lori Gottlieb’s Maybe You Should Talk to Someone. I put this on hold about 2 months ago, and the app claimed there was a 6-month wait list, but maybe Libby subscribes to the Disney World philosophy of queue management: people are happy about long lines if they’re faster than expected. I also put a hold on Daisy Jones and the Six, but if that doesn’t come off the queue quickly, I’ll probably just buy it.
I went to the 12-year-old’s camp production of Guys and Dolls last night. I was in this show when I was 15 or so, and it was interesting how many of the songs I could remember. Where does the brain store all this stuff? My parents came for the performance, a benefit of their recent move. Yep, they moved into their new place in New Jersey this week, and are now about an hour away (a little more in rush hour). We’re doing a housewarming get-together with my brothers this weekend.
A few links…The Princeton Alumni Weekly did a write-up of the Best of Both Worlds podcast. My interviewer asked (as many interviewers do) about the focus on women with this conversation. I do think it’s broadening, but I think many men still grow up with the message that working for pay is contributing to their families and helping their families, whereas many women grow up hearing the message that working for pay is hurting their families. Until that backstory changes, this conversation is going to be more female focused.
The Atlantic quotes me in an article on personal finance and “coffee shaming.”
I’m on the Duct Tape Marketing podcast talking time management and Juliet’s School of Possibilities.
Speaking of which…Have you picked up a copy of Juliet’s School of Possibilities? In this novella, I share my philosophy of time management. Expectations are infinite. Time is finite. You are always choosing. Choose well.
Also, the Grown and Flown FB Live chat (about teaching time management to teens and young adults) is up to 12,000 views. Please go watch/listen if you haven’t already!