I love June. I call it the “Friday night of summer” — and it tends to be beautiful in this part of the world. Our roses are blooming. The honeysuckle is too. The baby slept at least six hours at a stretch overnight all three nights this weekend and so I feel like a new person. My husband also took on most of the naps, which still require an adult’s capacity as the baby will only nap in a sling/carrier. He has realized that he can strap the kid into the Ergo, and then disappear into his office to deal with his inbox for an hour. I enjoy being able to move around the house unencumbered. There is much that has been frustrating about the last few months (not to mention the depressing news of the past few days), but I have been grateful for this experience of having him fully around (24/7!) for this baby’s infancy. This week would have been an annual gathering he winds up off in Europe for, generally Sunday night to Friday. This year he spent Sunday night reading book 7 of Harry Potter with our 8-year-old, and he will be done by dinner every night.
I managed to get tickets for one of the local zoos’ drive-through safari on Sunday. I thought it was cute. They set up a dozen stations in the parking lot with different animals, and you could drive past, seeing turtles, snakes, donkeys, a bald eagle. Then the exit route went past the giraffe exhibit so we saw those too. Since I’d billed it as a “safari” my 13-year-old was wildly unimpressed (I think he imagined something like the Kilimanjaro Safari at Animal Kingdom) but after having zero activities for three months it was fun to see something. We went for our regular weekend hike at a nearby park, and then got Rita’s.
I spent a lot of time on Legos too. The 10-year-old and I are now on bag 10 of 13 in the giant Yoda set. We may finish this week!
I don’t usually set monthly goals, and my aspirations for June are pretty limited. I want to get a little more ahead on my podcasts so I don’t have to worry about recordings during our beach weeks. I will lay the ground work for the launch of The New Corner Office: How the most successful people work from home (my ebook) in July. And I will try to enjoy June. In Off the Clock, I talk about looking around and noticing “I am not unhappy now.” Getting all the kids in the car to get to the zoo at the appointed time was a reminder of how stressful that is. The 5-year-old shut himself in the closet, yelling because none of his favorite pairs of Minecraft underwear were clean (we are a bit behind on laundry…but after many loads this weekend we are back to current). My husband wound up carrying him, kicking, out to the van as I grabbed his shoes. But this morning he was all snuggly, so we lay on the couch and talked about how he’d like some books on sharks that he could try reading. It was a nice way to end the weekend and start the week.