After a wintry February, spring is coming. The snow is melting, down to the ground in patches. I went on a slippery hike (in lieu of running) on an icy trail the other morning, but I did see mud in spots. The 10-day forecast calls for highs in the 40s and even 50s. (And lots of rain, which may interfere with some weekend adventures, but here’s hoping not).
I had some rough nights with the baby this week and sometimes it feels like I’m playing whack-a-mole with big kid school crises. So I try to look for little wins, even if it’s just laughing at a situation. When I drove a forgotten project to one of my children’s schools yesterday, the security guard who greeted me looked at the project and said “Hey, that’s for Mr. [name]’s class, right?” Apparently he had spent the morning delivering forgotten versions of this project to the same class. Good to know we are not the only household with some executive functioning fails!
I played the piano for 30 minutes at the new house — mostly old Tori Amos sheet music. It took me back to high school immediately. I also attempted to play a Gershwin suite I hadn’t tried in decades. I am looking forward to having piano playing be a bigger part of my life when time opens up. As it should, someday. In my time diary study for I Know How She Does It, I found (with high statistical significance!) that women with children under age 2 have less leisure time than mothers of older children. The transition doesn’t happen immediately at age 2 by any means, but we are only 10 months away from there.
(And potentially teaching the toddler to wear masks in public…oh my goodness).
I had a few little money wins. On the income side, I learned that the New Corner Office podcast did in fact turn a profit (after recouping my advance) in the last quarter of the year. Yes, I pulled the plug on that project, but it’s good to know it could have had an economically functioning life. On the spending side, I got an email from OpenTable that I had lots of dining points about to expire. I confess that I didn’t even know that dining points were a thing (I don’t choose restaurants or times based on them) but I dutifully clicked over and saw that I could redeem some of my points for a $50 Amazon gift card. I did and then used that for a puzzle I’d been eyeing but didn’t need, and some school supplies we did need. A child used his Christmas Amazon gift cards to order a video game he wanted, so I feel slightly less like piles of money have gone there this week. I also went to order an ebook that looked interesting and saw that I had ordered that ebook in November 2018. What happened then? Did I read it? I have no memory of it. But at least I didn’t buy it a second time!
Now I just need to figure out how to get some paper towel rolls for another kid school project. We are not going through paper towels quickly enough to produce an adequate supply. However, we have slightly accelerated usage this week as my 6-year-old has become quite interested in cleaning bathrooms. I required him to help me clean up a bathroom after he made a big mess in one (no need to go into the details here) and he discovered that it was quite satisfying to spray the cleaner and wipe up smudges and dirt. Most days this week he’d come home from school and request we go clean a bathroom together. I guess there are worse hobbies!
In the non-win category: We made sourdough bread from a starter and it didn’t really work. We got a loaf of bread but it didn’t have that sourdough taste. Oh well. If you took up sourdough making during the pandemic, I’d love to hear your tips.