Three years ago today, iHeartMedia published the first few episodes of Before Breakfast. In each short (5 minutes!) podcast, I share a tip to help take listeners’ days from great to awesome. We have not missed a weekday since!
I’m not sure how much overlap there is between blog readers and Before Breakfast listeners, but if you haven’t checked it out yet I would appreciate it if you would. Some recent episodes include Your 2500 books, What makes an experience good, and You might not need to quit. We do a “Second cup” repeat episode on the weekends, plus a repeat of a New Corner Office episode each week too.
If you prefer reading to listening, my Medium column this week looks at The List That Makes Your Weekends More Memorable.
This week featured a lot of driving. My husband was traveling and our current kid school and activity schedule (to say nothing of the half days the elementary kids had this week because of conferences) works best with three adults. So our nanny worked extra hours and I spent a lot of time in the car.
Last weekend I inaugurated the new oven with these vegan apple cinnamon muffins. They were pretty good! My grocery store was out of cupcake liners. But when my online order (and my vegan chocolate chip order) arrive, I plan to do some banana muffins.
I recently finished Lucky Breaks, which is a collection of micro-stories written by Yevgenia Belorusets, a Ukrainian author. They are all about women living in Ukraine after the 2014 war. There’s some magical realism, and much about the absurdity of war and life. The book was fairly short — and featured the author’s photography too — so if someone is looking for a quick but poignant read with an eye to learning more about a place very much in the news these days, this would work.
Speaking of other books, I’m working through the copy-edits of Tranquility by Tuesday. I know it is my own book, but I’m enjoying reading through it again. So hopefully others will too! (Eventually. It isn’t out until the fall…)
Now I’m on to my “Friday punch list.” One of my TBT rules is to batch the little things, so I try to deal with bills, contracts, invites + requests, kid sign-ups and such in one fell swoop on Fridays. It doesn’t always work, but the goal is to not have these things be options all the rest of the time. If my choice is dealing with a tricky edit in a book manuscript or buying a birthday present, it’s tempting to go for the online shopping. This is one way to ward off procrastination (while making sure the little stuff does get done too).
I hope everyone has an adventurous and rejuvenating weekend planned! We’ve got the Cub Scout Pinewood Derby, which always features some serious competition….