There was a big question mark hanging over last week. My plan was to go to the Florida Keys to see Sarah and have our bi-annual (or so) Best of Both Worlds retreat. However, TS/Hurricane Nicole was barreling down on the east coast of Florida and, according to the maps, looked like its arrival would coincide with mine. As the week progressed, I could see that most likely the storm would make landfall closer to Orlando (a few hours north) and in any case, would be over land and weakening by the time my plane left PHL at 7:30 a.m. on Thursday. Nonetheless, it seemed like there was a reasonable likelihood American Airlines would cancel the flight.
So I thought through back up plans (a later Thursday flight, etc.). In the end, as we got closer and closer to Wednesday night, the app kept saying the flight was on time. I went ahead and packed before bed, set my alarm, and hoped for the best.
Sure enough, I woke to a notice that my flight was boarding in roughly 90 minutes (I’m not big on getting to the airport early for early morning flights…). So I drove, parked, got to the gate, and we commenced boarding a few minutes after I arrived. The pilot warned of “significant turbulence,” as we’d fly over the side of the storm. They cleared all cups and had us locked down mid-way through the flight and then it was just…not that bad. Blessedly. It wasn’t even the worst flight I’ve been on this year. I would call that turbulence “modest” at most.
After that, it was a fun trip! Sarah and I hung out in hammocks on the beach brainstorming episode ideas, and we recorded 2.5 episodes. We planned out several other things, some of which will be shared here soon.
Anyway, I was very glad the trip happened. Here’s how I did on the Tranquility by Tuesday rules this week:
(For new readers — each week I write about how I did on the 9 rules that I feature in Tranquility by Tuesday: 9 Ways to Calm the Chaos and Make Time for What Matters. It’s usually easy for me to determine this because I track my time. You can too!)
Rule #1: Give yourself a bedtime. Longtime BOBW listeners may have observed that one of us is a morning person and one of us, despite writing books on morning routines and hosting a podcast called Before Breakfast is…not. One of us is also way more serious about exercise and one of us…well, just tries to be game for stuff. So we wound up hitting the hotel gym at 7 a.m. each morning. I set my alarm for 6:35 (enough time to dress and have an espresso). That meant I observed my bedtime. Actually I went to bed at 10, not 11. I hit my bedtime every other night except Monday, when I was hanging out with my husband.
Rule #2: Plan on Fridays. I did not bring my planner to Florida with me, but during a break between Best of Both Worlds business, I pulled out my calendar and planned the upcoming week on a hotel notepad. Planning doesn’t have to be fancy, as long as you figure out what’s important, along with what’s happening. I’ve assigned myself several personal tasks of purchasing tickets/items from the Holiday Fun List, now that this exists. I also might be hiring help on the marketing front (priority lists really can encompass everything…)
Rule #3: Move by 3 p.m. Every day! I thought I might not on Thursday, given the 7:30 a.m. flight, but in fact Sarah and I took a short stroll at 2 p.m. on the “nature trail” around the resort. It was kind of just a path by the parking lot but whatever. Walking is walking. Saturday’s moving featured a Peloton app workout done on SHU’s encouragement in the hotel gym. I looked ridiculous but it was a good workout!
Rule #4: Three times a week is a habit. I ran four times — once on Tuesday afternoon, and then on Friday and Saturday morning on the hotel treadmill. I ran with my 15-year-old on Sunday afternoon in the blustery cold. He did really well. We are in great shape for the Turkey Trot 5k in 10 days.
I know I played the piano three times though for the life of me I can’t find where I did it during the work week…this is a time-tracking fail where I just didn’t write it down. I ordered my books of Christmas carols and I’m looking forward to those coming.
As for family dinner, we ate together Monday, Tuesday, Saturday, and Sunday — not bad for a week where both adults had travel!
Rule #5: Create a back-up slot. Normally I try to leave Fridays open but that wasn’t happening this week. However, I did leave some time open today (Monday) to get to the overflow that I might have put on Friday. I identified Saturday night as a spot when I could spend 30 minutes recording Before Breakfast episodes (since that didn’t happen with the plumbers being in the house all week and then my traveling).
Rule #6: One big adventure, one little adventure. Going to Florida was, overall, my big adventure. Key Largo is lovely. In particular, I spent an hour just wading in the calm warm water, looking at the puffy clouds (SHU was taking a nap/rest). Being able to swim in the ocean in November is amazing when you live in the northeast! Since I was in the water I didn’t have my phone with me for an hour, which was an act of bravery given how often my family was texting me over the 60 hours I was gone (one child who shall not be named texted me on Thursday and Friday to come pick them up — I replied both times that I was in a different state…)
As for my little adventure, maybe I’ll designate doing those bear crawls on the hotel gym floor. I also took the 2-year-old to a playdate at a new friend’s house on Tuesday, and then took him with me to vote on our way home. That made that experience a bit more adventurous than it would have been otherwise.
Rule #7: Take one night for you. I did not go to choir practice this week. However, I sang with the choir on Sunday morning as usual. And I got a lot of time for myself on the retreat.
Rule #8: Batch the little things. I did a lot of email batching. On Wednesday afternoon, I went to the garage to work (so the little guy wouldn’t see me and stop being happy) with the specific goal of hashing through my email backlog. I got through almost all of it in an hour, which was good.
Rule #9: Effortful before effortless. I did a lot of magazine reading this week, finished Henry VIII, and started Edward III in my Shakespeare project. Apparently, this is a recent addition to the Shakespeare canon with people historically thinking it wasn’t him who wrote it (it’s not in my illustrated anthology), and now the scholarship suggesting he wrote parts of it. I’m suspecting he wrote the part where the King woos the (married) Countess because it’s just funny. He wants his scribe to write a love poem, and he’s throwing out suggestions, and the scribe pens a line praising the countess’s chastity. The King suggests maybe that’s not the attribute he wishes to praise in this situation. Also, there’s a “But soft!…” in there a la Romeo and Juliet.
I spent more than two hours on the puzzle…it’s getting closer. I need to find another book to read but that will happen eventually.
How did this past week go for you?