After a little over two months of Tranquility by Tuesday Challenge blog posts, I’m realizing that now my blog calendar is a lot less set…So, a random post!
This was a pretty good weekend as these things go. I started a new puzzle — another repeat from two years ago, and a fairly easy one. I ran 5 miles on Saturday morning with Jane, and we managed to finish our run before the rain started.
The 3-year-old went to a babysitter’s house for a few hours on Saturday, so in between shuttling older kids my husband and I went for a walk together at a local garden. These Saturday hours are a brief glimpse into what life will look like in a few years…it is actually possible to relax when you don’t have a little one around!
(My older kids can watch him for a little bit but I don’t have them stay with him for multiple hours.)
We took a family trip to Rita’s on Saturday evening, which was not at all relaxing (giving six orders…I didn’t get anything…my kids yelling at each other in the parking lot about who had to sit where in the van) but the kids really wanted to go.
Sunday, my choir performed a world premiere of a piece called “Thy Will Be Done,” which is a setting of the Lord’s Prayer by Jessica French. We’ve been doing different settings of the Lord’s Prayer every Sunday during Lent, and I like the idea of adding to the repertoire. It is a haunting, beautiful, and reasonably accessible piece, so I could see other choirs performing it (not always the case with new music!)
We hauled all the kids to Longwood Gardens for a very brief visit on Sunday afternoon. This was squeezed in after one child’s Dungeons & Dragons meet-up at a local comic store, and before the gardens closed at 5 p.m. There weren’t that many flowers up but oh well. The conservatory is always good. I’ll bring some children back in 2-3 weeks. The Wawa stop on the way home modestly improved overall ratings of the trip.
I’ve been spending some time pondering family travel over the next two years. My eldest will likely be off to college in approximately 2.5 years and while I suspect he will be willing to travel with us as a young adult, it won’t be quite so automatic. So we’ve been pondering what experiences we’d like to have. He’s a big fan of Disney — he just went with his school choir for five days and is lobbying to return as soon as possible (even though I warned him it would not be the same with his parents!) — so I’m sure that will be on the list but I’m hoping to do a few more adventurous family trips as well.
My husband has been copying old home videos that we took when our eldest two were babies (after that we had iPhones that took video so we pretty much stopped using the video recorder). That has been a weird trip down memory lane. I looked young! I guess we don’t notice changes in ourselves so much looking in a mirror every day but 15 years is definitely noticeable.
The 3-year-old has successfully transferred to a big boy bed so that is one more milestone down. The potty training is a bit hit or miss but I have high hopes for the next few weeks.
As for my longterm projects…I have written 12 complete sonnets in my daily writing project, and am working on the 13th. Some I really like. Some are terrible. But I do believe I will write more good ones this way than if I wasn’t writing so many. In my Jane Austen reading project I am now 190 pages into Pride and Prejudice. I finished Sense & Sensibility in early March and am now pondering the comparison of Elinor and Lizzy, a subject I’m sure has been pondered at length by Austen scholars. (And Marianne and Jane…? Jane Austen sure had her sister thing going…and the cad-ish gentleman, as played by Willoughby and Wickham…). I read Lady Susan, and the various satirical juvenalia first, but the full novels are definitely better than those.
Longtime readers/podcast listeners may recall that another 2023 goal was to do more strength training, and I’m now about to go meet with my trainer virtually. So, as we end Q1, so far so good…
Photo: Orchid wall at Longwood