I’m writing this while sitting in front of the fireplace in my office. The wind is howling outside and the sun is going down but this spot is nice and cozy!
Anyway, after hitting post last night I found the 8-year-old and we went out exploring for a while. We sometimes like to go out in the yard and see if there are new trees to be climbed, animal skeletons to be found, etc. We stayed out for about 30 minutes until it was pretty much too dark to be out there. He told me about the presentation he gave at school (with a friend) on Imagine Dragons. Apparently it was a big hit!
Then I got the big kids situated for the evening (the 4-year-old was off with G), waited for an Uber, and then went downtown where I met my husband, one of his colleagues, and the colleague’s partner for dinner at a new French restaurant (reservation time: 6:45 p.m.). We don’t make it into town to eat too often, so that’s always fun, and this restaurant was definitely hip (the location was the colleague’s suggestion). I had a cocktail that involved egg whites in some way, which isn’t something I’d normally order, but the waiter recommended it and it was quite good. When we left it had started raining and unfortunately my husband was parked in a garage a few blocks away so we were pretty much running there. Extra exercise…
Anyway, we were home a bit after 10. I talked to the kids briefly (my daughter lost another tooth! She is raking it in this week on tooth fairy money) and then went to bed at 11 p.m., otherwise known as my weeknight bedtime. I was tired!
I woke up at 5:15 a.m. (I think that’s when the heat must be coming on and I hear it many nights…) and I had some trouble falling back asleep. That wouldn’t have been the worst thing in the world as I would have just gotten up and worked, but I decided to give it a while, and sure enough, I was back asleep at 6 or so, and stayed asleep until 8. Getting out of bed was then a slow process (with various kids getting up) but my husband and the 16-year-old left around 9 to go get a bit more driving practice. I had breakfast, did my back exercises and listened to Bach and fretted about my hip which was really, really sore. I’m 45 going on 80 or something…it continued to bother me much of the morning but eventually straightened itself out. Phew. I took a shower at 9:45, talked with my husband and son when they came back, and made sure they had the right documents because they left at 10:35…to go take a driving test!
Yep, the 16-year-old took his drivers license test today and he passed. He did it at a local driving school that has a contract with the department of transportation, so it wasn’t quite as nerve-wracking as the DMV but still, this is all very exciting. Meanwhile, I took the 12-year-old and 9-year-old to a climbing class which started at 11:15 and ran to 12:45. I watched a little but mostly 1) created the activity schedule for the week and 2) worked on the stuff I didn’t get done yesterday.
We were home a bit after 1 p.m., at which point I ate lunch (still the Thai chicken from Wednesday!), read an interesting WSJ narrative article from a man who lost 50 lbs on Ozempic, then got my 14-year-old out the door so we could go to the Philadelphia Auto Show together.
We parked around 2:20 or so and were in 2:30. I have been trying to pick my next car (the 16-year-old will be driving my 2011 Acura). I generally like SUVs (and need all-wheel-drive given my street, or I will be homebound in any ice or snow). There weren’t quite as many brands exhibiting as I hoped (for instance, Acura wasn’t there) but we checked out the Kia, Lexus, and Suburu SUVs. And ogled the Maseratis…(and historic cars too – that was fun!).
We were back in the car 3:45 and home 4:15 or so – there was traffic on I-76 because a big branch had fallen on the highway in the other direction (so everyone going west bound was rubber necking to look at it…). Glad we weren’t trying to go to the car show 2 hours later! We got home about 4:15.
At this point (4:15/4:20) I found the 8-year-old and suggested we go back outside for a while before it got dark. The wind was really going something fierce, and so this naturally led him to try a few experiments. If you hold an open umbrella in big gusts of wind, can you fly? What if you jump out of a tree with an open umbrella in gusting wind? Do you slow down if you run with an open umbrella against the wind, and speed up with the wind at your back? Other experiments: How far can you shoot your Nerf bow and arrow if the wind is behind you? We stayed outside for about 45 minutes (until 5 p.m.) following these avenues of inquiry.
Now I am back inside. The 4-year-old will be my responsibility again shortly, so I’m trying to get this written before that. Also, I have no idea what we’re eating for dinner.
If you’ve been tracking your time, I hope this first weekend day went well! Weekends can be a bit more challenging to track then weekdays as we often don’t follow our usual routines. But when you have certain anchor events in your weekend days, that can help – I knew the dinner reservation was at 6:45 last night, for instance, and that we’d be at the car show in the afternoon. Only one more day to go with the challenge! Though of course you can keep going. I’m almost 9 years in now… funny to think that the almost 9-year-old shooting arrows outside was a baby when this project began.