Happy Friday everyone!
One of my goals for 2024 is to listen to all the works of Bach. As it is January 5th, I am five days into this project, and so far it has been wonderful. I created a calendar (just for a month so far but I’ll add to it next week) that has me listening to about 30-40 minutes of music a day. This has been quite doable, and indeed I have listened to some of the works more than once. I seem to have a reasonable amount of background listening time in my days. Currently I’m listening to one cantata (from the early BWV numbers) and 1-2 organ sonatas (starting at BWV 525) per day. I’m getting more familiar with both these formats and enjoying this listening immensely.
Also on the goal list for 2024: Starting Vanderhacks. If you listened to the Best of Both Worlds “Goals 2024” episode, you heard me say I was debating starting this every-weekday-morning newsletter. We recorded that episode a few weeks ahead of time, so by the time it aired I was a few weeks into publishing. The current cadence is four free posts and one paywalled one per week (this week’s paywalled post was on “Laura’s little list of laundry hacks”). I’m also sticking with the sonnet-writing at a rate of two lines per day. And my back stretches.
Next week brings my annual January 2024 Time Tracking Challenge. I’m excited to report that several thousand people have already signed up! There’s still time to join (the introductory email has gone out but it just described the challenge – there will be another email on Sunday reminding people to start tracking). You can sign up for daily motivational emails here. You can also find my time-tracking spreadsheets here. I’ll be posting my time logs here on the blog next week.
Sadly my during the day adventures next week may be confined to my house because…we are down a car. The new van got dinged in a parking lot (sigh) so we’re getting the door repaired. The logistics of five kids in various activities are already complicated, and having fewer cars is making them more so. Yesterday there was a tight turnaround of one crew coming back just in time to give me the car so I could go pick up another kid. And my husband had to drive me and the 16-year-old to choir practice, and then come pick us up at 9 p.m. On the plus side, though, we’re about to have another driver! The 16-year-old’s driving test is scheduled in the near future, so that will open up a dimension of flexibility in the logistics. Though we can’t immediately let him start driving himself to school as getting a parking spot at the high school is not the easiest thing in the world…
(Here’s hoping for next year, as then he’d be able to drive his little brother too.)
I’ve been trying to seize a little new year energy to clean out my office. It was functioning as the North Pole for the past few weeks, and we also stuck piles of mail/etc. in here to clean off the kitchen counters for extra cooking/guest eating space so it was a bit of a disaster. It is looking better. I think if I put in 20 minutes today or this weekend it will look good.
Now on to the Friday punch list! I’m trying to talk myself up for making five pediatrician appointments…