Up all night

Not sure what brought this on, but I spent the other night feeling awful. I couldn’t sleep and couldn’t leave the bathroom. I’ll spare the details.

I went to an all day conference the next day and never hit a wall. I’m not sure how this happened. Even after work, I kept going with the kids and didn’t feel like I didn’t sleep at all the night before.

Last night’s sleep was deep and I could have slept longer if it wasn’t for work today, but I’m still a bit amazed at how okay I felt after being awake and ill all night.

Process-focused

At work, I try to focus on the big picture, looking at the process by which we accomplish work. Sure, you can ram any given project through, but how sustainable is the process? Is it solid or flimsy? Is it constant or ever-changing? Is it even documented? Do the affected parties even know what it is?

I think an important part of succeeding in any setting is not caring as much about the results, although you should care (your boss will),  but to really focus on how work gets done. Write it down. Talk about it with everyone involved. Does it make sense? Are there unnecessary bottlenecks? Any opportunities to eliminate steps?

Once you do that, you have the chance to scale up your work. You can fly through projects much faster with a solid, consensus-built process.

Morning Meditation

I lost track of my morning time, following the move. Our kids in their new rooms, waking up at different times, with new needs and feeding times are all things I tried blaming for missing my morning time to sit and think. But it’s all on me. I needed to make the choice to dedicate time to myself in the morning – no one else is to blame.

In the time that I was not sitting in the morning, I added some weight, got stressed out and I felt noticeably worse. Since starting back up, I have run 5x more than I was before, I feel better and I can think more clearly throughout the day.

 

Outside Time

We had such a beautiful weekend here. We spent as much time as possible outside, in the front yard, back yard, sweeping the courts and at the pool. The weather was in the mid-70s for the most part, with a moderate breeze, perfect for playing outside. When the weather is so nice, I almost get anxious about possibly not enjoying it.

I think we savored this weekend enough, though.

Restore

Today, we’re going to check out the ReStore, a place where habitat for humanity accepts furniture donations and then sells them to support their work.

We need dressers, side tables and coffee tables. We are sorely lacking in these things but don’t want to pay full price for all of them.

Lawn Guru

After my great experience with instacart, I wondered if there was a similar service for lawn mowing. I did some googling and found Lawn Guru. They send you a quote by text message by looking at the footprint of your lawn by Google map images.

The price is not unreasonable and I may try it. First, though, I want to get another quote from someone who already mows nearby to see if they are close in price.

Neighborhood Pool

This weekend is supposed to be great weather. We are going to try to get to the neighborhood pool and try it out. The kids would love it!

Potty Time

Yesterday, without any prompting, my son used his potty seat after bath time. What a great thing! We have read many things that say to now push or pressure it, that they will let you know when they are ready. Well, yesterday my son was ready. I’m super excited for him. We gave him lots of praise and hopefully he’ll want to repeat that experience very soon.

Bus System

As someone who lives and works in town, I am very appreciative of the bus system. It has allowed us to move to being a one-car family, avoid paying insurance and repairs and ultimately has saved us thousands of dollars per year.

Having a reliable bus system in town is a big plus for me. I don’t think enough people use it regularly – they rely on their cars more than they should.

I think it’s worth being a tiny bit uncomfortable or out of sorts while you figure out the bus system to get to enjoy the dozens of benefits.

Hi Dad

Last night, after I tucked him in and I laid down beside him, Sully picked up his head and said “Hi Dad” and gave me a kiss on the cheek. I don’t think I’ve ever gotten a kiss from him without requesting it. It was awesome.

It started me on a spiral thinking about how sweet my kids are. Cece and Sully both are just the sweetest things I’ve ever interacted with. Sure, they both have their times when they are upset or mad about something. Usually, they are just seeking a hug or a deep gaze into their eyes.