Neighborhood Pool Party

Last night, we went to a neighborhood gathering at the pool. This is another reason I love our new neighborhood. This event was targeted towards people with older kids, kids that can swim and handle themselves at a pool, but we went anyway to meet people.

We met a lot of nice people and had some snacks. I know we’ll have plenty of time in the future to enjoy the pool and hang out with people there. It does cost money to join the pool, so we went as guests last night, but we will join in the future when the kids are old enough to use it regularly.

Anchor

In my quest to explore new media, I have downloaded and posted to Anchor. Anchor is a social audio service that acts as a radio. It will even take what you’ve posted as audio and automatically create a podcast for you.

The audio length is 5 minutes, which is plenty for a radio format. I am going to post daily and my theme is ten ideas per day. That’s it. It’s based on the book Become an Idea Machine by Claudia Azula Altucher.

If you can come up with ten ideas per day, every day, you will strengthen your “idea muscle” making it possible for you to accomplish anything you want, get out of or into any circumstances you can think of. Read On…

Cooler Weather

What a relief this cooler weather has been. The last few weeks have been very warm and humid, making it so being outside during the peak of the sun was unbearable. But this week is supposed to be a break from that. We have had the windows open to cool the house and it’s amazing. This is my favorite kind of summer weather – not too humid or hot, but still warm during the day and a little cool at night. Perfect.

Activation Energy

With a long to-do list, it can seem daunting to begin working on any one task. We often make our to-do lists known by posting them on our family whiteboard in the kitchen. Sometimes I overestimate what I can physically accomplish in one day. But what really helps me is to know that each task comes with a resistance to get started.

In chemistry, it is the activation energy required to begin a chemical reaction. It’s usually a spike in energy required at the beginning, and then the reaction carries on itself with little or no added energy. Just beginning your day requires activation energy – getting out of bed (higher energy) vs hitting snooze (low energy).  Read On…

Lightning Bugs

I love watching lightning bugs. I don’t know why. Maybe because they signify a very specific part of summer. Late, hot summer. And they are only out right before dusk. They evoke a sense of magic, of wonder, that feeling from your childhood that summer is special and should be savored. 

Work day

My parents came over today to help us with our the house again. We are preparing for the big birthday bash next weekend, and we have a lot of loose ends to fix around the house. I filled in little trim gaps around the doors where the tile floors were taken out. It looks a lot better now – just needs paint.

We took a long walk after my parents left and played at the park. Despite the heat, it was fairly overcast and there was a breeze, so it was a nice evening to be outside.

We couldn’t have gotten as much done without my parents helping with kids and on projects. They are amazing.

Art Fair

Today, we are going to the Art Fair with family. The fun part is trying to get two kids, strollers and parking, but I think we’ll use the bus to try and avoid all of the hassle of parking. Plus, Sully loves the bus.

Today is supposed to be really hot, which is normal for Art Fair week. So we’ll have to brave the extreme temperature, but it’s always a fun time mixing with the thousands of people that descend on our city.

Complete exhaustion

Most days recently, when I get to the end of the day, I collapse in a state of exhaustion. It’s not a bad thing. It means I’ve spent all my energy for the day and I have nothing more to give. Usually, it means I had an incredible day. 

The most energy-drain comes from being home. Work can be a lot easier mentally than being home, but I love being home. The kids are awesome to watch and play with. I just need to remember that when I’m completely spent, I can get short with them. The five second time has helped me not react in anger per my initial impulse.

Mice

We are dealing with mice in the house again. We caught one yesterday and one again today. It’s a bummer because they make a mess and seem to keep coming. 

I have been placing two traps but it seems like one doesn’t spring anymore and might be useless. One keeps catching mice though, so we’ll see how many there are.

Fitbit Sleep Notifications

I set up my Fitbit and IFTTT to text me how much sleep I got the previous night. I never think to actually look. This is cool because it texts me in the morning when I know exactly how I feel about the previous nights sleep. The other day, it said I got 4 hours of sleep, which is how I felt. Today it said I got 7 hours, and I feel a lot better. 

I just need to make sure that I’m not just accidentally feeling how I think I should feel after getting that daily information.