It has been a humdinger of a day! I woke up at 6am to squeeze in some work before everyone woke up and I haven't stopped being busy since. OMG Calgon, take me away!
It's rainy in San Francisco which means people forget how to drive cars and food delivery services are surging prices like nobody's business. Needless to say, I had to find ways to turn my frown upside down today. I hopped out of the car many blocks before my office because there was a break in the rain and I wanted to take advantage of it. It smelled SO GOOD (something you RARELY hear someone say in San Francisco when walking sidewalks)! I also realized our family is ill prepared for rainy season. I forget that rain clothes don't last more than one season because the kids are growing like crazy.
War Memorial Opera House and all the buildings around it including City Hall are so gorgeous to me. I love how City Hall changes its lights depending on the political issue du jour (there I go with those random French phrases I claim never to use in everyday speak!). Some mornings when I bike or drive by, I'll see a couple all dressed up and smooching on the steps having just gotten married. So sweet. I love it when I catch one of those.
My day was equally brightened by a lovely note I got from a reader today right when I was having a mini pity party about my hectic day. Lisa, you know who you are and you are clearly killing it at your own running and mothering lifestyle! Thank you for your kind words.
I love thinking that other people are relating to some of the things I write about because most of the time I think I'm just rambling about all sorts of random things in my head!!
Side note: don't tell me anything about Stranger Things 2 because I haven't started that season yet! I'm bound to hear a spoiler so I just need to sequester myself for a weekend and watch them all.
When they hold hands without me prompting them, it makes my heart grow a few sizes. I know they will yell at each other less than five minutes later, but in the moment they are very sweet to each other :)
Jon's niece sent him a stack of old photos and I couldn't resist. I completely see The Dude in him here. And by the way whaaaaat in the world was with the faded in head shot in the corner? This was a trend in the 80s I remember.
Parent pro tip: these Packit lunch boxes are amazing. You put them in the freezer and then pull them out in the morning and load lunch. It keeps the food cool all day. This is actually our THIRD round of them and it's no slam on the quality of the bags... my kids just have their own barbaric version of road testing everything in their possession :)
Pretty darned excited to have a date night with this guy over the weekend! I need to plan our date but I haven't had a chance. I'll probably do what I do once every few months which is to think it's a brilliant idea to relive our youth and pay for tickets to a show and then the night of our date we'll both agree we're too tired and we'll give them away on Craigslist. Maybe I should save myself 90 bucks and accept that we will go to dinner and a movie!!
Speaking of planning, I can't stop speaking about planning. Planning is at the center of my universe right now: 2018 planning at work, planning at PTA, planning Croc's bday party, planning the trip to Sacramento for the race, planning the holidays and all the prep. Honestly, what would it be like to just not ever have plans of any kind? Imagine a world where you are literally only living in the moment. It would probably mean chaos to some degree but I have to say that I have planning fatigue. It feels like I spend 70% of my life planning on what to do with the spare 30% of my life.
In running, too, I am such a planner it's almost ridiculous. And the thing is that I rarely stick to it entirely. What I used to do was make a plan and then the first time I miss a planned activity, I'd give up on the entire goal! It's taken me many years (months?) to loosen up the planning a bit, and accept that life happens and shit happens that interrupts the daily plans, and it doesn't mean you just give up that goal.
To give you an example of an unplanned wrench in plans, Croc's school said they weren't able to get his solo photo for school picture day this year. I didn't get the full story from Jon yet but the photo above does come to mind instantly. You see this photo is of him last year, and it took TWO DAYS of photo taking trying to get him to sit still long enough for this image. I love it SO MUCH because his hand is reaching for his pocket. He hated that shirt. He wanted to take it off the moment we put it on him, and the photographer said he was literally disrobing himself of it as she was taking the picture hahahaha. Oh croc-y. He is such a spirited little stinker.
Tell me the most cringeworthy outfit you wore for a school photo!
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