Okay....it's been a total hustle this week. I've read/studied for at least 5 hours each day to try to catch up. When I started looking at the syllabi of this program, most classes only require a chapter per week of reading and a few articles. I kind of laughed. A chapter a week? So I put that off, thinking a chapter would take me half an hour. Um...they take me more like 3 hours, and this stuff is intense and legit. I've been scrambling to catch up, fully understand epigenetic (because I don't really understand mitosis) and writing case studies. In between all of that, I can manage cooking dinner, making my bed and a 30 minute workout before I get the kids.
I finally feel caught up enough to have a reasonable work load each day, which will probably still be 5 hours a day, but it won't be so frenetic and harried. The plus side is that I feel happier now than I have in years. It's amazing what happens when the brain is engaged. I've spent the better part of 13 years kind of coasting. Life as a stay-at-home mother is hard, for sure. It's harder than working ever was for me, but it's not mentally engaging all the time. As the kids went off to school, even with writing gigs on the side, my brain engagement just slowed to the point that I could go throughout my day without being mentally challenged for hours, if at all. It's really nice to feel my brain lock onto to something new and stretch a little.
I hope everyone has had the loveliest of weeks. I've missed the blog this week, and I'm hoping that with better time management, I can explore some of the new ideas I'm learning and observations more regularly.
Here are a few bits from my week:
I haven't taken notes in years, and I have to say: highlighters and spiral notebooks sort of kick ass. I'm loving the notes, but my hand is downright sore. How long has it been since you wrote by hand for hours?
Since I don't have heaps of time to do all the cooking and cleaning, I taught my son to make his own smoothie. I mean....why have I not done this sooner? I think we all needed me to go back to school or work, if for no other reason than my kids need to learn some life skills like adding fruit and yogurt together, pressing a button and, magic of all magic, a smoothie is born. He felt so proud of himself.
One of the reasons we got a dog was because the kids begged. Maggie swore she'd take the dog on walks and feed the dog and never complain. I was so skeptical, but she's held up her end of the bargain. Seeing pictures like this makes me happy we finally found a dog for our family.
Speaking of Maggie, she likes to pretend she has a certain job and then does imaginary budgets based on a certain city. So, I'll say: you're a financial planner living in Scottsdale. Then she's off: she looks up her median salary, apartments in the city, a car and car payment she'd like and works a budget for her life. Sometimes, Maggie is like a mini-me. :)
This optical illusion is in one of my textbooks. What do you see? Two profiles or a vase/urn? I saw two profiles and had to look hard for the vase. So interesting.
That's it. I didn't drink wine this week because I had to study at night. If I have wine, even with dinner, I am sometimes prone to flopping after dinner, and flopping is a no-go when a girl takes 3 hours to read a chapter. Maybe I'll buy a bottle of wine this weekend and celebrate catching up and starting something new.
Here are a few things that caught my eye this week on the web:
Because I don't have time to go to Jazzercise or take leisurely walks, I've been working out at home via YouTube. I found this lady and love her workouts. I feel like I get a full workout in about 30 minutes.
An Argentinian police officer breastfeeds a malnourished baby. I love this story.
Modern Mrs. Darcy announced her fall book club reads. I'm not a member, but I do read the blog pretty regularly. I tried to read The History of Love three times and could never finish it. Perhaps I need to get back onboard.
On my last Friday Five, a reader suggested I try out Korean skincare, and then I saw Allure had an article: I Tried Japanese Skincare for a Month, and These Are The Results. I'm seriously tempted, and with a birthday coming up, is the Universe speaking to me?
This article from The Art of Simple resonates with me lately. I love the Internet and reading blogs, but what I love is hearing about people, about their stories, about their lives, about their person. I'm not so interested in listicals, how-to-fix-everything posts and the rest of it. I want to feel like I'm having a cup of coffee with a friend when I read a blog, not sitting down to a 5-minute bullet-point lecture. Maybe it's just me.
That's it from my still-unmade bed. Sandy is on the porch basking in the last of the summer sun. The kids are at school, and we've got a holiday weekend with zero plans. Just my kind of weekend. I'll be studying, buying wine and trying new recipes all while the kids manage imaginary budgets, take Sandy for walks and whip up smoothies.
Oh, and there will be wine. :)