Time // 11:02 a.m.
Place // Sitting at my desk.
Eating // Lunch, which I actually brought from home. (Patting myself on the back.) It’s an egg salad sandwich, yogurt, string cheese, and an apple. Yes, my lunch is like an elementary school child’s.
Drinking // Sprite Zero. I started drinking it while I was pregnant because it doesn’t have caffeine but still gives me the satisfaction of having a soda.
Watching // The daycare video feed, but I haven’t seen Emma yet. During her week home with grandma she was finally snot- and cough-free but of course after returning to daycare she has a cold AGAIN.
Reading // Bottled Up: How the Way We Feed Babies Has Come to Define Motherhood, and Why It Shouldn’t by Suzanne Barston. It’s part memoir and part research paper.
Wanting // A nap.
Thinking // Today is my dad’s birthday. Happy Birthday Dad! He shares a birthday with Abraham Lincoln and Charles Darwin, which I thought was pretty cool. I decided to look up who shares my birthday and here are the most interesting ones: Robert Frost, Leonard Nimoy, Nancy Pelosi, Sandra Day O’Connor…and Richard Dawkins! Ha! I knew there was a reason Jose liked me so much. Turns out it’s because I have the same birthday as one of his favorite scientists and authors.
Creating // All sorts of things, but only in my head. Cue sad trombone.
Hoping // That this week is easier than the last two. The fact that I have time to eat a leisurely lunch at my desk is a good sign. I worked 42 hours last week and 44 the week before. I recognize that 6 extra hours over two weeks is not actually very much at all, but it felt like so much more than that! I couldn’t figure out why, but finally decided that it’s because in my normal 40-hour work week, there’s downtime. During a somewhat busier week, the downtime gets filled in. It’s not until I have a VERY busy week that I go over 40 hours. So if I’m here 44 hours, that means not only did I have enough going on to fill all the normal downtime, but I had 4 extra hours on top of that. No wonder it felt so busy!
This makes me wonder about people who work 60 or 80 hour weeks. Do their weeks just include a fair amount of downtime too, and they’re just not efficient? Or do they really have so much to do that it takes 60-80 hours to get it all done? I suspect that there are some of each, of course.
This whole train of thought probably make me sound insensitive to the large number of people in the world who have to work more than 40 hours a week, but really, I’m just very thankful to have a job that allows me to have the work-life balance that I want.
Needing // To stop by the grocery store tonight to pick up a few things before recipe club tomorrow. The theme is salads so I’m trying out a recipe for broccoli slaw from the Smitten Kitchen cookbook my mom gave me for Christmas.
Anticipating // Friday! I decided to take the day off as a mental health day (which means that I get a 4-day break since Monday is the President’s Day holiday). A pedicure is on the agenda, along with a few solid hours of sewing time! Plus Friday night is Parents Night Out at daycare (i.e. babysitting!) so Jose and I get a one-day-belated Valentine’s Day date night!