Happy new week, y’all! So, I have a little secret. If we’re friends on Instagram, you already know this, but – for the last week and a half, I’ve been on vacation in California! (My Instagram account is set to private, so I feel a little more comfortable sharing real-time updates when we’re traveling, but on the blog, Facebook and Twitter I like to keep mum about trips until we’ve returned.) We left on Wednesday, August 16th and returned to D.C. on this past Friday. It was an epic trip and we had some amazing adventures and a lot of fun with family and friends. The trip was to celebrate the wedding of my oldest friend, Adam, and since we were buying four plane tickets and my parents, brother and sister-in-law were also attending, we turned it into a family reunion and spent a week in Santa Barbara together with my aunt, uncle and cousin – who live there – after the wedding. I have many, many stories and pictures to share, naturally, starting on Friday! Meanwhile, we spent a quiet weekend after getting back home late on Friday night. Steve had to work full days on Saturday and Sunday, so my weekend was about vacation recovery and reentry, getting the kids off Pacific time (not an easy task) and preparing for the week ahead. We have another week-and-a-half to go before Peanut’s school starts up for the year, but I’m already getting into back-to-school mode – thinking about getting organized, planning, and getting routines down for the coming school year. Plus, I’m starting a Whole 30 today (one month to go until I’ve got to wear a Maid of Honor dress…) and I’ve learned after many rounds that failing to plan is planning to fail. So anytime I wasn’t wrangling children this weekend, I was grocery shopping, meal planning, and vegetable prepping. We now have a fridge full of fresh and roasted veggies, and I am ready. So let’s do the thing!
Reading. Kind of a slow last two weeks of reading – wish I had more to report! I left London War Notes at home when I went on vacation, taking only my kindle (luggage space being at a premium with all the kid gear we had to tote). Now that I’m back, I’m back into it and loving it as much as ever. On vacation, most of my time was spent (1) adventuring; (2) enjoying time with family and friends; and (3) squeezing in work – so I didn’t have much time to read. The only book I finished was Anusha of Prospect Corner, which was written by my lovely friend Amal and her twin daughters. It was every bit as charming and delightful as I expected it to be and I enjoyed every moment spent with Anusha, Pramila, Manoj and the rest of the Prospect Corner residents. After Anusha, I turned to Coronation Summer, also on kindle, but didn’t have many chances to read it – right around that time, work really heated up and I was spending every free moment trying to stay on top of things.
Watching. Very little TV, since – duh! – we were on vacation and I was usually working in the evenings. I think the only thing I’ve watched in the last week and a half has been cartoons, on the iPad, over the kids’ shoulders. They, however, have totally overdosed on screen time – between the plane, and all the restaurants, they need a serious iPad detox.
Listening. I’m deep into the back-to-school episodes of all the parenting podcasts in my podcatcher. Absolutely loved the discussion of routines on The Home Hour, and the “new year for moms” goals chatter on The Mom Hour. At some point I need to go back into Audible and finish up my Classics of British Literature course. Maybe this week…
Moving. No formal exercise to report this time around, but I’m coming off of a super-active vacation that included multiple days of hiking, sea kayaking, and chasing kiddos around three different beaches. Plus yesterday, I took them to the zoo. The National Zoo is set on a deceptively steep hill, and pushing two 30+ pound kids, plus a stroller, from Lot E to the Pachyderm Plaza is no joke. Looking ahead to this week, I can’t wait to get back to the yoga studio, and I’m scheming up some MCM 10K training runs, too.
Loving. Vacation! I really needed the escape, and it was so great to spend time with family members that we don’t see nearly enough (we only manage to get together with Dan and Danielle once a year at the most – I’m trying to figure out a way to change that) and with dear friends. And of course, watching my oldest friend – our moms started putting us in playpens together when I was only six weeks old – marry the love of his life was one of the highlights of the year.
Blogging. August reading post coming to you on Wednesday, and the first California vacation recap on Friday. Check in with me then!
Asking. What are you reading this week?