- The Empty Calendar: This week I had absolutely nothing on my calendar. No place to go, nothing that was due. No doctors appointments, no school activities, no one to take to the airport. I told my husband that I found it oddly unsettling. “You need to get over that REAL quick,” he said. Yeah, he’s right. So instead of filling my empty calendar with places to be and people to see, I spent the week working on a backlog of things to do. Probably not what the hubs had in mind, but I’m feeling really good about how much I accomplished.
- School’s In For Summer: My youngest started her “summer school” this week. Summer school seems mean for a homeschooling mommy to do to a child. But in our case it was “the weather was so nice this Spring that we blew off a lot of school, and now it’s time to pay the piper.” We are only doing math and Latin, and only for two hours a day MAX. After that, she can do whatever she likes … within reason.
- Routine Success: For the next few weeks, save the time I’m away on vacation, the routine looks like this:
Early-early: Mom gets up to write and have quiet time.
7-8ish: Youngest gets up to do her chores, eat breakfast, marking off a list on the fridge. Mom finishes up her coffee and writing.
8-10am: Math and Latin catchup work. Two math assignments and two pages of Latin, or two hours, whichever comes first. There’s a lot of “I’m distracted” going on, so it has been taking the whole two hours. But we have a hard stop at 10am. Mom does chores in the kitchen to be close-by for questions and help.
10am-Lunch: Self serve lunch and a show. We have been working our way through the Word of Fire Catholicism DVDs, but sometimes we’ll pop in a movie.
After lunch: Project time. So far we’ve made bath bombs, cleaned out a bedroom and a closet, and made a gallery of Lego Friends people.
4pm: Mom starts dinner with a podcast, and the youngest goes off for quiet time on her own.
This week has been amazingly fun AND productive, so I think we’ll keep going. Our “project” for today is some quality park-time with friends, and I imagine many of our future “projects” will involve heading for the pool. But so far, knock wood, we seem to have struck the balance between “have to do” and “want to do,” which is awesome.
- The Big Tidy-Up: One of my projects this week has been to clean out my office. It started with my looking for a particular travel credit card I need to take on vacation, and several hours later, I had filed a very large stack of paper work, thinned out four file drawers, put away a bunch of craft supplies, and cleared off a work table. Oh, and I started going through last year’s curriculum, sorting what to save, sell and toss. I think I may keep going today and actually purge some unneeded things. Feeling SO productive about that.
- Considering a Swapitty-Do: I am thinking about removing all the toys from the “playroom” and turning the playroom into a craft room. Right now, most of the craft supplies are stored in my office, and we end up doing most craft projects in the kitchen. As we are rapidly approaching the time when the youngest will have outgrown most of her toys (except Lego, because you never outgrow Lego – at least in this house), this seems to make a lot of sense. But, this would be a hugely disruptive undertaking, and honestly I am dreading the messy middle part of this project. It would be worth it, though, so I’m mulling.
- Reading, Reading, Reading: Last week I finished Since We Fell, by Dennis Lahane of Mystic River fame, and it was fantastic.
Perfect blend of suspense and quirky character development. This week I have been having a hard time settling on my next read, so I have been bouncing around reading the first chapter of several different books. I also read The Turquoise Table, which I really enjoyed and wrote about here.The TBR book stack in my office is out of control, but I need to start collecting a few Kindle titles because next week …
- I’m Going on Vacation: Yes, I am actually taking a real vacation. A girlfriend and I are going to the Keys for a week, to snorkel, read, and relax. And find the best mojito the islands have to offer. It’s been a very long time since I went on a trip that did not involve seeing a college, visiting family or chaperoning a group of teenagers, so I am really looking forward to it.
Once again, I am linking-up with 7 Quick Takes and Kelly at This Ain’t the Lyceum.
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