Tuesday, April 23, 2013

What I'm Reading: Lean In

Despite the turmoil and chaos surrounding me as we pack up the house and get ready for our move to Colorado, I do still find time to read.  How?  I do all my reading via audiobooks in that brief, quiet time right before I fall asleep.  I've brushed my teeth, I'm happily settled in bed, and I will nestle in, put in an earphone, and start up the book.  I sometimes suffer from insomnia, so when I wake up in the middle in the night, I'll put the earphones in and listen to books in the middle of the night.  Sometimes I even fit a little reading in when I first wake up and am not quite ready to get out of bed.  Reading time in the morning is going to eventually be placed with exercise, but for now, I am happy to start my day with a little escape with a book.

Right now I'm reading Sheryl Sandberg's Lean In.  I'm only on chapter 5 but am finding lots of good food for thought.  Up until two years ago, my life was all about work and running.  My husband and I were certain were pretty certain we didn't want to have kids.  What changed?  It was a lot of things: work wasn't as satisfying, friends were having babies, and I began to ponder that question that haunts me every now and then: is the hokey pokey what it's all about?!  Seriously, though, after years of trying to find satisfaction at work and often feeling like that I was measured differently because I am a woman, I've found lots of "I can relate to that" scenarios in Sheryl's book.

In searching the internet, I've also found lots of other posts discussing Lean In, which is making for a psuedo-book club discussion (albeit one-way, since I'm reading other people's thoughts on Lean In and not necessary submitting my own thoughts).  It's been interesting to read other women's opinions towards the book.  Here are few posts I've found recently:

Agreements & Disagreements with Lean In
A Naysayer on Lean In
The Review I Identify with the Most

Have you read Sheryl Sandberg's book, Lean In?  What are your opinions on Sheryl's message?

Wednesday, April 17, 2013


It's a telltale sign that life is getting stressful when my insomnia sets in.  Last night I could not shut my brain off.  My mind was racing through all the things that need to be done to prepare for our move.  Storage unit and garage inventoried and cleaned out?  Check.  Arrangements for final doctor's appointments, school / day care arrangements?  Check.  Forwarding address submitted?  Not yet - we are still waiting to hear on our new temporary housing in Colorado.

What's tough is that we are so busy this last couple of weekends we've had to turn down get togethers, birthday parties, and other social engagements.  There's so little time to officially say goodbye!

I've moved myself many times in the last two decades and I know I can do this one more time.  This too, shall pass.

Friday, April 12, 2013

Packing: T Minus 2 Weekends

The countdown has begun.  We have two more weekends to get the house ready for sale.  We've decided to keep our furniture in the house rather than have stagers bring in furniture, but the house has to be minimally furnished (ever notice how spacious those staged houses look?) so we've been spending time every weekend packing up all the "extra" things that make a house look lived in.

And, there are some things I'm just not comfortable with movers packing for me.  We just moved two years ago and I remember unpacking some of my boxes with horror, discovering how items with nothing in common had been packed in the same box (kitchen whisk with bathtub spa pillow anyone?).  This morning, while cleaning out storage, I finally find the mate to a brown boot that has been missing since our last move.

In the picture above, I am packing my own scrapbooking supplies.  As any crafter knows, there are lots of tiny things when it comes to art and keeping them organized is key to finding them quickly when working on a project.  I'd like to think I'm a fairly organized person but somehow, after I finish a few projects, all my supplies are in disarray.  So, I went and grabbed all the little boxes I could find to use to group "like" things: sharp things with sharp things, little things with little things.  And when the boxes are full and can be closed, there will be lots of labels!

When was the last time you moved?  Do you have a spring cleaning at your house every year?  How do you minimize clutter?

Thursday, April 11, 2013

What I'm Reading: Sweet Tooth

We just discussed Sweet Tooth in my book club's latest meetup.  I'd forgotten all about Ian McEwan and was glad that one of our members recommended this book.  It's been about 4 years since I read Atonement and I loved that book.  After reading Sweet Tooth, I went back and reread Atonement, then moved onto another Ian McEwan book, Saturday.

I won't go on a long discourse about any of these books but I did enjoy reading all of them.  What I found amazing was how different all three books were.  Mr. McEwan has quite a range when it comes to his fiction.

I'm going to take a break from Ian McEwan for now, but I'm sure I'll be back to read more of his books.

Any recommendations on what I might try next, given my most recent read?

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

An Evening Reprieve

With my husband working in Denver Monday through Thursday every week, I get to try on the role of single parent a few nights the week.  It's alot easier to tag team in the evenings with someone else to get dinner on the table, eat, then begin the post dinner ritual: bath, some books, and then bedtime for the little one.  Usually while one of us is putting our son to bed, the other one is cleaning up after dinner and tidying up the house.

When it's just you, it can be alot of work doing all of that yourself.  So last night, I decided it would be alot more fun to spend my evening as a solo parent with my son at the local library looking for a new set of books to read (you can only read Good Night Gorilla so many times!) followed by a nice dinner at a nearby sushi restaurant.

While I enjoyed my trio of salmon presented three ways (sushi, sashimi, and nigiri), I distracted my son with a book while feeding him miso soup with a whole lot of tofu hidden in it.  It took a little more work to bribe him to eat the chicken teriyaki with some rice.

It was a little treat for me to get out of the house one evening this week.  And it was a little reminder of what life used to be like before our little guy came into our lives.

What about other mothers out there?  What little "treats" do you indulge in to make some days a little brighter than others?

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

It Snows in April in Denver

My husband has already started his new job in Colorado.  I take him to the airport every Sunday evening, he flies out out to Colorado, and returns Thursday evening.  Until we all move out to Colorado, I'm a single parent four days out of the week.  I don't know how single parents do it -- I'm in awe.

It snowed in Denver all day today and he sent me the picture above to share the moment.  I looked at my phone, dumbstruck, thinking "It's going to reach a high of 75 today in the Bay Area.  And I'm about to move to another state where it could snow in April.  Heavily."

I lived in Boston for five years (college and then a bonus year of actual employment in Beantown) and I got to experience snow, but that was...different.  During the four years of college, my "commute" involved moving about campus with occasional trips by bus or train into Boston downtown.  Other than the one year of work after college, I haven't really had to deal with snow, and I don't have alot of experience driving in it.

I'm still excited about moving to Colorado, but I'm sure this time next year, when it's April and a snowstorm hits, I'll be dreaming of the view off our soon-to-be-old-California-home, where it might be 75, sunny, and a perfect day for a little sunbathing:

Monday, April 8, 2013

Ready Set Go

Before I overthink this decision to start a blog, I'm going to post my very first entry.  I have to start somewhere and hopefully I'll be halfway good at this.

A little bit about me: three years ago, I was perfectly happy, living in sunny San Diego, dedicating my time to my husband and my other love, running.  I admit I was a bit of a workaholic too, but I loved my work.  Fast forward to today: still perfectly happy, but now I live in the Bay Area, am a mother to a 21 month old little boy, and am lucky if I find time to run.  I have to admit it's been tough mastering motherhood.

Well things are about to change again: my husband recently got a new job in Colorado, so we'll be moving yet again.  My husband and I met in San Francisco in 2004.  Then we got married and moved to San Diego for six years before coming back to the Bay Area in 2011.  So we're not too sad about leaving the Bay Area.  At least, not yet.

I'll start this blog out with documenting our transition from California to Colorado.  And hopefully, it will grow from there.
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