I’m happy to report that the reason I’ve been absent from my blog lately is a good one… I’ve been busy with work! So busy in fact that I’ve had to enlist some help with Jed beyond his preschool hours. Starting today, his favorite teacher is taking him after school once a week for a few hours so I can have more time. I’m so thrilled with this extra time, I’m practically giddy! I have so many things that I want to do that I have to remind myself, this will happen every Wednesday, not just today. How many people can say they look forward to Hump Day?
I hope you don’t think I’m a horrible mom because I’m happy about this extra time without Jed. It’s not about not being with him… it’s about doing things that I simply cannot do when he’s here. Here are a few things I hope to tackle today:
Work projects. These comes first!
Shower. Yes, I have to put this on a list or it doesn’t seem to happen. It will be 12noon and I will have been on the computer all morning in my PJs, then time to pick up Jed…
Taxes. No, I don’t have the seasons mixed up. We are just the ultimate procrastinators and our very FINAL extension deadline is Monday. From April.
Walk the dogs. This is a walk for me and for them. I’m trying to exercise more and a walk up and down our road is quite literally a hike up and down a mountain. With Jed, we get halfway down and he wants to be carried. That’s not a workout so much as a death march.
Put new batteries in our mantel clock. It’s been 9:50 for more than a month. Time is not on its side.
What do you do when you find yourself with the precious gift of time?
I usually reserve my bragging rights for Jed, and even try to keep those anecdotes to a minimum. (I’m aware that he is not the only smartest, cutest kid in the whole entire world.) But today, it’s the other guy in my life I’m proud of.
When Dave first came to me and told me he wanted to start his own online magazine, I felt a tad territorial. I wasn’t going to pee on our laptop or anything, but the publishing industry, and writing in particular, was my wheelhouse, my career path. He had been blogging for a bit, but I didn’t think he was serious enough about it to take it to the next level. Here we are, a couple of years later, and not only is his own magazine doing well, but he’s also pitching and getting asked to write for others! He can do something that not a lot of people can do well, which is write in his own voice. You read something of Dave’s and you can hear him talking to you as if he’s sitting right next to you, or 100 feet across a crowded room (his voice really carries).
This month, he has a story in Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine called “Fly Fishing 101”, and I had to brag on him a bit. Even if you’re not into fly fishing, it’s worth a gander… he’s pretty damn funny. It’s a quick read if you have a few minutes this weekend. Happy Friday!
The last issue I put out as Editor-in-Chief of Breathe Magazine came out this week. I just picked up a copy this morning and reading through it was bittersweet. But I must say I went out with a bang, not a whimper. It’s a great issue! Kath Younger, healthy living blogger of Kath Eats Real Food fame graces the cover.
If you live in one of Breathe‘s distribution areas in the Mid-Atantic and Southeast (DC, MD, WV, VA, NC, SC, GA), pick one up! If you don’t know where to find it, contact the Breathe office. Otherwise, you can find it online here (although it’s never the same as feeling the pages between your fingers… I just love print magazines).