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About time to update the blog, I guess!

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

I obviously haven't been great about keeping up with this blog, but this odd Covid-19 experience we all suddenly find ourselves in has given me the opportunity to do so now!

I've been lucky that my work can be done remotely (even if it takes some adjustment), and that my kids' schools are able to help me keep their educations progressing (even if that takes some creativity), and that we are all healthy.

It's been a bit harder to stay on track with eating and exercise, although mostly it's a matter of finding a new routine. I certainly appreciate better the struggles that SAH moms face on this front - I got a taste of that on maternity leave, but while newborns are demanding in their own way, they don't really have much choice when Mom decides to put them in a stroller for walk/jog, and they don't complain much about the menu! Small, not completely socialized people are a whole 'nother story!

But I'm trying to get the kids involved in menu planning, and also with planting some garden fruits and vegetables. Last year they really enjoyed the harvesting part in the Fall, so they're getting to see the start of the process this year. We're starting to see some early strawberries and blueberries - so those they won't have to wait too long to enjoy - but we're also planting carrots, cabbage, tomatoes, peppers, onions, zucchini, cucumbers, and a few other things. I also got a couple of "patio" size peach trees, so we'll see if anything comes of those this year.

We are lucky to have a reasonable size yard for the kids to play in - we live in DC, but the more suburban part of the city, and our house is a single-family home on a corner lot. It's not huge, but by city standards, it's pretty good. I was going to put in some more raised beds for vegetables this year, but because the kids need space, I'm mostly keeping the planting to containers on the deck and the existing garden beds. This is one time when I sort of wish we lived "back home" (Upstate NY), so we could have a little more outdoor space and a bit larger home (housing is REALLY expensive here) -- but for the most part, we are doing well with what we have.

I don't know about you, but I had lots of big ideas about all of the home and craft projects I was going to accomplish now that I don't have to take time to get dressed up for work, and do the commute/school drop-off/pick up routine... but whatever "extra" time we got has been eaten up just adjusting to the new normal.

I do plan to re-evaluate how I'm using my time these days, because I suspect I could do a bit better. The challenge is to find a balance between trying to do all the things, and focusing so much on ONE thing that everything else falls apart. I also need to learn to ask for and accept help on some things from the other people in my house, because it's all too much for one person to handle!

I hope you all are doing well, and staying safe. Do your best to keep up (or build up) your good health habits during this time - keeping a strong and healthy body and mind is always an excellent strategy!

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