Blog, Productivity, Weekends

Too many ideas, not enough time

February 1st today!! We’re 1/12 of the way through 2022. Crazy.

“It’s a long month….”

You often hear people lament that January is a long, slow month- it’s the thick of winter, the holidays are over, everyone is trying to implement their “New Year’s resolutions”….it’s kind of like one big, long Monday all month long. And in fairness, it technically IS one of the the longest months (31 days!).

I can’t say I felt that way this year, really, though. It may be because Ivan and I travelled for a little chunk of it. I find that whenever I go on vacation, that time period absolutely FLIES by. (Not necessarily the vacation itself, but when I get home, it feels like those travel dates were erased from my normal life calendar, if that makes sense? And that we just skipped ahead a week or two or whatever.)

I assume it’s just because if I’m traveling, I’m not doing my “everyday” activities, or, obviously not working toward any goals, “getting things done”, etc. Which is totally fine! But I still always tend to feel an odd sense of a time warp sensation during months when we travel.

Plus- travel does inevitably = extra stuff to do. Even the quickest, lightest trip, like our recent Mexico trip, still required some effort to PACK, buy a few things, unpack, laundry, put stuff away, etc. etc.

So, unlike sentiments I have seen floating around the internet from other people, I do NOT personally feel that January has been a sloggy draggy month. I’m more in the camp of, “Whoa, it’s February already?!”

I feel like I still haven’t quite had a chance to get fully organized for the new year!!! This has sort of been my attitude:

I’m not sure I’ve fully been able to catch my breath since we got home from Mexico (although I did do a little “life planning” in Mexico- such as my 22 for 2022 list!).

Blog ideas

I have a million topics in my head I want to share and get out on paper. But unfortunately, blogging is very much “just a hobby” for me- not a paid job in any capacity.

So, I have been trying to stay aware of the fact that it really can eat up quite a lot of time, if I’m not careful….which isn’t necessarily bad, but if I’m feeling busy or overwhelmed, I do need to make sure to look at ALL the places my time goes. Including time writing here, or also reading/commenting on other blogs.

It’s time well spent, YES, absolutely! But you know the saying, “too much of anything (can be) a bad thing.” (I edited that a little bit. πŸ™‚ )

I’ve recently been reading some other threads where people are experiencing a lot of overwhelm in their lives and can’t figure out why. From a distance, it can be very obvious when others are clearly just trying to cram too much in, or hold themselves to unrealistic (and frankly unnecessary) expectations. It can be harder to recognize in our own lives, though!

Because I love writing here- it’s just really fun!- it can be easy for me to prioritize “blog time” over almost anything else. And I do definitely plan to keep doing it! But my friend over at Real Life in Utopia inspired me recently with her very relaxed attitude about missing a stretch of updating her blog. She said, after a busy period, “I like blogging and I did have a few topics in my mind but it’s not my priority, so here we are.”

I don’t know exactly what she was thinking, of course, but I took it as a calm statement, said while shrugging her shoulders, “Oh well! No biggie. Just didn’t really have time…will resume when I get a free moment.” I liked that.

Like I said, I do have a bunch of things I want to write about. I’ll get to them eventually! Some of them include:

  • my 22 for 2022 list!
  • my “word of the year” (I know, these are new years topics…like I said, February is the new January πŸ˜‰ )
  • some thoughts on a couple books I’ve read lately
  • my 2022 quarterly book list! (recently sketched out)
  • I AM going to finish my Mexico trip recaps!
  • catch up/ wrap up my gratitude challenge
  • some planner related stuff/ few tweaks I’ve made to my system this year

Weekend

Changing gears- we had a very fun-filled weekend! It had a lot going on, but it was a good one.

Saturday:

  • the boys’ first in-person piano recital in over 2 years!! (And, Asher’s last recital. Cue tears from me….wahhhhh……). He did amazing and I’m so proud. Ethan, as usual, played gorgeously as well. He says he gets a bit nervous but you’d never tell- he’s always cool as a cucumber and rarely misses a note when he performs.
They played on the Steinway grand piano at the high school performing arts center. Their teacher told me afterwards that this piano cost $150,000!!! It was beautiful.
  • One of Asher’s pieces was Billy Joel’s Piano Man, an obvious crowd favorite. πŸ˜‰ His other piece was 12 Days of Christmas (yes, Christmas is over, but he just really liked that one.) His teacher knew he likes art a lot, so she asked him to create a visual to accompany his piece. He drew each of these by hand himself!
12 drummers drumming, 11 pipers piping, 10 lords a leaping, 9 ladies dancing…etc….
  • We went to Culver’s for a quick lunch after the recital. The boys were in good moods and talkative. We somehow ended up taking silly pictures of each other while we waited for our food, like candid photo style. I actually love a few of them, though!
my handsome boy 😍
my cute boy with freckles on his nose. πŸ™‚
  • Ethan had a basketball game in the afternoon. (tough, close loss!)
  • Saturday night we got a pizza and watched Titanic!

Something made me think of that movie the other day, out of the blue. It’s been YEARS since I’ve seen it. It’s really a fabulous movie!!

The boys know all about the Titanic- we read a bunch of books about it when they were younger. It’s rated PG-13, but my only concerns were the “scene in the car”, if you recall…and the scene where Jack draws Rose in a, um, suggestive position. We just fast forwarded through the car scene. Much of the rest of it is intense/ dramatic- but the boys are plenty old to handle that.

They really liked it, although Ethan seemed a bit too impacted by it, maybe. Afterwards he kept saying how it was so sad. And how it would have been so terrifying for those people! Yep, and yep. 😦 It is still a wonderfully done movie, in my opinion. I was happy to watch it again after all this time.

the classic Titanic scene, with baby faced Leonardo DiCaprio!

Sunday:

  • Up early for our home swim meet! I was at the pool by 7:30 helping set up. The meet was quick and easy though and done by ~12:00 or so.
  • I was tired by Sunday afternoon. We ran a few errands, and then mostly just watched football all afternoon/evening (I simultaneously worked on my photo project on my laptop.) What great playoff games!! Those comebacks were very, very exciting. We were happy with the outcome- Ivan and I were rooting for a Bengals/ Rams Superbowl this time. πŸ™‚

Daily Gratitude:

I am grateful for people that you can pay to change your vehicle’s oil so you don’t have to. πŸ™‚ Taking my van in for an oil change this morning.

6 thoughts on “Too many ideas, not enough time”

  1. We were happy the Bengals won, too. I didn’t care much about the SF/LA game but Phil was hoping SF would have won. We hope the Bengals win it all.

    I only blog 2-3 times/week since it can be a big time suck. It’s time well spent and I’ve made great friends through blogging and continue to do so, but there is a limited amount of time for hobbies when you work and have young kids, so I’ve cut way back compared to pre-kids years when I probably blogged more consistently!

    That piano is gorgeous! And I love the 12 days of Christmas drawing! I loathed recitals. I can see the value of them, and I had an annual recital when I taught piano in HS but I very much did not enjoy performing for large groups of people! And we usually had to memorize our piece which added to the anxiety. I did not make my students memorize their pieces, though.

    I loved Titanic so much that I saw it in the theater twice! I think that is the only movie I saw twice in a theater!

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    1. Yes, I’ve noticed you blog less frequently than some and you’re probably smart to do so. πŸ™‚ You have a lot on your plate too. It’s probably better for you to do it a little more sporadically versus trying to do it so often that you end up burning out and quitting altogether!

      I also saw Titanic in the theater and remember it so clearly. One of my best friends was obsessed with Leonardo DiCaprio, and a group of us girls went to the movie and then to sleepover at her house after. I think it was right before Christmas when it came out- might have been the start of our Christmas break?? Anyway, it was such a fun night. πŸ™‚ I think I was in 9th grade.

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  2. Love your blog and love you showing up whenever it works!

    I’m admittedly in the blog-a lot phase because I’m a total newbie and right now it’s a great escape for me, but I can see pulling back to a 3x/week sort of pace (or less). At this point I had so many ideas and sketch a lot out in advance and schedule them, but feel like that “well” could run dry eventually and I’m just doing it when I feel like it (which is a lot lately).

    I had a post percolating on Sunday and while I almost never post on the weekend I was like “I want to post. I need to get this off my mind…why don’t I go ahead and write/post it!” It’s like I feel obligated to stick to a schedule or not post too much. Weird, and I’m definitely overthinking it too much. So I went ahead and wrote it and posted it.

    That piano (and his illustrations) are gorgeous.

    Isn’t it so fun when time out with the kids turns in to those simple memories that really stand out (like capturing those great candid shots of the boys).

    I haven’t see Titanic is YEARS. My Dad was obsessed with that movie for a while (he loves history and loves epic movies) and I definitely watched WAY too much Titanic.

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  3. i fully get it about the blogging guilt when we dont blog one day. I started blogging over 10 years ago, from blogging twice day to missing posts for months, I’ve had it all. hahaha…. as you say, it’s a hobby, not an obligation, so do what fits your life at the moment, it supposed to add value to your life, not to add burden. Yet, I do enjoy your daily posts… so just pop up often even for a line to let us know everything is fine. πŸ™‚ all those listed topics, I’m looking forward to read. Book lists? how do you even come up with them? hahaha… I’m such a mood reader.

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  4. Thanks for the shoutout, and happy to contribute to any attitude of calmness, lol. It’s just that I already have enough deadlines at work and for the kids, didn’t really need any more obligations. I treat blogging like reading, I dislike and rebel against any deadlines, it’s the part of my life when I can do whatever I want. πŸ™‚

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  5. I can absolutely, 100% relate to your time warp feeling, January wasn’t really that long for me either (how is it mid-February already??) and I definitely don’t have enough hours in the day to do everything I want to do. Sigh.

    OH, and how I love Titanic. I must have seen it so many times back in the day… but it’s been a while now.

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