1. Vacation Thoughts
I saw a post in a local Facebook group about our high school sports teams starting up practice this week. (So, very early in August.)
This made me pause… We typically like to plan our bigger family trips in August, because it is normally our “free month”.
Asher’s pretty intensive swim season usually wraps up at the very end of July (with the big season end championship meets, etc…not great to just skip, after working all year for them). After that though, school around here doesn’t start until around Labor Day.
So August has always been this nice wide, open stretch (basically our only big open stretch of the year), with no real activities going on or major conflicts.
But Ethan is going into 8th grade, meaning high school is right around the corner. (eek)
If he plays high school soccer (a fall sport for boys), as I will assume is his plan, that means… he will have SOCCER starting in early August, apparently. Hmm. This makes sense, but I hadn’t really realized it started so early.
(His club soccer has always started up in August, too, but it always feels like no big deal to just have him miss a few of the first practices- and it’s usually a little later in the month.) I am not sure he will feel the same about missing high school level soccer…. I think they practice like, every single day, and it’s a lot more of a “thing” to be there/ not absent, especially in that whole team-bonding, pre-season period.
Not to even mention other high school-y stuff, like, I don’t know, class registration days and whatnot.
Again, hmmmmmmm………… Really not loving the idea of having my prime vacation window shrinking and shrinking…. Those with younger kids, enjoy the freedom and flexibility while you can!!
It gets harder to pull them out of school, too, the older they get. (We’ve never been shy about yanking our kids from school for a week or even more for vacation. But as they approach high school, I’m pretty sure a 2+ week extended spring break is not going to be in the cards anymore.) 😩
2. Social Media podcast
Really liked Cal’s latest Deep Questions episode (A Digital Minimalism Intervention), where he interviews a friend who wants to cut back on his phone/social media use. I listened while cleaning up the house last night and washing our sheets and towels. 🙂
I have sliiiiiiid back into some very not-ideal social media use habits. Argh. I have actually stopped even tracking my total minutes used per day, because I was feeling too embarrassed to write them down. (Yes, in my private journal. I realize that is silly.)
I did find out that Facebook has this new (or new to me) feature called “Your Time on Facebook”, where you can see how much time you’ve spent on the app AND how many times you opened the app each day. I am not going to share my average number of “opens”, because I found it rather horrifying. 😳
It’s such a tricky thing for me, because I would bet money that most of my checks are <30 seconds. So it’s hard to really say, “Do something else with that time!” There isn’t really anything else I can do in <30 seconds that gives me this little brain break/ dopamine hit/ distraction, you know? It’s like this weird compulsion!
I guess I could always check my email. hahahaha. (Guilty of that, too. I don’t discriminate- I make the rounds, pretty equally, between Gmail 1, Gmail 2 and FB.) He talks in the podcast about how people who are so used to just checking something all the time sometimes end up literally refreshing the WEATHER app, if they remove social media or email from their phones. Hahaha. I could see that….
Do I actually “need” this constant distraction 45+ times per day? No, I do not. (Also, I’m, uh, not saying that’s my number, but if it were, it would be pretty high. 😬)
Anyway, with this very chaotic/ busy feeling summer, I kind of just leaned into my chaotic brain I guess and haven’t even tried to address this blue Facebook shaped elephant standing in the room. But, it’s starting to feel “icky” again…so, probably time for another reset or reboot. Or a delete.
BONUS PICS…. I bribed Ethan to go out on a long walk with me last night! Ivan had a work event, and it was a beautiful evening. We walked, talked and climbed a tree together. LOVE LOVE LOVE him.
Quote of the Day:
“Learning to ignore things is one of the great paths to inner peace.” – Robert Sawyer
I am grateful for the feel of fresh sheets on my bed Ahh that’s the best.