Monday Morning Open Thread

November 18, 2013

What’s up?

It’s that time of year. Shorter days, colder weather, and general busyness…back-to-back kid parties and preparation for back-to-back holidays. I have our holiday photo shoot scheduled for next week, I have begun ordering Christmas presents for the kids and we’ll be spending Thanksgiving weekend cleaning out rooms and closets for space for it all. And decorating the house. And putting up the tree.

Needless to say, I am bone-weary tired. Saturday morning, I took off for a 15-mile bike ride (at least half uphill) before back-to-back kid parties. I went from feeling overwhelmed — literally had a nightmare Friday night, in which a tsunami broke through my windows — to concocting an actual plan to feel better.

Eli’s friend’s birthday party was at a hair salon owned by two mompreneuers that provide childcare. The girls were in a bungalow in the backyard getting their nails painted, while at least two of us moms were in the main salon receiving services of our own. I got my hair straightened out — oh yeah, it looked good! 🙂 — and got a mani and pedi. That night our niece Eu watched Eli — Ari had a sleepover after his friend’s birthday party — while DH and I went to this fabulous Mexican tapas place in downtown Berkeley. Heaven.

Despite the number of adults in my home, DH and I rarely get to spend time alone. A lot of it has to do with how over-scheduled our weekends are. Now that soccer season is over, we hope to reverse that.

What do you do to blow off steam? To spend time with your significant other?

On a more somber note, the one-year anniversary of the Newtown Sandy Hook shootings is coming up on December 14. Vanity Fair had a phenomenal in-depth article on key people from the community of Newtown the day before the tragedy. I knew what was going to happen, but the article was so gripping that I kept turning the page…until the devastating ending. Those poor people.

What else is in the news? What’s up with you?