Every week, I go through our Alexa activity to see what questions I asked. This is also a reminder that we listen to "The Wheels on the Bus" and "Baby Shark" approximately a thousand times a day. I fear for the day our kiddo's language skills are good enough that she can ask for songs on her own. Going to need to find those parental controls...
Here's what I found myself looking up this week.
Am I the only person who is way spending way to much brain power on the cicadas?
The noise I can handle - in fact, it's soothing to me. Dodging all the little critters on the sidewalk is a lot harder to ignore. When I go for a walk, I'm looking down so as to not step on them. I even try to dodge them when I've got the kiddo in her stroller. I know that there are literally millions (even billions) of the bugs out there, but I still feel bad if I squash one.
Here's what else has my attention at the moment.
A series and graphic novel all discovered from the new titles at your library list I get through Wowbrary. I have a feeling this is going to become a common thing.
You can see my complete TBR list on Pinterest.
When I travelled in high school and college, I had this habit of buying lots and lots of postcards. I did that because I knew that I could never take pictures of attractions and the sights as good as a professional. (This was before I got a digital camera. Why waste film?) My intent was to glue these postcards into scrapbooks alongside the photos I did take. For some reason, I always ended up buying WAY more postcards than I would ever actually use in these scrapbooks. Heck, some trips never even got to the scrapbook stage.
One of my pandemic projects was digitizing all of my print scrapbooks and photos. First, I scanned the existing scrapbooks as whole items. Then, I removed all the pictures and scanned them as individual items. We're short on storage so I opted to dismantle the scrapbooks and just keep the pictures. They now reside in a preservation quality box... cause I'm a librarian like that.
While working on this project, I found a veritable bounty of unused postcards. They were from France, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and Italy - so much Italy. Not wanting to throw them away, I decided to use them. I love sending snail mail to people. This was a little thing I could do to stay connected. I wrote out a quick message, slapped on a postcard stamped, and mailed out a bunch of happy mail.
I hope the recipients enjoyed getting the postcards as much as I loved sending them.
What was the last piece of happy mail you sent?
We're planning on getting together with a group of friends on Sunday. This will be the first time we've seen everyone - in person - in over a year. Since we're still being careful, the meet up will be at a park near our home. So, I've been stalking the weather all week. I'm fairly certain Accuweather is ready to yell at me.
Here's what else I looked up this week.
Joy at Work: Organizing Your Professional Life
Marie Kondo and Scott Sonenshein
This title is my current side read. I was a fan of Kondo's first books so I picked this one up at the start of the pandemic thinking, "Sure, why not?" I expect it to be pretty much a copy of her other titles but focused on work. So far, it's exactly that. I love all things organizing and minimizing which makes this is a straight up comfort read for me.
When I sat down to write out my to do list for today, I drew a blank. I kept staring at the page waiting for my hand to start writing. It's not that I don't have projects to work on. I have plenty. It's just that I could not decide what to start on next. In some ways, I was paralyzed by options because nothing is completely pressing.
I think I need to try a new thing where, each day, I lay out what HAS to get done (meetings, things with deadlines, etc.) and then fill in with a single project step that I know I can manage with the brain power I have leftover. Worth a shot, right?
Here is has my attention as of late.
I like to travel. Actually, what I like is being someplace new, exploring things, eating great good, seeing the sights - all that good stuff. I actually hate the travel leading up to being in a new place.
I've never been a big fan of flying but even driving has it's downsides... it's just so long. So, whenever we are travelling, I always get stressed out and anxious. I'm worried that I'm going to forget something, that I'm packing too much, that something will go wrong en route... like that one time we ended up in Iceland for a night... unplanned.
Now that we have a kiddo, all those worries are compounded. As long as I'm doing something, I'm usually able to push my anxiety to a back burner. But I can really be a hot mess if I'm just sitting or even get a whiff that something may be remotely amiss. (My husband is a very patient human and I love him.)
Planning to get out of town this weekend - even though it was only 3ish hours away - had me on the verge of a panic attack for a week. Now that we're here, it's fine. Too bad we leave to go home early tomorrow morning...
Please tell me I'm not the only one.
In a few hours, we're getting on the road to spend the long weekend just outside of the city. While we're not going far, I've been doing a bunch of quick checks on the weather, hotel updates, and local attractions. So much more planning needs to be done when you're traveling with a toddler. I'm grateful that we're not going any further than we are.
Here's what else I found myself looking up this week.
Our upstairs neighbors are currently doing something that involves a lot of banging. It's not all that loud, but it keeps moving and the bangs themselves are intermittent. I am very curious about the project they have going on. It's definitely more than hanging pictures and less than installing new floors. Building furniture, perhaps?
It's weird what we find entertaining when working from home.
Here's what else has my attention at the moment.