Do you guys have a set quarantine routine? For us, each day is a little different, and our schedule is always evolving, but we’ve started to fall into a normal routine. It mostly, kinda sorta looks like this.
This one actually ended up being a whole21. We curtailed because I wanted to focus on reintroduction, and we only had so much time before Thanksgiving.
On Day 22, I had popcorn after dinner. On Days 26-27, I had cheese. Day 29 was gluten. Day 32 (Thanksgiving), wine. After that we head to Naples so I guess it will be pizza reintroduction, followed by probably a week (or more) of recovery.
So remember how I was obsessing about what to do with Henry for school next year?
We picked Option #4. Henry’s last day of school was this past Friday. The plan is for me to have the boys to myself for our last year. Here’s why this made sense for us and why I’m excited about it.
P.S. Last year’s Easter here. Sniff, Mac is wearing Henry’s outfit from last year.
Inspired by Modern Mrs. Darcy, I’m sharing some stuff that I’m digging right now. Could be a regular feature. Who knows? 🙂
With my renewed focus on paleo, I’ve been on Team Nut. (Well, Team raw nuts or nuts not roasted in weird oils. Natch.)
When visiting my in-laws in January, I fell in love with their mix of nuts in a vase alongside a cracker on the counter. A beautiful display, something you couldn’t nosh on mindlessly, and it provided endless entertainment for the boys. I may have to do my own next holiday season.
In December, I paid a little visit to the Geox store. My friend raved about her recent purchases. Another friend mentioned she was interested because it is an Italian brand.
I was proud of myself because I tried on millions of shoes in different sizes and decided not to feel bad about just asking the salespeople to do something they are paid to do. I really wanted to try on all of them because they were speaking to me. Classic with a little edge.
In the end, I walked away with two pairs. A pair of combat boots and some slip-on sneakers.
I’m in love with both. Absolute love. I packed additional shoes for my trip, but I shouldn’t have. These two are all that I need. They even did great in the snowzilla situation.
Yes, a little pricier, but I’ll pay for quality, particularly on shoes. And one of my resolutions for this year (that I have yet to tell you guys about) is to buy more Italian stuff. And to invest in quality things to boot. (Hehe)
If you are in Italy, I’d definitely recommend a saldi visit to Geox this month! I know I’ll be back. Still no OTK purchase has happened . . .
Any visions I ever may have had of myself as a SAHM definitely involved regular visits to the local library. We have a lot of awesome stuff going on in Italy, but a library with English language books is not on the list.
On our trip stateside, we’ve been hitting libraries every chance we get. The kids love perusing the books. The toys there, of course, are way more exciting than any toys would be in our house. And I love reading something besides the same old thing over and over and over.
Driving in America
You guys! Driving in the States is so easy! After over a year of no driving, I have driven a few times in Italy. Each time feels a little like preparing for battle. Study the route beforehand, load the GPS and Google maps, strap the children in with lots of entertainment because I won’t be able to spare a second of attention for them during the trip.
But in America, it is fine! Wide lanes, ample parking, the list goes on and on. Granted, unlike in Italy, I do have to worry about being pulled over for a boneheaded traffic maneuver, but the necessity of making a boneheaded traffic maneuver is much lower.
I don’t love having to drive everywhere, but that’s another story. For now, viva the automobile!
That’s about it for me. What have you been into this month?
We had a delightful Sunday adventure recently. Like shockingly enjoyable. With almost little to no planning. I know. I’m as incredulous as you.
It all started after waking up Sunday morning following a busy Saturday. We hadn’t been out of town (or even out ON the town) in a bit. I knew I wanted to do something.
Then I remembered that it was the first Sunday of the month. This means free public museums in Rome.
Yay Christmas lights! Did you guys also spend who knows how much time driving around in your car on the hunt for epic Christmas lights growing up? Just us? You probably just didn’t have the Pelzer Light People.
That’s right. BE jealous.
And so it was with these high standards that I set off in search of epic light displays in DC. We made it a tradition to check out something new each year. Because the lights in DC are so much more than the Christmas trees at the White House and Capitol!
So there are lots of food-themed festivals around here, particularly in the summer and fall. Fruit! Porcini! Carciofi for everyone! I love food; sign me up!
I meant to do more. And we will. But we did make it to the Sagra delle Fragole (strawberry festival) in Nemi this June.
But the thing about festivals is crowds. Shockingly, other people ALSO want to go to the cool-sounding festival with you.
I don’t really love crowds.
I’ve been feeling a little blogging schizophrenic lately. Well, not just blogging. I’m having trouble deciding how I want to spend my “free” time.
- Should I keep doing a little at Roman Reboot, but spend more time on another internet project I’d like to tackle?
- Should I double down on Roman Reboot?
- Should I stress less about side internet projects and spend more time travel planning and living la dolce vita?
So, you know. Just the usual things everyone has to deal with. How you should spend your finite minutes and hours each week.
I was discussing this with James the other day when he was in the shower. (This is why “free” time is in quotation marks.) I was rambling on about how I’ve been reading more about blogging on the internet, and I’d like to make some upgrades with hosting and mailing lists and widgets, but I wasn’t sure if I should upgrade Roman Reboot or start from scratch on the new project, but I’d like to do some things to Roman Reboot but they will cost money and can I justify that if the site is just a hobby??
And he said something that is very obvious, but it is something I had lost perspective on.