Weeknotes – volume 2

What a week! It was short but mighty, and I’ll admit, I could have used a few extra … days … of vacation mode before jumping back in to a million and one issues to tackle. Did you get to have a break over the holidays? I managed to have a few days of downtime, and it was so worth it. Sometimes you don’t really realize how tired you are until you stop moving.

Things that happened

A big part of my week revolved around documenting the requirements for the next release of the products I’ve been working on for the last year. There’s something soothing about taking what the business wants and turning it into details that make sense to the development team. This involved taking fuzzy big ideas and turning them in to very (very) detailed plans. Lots of if-this-then-that happening around my whiteboard for a few days.

Last year I neglected to work on myself and stay in touch with the world around me as much as I would have liked, so this year I’m trying to make it a point to set aside time to reconnect with my network. I feel out of the loop and want to find out what everyone is working on! To get the ball rolling, I reached out to a few people this week who always have some incredible insights to share to plan some coffee dates. I also planned to attend a couple of good recurring events coming up that I have been keeping an eye on for a while but haven’t been brave enough to attend yet. Soon! Soon.

Mostly, though, it was just nice to be back in the office and surrounded by my team. I feel like the next few months are going to be pretty intense, but I’m comforted somehow that I’ll survive it with our quirky, brilliantly capable group. I started a countdown on my office wall a few months ago and while we turn it into an occasionally amusing thing (82 days to bike season, friends!), it’s also a daily reminder that we have a limited amount of time left together to do. this. thing. And then we all disappear, off to whatever comes next for all of us.

Oh, and it was my birthday this week. My dad exacted revenge for a long ago birthday prank, so I woke up to many, many penguins on my lawn. While my first instinct was “nooooo!” they grew on me over the course of the day and I was sad to see them go after dark, my new little penguin friends. According to my toddler, I am now eleventeen, a good age.

What I’ve been reading

Time spent on activities like reading to children; doing crafts; taking them to lessons; attending recitals and games; and helping with homework has increased the most. Today, mothers spend nearly five hours a week on that, compared with 1 hour 45 minutes hours in 1975 – and they worry it’s not enough.

This New York Times take on modern parenting was a bit of a stunning realization of how much parenting has actually changed since I was a kid. Though I’m confident my mom spent jut as much time as I do reading Busy Town books ad nauseum, the clear shift in time of hands-on-parenting each week was still surprising.

True to the new year, we can’t have a January without thinking obsessively about exercise, right? Now you know…exercise alone isn’t going to save you. All hope is lost, I guess. Skipping yoga now to go eat some grapefruit cake.

Coming up next

The coming week has a lot going for it. A panel event on experimenting by doing (try it!), some good news to share, and the calm before the proverbial product testing storm. Throw in a little yoga, a few good girlfriends, and some snow (come on, skiing, come on) and it has some good potential.

Until the next.