I am on my way to NYC for work. I am flying and the turbulence is BAD. Additionally my flight was delayed by 6 hours and I’m flying into a flash flood warning. Oh joy.
I sometimes think about A+ for Effort when I fly, because I remember from her Twitter stream that she is an uneasy flier like me, and her tweets about flying always resonated with me. For someone who loves to travel, I sure do hate to fly. I always have to remind myself that there are huge rewards to be had and memories to be made. Plus I bought the pair of the Prada heels I have always wanted for an especially chic meeting. Scary turbulence is worth Prada heels, right? Right?!?
I actually LOVE LOVE LOVE Manhattan. I’m only in town for two days and they are jam-packed with appointments and work. But I love my work. Doing work stuff in Manhattan should be a special treat. So, I just need to get through this flight.
I wish Elon Musk would just invent that loop thing so we wouldn’t have to fly. Hurry up, Elon. While I’m still young…
Other things happening:
– The remodel continues to move at a glacial pace, but our laundry room now has a mural of Paris. It’s a watercolor mural and it’s beautiful. You can click on my Instagram to check it out. I figure I’ll get more laundry done since I can see the Eiffel Tower in there.
– I read the twins the really scary part in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, and I could SPOILERS!!!! barely make it through the “Kill the spare” and the Priori Incantatem portions without bursting into tears. I have put off reading that part to them for weeks, as I just wasn’t sure they were ready. Also, one of my co-workers told me her mother wouldn’t even let her read the books until she was 14, which made me feel like a terrible mother. I don’t think I will read the 5th book for at least a year. My son told me he didn’t think it was too scary, but he wouldn’t want to see the movie yet, as that would “make the scary parts real.” Fair enough. I take some comfort in the fact that scientific studies have proven kids who read Harry Potter are more empathetic and identify with outsiders more, and less with the privileged and aristocracy. I have always deeply believed in the power of J.K. Rowling to inspire good, so it’s nice to see that backed up with data.
– Sports, sports, sports. The twins’ whole life suddenly revolves around sports and activities. My daughter is obsessed with gymnastics, likes ballet and plays softball. She also wants to learn how to sew and design clothes. She has a lot of interests. It’s a challenge to balance everything and make sure she also enjoys being a kid. My son likes tennis, golf, karate, baseball and soccer so far, And he loves coding. So there’s a lot going on, and I worry they might miss out on some passion or skill even still. When the possibilities are endless, it’s hard to narrow the focus.
Anyway, what’s happening with you dear readers? Thoughts on making flights more bearable? When is the right time to read Harry Potter? How to expose your kids to many activities without exhausting them?