Friday Five – TGIF, and I say that unironically


  1. While it was only a four day work week, it seemed long. In fact, today (Thursday) is dragging on and on. I’ve been at work for three hours and 20 minutes but I feel like it has been an entire work day. I did ACTUAL work though, edited bills and learned a lot. I am much more comfortable in this job now that I have the lay of the land, know more coworkers, and understand the atmosphere here. I still don’t like going to work but hey, I understand that I was spoiled there for three years working at home. It is what it is.
  2. I was good about food this week: back to eating once a day and two of the meals were keto. I also haven’t had beer since Saturday evening. For a little bit there during break, we were drinking almost every day. Why not, right? It was the holidays! Not to excess, of course, but just a few beers each night. I am glad I’ve taken a break this week; get a good detox in.
  3. I decided to re-read The Great Gatsby. (Actually, I’ve since finished; it’s not a long read.) We started collecting used editions of classic novels and they sit in two large stacks in the living room. Originally, we wanted our oldest to get back to reading so we made him pick one a month. He got through 1984 and my husband even concocted a little quiz for him once done. Then he picked Swiss Family Robinson and said it was boring. He “forgot” to read and we “forgot” (or got too busy) to keep up with it. So now I am leading by example. I enjoyed it the first time, when I was 17, but it’s so much richer now that I have life experience. I definitely understand what’s actually happening a lot more. My memory of that novel comes in bits and pieces and generalities and brief scenes from the Robert Redford movie. I haven’t seen the Baz Luhrmann version but I hear it’s bad. I still kind of want to see it though, even though I have an instinctual problem with Leo Dicaprio, though I couldn’t really tell you why.
  4. I have always had a hard time with finishing things; it’s always a little sad. I finished the book and felt deflated. Yellowstone is done for now; we finished season two of Alice in Borderland. I guess 1923 and Tulsa King is still out there but the finalizing of something feels unsettling to me. I don’t know why.
  5. Friday now and the drama of the morning is that my daughter left her backpack at the neighbors’ house. They drive her to school with their kids since they’re going anyway (the woman teaches there). The woman wanted me or Ash to go to their house and then take it to her at school but I said no. Will she learn the lesson if we bail her out? No. And I know my daughter. Aside from getting safely across the street (and either Ash or Isaac helps her there) her one responsibility is to get to school with her backpack. This is not that complicated. So even though the neighbor probably thinks we’re harsh, I think it’s a good lesson. She claims that she’ll need her water bottle. If the school won’t let her go to the water fountain we have a problem. I will say, the other day we were under tornado watch (look, we NEVER get them here in town; it’s all just weather hysteria) and they wouldn’t let her go to the bathroom. She doesn’t even have to leave the building to get there! Are you serious? The more I think about it the more I want to send an email to SOMEONE. Was it the teacher? Is it a school rule? I’m curious and need to know. What would be the outcome of asking or complaining? Not sure but I feel like it’s my job as a concerned parent. But in the end, I probably won’t say anything because what is the point? Dakota will learn the backpack lesson just fine and we can sidestep any authority involved, hopefully. This is old school parenting 101!

3 thoughts on “Friday Five – TGIF, and I say that unironically

  1. Good for you on the parenting!

    The Great Gatsby was what made me want to be a writer. I love F. Scott and Hemingway. They both influenced my novels (as well as Einstein, Louise Erdrich, and some other women contemporary writers).

    I, too, have a problem with Leo baby (especially since my daughter played Titanic 24/7 for about five years). I liked the Robert Redford version.

    And I bought Yellowstone to start watching from the beginning. Have only seen one episode at my friends’ house a while ago. Will likely start watching it weekends when my husband is home after football season ends or maybe on Saturday nights anyway, now that MI lost New Year’s Eve. We’ll see.

    TGIF.

  2. Hooray for getting back to good eating habits! As wonderful as all the indulgences sound (and taste), better eating really does feel, well – better!:) Glad you stopped by my blog to day….look forward to coming back again soon! Happy weekend!

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