List of Seven on Sunday is a weekly column that I write intended to entertain avid readers with short attention spans who like avoiding the real world at all cost on weekends. This column, written in a newspaper parody form, falls most closely into the genre of creative nonfiction. Derived from my own life, the content is loosely structured around sections in a traditional newspaper.
1. News —
Last weekend I got backed up again and didn’t post Seven on Sunday.
I attribute it to two reasons.
- I went to Corning, NY to run the Wineglass Half marathon. Traveling up there and back and running 13.1 miles left me with very little energy to write. Or stand vertical for more than a few minutes at a time the rest of the week.
- My life has been nothing but a series of constant interruptions by a certain two small children that live at my heels and need me ALL. THE. TIME. How dare I take time to write and center my thoughts with full concentration.
This week I am mindful of all the many things I am thankful for, even on days when I wish I could put a “Do not disturb” sign on my forehead.
2. Weather —
Signs of fall are all around me.
Five of my favorite signs are:
- Finding acorns in little sweatshirt pockets.
- Picking leaves out of hair at the end of the day.
- Pumpkins of all colors and shapes and sizes.
- Mums lined up outside of every grocery store and farm stand.
- College football every weekend, especially if it involves a tailgate.
These and more make me smile and appreciate how much I love the changing of the seasons.
Lance attended his first Penn State game… and LOVED being inside the stadium and watching the game.
Vivian got to take a quick peek, but this was her take on the experience…
3. Sports —
I completed the Wineglass Half! First half marathon since having kids.
I’ll save the gushing for another post that I’ll probably never get an uninterrupted chance to write, but I had a happy run, felt strong the whole time, and thoroughly enjoyed myself.
With no interruptions.
Moments like these are what I try to focus on in the midst of all the drafts and unfinished business scattered across my desk. Training for the race constantly felt like a hardship among all my other responsibilities, so when I crossed the finish line ahead of my anticipated pace, I felt great deal of accomplishment.
The glass finishers medal – a suitable memento for this glass making town.
4. Arts & Entertainment —
The giant glass pumpkins at the Corning Museum of Glass were absolutely stunning. I’d like this display in my front yard next year. Ha!
5. Lifestyle —
Corning, NY is also a paradise for all types of dishes. CorningWare, Corelle, Pyrex, you name it!
6. Opinions —
I have been thinking a lot about the use of technology in my home right now. Opinions about the right balance of “screen time” for kids is everywhere. We don’t use that term in our house (yet), but I am very much in the process of figuring out the boundaries for television time, iPad time, and computer time – the three types of technology my kids engage in.
How much is too much? At what age should children be allowed to use what devices? What is the appropriate amount of time per day? Should we have “no technology” days? Should I let them determine their own limits and take a more laid back approach to all of this?
Although I have more questions and in-progress opinions on this topic, one opinion has been constant for me: My phone is off-limits to both of my kids.
More on this topic as time goes on and I have some sort of guidelines in place that work for my family based on the ages of my kids (going on 5 and 3). I’d love to hear thoughts from other parents.
7. Comics —
Before I crawled into bed the other night, exhausted after another long day of taking care of people and a pug, I noticed a piece of Scotch Tape on the side of my foot.
Oh right. That was for the small post-race blister on my foot that I let Vivian use tape on because she wanted to ‘bandage’ my boo boo. I was trying to make dinner, and even though she had already wasted almost the whole roll ‘bandaging’ her babies and I didn’t really want anything covering my blister, I appeased her insistence.
The things I do to get shit done.
At the time it was irritating because I had to keep stopping to hold my foot up for her to examine as I was chopping vegetables, but it sure did make me smile when I found it at the end of the night. I guess she wants to take care of me just as much as I want to take care of her.
So about half marathons and parenting?
Worth every hardship and interruption.