I noted on Monday that it was pretty quiet around here. There is a pretty big difference to having 11, 13, and 17 year olds on holidays as opposed to 1, 3, and 7 year olds! There is a 17 year-old missing this week, so that also makes a difference. Mind you there has been a lot of electronic usage, but that's been tempered by other things like sleep-ins, exercise, reading, jigsaw puzzles, board games, planning a scrap book of memories from our trip (youngest son), and even making dinner for the whole family. Actually the latter was part of our guidelines that I wrote about back here.
Now that we're done with all our big family plans for the summer I'm actually finding myself with more time than I thought I would when school finished (for 10 days after school finished I had boys here, but no husband, that's changed too, so I'm not doing as much household stuff as I have to when he's at work and the boys are here).
I'm powering through my work-to-do list and feel like I might actually get to some of the more pie in the sky ideas. That feels very satisfying. Early in the week I was feeling quite stressed about all I had to do over the next six weeks, but it's now looking okay. I might even get some more sneaky holiday time in.
My pie in the sky ideas include some sewing and seeing if I can get started on learning how to use the software that our designers use to layout the magazine: inDesign. I've heard it is difficult to learn and a very steep learning curve, so perhaps it is best that I don't have any other goals besides these two. We'll see how far I get.
We also have a mild goal for the family (anything's mild after the camping trip we just did, right?): to go out somewhere in Tokyo for a day once a week, that plan will of course involve food, like chocolate cake at a cafe or ice-cream, bribery anyone? One of the places we have our eyes on is the Japanese Sword Museum.