Just because I’m just totally curious what screen time looks like in other households, here is a fairly comprehensive list of what plays on the screens in our home:
YouTube. YouTube easily earns the largest share of screen time Lots of musical clips. Current rotation includes: Matilda, Miss Saigon & the performances from the Tony awards back in June.
Hazel also likes….sort of dramatic, random stuff. Surgeries, Bot-flies…or last night, for instance she was glued to: Baby Jessica’s rescue coverage And 2 episodes of rescue 911. (The one where the babysitter collapses and the 5 yr old calls 911, and the one where the mom collapses and the 4 yr old calls 911.)
Curious George (Netflix)
An occasional Disney princess movie (DVD). They are partial to Cinderella, but I like when they pick Beauty - Belle was my JAM as a kid.
Les Mis, the movie. I swear to God this is Hazel’s favorite. She is OBSESSED. She puts on the Les Mis vinyl while eating her cereal in the morning (always the side with “One Day More.”) Last weekend, apropos of nothing, she asked what Jean Valjean’s last name was.
Sound of Music. This one is in our HEARTS. Felix sings Cuckoo-Cuckoo like a champ. And tonight while getting ready for bed, I heard Hazel tell Felix that she could be Liesl…and Hazel was going to be Gretl.
And, of course, NOTRE DAME FOOTBALL!!!
Through the screen, we have found a way to share our passions with the girls. And while I am totally not down with letting them veg-out regularly in-front of the tv or anything…I do think that there are ways that screen time can be used for good. :)
What do you watch with your littles? On what Devices? I’d love to hear!
This Friday, a new movie opens in theatres called Sex Tape. In the film Jay (Jason Segal) and Annie (Cameron Diaz) are a married couple still very much in love, but ten years and two kids have cooled their passion. To get it back, they decide to try out every position from THE JOY OF SEX and film it. Bold Choices.. Their very private film is leaked and hilarious adventures ensue.
Oh god, can you imagine!
In the movie Annie is a successful mommy blogger (thumbs up) and I was thrilled to have the chance to contribute a guest post on Annie’s blog, Who’s Yo Mommy about how my own relationship has evolved over time and the ways that tech has helped/hurt/reflected our evolution.
Simon & I fell in love while living in different cities, and our long-distance relationship unfolded over email. Thousands of notes, 10 years and 2 Children later - the tone of our emails has shifted towards….well, life. As we have grown, so have our emails. Love poems replaced by pdfs of Mortgage statements.
But not all romance is gone. Click here to visit Annie’s blog and read about our beginning and the little thing Simon still does that reminds me of the early days. (Swoon!)
And definitely check out the Sex Tape Trailer here.
*This is a sponsored post written on behalf of Sony Pictures
Welcome to q3. A clean slate. A chance to hit reset.
Self-assess: What’s working? What’s not? Resolve to change …then actually do it.
It was easy to identify my resolution as we enter the back half of the year: I’ve got to take better care of myself.
I’m not talking afternoon spa visits and cucumbers on the eyes. I need to, like, go back to basics.
Eat food. Drink something other than coffee. Sleep for reasonable chunks of time. Breathe.
(A low point: 3 weeks ago. I wedged in a trip to the urgent care clinic between a breakfast meeting and afternoon all-hands. I had a violent reaction to some antibiotics & was struggling to breathe. They treated me and when the nurse told me I needed to stay for a few hours of observation…I informed her that wouldn’t be possible and checked myself out. Clearly not a best practice.)
I have fallen into this habit where I let my stress escalate to levels directly proportional to the work on my plate….the problem with that approach is that stress doesn’t actually solve any problems. In fact stress (exhaustion, dehydration, etc) just makes it harder to be awesome….so it is time to get out of my own way!
9 days into this quarter and I have already felt a shift. And since any effective goal has to be actionable, here are three must-do components in my plan:
1. Eat superfoods for breakfast (This week a poached egg on a bed of spinach & kale has been like rocket fuel for my body)
2. Conduct one meeting every day while out on a walk….It can be my planning time or a 1:1 with a teammate, but I have to force myself to get out of my seat and move. A little air & sunshine on my face will do my soul good!
3. Prioritize home repair efforts. It has been nearly 4 months since our home was destroyed and I have not had the wherewithal or time to drive this project with much tenacity. This quarter I am dedicating myself to all things home with the goal of being back home by end of September. Being unsettled has been more stressful than I could have imagined.
I suppose I share all of this with you guys in the spirit of keeping myself accountable. But also because I can’t be the only working mom (dad) (human) to have unintentionally let myself fall so low on the priority list…I’d love to hear any thoughts/tips/advice on how you manage yourselves and a schedule that is bat shit crazy!
Over the holiday weekend, I did not receive a single work email. Not one. I was really happy (proud?) that everyone took the opportunity to unplug. Myself, included.
The way my husband grabs my suitcase for me whenever we encounter a set of stairs on our travels. He tries to make my life a little easier…in all sorts of ways…I love him for that.
Veep. Great show.
The dog who kept dropping his rubber ball at Felix’s feet at the dog park* this evening. He did it like a dozen times. She would laugh & chuck it as high as she could….and the little jack russell-ish guy would jump up and catch it mid air. Fee was impressed. (*We didn’t get a dog or anything…a walk to the dog park is one of those free/effective ways to entertain city kids cooped up in a highrise.)
A walk home from the office. Sunshine on my face and a 20 minute chat with my mama. It is a good way to end the work day.
“It’s not our job to toughen our children up to face a cruel and heartless world. It’s our job to raise children who will make the world a little less cruel and heartless.”—L.R. Knost (via featherandarrow)
On Sunday, I wore a white blazer to a bridal brunch. I debated not wearing it, because I knew I wanted it clean for a client meeting the next day. Wouldn’t ya know…I sure did put my arm in chocolate or syrup or something at the party. A gnarly sleeve stain. I was annoyed about it when I got home and tossed my jacket on the bathroom counter. (I know I should have treated it…but both girls were pulling at me).
10 hours later. I spotted my spotted blazer while brushing my teeth before bed. I said a micro-prayer (Jesus, If you are looking for an easy-win, I would love if you could make that stain disappear)…and then I immediately retracted it and felt guilty for even bothering god with a sartorial request. But when I picked up the white jacket and wiped at the smear with a wet cloth…it came off. All of it. It was inexplicable…or, ya know, miraculous.
I turned my eyes up and said Thank You.
[A related story] I was young, maybe 4 or so. I remember dumping out the contents of our toy-chest onto my bedroom floor - the toys were everywhere. I knew I was supposed to clean-up after myself but decided instead to just shut the door behind me and go get a snack or something. After due procrastination, I headed back upstairs - negotiating with God as I marched up each step to the unholy mess I had left.
I couldn’t believe it. My room was clean. But I hadn’t cleaned it. Neither did mom. Neither did sister. I have thought about that afternoon often over the past 28 years…wondered if young Emily just misunderstood something…or did God really clean up my toys?
It seems like such an unlikely miracle, but that is my favorite of all possible explanations. And the one that makes me feel most loved.
But my people were….like, everything I could have hoped for in a support system.
A headwind blew at work. My team immediately activated - energy focused on getting to yes. It’s so helpful to have people, by your side, pulling.
Then a vertical-wide happy hour to mark the end of quarterly planning. A pair of margarita-type drinks, and a conversation with my work-girls about our careers. Development plans are due at the end of the week…so we are all wrestling with defining 5,10,20 yr goals. We talked about the parts of our jobs that didn’t feel like work….and used that as inspiration for career arcs. It was such a good talk.
Home to the family. There was a bouquet of roses on the counter. And Simon had the iron waffle all fired up. It was breakfast for dinner night. God I love him.
He kissed me as I walked in. And when he asked if I was alright, he meant it. The disappointing news from my day, weighed on his shoulders (our wins, and losses, are shared).
Hazel put up a royal fight at bedtime. (Yeah, we are in that phase.)After some advanced negotiation, we agreed on one story and one song before she retired for the night.
Simon & I sang Edelweiss. Totally nailed it. And then he kneeled down by the side of her bed and told her a story. (The one when he was 5 and uncle Andrew was 2 and they knocked the car out of park and rolled down a hill…Grandma H chased the car and jumped in, saving the day.)
I stood outside her door, listening. For the first time all day, the pounding in my head lulled. Comfort.
I am so thankful for them, for my family… For the people who make bad days better.