I have a confession to make: I haven’t read a (non-accounting) book since I was pregnant. A minimum of 8 months ago. It was a fantastic, albeit slightly outdated, book on the healthcare system in America: Flatlined: Resuscitating American Medicine by Dr. Guy Clifton. It paints a very thorough picture of why we have the problems we have, what the myriad problems are, and examples of solutions, both theoretical and those already in practice. Sadly, the book is a bit outdated as it was published in 2008, before the Affordable Healthcare Act was passed (which, to be certain, did not solve a lot of the problems we’re faced with, primarily high costs, but, I will maintain that, even despite the massive problems with the roll-out, it was a step that needed to be taken eventually, and that no transition would’ve gone smoothly). I did buy a bunch of books at a Goodwill several months ago, hoping it would inspire me to start reading again. So far, not much luck.
But anyway, that’s a bit off topic. The bigger point I’m trying to (not so elegantly) arrive at is that it’s pretty much impossible to relax at home. This was a fact of parenthood I was unprepared for (the baby woke up crying as I was typing the last sentence, like he knew), that seems somehow deeply profound (due to my unpreparedness, most likely), and one that I am desperately hoping diminishes as baby M gets older. It’s difficult to relax away from home, as well, but as much as I enjoy getting out and doing things, I am also quite lazy. This puts me in a tricky situation– leaving the house takes a lot of preparation (ew!) and has an expiration date (tired/hungry baby), but staying home gets boring.
So what I’m finding is that it’s really important to force regular outings. We go on long walks down by a lake near our house a couple of times a week and we try, about once a week, to go do something a little different. Whether it’s a hike or something touristy in San Diego, it’s refreshing to show the Mr. a new place and break up the routine a bit.
A fellow blogger recently wrote a pretty reasonable pre-baby bucket list post, and I think it’s a great thing to do so you actually get around to things you want to do, even if babies aren’t in the plan. While life doesn’t stop after having one, it does take a
little lot more oomph to get around to things. I’m also a strong believer in lists as catalysts, so even my baby-ed friends (and myself) can benefit from this.