I got back Monday night, after a full 24 hours of travel (Lagrasse to Toulouse by car, Toulouse to Madrid, Madrid to Philadelphia, Philadelphia to San Diego). The last flight was extremely bumpy- we had the seat belts light on for all but the first and last 30 minutes or so, and there were some roller coaster moments. But, we made it safe and sound and on time.
The kids were in bed, but had left welcome home signs, and greeted me with very big, enthusiastic hugs when they saw me. Petunia found me in the wee hours of the morning, and joined me in my bed for some snuggles (as she often does). Pumpkin came running in once the sun was up. It is great to be home with them.
The trip was great, too. I'll post some trip stories soon, once Mr. Snarky gets home with the camera. He had to stay on in Europe for some work. He'll be home tomorrow evening, but he gets to take a direct flight from London to San Diego.
I wish I could say I eased back in, but that would be a lie. I had to basically get up Tuesday morning and start running again. My parents were only able to stay until Wednesday morning to help out (and they were a huge help- taking Petunia to day care one day and Pumpkin to school the next, buying my groceries when I ran out of time to go to the store).
Wednesday night was Open House at Pumpkin's school. I'd completely forgotten until she reminded me on Tuesday. So I picked Petunia up early and we all went to the open house. I crashed into my bed roughly 10 minutes after getting Petunia to sleep.
Our loan came through yesterday, so I spent over an hour signing my name and "Mr. Snarky, by and through his agent and attorney-in-fact, Wandering Scientist" to a stack of papers. Hooray! Our room addition can proceed. Then I went back today and signed a few they missed.
I worked, and I prepared for a talk I'm giving on Monday. I have caught up on one set of emails, but not the ones to my personal account. That has been on my to do list every day since I got home, but I've yet to really start on it. Maybe tomorrow.
I also turned 43 yesterday. It was a low key celebration, but that was fine. I crashed into my bed maybe 20 minutes after the kids went to sleep, so that's progress.
TL;DR: I'm back, I'm tired, but I'm getting back into the swing of things! I'll post more about France soon.
So, how about some links?
First of all, if you've been delaying a decision on whether or not to sign up for my Get More Done class, time is running out. Registration closes one week from today, and there are only a few spots remaining for the live class. Even if you just want the recording, you need to sign up before the end of the day on June 5. So sign up now!
Now, for the real links:
This storify about diversity in children's literature is a must read for anyone interested in the topic.
Why women talk less: solving the problem of equal representation is harder than most people think.
A Black former cop writes about racial profiling and policing. You should read this one if you haven't already.
Roxane Gay is eloquent on the subject reading lists that don't include books by writers of color.
Housing discrimination continues. That is shameful.
If you're on the pill, you should know the signs of a blood clot. Now that I'm over 35, taking the pill isn't quite the no-brainer it used to be. I wish I'd liked my Mirena more than I did! I wish we had more options than we do, too.
John Scalzi got a huge book deal. If you're at all interested in publishing, his interview with Alyssa Rosenberg is worth a read.
There's probably a joke about sheep somewhere in this statistic, too, but I can't quite make it happen:
Apparently the population of London = population of New Zealand + population of Ireland. There's a unit of measure in thee somewhere...— Meri Williams (@Geek_Manager) May 28, 2015
That's all I have... and that's all I have time for! Time to pick up Pumpkin so that we can go get Petunia and take her to soccer. Tomorrow we have gymnastics, Kindergarten registration, Chinese lessons, and a birthday party. Wheeee! If I were a single parent instead of an occasionally solo parent, I am pretty sure we'd have fewer activities. This is exhausting. But neither Mr. Snarky nor I travels much, so our schedule is usually quite manageable, and lots of activities tends to translate into better sleep....