January has been a blink and you'll miss it kind of month for me this year. Long summer days spent with family, celebrating, taking a breaking, working... All of which has lead us to today. The second last day of the month and the official start of my return to reality / routine.
Actually, it's not so much a date that brings me back to reality and routine, it's the traffic. It's back and with its return comes the need to plan ahead, get those early starts and remember to listen to at least some of the chatter on breakfast radio to get the heads up on any painful traffic condition for my commute.
Preschooler SSG is in a new room at daycare this year and he's settled in already with his new classmates and teachers. It's his last year there before Kindergarten next year. I've scarcely had time to remember exactly how this has happened as fast as it has.
I'm back to my regular list of fruit that needs to be bought for a regular week - portable fruit for work lunches, lots of oranges for juicing, berries for breakfasts. I tend to go easy on things like watermelon and lychees when I'm pushed for time - too much work required before I can enjoy my fruit.
Batch meal preparation has begun in earnest now that the freezer is mostly clear of leftovers but in need of easy to reheat portions of things for work night dinners.
I'm back to my regular exercise routine but this year, I'm going to add a few more joint friendly stretches and try to ease up on the high impact stuff. Don't want my back and knees packing up anytime soon. Formal yoga or pilates classes are just not going to happen in my current reality so I'm going to aim for a few exercises to do at home on a daily basis. It's meant to take somewhere between 21 - 66 days to form a habit which gives me lots of leeway.
It's going to be back to those work dresses and trousers of mine as my shorts and T shirts go on slightly lower rotation through my weekly wardrobe.
On the one hand I'm already missing the summer and the fluidity of its days but I also know myself well. I like routine and the predictable shape it gives the week.
That being said, I've got a count down going until my next trip (108 days away at time of writing) and I'm making a point of stepping back and stopping (my word for the year) to appreciate the small joys.
How are you feeling about the return to routine for the year?