While I've been squeezing in 2-3 days per week of exercise, I'm hoping for another day soon. We are so excited that we'll have a remarkable woman coming to watch Anna one afternoon (or morning) each week this fall. I still can't believe we've found Katie - she is beyond ideal, and I'm sure there'll be a post about this new relationship soon. I'm intending to give myself time when she's here to take a regular yoga class or do something I wouldn't have done otherwise - and NOT use it to clean up the house or run errands.
I've also really enjoyed spending one night per week over the last month with girlfriends. I've gone out for drinks, to book club, and to a movie. While this doesn't help the sleep part of the balance equation, it certainly reenergizes me in a different way.
And, thanks to one of my girlfriends at book club, I've been OVER indulging in reading. I've been reading our book club books, of course, and I was encouraged to start the Twilight series - I have to admit that I can't seem to put them down. Teen vampire romance novels? Yes, I'm reading them - taking a few minutes during Anna's nap time, squeezing in pages when she's in the bath or staying up way too late when I should be sleeping. It might not be philosophical or thought-provoking, but the time spent relaxing with a book is tremendously therapeutic.
I still have hopes of fitting in a photography class sometime soon and maybe some more sewing, but for now, I'm happy with my progress. I'm moving in the direction of balance, with a little more time for me finding its way into each day.