This year I decided it would be fun to do a Day in the Life exercise once each season. Four times during the year seems like just the right amount to capture how life shifts and changes.
Spring is finally here and oh what a difference it makes! I chose a Tuesday to document because I’ve recently started working away from home some and I’m still get adjusting to the new Tuesday/Thursday routine.
Steve is out of town for work this week.
12:15 am – Go to bed late, again. Glad I didn’t have that cup of coffee at 9pm, but still managed to get some more work done.
6:15 am – The alarm on my iPhone goes off. I hit the snooze.
6:45 am – Realize I turned off the alarm and didn’t hit snooze. Get up.
6:50 am – Feed the fish. Make note that I need to change the filter and add more water tomorrow.
6:55 am – Turn on espresso machine to pre-heat. Prep a bagel thin, egg, cheese, and turkey sausage to cook before leaving.
7:00 am – Hear Emily start to wake up while I make my coffee. Feel proud that I’ve kept this counter clean and tidy for almost two weeks now. Loving my new coffee ritual.
7:05 am – Get Emily up and put on the dress we had set out. Hope the weather forecast was accurate and she won’t be cold. Get out a sweater to wear with it.
7:10 am – Let Emily watch Peppa Pig on my phone while I take a shower. She sits on her bathroom stool and talks to me most of the time, asking why I am hiding behind the curtain.
7:15 am – Get out of the shower and remember that I wanted to document today. Try to remember where I put the camera. Scramble about taking a few catch-up photos.
7:20 am – I get dressed, making a mental note that I have a lot of laundry to put away and even more still to wash. Heavy sigh.
7:40 am – Emily has put her shoes on the wrong feet. Ask her to switch them… and then threaten to do it for her. She proudly switches her shoes.
7:50 am – Make my egg sandwich while explaining to Emily why mommy has to make her own breakfast.
8:04 am – Attempt #1 at leaving the house.
8:05 am – Emily has pooped and needs her diaper changed. We discuss how she has three months until she turns three -and how nice it would be if she was potty trained by then.
8:10 am – Attempt #2 at leaving the house. Actually get down the street before realizing the daycare check is on the table. Go back home.
8:13 am – Attempt #3 at leaving the house.
8:18 am – Drop Emily off at daycare. She needs three kisses before she will let me leave, but then hops away happily.
8:30 am – Arrive at work on campus. Feel so glad (like I do every time) that my assigned parking lot is the one across from my office. Remind myself to go in the side door instead of walking around.
Some of you know that my background is in water science. I was full-time in that field (and out of the home) until Emily was born, working in the evenings on Simple Scrapper. Since they I’ve worked from home full-time, with my efforts split between the science work and Simple Scrapper. (It’s actually very similar work – blogging, teaching, social media – but in a different field.) Just this year they had office space for me on campus, so I took it as an opportunity to find more segregation between my work. I come in on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
8:40 am – Pop open a Diet Coke and eat my breakfast while checking email.
9:30 am – The alarm on my phone chimes, signaling that it’s time for a 5-minute check-in on Pinterest. I take a bathroom break and quickly pin some cool stuff.
I am actively trying to grow my following on Pinterest by sticking to a schedule as much as I can.
11:30 am – Start thinking about lunch and craft a plan to walk to Jimmy John’s to get a sandwich, after I finish this task.
12:30pm – Restroom Pinterest break.
12:45 pm – Realize I have a webinar to attend at 1pm and don’t have time to walk. Place online order.
12:46 pm – Order arrives. Just kidding, it was 12:54.
1:00 pm – Enjoy sandwich while watching a webinar and taking thorough notes for a future blog post.
2:00 pm – Feeling sluggish and wishing I’d taken the time to do the 30 minute walk to get lunch. The task could have waited.
3:30pm – Restroom Pinterest break.
3:45 pm – Feeling a headache coming on. I should probably drink more water.
5:00 pm – Leave to pick up Emily from daycare.
5:20 pm – We manage to leave the building and get in the car with only mild obstinance.
5:25 pm – Emily needs to “talk to her flowers” before we go in the house. Another daily ritual.
5:30 pm – Frozen has come in the mail along with other fun packages (i.e. a new frother for the espresso machine and my Studio Calico kit).
6:00 pm – Am totally mesmerized by the quality of a Blu-ray disc.
6:30 pm – Daddy calls from this trip while I’m making a dinner that Emily would later not eat. We pause Frozen and don’t come back to it.
7:15 pm – Sitting down to dinner and Emily won’t try the enchiladas I made, even though I tell her they have chocolate in them (i.e. mole sauce).
8:00 pm – We start getting ready for bed and Emily convinces me to let her watch one episode of Peppa Pig after she brushes her teeth – and tries on my glasses.
8:45 pm – Emily does everything possible to stall sleeping, including the heart-wrenching “But I neeeeed you, Mommy!” I relent and sing her two more songs.
9:00 pm – Sit down to check email and wish I could make a cup of coffee.
9:35 pm – Time to get back to work. I self-negotiate my list down to two items. The rest can wait.
Final Thoughts | I didn’t do a very good job of getting myself in the picture, but really liked carrying around the big camera to get nice shots. Quarterly is a good frequency for me.
Have you documented a day or week in your life this year? Ali Edwards has invited scrapbookers to play along with her in documenting this Thursday.