Day in the Life | Fall

Jennifer Wilson

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October 21, 2014

As I sit down to begin documenting my day I realize that my Day in the Life | Spring also recorded a day in which my husband was out of town. I didn’t choose this day with that in mind, but I must subconsciously feel more spaciousness for this level of detail when he’s away. Interesting.

5:45am – Alarm on Steve’s phone goes off. We’re sleeping feet to feet on our sectional couch because my parents are visiting from Houston. The next time they visit we’ll be in our new house – with a guest room.

6:09am – Steve wakes me up and I throw on yesterday’s clothes to take him to the airport. I twist my frizzy bed head hair up the back and fasten with a clip, no mirror required.

6:10am – Wondering if I really shouldn’t have stayed up late looking at curtains on the web.

6:11am – I remember that I’m documenting this day and I take a photo of my feet in our dimly-lit kitchen, which is better than the pitch black of the rest of the house.

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6:19am – As we drive through our neighborhood I comment on how dark and cold it is, making it so much harder to bounce out of bed at this hour. I start thinking about the coffee I’m going to get on my way home.

6:26am – We stop by the ATM at our credit union and take a country road out to the airport. Our new house is just off this road and will be a very convenient distance to the airport.

6:35am – I kiss Steve goodbye for now and don’t even think about parking because I know I never looked in the mirror. He walks into the terminal and I realize I didn’t take his picture.

6:36am – I pull into a spot just past the terminal and take a photo of his plane waiting at the gate, which is better than nothing. We have two gates, each with a split jet bridge.

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6:51am – Pulling into Dunkin Donuts I decide to order a medium Dunkacinno because I’m that tired. The line is long and as I wait I turn the radio from Steve’s preferred station (country) to mine (lite rock).

Day in the Life | Fall

7:17am – Wrap a two day old Panera bagel in a wet paper towel before microwaving. Pop it in the toaster, not realizing that someone turned it way up.

7:19am – Spread the last of the cream cheese on my stale and now very dark bagel.

7:20am – Realize that anytime I’ve ever said I was not a stress eater I was totally lying. Take a sip of my Dunkacinno.

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7:21am – Open up my laptop, sigh at the ever-growing crack in my screen, and open up Pinterest. Totally avoid email.

7:47am – Start looking up the differences between ultralight PC laptops and a new MacBook Air. I am a loyal Apple consumer, but surprise expenses always have me cringing at the price.

7:49am – Discover that a comparable ultrabook is going to be as much or more than a new Air. #bummer

7:58am – Shocked that it’s nearly 8am already. Call Emily’s daycare to let them know she will be having breakfast with Grandma and Grandpa before they leave.

8:07am – Steve texts me that he has landed in Chicago. Sends me a photo he took flying over our new neighborhood.

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8:21am – I decide to try using the iPad for the rest of this post to see how tolerable it is.

8:23am – Immediately see that having a keyboard case would be extremely beneficial, though it’s really not that bad. I’m currently touch typing in portrait view with the iPad flat on the table.

8:45am – Emily wakes up and is excited that she kept her sheets dry. We are still using pull ups at bedtime because those are easier to change than her sheets.

Day in the Life | Fall

9:12am – I give Emily a cup of Greek yogurt while I cook some scrambled eggs for her and my dad.

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9:23am – Emily is full after me alternating between bites of yogurt and egg, with her requesting a “zoom zoom” noise on each. (I rarely feed her like this.)

9:30am – We got home late last night after going to a museum and Emily didn’t get a bath. Post-breakfast it’s clear that one is needed. Afterwards I blow dry her hair.

Day in the Life | Fall

9:45am – I strip the sheets from the bed and couch. Holding as much as I can I trek through the garage and down the stairs to the basement to start laundry.

Day in the Life | Fall

10:20am – I finally take a shower while my dad blow dried his hair over the kitchen sink. I can’t wait to have more than one bathroom!

Day in the Life | Fall

10:45am – Every time my parents visit I take a photo of them with Emily in front of the big maple tree in our yard. This will be the very last photo in front of that tree.

Day in the Life | Fall

11:15am – I drop Emily off at school just in time for lunch. They are having quesadillas with black beans and fruit.

Day in the Life | Fall

11:40am – We regroup and order some takeout for lunch, embarking on an adventure that also includes a trip to Walgreens and Goodwill on the way. Discover that one of my prescriptions is now so expensive.

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12:45pm – Mom and I enjoy sushi while Dad has a burger, pretty much a tradition to conclude their visit.

1:15pm – I sit down and try to remember what happened over the last 3 hours. Getting ready for anything with kids is always a whirlwind.

1:30pm – Mom and Dad head off to the airport and I take a few clothes to a local consignment shop. I check out Tuesday Morning for the first time while I’m out.

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2:00pm – Instead of going home to finally get to work I check out two more stores to see if they have just the right curtains for the living room. (They didn’t.)

3:15pm – I sit down at my desk and start processing the mountain of email that accumulated since Thursday.

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4:15pm – By now I’m distracted by this hunt for curtains and have three different shopping websites open plus Pinterest.

4:30pm – I receive a surprise phone call from Steve. He’s been taking care of consolidating our insurance policies from his hotel room. Thankfully this is his last trip for the rest of the year!

5:17pm – I rush out the door to retrieve Emily from daycare, leaving an email unfinished. I’m going to have to do some work tonight to catch up.

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5:25pm – She is cuddly, talkative, and easy going today. We have a squeeze hug upon getting in the car.

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5:35pm – Emily and I share an after school snack of cheese and crackers.

5:45pm – I pick up the house a little and prepare my lunch for tomorrow. We’re having leftovers tonight so I put off emptying the dishwasher.

6:10pm – I sit down to check in on this documentation while Emily builds a princess castle with her Legos.

7:30pm – Emily doesn’t want her leftover spaghetti and ends up eating 1 hot dog, 1 pear, 8 grape tomatoes, and 1 wedge of cheese. (Yes, she is a very hungry caterpillar!)

8:10pm – During Emily’s second bath of the day she reads a book to herself from memory.

8:30pm – Lights out.

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8:55pm – Head down to basement to retrieve laundry from dryer and discover that I never turned it on.

9:00pm – She’s still tossing and turning.

9:17pm – Buy the VSCOcam preset bundle to try editing photos for this post in a new way.

9:30pm – Give up on VSCOcam in frustration. Feel doubly frustrated that Emily still isn’t asleep.

9:45pm – Watch the most recent episode of How to Get Away with Murder on OnDemand.

10:45pm – Try again with VSCOcam while watching Jimmy Fallon. Wishing I had used my big camera today, but rolling with it. B3 from the Black & White Classic series presets for the win.

12:05am – Sit down at computer to upload photos.

Day in the Life is a life documentation project created by Ali Edwards. This year I’m keeping life simple by capturing one day in my life each season. See Winter, Spring, and Summer.

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4 Comments

  1. Terra

    I love my Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard cover that I got for my iPad. It really increased the amount of real work that I could do on my iPad and I love that it doubles as a case when I am carrying my iPad in my purse. Did you know that you can also use your standard Apple bluetooth keyboard with the iPad as well?

    I’ve never done a day in the life before but am feeling inspired after reading yours.

    Reply
    • Jennifer Wilson

      Thanks for the tip! I’ve seen some really neat keyboard cases as well as folios for the standard keyboard. There are certainly many people going iPad-only for travel these days!

      Reply
  2. carol white

    Can’t believe you didn’t get a doughnut at DD’s! Luckily there is not one close by or I’d be more of a butterball than I am. They are by far my fav doughnuts.

    So happy you are able to get a new house. Sleeping on the couch and having one bathroom and going through the garage to go downstairs to do laundry…oh, my! Especially the laundry. Especially in the winter. I’ve had a washer in an unheated little space, I hesitate to even call it a room, off our kitchen, years ago in our first house. In our first living space, an apartment, we had to go down the stairs, through the garage and into the laundry area. One word. SPIDERS.

    So very happy for you! 🙂

    Reply
    • Jennifer Wilson

      Yikes, spiders!! Thank you Carol.

      Reply

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