I always enjoy seeing day-in-the-life posts on other people’s blogs, so I thought I’d share one of mine again. Monday was by no means a “typical” day, but there aren’t any typical days. Some days I am more productive than others. Monday had some serious flaws in it, like attempting to get to New York and not making it, though I managed to do a few fun things despite that disaster.
6:10 – I woke up before my alarm.
6:10-7 – Went downstairs to work — crunching 2 time logs. These were beasts, as they were done in Word, not Excel. At some point in there I heard my 6-year-old get up and turn on Henry Hugglemonster. I decided he didn’t need my help on that front.
7-7:15 – shower, dress
7:15-8 – breakfast with kids, light picking up. The house is kind of a cluttered wreck at the moment. We seem to be getting lots of papers about end-of-year stuff.
8-8:10 – transition with nanny
8:10 – 9:15 work on speech I’m giving Friday. Group has slightly different demographic than normal so I need to retool the usual speech.
9:15 – 9:20 (email, websurfing break, Nicole & Maggie, Modern Mrs. Darcy, etc.)
9:20-9:30 – email expert for piece on “The Fine Art of Small Talk” (I need more ideas too! Got any strategies for making smart small talk?)
9:30 – 10:30 – Buy train tix to go to NYC in the evening to lead the YNYC Board meeting, little knowing how jinxed a trip this will be. I also print finance forms, email from the choir’s lawyer, etc.
10:30-10:40 – respond to reporter’s email that I realized I’d forgotten.
10:40 – 11 – random other stuff – an invoice to get paid by a magazine (which I then forget to put in the mail), email about joining 85 Broads, etc.
11- noon – tallying another beast of a time log, email
12 – 12:30 – eat lunch with 2/3 kids
12:30 – 1 – crunch another log, attempt 2 more, but too messy
1-1:15 – send emails to time log laggards
1:15-1:30 dither. Decide to run
1:30-2:10 – trail run! There’s a nice trail just a few minutes from my door. Lovely break.
2:10-2:30 primp for evening’s meeting
2:30 – 4:00 – crunch another log, follow up with another, plus another
4-4:30 – get ready to go, say goodbye to kids, drive to 30th street station
4:30- 5:30 – make a series of strategic errors with Amtrak. Train is delayed, but sign claims only 5 minutes. So I don’t buy ticket for another train, but once we board, the delay stretches on. Eventually, at 5:30 as they are switching the engine and say the process is going to take another 20 minutes, I get off. I can be 20 minutes late for a meeting that’s 90 minutes, but 50+ minutes isn’t worth it.
5:30 – 6 – get car and drive home.
6- 6:30 – say hello to surprised children and babysitter who has come for the evening. Chat for 5 minutes, then tell them to pretend I am not there. Work.
6:30-7:50 – Lead YNYC Board meeting by phone from home office.
7:50- 8 – phone call with Amtrak in which I learn I cannot get a refund despite canceling before the second leg of my trip. I know they are a monopoly and don’t care if I am a satisfied customer, but let it be said: I am not.
8- 8:15 – post already written blog
8:15 – 8:30 – eat snack
8:30-9:15 – send sitter home, put kids to bed.
9:15- come downstairs to find husband has come home. Express displeasure to him that he chose to come home after the kids went to bed, not before. Also displeasure that he is taking a phone call from my office. Grab laptop in a huff and storm into living room.
9:15-10 – start to work. Husband comes out and suggests we make/have dinner. He cooks scallops, which we eat on salad (for him) and quinoa (for me).
10 – 10:30 try to work, husband suggests we watch TV – DVR’d Daily Show. Watch the show. Realize — as NY Times review of new John Oliver HBO show mentioned too — that the making-fun-of-Fox-News schtick is just getting old. Yes, some of the shows are dumb and partisan. We get it.
10:30-10:40 – Realize I am not making any progress on the work I have been attempting to do since 9:15. Get into bed, go to sleep until 6:17 the next a.m.
In other news: As shown above, I generally get enough sleep — 7.5 hours/night is what I need. I just make it a priority. I you have strategies for making sure you get enough sleep, I’d love to hear them! I write about this topic a lot.