Inspired by The SHU Box, I’m doing a day-in-the-life post. Today was not a typical day, in the sense that my 5- and 3-year-old had the day off from school. Our nanny usually starts work at noon on Tuesdays and Thursdays since she’s taking a class those mornings. This works great when the 3-year-old has school from 9 to noon those days, but these schedules don’t overlap perfectly. So I took the AM shift today. Yet I still wound up working a full work day. Time is funny that way. I did many of the things I would have on a typical day, just moved around a bit. Here’s what today, Thursday, looked like:
5:55-6:30 – sort of wake up, drift in and out, think about life, finally get up at 6:15 and shower.
6:30-7:30 – work, mostly, with 2 of 3 kids waking up in there. They watched a TV show (hubby on a call at 7)
7:30-8 – breakfast with 2 of 3 kids.
8-8:30 – breakfast with the other sleepyhead, plus husband. Supervise everyone getting ready (the kids, that is).
8:30-8:40 – wait for bus with 7-year-old.
8:40-9:05 – pack up gym bag, hang out, email, get in car with 5- and 3-year-old.
9:05-9:55 – drive to Y, stop at Wawa on way to get donuts for kids (ok, and me too) and eat them in Y parking lot. We had to park a long ways away. The Y was packed at 9:45 a.m. I know this is the case from the other times I’ve been there then, and yet it always surprises me. Check kids into (crowded) playroom.
9:55-10:30 – run on treadmill. Slowly, but still running at 31 weeks.
10:30-11:30 – get kids, change them into swimsuits, go swimming for 30 minutes, change out of swimsuits, to car.
11:30-12:05 – bring 5-year-old to playdate, drive home. En route, call husband and find out he went to 7-year-old’s class for math game day. We’d prepped 7-year-old for possibility that neither of us could come (DH had meeting; I had other kids) but I guess the meeting moved or something. So that was nice.
12:05-12:25 – nanny arrives, lunch with her and 3-year-old
12:25-3:25 – work. Turn in revised manuscript of Their Own Sweet Time to editor. Good to get that back off my desk again!
3:25 -3:45 – go get 5-year-old at nearby playdate.
3:45-5:15 – work: prepping 3 Fast Company pieces for next week, answering emails, figuring out pricing for ebook of novel ($4.99?)
5:15-5:30 – say hello to 7-year-old, drive to nearby library.
5:30-7 – work in library. Some NaNoWriMo (3400 words), approve a page proof, etc.
7-7:30 – drive home, scrounge around for food for my dinner (everyone else has eaten). Decide on breakfast-for-dinner: eggs, bacon, bagel with smoked salmon.
7:30-8 – baths for 3 kids, jammies.
8-8:15 – read to 3-year-old and put her to bed.
8:15 – 9 – work while husband reads to 7- and 5-year-olds. Spend a few minutes posting this.
9-10 – the plan is to relax and read, though to be honest I may wind up following the immigration debate on Twitter. Social media is addictive that way.
In other news: Anandi, who comments here as ARC, and who runs the Papercraft Lab, is offering a class starting January 1st on how to organize your digital photos. This class runs 14 days, and features a daily assignment that should have you in photo bliss by January 15. Or at least not living in fear that you’ll lose your phone and 95% of your kids’ baby photos simultaneously. Visit this link to check it out.
Photo: No Scrabble today, but this game happened last night.