Monday January 11th started in the middle of the night. My husband had gotten up with the baby at midnight and then got him back down, but when he heard him at 2:45, he woke me for that one. The kid would not go back down. Rocking, nursing, bottles, letting him cry it out. At 4, I gave him to my husband to give it a whirl. I don’t know what he did but I went back to bed. I would set my alarm to go off at 6:45 to do my quick 18-minute treadmill workout, but I turned it off after the middle-of-the-night wake up. So I got up at 7:10 when my daughter came in to snuggle. We snuggled for 10 minutes, then I showered, and got my breakfast and various other people’s.
Our nanny came at 8, but my work start was delayed because people’s mittens and shoes were missing. My 8-year-old’s shoes were eventually located on the back porch, where he’d taken them off when we sat there after getting locked out on Sunday (long story).
I started work around 8:40. I worked on writing an essay for Fast Company until 11. Then I did some administrative and email stuff until my first call (interviewing someone) at 11:30. I did another interview at noon. Then I had lunch with my daughter, who was home from preschool. I did more phone calls at 1, 2, and 2:30. I was done with these around 3pm. I went to the post office to mail a petition to the PA Department of Revenue (good times!) I came back and made myself tea and a snack, and then answered email until 4:30 (with a short break to say hello to the boys when they got off the bus around 4:10). I nursed the baby while attempting to research spring break vacation options. I’m thinking warm, but with interesting stuff for the kids. US (and its territories) have preference just because I haven’t gotten the baby a passport yet but for the right place I’d haul myself in to get that done. Ideas?
Then I got in my running clothes and did a quick 20-minute treadmill workout while our nanny brought the 8-year-old to swim (with the baby — the 6- and 4-year old stayed at home with me but entertaining themselves). I made it through the 2 minute intervals at 6 mph, 7 mph, and then 8 mph. I made it through 35 seconds at 8.5, then dialed it down for 2 minutes, then went back up to do another minute interval at 7, then at 8, then another 20 seconds at 8.5 mph. My goal is to be able to do the 2-minute interval at 9 mph by the end of March. It is not going to be easy, but the good news about this workout is that the 2 minutes at 8 mph are starting to feel pretty doable. And that is progress.
Then, back to bits and pieces and organizing tomorrow until 6. I got the 6- and 4-year-old dinner (the baby ate dinner earlier). Then we got in the minivan at 6:25 to get the 8-year-old at swim. This was a low point of the day. I sent in my 6-year-old, who couldn’t find his brother (who was lingering in the changing room). He came out twice, so I had to eventually pull around and park on the street and haul the 3 little kids in the dark along a dangerously busy road to get back to the school. The baby was screaming much of the way home.
At home (around 7), I enforced piano practice — it was not being played to my desired level — and then did a bath for the baby. I nursed and supplemented with a bottle to get him to bed at 8. I let the kids play and watch TV while I cooked my dinner and ate it. It’s 8:30 or so and I’m posting here. The kids have been warned that they will have snacks in 5 minutes, and then it’s off to bed. I plan to read. I hope to sleep through the night, but I am not optimistic.
So — thoughts on the day. I can see that I am very focused at work in the morning, and if I have phone calls, that time tends to be pretty focused too. After intense work and a lot of interviews, though, my brain is pretty fried. I’m good about answering email in this stage, rather than earlier. Working out is also a good idea. I like the idea of working out first thing in the morning, but the truth is with my schedule it’s not necessary like it would be for someone with an office job. Later in the day is just fine.
How did your day go?
In other news: Happy to hear about your time-tracking, but I’m also looking for interesting answers to another question. If you were to invest $1000 in yourself somehow this year, how would you do it?