It was a good day with a good start: the baby slept through the night! I woke a few times coughing so it was not perfect, but oh did it feel lovely not to spend 90 minutes dealing with a fussy toddler. I turned off my light at 10:30, and woke up on my own around 5:45 (7.25 hours is sort of my base sleep need, so this makes sense). I could have gotten up, but I also felt like, eh. So I lay there thinking, and enjoying my warm bed, and drifting in and out until 7:15. I call that drifting nature’s snooze button. So much better than the alarm clock version.
Anyway, up, showered, breakfast for me and the kiddos. I answered blog comments until 8:30, took the boys to the bus stop, then worked until 11 when I realized I was doing a Facebook Live chat at 2:30 and my technology was not set up to do this. So Nancy (marketing/social media guru) and I spent 30 minutes on the phone figuring this out. I had lunch at noon with the little kids, then back to work on one of my Fast Company pieces (homeschooling and working) until the 2:30 chat. I think it went pretty well (you can see it on my FB Author page). I do say “um” a lot. Sigh.
Then, a bit more work on this homeschooling/working piece. I have done way more research on this than my pay rate justifies, though often that’s a sign that I’m very interested in a topic. I wrote my senior thesis in college (well, one of them*) on homeschooling. People who work and homeschool have often figured out complete work/life integration. Nothing has to happen at the “normal” time and yet in the mosaic that is 168 hours it all fits. You could work for 35, homeschool for 25, sleep 8 hours a night (56 per week) and still have 52 hours left over. The math works, it’s just a matter of logistics. I would not write a book on this specific topic, but I wonder if it might be an anecdote to a larger point (except not a book called 168 Hours, since I already wrote that).
Anyway, work on this was interspersed with a snack, saying goodbye to the 4-year-old who was off to art, and getting ready for a broadcast phone call for some women in finance at 4. I nursed the baby when that was done, then got ready to go out for the evening. I met two friends for drinks and dinner at a new Mexican place nearby (an evening sitter came at 5:45). I really needed this. It was a good time. I’d set it up in part because I was logging my time on the blog this week, so cheers to accountability. We were done at 8, but since I had the sitter, I went and did my mid-week grocery shopping trip. I am in favor of grocery shopping after having a margarita. All was beautiful. The clerk even told me that there was a buy one get one free special going on with the bagged salads so I should go back and grab a second one. It is a little sad that this is the sort of thing I am excited about, but there we go.
Home and I said goodnight to the kids, who were in their rooms. Now I am posting this and planning to read before getting in bed at 10:30. Here’s hoping I sleep until 6!
*I wrote two senior theses in college: a novel with the creative writing department, and a thesis on homeschooling with the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. I don’t know if this was a common thing or not, but neither department talked to each other or questioned this, so I wrote one in both.