Today did not start that well. I worked until 11:15 p.m. last night wading through my inbox. The good news is that I now have a short list of the things that have not been answered. My husband and I talked for a while and I went to bed around 11:45 p.m. That was a perfectly natural time for having gotten out of bed at 8:15 a.m. that morning. However, today started a lot earlier than I would have liked…
5:15 – baby up! Calling for mama. And since Daddy did the day before, and Daddy will do tomorrow, I got up with him.
5:15-6:30 – watching Daniel Tiger, getting the little guy breakfast, and feeding the 9-year-old who wandered down as well. He has been sleeping in the same bed as his 4-year-old sister, which means that he generally goes down earlier. Like 9:30! But given that he only needs 8 hours of sleep, the consequences are clear.
6:30 – 7:30 – my husband got up to take a phone call. Apparently this phone call was within the universe of people who can hear kid noise and not be offended, as he said he would take over. I went back to sleep for this hour. I really needed it.
7:30 – 8 – I took the kids while my husband got ready for work. Drank my coffee.
8-8:30 – shower, dress, deal with a few small house things (a load of laundry).
8:30-8:40 – boys to bus
8:45-9:20 – phone call with a source for my Fast Company piece on 56-56-56. She was great to talk with!
9:20-11:45 – work, both finishing my Verily column, doing a quick phone call, and getting the right quotes for my piece on “secrets of people with all the time in the world.” I wrote out all the quotes I might use long hand, which seems incredibly tedious, but has its upsides. More on that later.
11:45-12:30 – finish packing, eat lunch, discuss logistics with nanny.
12:30-1:15 – drove to airport. Google maps said this would take 29 minutes. It did not. I am seriously re-evaluating driving through the city to the airport (I-76 vs. I-476 — alert readers will recognize this dilemma from two weeks ago). Time-maximizing tip: I practiced my speech in the car. I thought I would only get through 29 minutes of it but in fact I got through the majority of it. I guess that was the upside of the sudden heavy traffic.
1:15-1:45 – park, through security (Terminal F did have TSA pre-check!), to my gate, read emails.
1:45-2:30 – read on plane. We sit on the runway for quite a while. I mostly paged through Glamour magazine. It made me feel kind of old, actually. I am sadly no longer in the target market.
2:30-3:50 – worked on plane. Very, very efficient! From my handwritten notes, I cranked out my Fast Company post. Then I finished most of the draft of my City Journal piece.
3:50-4:05- landed in Grand Rapids, read Glamour on descent.
4:05-5:00 – found my driver, traveled to Holland, MI. I practiced the fine art of small talk.
5-5:30 – in hotel room, email, starting this blog post, waiting for my parents.
5:30 – 6:00 – they showed up, we talked, then drove to Boatwerks restaurant on the lake.
6-7:15 – dinner on the waterfront.
7:15-8:20 – drove to Mt. Pisgah, which is a dune by Ottawa Beach. We took the 239 steps to the top to see the sunset (pictured). My parents recounted how they used to come there as teenagers together. Back down the steps, to the car, back to the hotel.
8:20-8:45 – bit of hotel down time. I mostly worked.
8:45-10:00 – met back up with parents for a drink in downtown Holland. Now I am back in my room and hopefully going to sleep soon!