Much to write about today. After I hit post on this last night, I spent the next two hours dealing with the kids and reading, going in and out between the two. I turned off the light at 10:15, even though I only had 15 minutes left in my book (per the Kindle counter). Here’s how the day went:
10:15-4:45 — slept. The 2-year-old started yelling for the first time at 4:45. Oh my.
4:45-5:15 — in and out. Then he started yelling in a more structured way, giving me the arguments about why I should open his door (he’s very verbal!)
5:15-5:30 – I read him stories, and gave him a book to look at, and got him back in his crib.
5:30-6:15 — he stayed quiet, and I slept for about 30 minutes in here.
6:15 – 7:50 – up for good. Read (finished The Cotton Kingdom), sat with the 2-year-old, had coffee, breakfast, etc., got the other kids breakfast when they got up.
7:50 – 8:24 – G got here, I was in my running clothes already, so I raced out the door, and did 3 miles outside. Briefly paused to say hello to my daughter’s former pre-K teacher, who saw me running. It was a misty morning and very nice to run outside after my treadmill days.
8:24 – 8:28 – semi cool down (not really)
8:28-8:45 – all 7 neighborhood children got out to the bus on time this morning again.
8:45-9- showered, dressed.
9-5:30 – worked, pretty much straight through (about 15 minutes off for lunch with the 2-year-old). I did 4 phone interviews, and one podcast, recorded by the fabulous Peter Shankman. He has a book “Faster Than Normal” — about succeeding with ADHD — out next month. I worked on Off the Clock and I think I have solved the problem that was festering so lousily yesterday.
5:30-6:45 – ate, then drove to the local elementary school for the second back-to-school night extravaganza. This one was for my daughter. This is our third time in this kindergarten class. At one point I may have been looking at my texts when I saw one from my husband saying “I’m here.” I looked up, and sure enough he was in the back of the room.
6:45 – 9:20 – slipped out, leaving my husband to do the 5th grade back to school night session. I drove to our church for my first choir rehearsal! Yes, after a 6-year hiatus, I am back to singing. I was a little rusty, but it was fun, and we were doing some songs I’d sung during my various other choir stints. It is a normal church choir, but there are several professional singers who have been hired as ringers who keep the standards high. I was sitting next to our professional second soprano, so that was a real treat (and made it much easier to sight read). The professional alto sang a solo and whoa. I could have listened to her all night. Anyway, I had a lot of fun, then talked to the director about joining the smaller chamber group which will sing some master works. I also talked about my time starting the Competition for Young Composers with the Young New Yorkers’ Chorus. We may look at doing something similar at the church.
9:20 – home to find none of the kids were in bed. Sigh. Hurried them all upstairs. Read to my daughter, then read a wonderful piece of literature called “A Potty For Me” to the 2-year-old. Now they’re all quiet. I got a snack and am writing this and will post soon.
How’s time-tracking going for you?