I hope everyone’s time-tracking experience is going well! Have you remembered to check in a few times? Have you written down what you were doing? It doesn’t have to be perfect. “Work” works, and “Kids” is fine if you’re just generally hanging out with them. My time log has a lot of “unpack” on it!
If you haven’t checked in, go ahead and do so now. It becomes a lot harder to reconstruct time after a day. It’s OK if you miss a few hours and have to approximate — getting back on track is more important than total accuracy.
Here’s how I spent the rest of the day. After working until 11:45 a.m. or so, I drove to our local Massage Envy for my once-every-month-or-so massage. After days of lifting boxes and sleeping on an air mattress I really felt like I needed it. It was also nice to turn my phone off for an hour.
I left at 1:00 and drove home to find a flurry of contractors in my driveway. The dented oven was being removed. A team had come to move the theater room chairs from the garage up to the third floor movie room. Alas, they decided the job required something beyond what they had and so the chairs are still in my garage. So much for the 10-2 window that had been moved from 8-12…
I made my lunch, and the toddler and our nanny came home from their morning activities. He sat with me and then demanded mommy milk, so I complied, reading part of Henry VI Part 1 while doing so (this is the second play in my year-long Shakespeare reading project. I finished Twelfth Night last week. I have to admit that I did not know Shakespeare wrote a play with Joan of Arc as a major character…).
This took me to 2:15. I worked until 2:45, when I noted it was almost 3:00, and I’m aiming to “move by 3 p.m.” every day. So I went for a quick walk around the yard, and then down the hill to meet the teenager’s bus. I saw a crew of young people get off so I kind of ducked behind a bush lest it be the wrong thing to meet him but he was totally fine with walking with me up the hill and chatting.
I intended to get back to work then (3:10) and I answered a few emails but then I got a call from the 12-year-old…who told me he had missed his new bus. I guess it loads from a different part of the school than the old one. So I drove over to the middle school to fetch him from the office (our nanny was getting the elementary school kids and my husband was on a call). We were home around 3:40, at which point I helped him with his math homework (we have a standing date to do this every Monday afternoon…to make sure it happens).
This took me to 4:15. I went back to my office but it was hard to concentrate with all the boxes. So I unpacked until 4:40 when I took the 12-year-old to fencing. The 14-year-old had asked to go to Starbucks, so I figured since I wasn’t getting anything done anyway, he could tag along and we’d go during fencing (5-6).
We did, and it was nice. I had a almond milk latte — something I have never ordered before and sounded ridiculous to me, but hey, no dairy is no dairy. My son and I chatted in the Starbucks (we could sit far away from everyone) and then we drove back to fencing to fetch the 12-year-old. I had gotten a hot chocolate for him and a strawberry acai lemonade for our nanny…which spilled all over the floor of the car when I turned down the hill from fencing and I had thought someone was holding on to the drink carrier. Nope.
I pulled up to the house at 6:20 and proceeded to pick up all the ice off the floor mat. I can tell you that handling ice in 20 degree weather with bare hands is a great way to get my cold hives.
Our nanny had cooked dinner from the Sunbasket meal kit, with pasta for the non-salmon-eating kids. We all sat down to family dinner at 6:30, which lasted until about 6:40. People pop up quickly. Blink and you miss it. We cleaned up, and I took over with the toddler, taking him up for a bath. The playing (with help from the 10-year-old) lasted until 7:30, at which point I fed the toddler, rocked him, and put him down in his crib by 8:00.
My husband and I spent a few minutes chatting and unpacking more boxes (the required rate is one per person per day…) and I’ve been typing this as we’ve got the national championship college football game on in the background. I’ll start bringing the other kids up around 8:45/9:00 and people will read until lights out time. Basically all four big kids are now going to bed around 10:00. Theoretically the 6-year-old should go to bed earlier but he doesn’t need to be up until 8:00, and he likes reading in his room, so I tend to let him. Currently, a 10:00 bedtime means 8.5 hours of sleep for the 14-year-old, 9-9.25 hours for the 12-year-old, and 10 hours for the 10- and 6-year-olds. I’ve been aiming to shower before bed since the mornings just tend to be hectic. My bedtime is supposed to be 10:30 p.m. We will see if I make it! I also really need to get some more work done tomorrow. I think my total was about 4 hours today. Yikes.
Photo: Starbucks run. One of these lemonades is now all over the floor of the car…