The day is far from over, but I am going to give up my laptop shortly for reasons described later, so I’m going to go ahead and post this now.
Last night I got the kids into their rooms around 9 p.m. for their reading time (or iPad time…I don’t police it too closely for the older ones). I puttered around the house doing various unpacking things. I had intended to watch the football game with my husband but that never really happened. I turned lights out for the kids by 10 and then showered and read a book I’m reviewing until 10:45. I was probably asleep around 11, with two wake-ups for the bathroom: midnight and 5 a.m. The midnight one was somewhat ridiculous but I’ve been drinking a lot of water as we figure out how to make this house less dry so there we go.
I woke up with my alarm at 6:30 a.m. I got dressed and got the teenager up. He was not easy to move and there was a lot of complaining. Eventually he came downstairs for his waffle and fruit. The baby was up at 6:45, so he joined us. My husband took the dog out and loaded him and the teenager up for their school/doggie day care run. I fed the baby while drinking my coffee, and reading various newsletters. Then I got the 12-year-old up at 7:20. He was also hard to move. He had breakfast and I noticed various contractor trucks showing up in my driveway. My husband came back to get the 12-year-old around 7:45 and took him to school. I got everyone else up by 8, and when B (nanny) came I went to finish getting ready before I lost by bedroom and bathroom to workmen for the day. I also started some laundry.
At 8:30 I was ensconced in my office. I read my little bit of Shakespeare, and then settled in to work on editing Tranquility by Tuesday — interspersed with contractor questions. I turned the gas fireplace on in my office, which was quite cozy and made me excited about when the office is completely set up! Editing with a fire going in the fireplace is definitely better than editing without a fire on a cold winter day.
At 11:30 I ran an errand over to my old house. It was strange to walk around the place when it was empty! I took a quick tour for nostalgia’s sake, circling the backyard too.
Then it was back to the house for lunch (leftovers from Sunbasket Kit #1), and more work. I set up a recording area in my office closet so I could be interviewed for a podcast at 1 p.m. I finished that around 1:40, and recorded ads for Before Breakfast and Best of Both Worlds, and then recorded the five episodes of Before Breakfast I had written yesterday. I think the set-up works, though we’ll see how it sounds when I listen to the files.
I worked until 2:45, at which point I went for my “move by 3 p.m.” walk. This week is going to be terrible for running between the move and the cold, but I am at least getting my steps. I walked for 20 minutes, said goodbye to the workmen, and then got a flurry of texts from the teenager. The upshot is that he needed to be picked up at 3:45, not 4:30. B went to get the elementary kids, and I had a very small window of time before I had to leave and a question of what to do with it.
My solution: Play the piano! I played a few Debussy pieces for 10 minutes, then went to retrieve the 14-year-old. We came home, and I used my next 10 minute window to order a birthday present for one of my daughter’s friends. Then I drove to the middle school to pick up the 12-year-old from an after-school activity. I was home at 4:30, which gave me 20 minutes to work before the next run. I edited a few pages (no fire this time).
I left at 4:55 to take the 10-year-old to karate. The 14-year-old tagged along because I had told him (in our flurry of texts) that if he came he could go to the Target Starbucks again. So, there we were, a mere 24 hours after our last visit. At least this time I bought groceries before we got our lemonades and I did *not* spill on my car mat. He was good company and the excursion was better than scrolling on my phone during the lesson.
I intended to watch the last 15 minutes of karate (5:45-6:00 p.m.) but my daughter turned out to be missing the proper weapon (double numchucks…) so I had to stop by the office to purchase those for her. The three of us drove home, parked in the far spot, and shivered all the way into the house.
B had cooked dinner for those of us who were home (my husband was taking the 6-year-old to his karate class — we often tag team on these so the other kid doesn’t have to stick around for an extra hour — a perk of my husband traveling much less these days). This was Sunbasket Kit #2 — a nice chicken Romesco. I took over with the toddler and am writing this while he watches Blippi in the makeshift computer area.
I’ll probably get the toddler ready for bed soon, and hand over my laptop to the teenager, who has online math tutoring at 8 p.m. We have other devices but I am pretty sure the second laptop is still packed away. And I should probably use the time to unpack my boxes to maintain my box-unpacking rate.
Looking back at the day, it was good to fit in the little treats of the fire in my fireplace and playing the piano, even if only for 10 minutes. Those are activities that can fit into a normal day. It was good that I got outside for 20 minutes even though it is bitterly cold. And the Target Starbucks trip was fun too — I enjoy spending one-on-one time with the kids as they’re getting older and I’m happy that they’re willing to do so.
How has your day been going? Any patterns you’re noticing? Any little treats you’ve fit into the time confetti of your day?