Happy Thursday! As we come to the mid-way point of the time-tracking week, I hope everyone who is playing along is getting some useful insights into their weekdays. Looking at my log I can see that the overall size of each day is pretty set — by design. I am up at 6:30 a.m. and in my bed at 11 p.m. The question is just what I do in the middle!
After posting last night, I gave the 3-year-old a bath and made sure others were taking showers. I read the 3-year-old a story, and put him to bed (he was pretty tired again). I was done with that by 9:30 p.m., at which point I read to the 7-year-old, who I think really wanted some more mommy time. He had come in earlier to listen to the story with the 3-year-old too…sometimes this is the challenge of many kids. Anyway, I read a Dog Man graphic novel out loud for a bit. Then I finished the Lego Friends Art School with my daughter, and turned the kids’ lights out at 10.
At this point I started the dishwasher and then got to enjoy 30 minutes of free time, during which I did my puzzle. The Shakespearean insults puzzle is coming along, though each piece is something of a battle. Since it’s all text I can’t just say oh, all these red pieces go here and sort that way. I puzzled through the puzzle until 10:45, then went up, got ready for bed, and turned the lights out at 11. (I vaguely remember a bathroom visit at 5 a.m.).
At 6:30, the alarm went off, as it does. I got the boys up — checking to be sure they were up! — then took my shower. I was on driving duty this morning, and dropped the 15-year-old at school (7:10) and the 13-year-old at jazz band (7:20). I came back (7:30), helped with the 3-year-old, and then drove the 11-year-old to school at 7:50, retracing the route I had driven 30 minutes earlier. The 3-year-old asked to come along so he joined me for the route. Anyway, after coming home at 8:20 a.m., I was able to eat some cereal, and then get started on work.
I worked pretty much straight from 8:20 a.m. – 11:40 a.m. I turned in my essay, and recorded ads and Before Breakfast episodes (I’m now an extra week ahead!), and then was interviewed by a reporter for a piece on layoff anxiety. At 11:40 I went up to do my hair (to look pretty for Zoom…) but was interrupted by the door bell – a utility person was here to inspect the gas meter, and he couldn’t find it. This not really being my area of expertise, I had to confess that I didn’t know where it was either. So I gave him some ideas, he came back 5 minutes later to tell me had found it, and then I raced to get ready for the 12:00 Best of Both Worlds Patreon meet-up.
This was fun– an hour discussing healthy habits, and where we succeed and go awry. If you’d like to watch the recording and participate in our discussions, come join us! At 1:00 p.m. I answered some emails, then had lunch (eggs + spinach), and then played the piano for 20 minutes and worked through my songs for choir. At 2:00 I then did another hour of work, answering emails and sending in my sound files for various ads and episodes. Right before 3:00 I realized I was not going to make it to the gym, as I had vaguely intended, but I needed to “move by 3 p.m.” So I walked outside and fetched the trash cans from the bottom of the driveway, then walked around the street for a bit (until 3:20). While doing so, I bumped into the 15-year-old who must have taken the regular bus home.
Now I am writing this before heading off for another round of kid shuttling (Thursday is a pretty full day for that). Then there is choir — the way I mark the beginning of the second half of the week! I hope your first half of the week has gone well.