I’m posting this around 5:30 p.m. eastern on Thursday. If your time tracking week — like mine — started at 5 a.m. Monday, then you are more than half way through! I hope you’ve managed to stick with it. If you lose track of a few hours, it’s fine. Just approximate and keep going. Having a decent record of an entire week is more useful than a perfect record…of a few hours.
Anyway, here’s how I spent the past day. After putting the 3-year-old down and posting on this blog last night, I shut the house, made sure kids were in their rooms with no electronics, then did some more foam rolling. It does seem to be somewhat helpful for the vague-but-excruciating leg pain.
I read (more Ken Jennings) until 9:50, then went to have chats and turn out light. The 8-year-old was already asleep again, though he’s been getting up quite early. Not sure why he’s on that schedule but as he doesn’t wake me up, it’s OK.
The 3-year-old is a different matter. After I went to bed (10:45) I was in an extremely deep sleep when all of a sudden someone was standing in my room. I woke with a start and saw my little guy announcing that he needed milk. After checking the time for logging purposes (12:15) I got him milk in a bottle (he still really likes that) and thankfully he didn’t fight being put back in his bed. I fell back asleep, though I woke around 3:30 again for the bathroom, then slept until the 6:20 alarm.
This morning was a repeat of the past few mornings. I showered, then took the 16-year-old to school. I made it back in time to grab a quick breakfast before getting the middle schoolers to their bus. The 8-year-old had been up since 6:30 watching TV (Bluey, of all things), but the 3-year-old woke up around 7:50. I got them breakfast and new clothes and then they decided to play a game together on the computer. They were happy enough with this, so when B came at 8, I went to start work.
But not in my office! The cleaning crew was here doing the first and third floors, so I worked in my husband’s office (a corner of our bedroom). I worked there from 8:15 to 9:45, at which point I put on my sneakers and got in my car to drive to the local park.
This was this week’s little adventure! I joined a local trails association (and a friend I’d invited) for a hike. This particular hike went down my street for a while so I was curious where the official trail entrances were. I’d let the kids just kind of cut through the neighbors’ yards to get to the trail, but it is good to know where people are expecting it. The weather was lovely, and I enjoyed talking with my friend and another fellow preschool mom who showed up. We chatted after for a bit, and I got home at 11:45. I ate lunch, then resumed work at noon.
I worked on various projects until 1:45, at which point I took a 15-minute break to do some of the strength training exercises that my trainer did with me on Monday. I probably should do this at least 2x a week, but one additional time is better than nothing. I went back to my office, but the 3-year-old was playing at home and so the next 30 minutes were a little in and out. Eventually I wound up putting my choir music (and my son’s choir music) in order and I practiced for rehearsal. I went down to collect one of the trash cans (texting the two older boys that they were responsible for two each — and they did bring them up), and then needed to open four separate Amazon boxes (this household goes through a lot of random stuff).
I was back at my desk at 3:15, working until about 4 when my daughter came in to my office and we had a chat. I finished a few things, then drove the 13-year-old to fencing practice. We chatted for about 2 minutes in the car before he put in his earbuds. Hmm. I dropped him off at 5, then hit a lot of traffic on the way back (arriving home at like 5:25) but it was OK because I multi-tasked by listening to myself talk.
I know a lot of people don’t like the sound of their own voices, and I am not in love with mine by any means, but I find that by listening to myself on various podcasts (other people’s podcasts when I am a guest or my own) I can work on verbal tics and on vocal quality, and transitions and everything else. I do believe it’s been helpful over time.
I’m posting this now before heating up my dinner. I’m having turkey meatballs and squash noodles. Everyone else had fries and chicken nuggets…and fruit. At least there was fruit! Tonight will be a full one with various activities, but the marching orders are clear. Here’s hoping all is executed well.
Here’s what my log looks like in table form.
9:00 work, shut house, foam roll
9:30 read in bed, kids lights out
10:00 read in bed, ready bed
10:30 sleep by 10:45
12:15 – H, get milk, sleep
6:20 up- J, shower
6:30 ready, coffee, kids, drive J
7:00 home/pod, make eggs, S+R down
7:30 home, A, puzzle, H up, boys
8:00 boys, B, work (upstairs – cleaners here)
9:30 work, drive to park
11:00 hike, chat w/friends
11:30 chat, home, make lunch
12:00 work (+eat)
12:30 work (record BB)
1:30 work, strength train
2:00 work (+ deal w/H)
2:30 practice music, work
3:00 cans, packages, work
4:00 chat R, work
4:30 work, take S