Hello again! If you’re tracking time this week as part of the January 2024 Time Tracking Challenge, I hope the tracking has gone well so far.
As mentioned in this morning’s post, I got up at 6:55. I got the kids up, showered, dressed, and did my make-up, and was downstairs around 7:20. I made sure the kids ate, and then they drove down to the bus stop with my husband at 7:29. He waited with them until it came, then drove back. Meanwhile, I was eating my breakfast (fried eggs, with Bach going on the background). Our nanny (B) came at 8. We chatted about the schedule and then I woke the 4-year-old while she was dealing with the 8-year-old. The 4-year-old screams if I don’t get him up so…I did. I should probably do this before 8 so I can start work at 8, which is my goal, but I didn’t do that this morning.
Anyway, I was working by 8:20, more or less. I did a block of focused work from 8:20 to 10:45. During this time I posted here, posted at the Patreon group, did my sonnets, answered a few things, and wrote five Before Breakfast scripts. Then I took a break to move the laundry (I’d put in a load in the morning) and to do my back stretches (with Bach in the background). At 11:00 I worked again on some “Vanderhacks” until 11:45, at which point I switched into my exercise clothes. I did a phone call from 12-12:25, then I went upstairs to the exercise area.
My trainer Face Timed at 12:30 and we did a circuit with resistance bands and weights until about 1:06. Then I went to the kitchen, made my 16-year-old a bagel, and heated up some soup for myself (a low sodium chicken and wild rice can – I added kale and spinach to make it healthier). I then proceeded to eat lunch at my desk. I am trying not to do this so often but I was a bit behind on the day’s schedule, which called for me to be done with all the Vanderhacks for the week by my 12:00 call. I was not done. I finished with them around 2:00 instead.
At that point I started working on a book review I’m writing. I got about 640 words, and it will total 900, so there’s not too much to go (I read the book over the weekend). I stopped working on that at about 3:30, and took the next 10-15 minutes to fill in more entries on my Bach calendar (which BWV numbers I will do each day — I’m about mid-way through February. I choose based on how long each one is, and they are wildly different lengths, so I need to Google each BWV before assigning it a day).
My middle schoolers came home around 3:40 – 3:45 so I said hello to them, then walked down the hill to meet the elementary schooler, whose bus arrived at 3:55. We walked up the hill at a leisurely pace together, and were home around 4:05. (B sometimes does this too but she was at karate with the 4-year-old.) Then my husband and I drove to Hertz together because we decided to rent a car while the van is being repaired. It could be a while and being down a car was just making logistics a lot harder. This took a bit of time, and then I was driving a different car home — the gear selector is just this knob you turn so that took me a minute to get used to. And then when I was one minute away from home, the tire pressure light came on! I didn’t drive over anything that I could see, so my husband put air in the tires and I’m hoping it was just low and not some other problem. Ugh.
I got home from that errand at 5:05. I said hello to my daughter’s trumpet teacher at 5:15, then drove my car (which B had just brought home) over to the library. I spent 15 minutes getting a few books and came home a few minutes before 6 (the library is 5 minutes away — I listened to the Best Laid Plans podcast in the car). B had started dinner — making pasta and cutting up fruit. I cooked some sausage and peppers to go in the sauce while the trumpet teacher was assisting with fixing and cleaning the trumpet, which apparently needed it.
We ate around 6:15-6:35 — mostly a calm family dinner though with some jumping up and running around. I managed to talk with the middle schoolers for a while. Then the 12-year-old helped with dishes (it’s her week), B left, and I’m sitting here writing this while frequently stopping to put on songs for the 4-year-old. He’s been requesting The Wellerman and other such sea shanties. He’ll probably wind up playing a video game with Daddy at some point and we’ll start bedtime around 8. I’ll be back tomorrow to check in with more time tracking!
I hope your day has gone well. You can probably approximate the day pretty well by checking in 3-4 times. It doesn’t have to be perfect!