Ali suggested a Day in the Life documenting adventure on Monday and I was so up for the challenge. I did this last year and hope to do it again later this spring when Paul is home. It is always interesting to compare what changes and what stays the same. I am printing many of these photos for a separate insert in my Project Life album this week (I'll be sharing it here Sunday).
This is what Wednesday, February 8th looked like for me.
7:30 : woke up "early". Checked email on my phone from bed which is realllly a habit I am trying to break. There were a few things that needed attention right away (this is why it's a bad habit) so I hopped up and to the computer to address them. ps. cannot thank you enough for all the suggestions in the comments section of my natural skincare post.
8:00 : downstairs for coffee, cereal (granola and blueberries) & reading blogs/twitter on flipboard for the iPad.
8:30 : back upstairs to address the rest of the emails.
9:00 : print some photos and work on Project Life.
9:35 : home. Deal with email, upload walk photos, prep Thursday's post.
10:15 : drive to the dealership for an oil change. Pretty sure I convince the man to not try to up-sell me any extra crap. Thankfully they have free wifi - I brought my computer just in case. Sit in the dealership for two hours and work on blog posts. I have some seriously photo and link heavy posts coming up and they are taking ages to prep. Totally appreciate the complete uninterrupted 120 minutes of work time.
12:30 : car looks fantastic and I didn't get hassled. I am starving. Not in the plan, but I have more errands to run so I stop at Chipotle.
12:50 : my girlfriends are coming to visit this weekend so I am in need of wine and groceries. Go to BevMo and stock up on their 5 cent wine sale and decide to just get everything (specific wines & beer) Paul requested so I have it for when he's home. Makes for an exceptionally full cart of alcohol. I take the above photo and email it too Paul.
1:15 : visit Trader Joe's next door and pick up just a few things. I am the worst grocery shopper ever and end up at the store every few days. But good news! They have heirloom tomatoes!
1:45 : home again. Unpack groceries and wine. Check the mail - all junk. Call the landlord about the electrical outlet behind the fridge that stopped working. Deal with email. Clear my inbox down to nothing for the first time all day. Manage to keep it that way for the rest of the afternoon and evening. Always a huge deal. I hate having email in my inbox. Answer blog workshop questions, tidy up a few blog post loose ends for posts next week.
3:00 : clean kitchen & downstairs. Listen to my current favorite song and unpack the rest of my luggage from my visit to Sacramento and get bedroom picked up and closet organized. I finally have enough hangers for all my shirts. Awkwardly happy about that.
4:10 : realize I need to run now to be home for a video chat with Paul. Dash out the door and loose myself for 23 minutes. (shorts are lululemon and tshirt is my favorite from the Nike half marathon.)
4:35 : home again. Gulp down a glass of water and hop in the shower.
4:50 : at the computer waiting for Paul. Respond to emails.
5:00 : PAUL. Gmail video chat has sucked for us recently. Try skype and get a great connection. 35ish minutes of chat. He sounds sick and tired. I show him how many links are left on our countdown chain. He thinks it looks like a lot. He can't believe how much money I spent at BevMo. I tell him we'll drink it all eventually. I should have told him, "think of how much we've saved while you were gone!" Man, I miss him.
5:45 : go downstairs. It's my favorite time of day because I always feel like I made it through another one. Close the blinds (which for some reason always makes me feel like an adult) and decide to use my newly purchased heirloom tomatoes to make a caprese salad. Still totally full from Chipotle, but I eat a chicken sausage (I usually cook a bunch up every few days) too because cheese and tomato does not a dinner make.
6:00 : eat dinner and start the last two episodes of Biggest Loser I have missed. Biggest Loser is beyond boring this season and so I watch with half an eyeball. Meanwhile, drink tea, browse catalogs (j.crew spring, you are killing me), email with Paul, read all the blogs that updated throughout the day and browse pinterest.
9:00 : upstairs to print photos and do a bit more blog post prep. Pin about 15 new items from j.crew to my pinterest wishlist.
10:00 : brush teeth & wash face. Download a new book (I recently finished Divergent (loved it!) and decide to start Variant - recommended by Kayla Aimee & Stephanie) and head to bed. Read until my eyes close and fall asleep by 11:30.
When I look at it... I see a lot of email. And a lot of writing. Recently I have stopped spending a lot of time browsing online. My computer work is incredibly productive which is really good. This year is so interesting because without a lot of focus going into the shop it's harder to tell that what I am doing is making a difference and an impact on my job. But I feel really good about it. The subtle day to day work has potential for big pay off. Just keep swimming writing.