For the second year in a row, Trish (Love, Laughter and a Touch of Insanity) invited book bloggers to participate in A Day in the Life, a snapshot of life at the moment tracked throughout a single day.
I almost wasn’t going to participate — the last few weeks have felt rather hectic — but decided at the last minute that I thought it would be fun.
I ended up tracking last Friday, March 18, which was both typical and atypical for life at the moment (and, in a lot of ways, similar to the date I tracked in 2015). But enough chit chat, let’s get going!
6:00 a.m. | Alarm goes off. Hit snooze a bunch!
6:30 a.m. | Ok fine, awake. Get up, make tea (English Breakfast) and skim through blogs and Instagram for a bit.
6:45 a.m. | Breakfast (Shredded Wheat with blueberries) while I watch one episode of Jane the Virgin.
7:30 a.m. | Finish breakfast and tv, mess around on my phone until I can get motivated to take a shower and get ready. This is not the mindful, focused morning routine I hope to adopt… but I’m awfully tired this week.
8:29 a.m. | Leave for work.
8:31 a.m. | Arrive at work. Yes, my commute is only about 1 mile — I live and work in a town of about 5,000 people that’s 45 minutes from the closest Target. One of the perks of small town life is a short commute without traffic.
8:40 a.m. | Spend part of the morning making shopping plans with brother and sister. Check email. Finish layout on a couple of pages. Generally settle in (procrastinate) on the actual work I need to do (write one story, finish another). I’m the editor of our local newspaper and Friday is production day — the day we layout the paper, do all the final editing, and send it off to the printer to be delivered on Saturday.
9:30 a.m. | Get down to writing!
10:30 a.m. | First story done, on to final touches for another before I can finish the layout for the A section. Normally I’m only responsible for the layout of four pages, but our designer is on vacation this week so I’m picking up her job as well and doing a full 12 pages of layout.
11:40 a.m. | All 12 pages of the A section are out! This is unprecedented. Normally I’m still finishing up what I need to do after 12:30 or 1 p.m. On the other hand, I worked pretty late Thursday night trying to make sure things would go smoothly today with all that additional work.
11:50 a.m. | Running home for a quick lunch. Since its early, the boyfriend is home too. We get to chat and watch a bit of Brooklyn 99. Lunch is chicken noodle soup, strawberries and a glass of milk.
12:30 a.m. | Load up the car, stop at the bank, then head back to work. I’m leaving right after work for a girls weekend with some of my high school friends. The annoying part of living where I live is that I have a three hour drive just to meet up with them, then another 90 minutes to the cabin we’re staying at.
1 p.m. | Get an email from someone who is already on my shit list. Talk to business manager to confirm I am right, but decide to respond in detail Monday so I can cool off.
2:45 p.m. | Pull pages from the back to start making final edits! Everyone in the paper helps with copy editing, so once pages are done we set them out on the bank in the back for people to read and correct.
3:30 p.m. | Pages uploaded, stories posted online. This is very early for us, but I’m motivated to get on the road!
3:50 p.m. | And I am out! I grab some dinner on the road (turkey and cheddar Lunchables… umm, not great) so I can get home in time to meet up with my friends.
6:50 p.m. | Arrive at my parents house, now just waiting for the girls!!
7:40 p.m. | And we’re off! Stop at the liquor store, then the grocery store, then back on the road.
10 p.m. | Arrive at the cabin. Eat a frozen pizza, drink some wine, and stay up until like 4 a.m. catching up. Perfect. We stayed at the lake until late Sunday morning when we grabbed this last picture. Love those girls.
Whew! That was a long one. Girls weekend was great, we had so much fun. On Fridays when I am not heading out of town, I usually get home about 5 p.m., spend a little time cleaning my house, then have dinner and watch a movie with the boyfriend — not super exciting.
Anyway, the official link up date for A Day in the Life in tomorrow, so be sure to head over to Trish’s blog to see other posts!