For the second year in a row, Trish from Love, Laughter, and a Touch of Insanity has challenged bloggers to document their activities for her Day in the Life event. I didn’t manage to participate last time, but really enjoyed the posts I read and wanted to hop in on this round. I work on a research project that has me collecting data in pre-K classrooms most mornings, though the time and place varies, and also teach online. I don’t really have a “normal” day, but I suppose this is pretty average with how things tend to go…until that ticket.
6:30am – Alarm goes off. This is actually my husband’s alarm, but I’m pretty much up once I’m awake and I like having time to get things done in the morning, so I roll out of bed at the same time. My husband heads downstairs to grab breakfast and let the dog out while I hop in the shower and get myself looking human.
7:39am – Humanity is hard, but I manage. Ruby greets me by being beautiful. My husband and I make fun of the absurdity of the Rossen Report on the Today Show before he goes up to shower. I should have recorded what exactly Rossen was squaking about so you can all prepare, but apparently I only care about myself.
7:50am – Laptop and a yogurt smoothie thing (notably missing is coffee because I don’t drink it) to hang out with the internet for a bit. My mornings vary depending on when I have to be at a school, but this is when I take a peek at my planner (it’s a Plum Planner with the hourly spread, I don’t do the sticker/washi tape stuff) and squeeze in some blog reading and commenting.
8:40am – I have a little more time than usual, so I grab one of my current reads, The Song Machine: Inside the Hit Factory by John Seabrook, and manage to get through a few chapters before I have to get going. Morning reading is definitely not normal for me, but I always like it when it happens.
9:32am – Head over to a nearby elementary school to observe and collect data in a pre-K classroom.
11:17am – I leave that school for another, where I need to complete post-test measures for a specific student, but get caught behind a train that I decide to wait out.
11:32am – The train STOPS.
11:50am – I finally turn around, backtrack, and take a completely different route to get the school (which is probably less than five miles from the previous school).
11:55am – Oh, back in my car because the child I needed to test is now napping. TRAINS.
12:09pm – I have a bit of time before a meeting and I’m itching for a sandwich from
Lamplighter, which is one of Richmond’s coffee shops with several locations. The one on campus is a madhouse at noon and I’m already in my car, so I go to another spot in the city. This decision ends up being one part perfection and one part disaster—I’m alone, but there are no sandwiches at this location. My lunch is a muffin and an iced chai (delicious, but not a sandwich).
1:14pm – Get to campus and pay for parking until 2:27, which is tempting fate, but I can’t find another dime, don’t want to use my credit card, and these meetings almost always end on time. I head into my research meeting where a colleague presents her proposal for a dissertation grant.
2:31pm – There is a TICKET ON MY CAR, because of course there is. Recorded at a 2:28. Enjoy your $20, City of Richmond, it’s a good thing I love you.
2:46pm – Back home and it’s time to take the pup out to play. She demands some time in the sun and a ridiculous number of fetches in our backyard that is currently dirt so…hooray.
3:11pm – I check in on e-mail from my students and their parents and respond to a few questions.
3:25pm – There are a few feedback forms I need to work on for the teachers in the research project, so I get to those.
4:16pm – I use an edited version of this 20-minute cleaning schedule from Apartment Therapy and today is just tidying up the living room, so I do that to break away from the computer for a bit.
4:44pm – Try to get started on my lessons for next week, but the distractions are real and I end up trapped in the internet. Twitter probably.
5:06pm – Husband gets home and we both whip up some dinner, which I neglected to photograph, and then settle into an episode of the new season of House of Cards. Ruby sleeps sitting up.
6:25pm – Curled up with The Song Machine while the boy watches hockey.
7:32pm – I have to write up this blog post, even though I took note of what I did all day, because the details will completely escape me by tomorrow and aren’t you glad I did so you could read about trains and tickets?
8:17pm – Prime snuggle time with the pup. Internet noodling. Probably a little more book time. Garbage about Donald Trump on TV. Best part of every day (the laziness, not the Trump).
10:45ish pm – I’ve been rewatching Mad Men in bed before falling asleep (currently season 3) and must say that Don Draper is a pretty good way to close out the day.