A Day in the Life is an event hosted by Trish at Love, Laughter, and a Touch of Insanity. She’s posted this for the last couple years, though this is my first participating. Honestly, I wasn’t really thinking I’d participate this year, either, until a day came up about a week ago that made me think, hmm, maybe it would be fun to have a day’s snapshot to look back on!
As a writer and stay at home mom, my schedule varies wildly from day to day. My boys are 15 (freshman), 13 (8th grade), and 12 (6th grade). My husband works from home (or from Starbucks or the library on days when it’s easier to work outside the house), and our family collectively attends about 25 doctor appointments a month. We’re a mess! We’re a triple-puberty, moved-across-the-country-twice-in-one-year, mental-health-issues-galore, booknerd, gamer-nerd, wacky, zany household. The day I chose to record my time was right smack in the middle of spring break, with all five of us home instead of three off to school.
March 16th, 2016
7:00 am – I’m up, by necessity instead of choice. Still adjusting to the time change and it feels way too early. Laurence (my youngest) is up, too, because both of us have chiropractor appointments this morning. As he showers and has breakfast, I go through my morning rituals. I make coffee (using my brand new kettle for the first time!), feed the cats, post the day’s blog, go through my email, write in my journals, and draw my tarot card for the day (Knight of Wands). Eventually, though it’s really too early for breakfast, I have a biscuit and two chocolate-covered strawberries from the bouquet Jason brought me the day before (Edible Arrangements).
8:50 am – Laurence and I leave to go to the chiropractor. We’re the only two in the family who enjoy going, and he hasn’t been since the Christmas break. I particularly need a bone in my injured foot adjusted! We’ve been seeing this chiropractor for nine years and I love him to pieces. On the way to the appointment, L and I end up talking about how various religions have different “correct” ways to pray.
9:45 am – The chiropractor visit is done, and we stop by HEB, our grocery store, on the way home. We need to pick up a few things: yogurt, eggs, baby spinach, and honey.
10:15 am – I put up the groceries, while Laurence rushes outside to start the lawn-mowing. He’s excited that it’s cool enough outside and he’s going to get paid to mow the lawn. He’s our youngest, but also the one who takes advantage of money-making opportunities. Jason moves to work outside to keep an eye on him, and Ambrose (middle child) goes with him to work on his own programming project. Morrigan (my oldest) is cloistered away in his room, reading or hiding or designing Magic decks. The house is relatively quiet. Time to write!
For the next almost-two hours, I work on the next chapter in my current manuscript-in-progress, stopping only for iced coffee and a few chocolate-covered apple-slices (Edible Arrangements again). This chapter is (generally) about a priest retrieved by a soldier to return to the capitol to investigate the unexplained murder of a fellow priest. Progress goes well, a good 2000+ words written and the chapter finished before the family comes together for lunch. Success!
Noon – Lunch is a haphazard and quick affair involving leftover pizza. I did at least make a salad with mine…
12:30 pm – Time for audio! I put on my current audiobook (The Hero of Ages, Brandon Sanderson), and alternate doing a couple lines of crochet on my current WIP with afternoon fitness/therapy work: yoga (32 mins, Yoga With Adriene), ankle therapy for my injured ankle, foam rolling (even though I really hate foam rolling!!!), and finally, showering for the day. Yes, I know. It happens. I have three kids…
3:30 pm – So most of my planned day is done by now, lots of Xs in my bullet journal, with a few things waiting for later in the evening. The audiobook goes back on, with earbuds now, as I random-pants my way through the rest of the afternoon and early evening. A few more lines of crochet. Cleaning out my French press. Taking out the waste baskets around the house. Catching up on some paperwork like health insurance tracking and receipts. Playing around on facebook and other internet rabbit holes. Chasing the boys to make sure they get their chores done for the day. Eventually, I settle into my recliner and absently watch as the boys play Zelda and Super Smash Bros, now that Jason is done with work for the day. Once the allotted video game time is over, the boys and I watch an episode of NCIS together (Grounded, from season 12) – they’ve almost watched the entire backlog now! Jason is making fun of the show, so I “make” him rub my feet in recompense. Ha!
6:15 pm – Tired of sitting around, I decide to take a leisurely 45-min walk around the neighborhood while Jason and Laurence make dinner (his turn today). Of course, I have my audiobook to accompany me. And while I’m out, the boys take the trash to the curb – the last chore besides dishes for the night!
7:00 pm – Dinner time! Tonight we have meatball-porcupines on rice with roasted asparagus on the side. Most nights, we choose a topic to discuss at dinner. Jason asks us questions and we see what we can all come up with. Dinner topic this night was “children’s TV shows,” because we’d been talking about Veggie Tales and Thomas the Tank Engine as the dinner began. Dinner is quick tonight, and Morrigan rushes to do the after-dinner dishes (his turn today) so we can play a game.
7:30 pm – After dinner, we put Scene-It on in “party play” mode, and spend an hour answering movie trivia questions together. None of us are big movie people, which means we fail often, but it’s fun, and in party-play mode, none of the boys feel like they’re failing or losing, which is a common game-problem in our family!
8:30 pm – Lights out is around 9:00 pm in our house, so around 8:30, we move into prep-for-bed mode. I gather up the electronics and lock them away in our room (necessary precaution with preteen/teen boys!!), lock the doors, turn off the ceiling fans, feed the cats, and tidy the living room. While the boys get in their pajamas (or complain they don’t need pajamas) and brush their teeth, I stir up my nightly liquid magnesium citrate supplement (to help me sleep) and drink. The boys give us stuffed animals – they live on the back of our headboard for a week before going back to them. Tonight it’s a small frog and a giant Ugly Doll from Ambrose and Laurence (nothing from Morrigan). There is a flurry of hugs, multiple rounds, as they try to stay up later than 9:00, and eventually lights go out. Jason and I retreat to our room.
9:15 (ish) pm – Now it’s time to relax just a bit before bed. I change into my PJs after skinbrushing (feels sooooo good), brush my teeth, and do a few more lines of crochet while I listen to a tiny bit more of my audiobook. When Jason is also ready for the night, we plan our days together. Then we lay back and just talk until we’re ready to sleep, which comes around 10:20 pm tonight (a bit later than usual, because again, still adjusting to the time change).
11:15 pm – Finally fall asleep after multiple interruptions, including 1) shouting teens outside who play basketball two houses away to all hours of the night, 2) some bizarre flashing lights that are near blinding even through wooden blinds, 3) Morrigan coming to check up on what said flashing lights are, and 4) a cat in heat yowling and fighting outside our window. It’s a good thing I don’t have to get up until 8:00 the next morning!!
It’s not exactly a typical day, but typical-enough for us, with all our crazy circumstances. Hopefully I didn’t bore anyone! Thanks, Trish, for hosting this event!