Well, because I’ve seen a few of these around lately, and I’ve enjoyed reading them, I’ve recorded my day to share with y’all. And, ok, also because it was a pretty mindless post to put together.
February 19, 2014
2:00-3:05 I listen to Damien cough his little head off for an hour. It’s every few minutes and when I go in he’s seemingly sleeping through his own coughing. That takes skill. At 3 I go in again and wake him enough to offer some water. He takes a small sip to oblige and conks back out. I have no such luck when I get back to bed.
5:04 I hear Damien whimpering a bit over the monitor. Then I hear him call for me and I rush in. Again, he’s seemingly asleep.
6:03 The alarm on my cell phone goes off. I grab it, end the alarm and snuggle my phone until the next alarm does off.
6:12 Second alarm goes off and I get up for the day. I’m really, really tired (and inexplicably sore in my arms) so I sort of rush through my routine to get ready for work- no energy for anything beyond the bare minimum. Pee, brush teeth, wash face, get dressed, and I’m out of there.
6:25 Everyone else is still asleep for another couple hours so I try to be quiet on my way down the stairs and out the door. I was surprised to see we got a little rain overnight. I get in my car and head to the bus.
6:30 I arrive at the Park and Ride lot and easily find a parking space. This is not always the case. This lot is heavily used and I HAVE to be there early to get a spot. Sometimes if I’m tired I’ll still get up early and drive to the lot and then nap in my car until catching a later bus to work. I maybe have a blanket on my passenger seat for this reason. Maybe.
6:42 Today is not a nap in the car day, so I board my bus to campus. The commute by car is about 45 minutes, same as by bus. However, my employer charters buses for employees in an effort to have fewer people driving and parking on campus. Additionally, they provide the bus for free and actually pay employees to not purchase a campus parking permit. I’ve been commuting to work in some way other than by personal vehicle for 8 or 9 years now. On the bus I get caught up with Twitter and IG, iMessage with friends, and snooze a bit.
7:28 We arrive at my stop, the end of the line, which is the Main Quad. From there I walk to my office.
7:38 Arrive at my desk. It’s pretty quiet around here until about 8:30. I like that.
8:35 Realize I haven’t had any coffee yet. I remedy that immediately.
8:39 Receive a picture of Damien from Geoff. Seems the poor guy was extremely disinterested in waking up this morning so Hayley could be taken to school. Geoff and I keep in touch throughout the day. I love/hate it. I LOVE getting updates (and pictures!) from home, but I hate how it makes me want to be there with them.
8:40-10:30 Work, work, work. There are emails to be written/responded to, surveys to create, parents to calm down, and students to fret about.
10:30 Realize I haven’t eaten. So I toast a frozen waffle and top it with peanut butter and jelly- my favorite. Then do more work stuffs. No meetings today which is good? I guess?
11:50 My boss had the idea to celebrate President’s Day by bringing pies in to share with colleagues around lunch time. He’s in a meeting so I go set that up for everyone. We have both apple and cherry pie. And presidential decor.
12:15 I begin creating a short cut for myself that I’ve been meaning to do for literal years.
12:19 I finish creating said short cut. You see that, self? FOUR MINUTES. You couldn’t spare FOUR MINUTES ages ago??
12:35 Guess I should go heat up my lunch, even though it feels like my waffle wasn’t long ago. Lunch is leftover sun dried tomato and chicken pasta bake. Good stuff. I eat at my desk which is always a mistake because I get interrupted a million times and never take a true break. I can be mid-bite and someone will come up all, “Hey, you got a sec?” Um. Well… you see….. ok, sure.
12:57 Geoff chats at me to let me know Hayley calls Cheetos Puffs “fat Cheetos” and my whole day is made. Fat Cheetos!
12:58 – 2:12 More work, work, work. And a little dinking around online.
2:12 I haven’t had any pie. But pie and coffee sounds awesome (I mean, I was paying attention during Gilmore Girls. I know whats up.) so I go to the break room to make a cup of coffee and get a slice of pie. Two slices. I couldn’t decide which flavor and then I realized I didn’t have to. All the pie for me! Suddenly, I don’t mind the creepy presidents masks all over because they are just a consequence of having pie available.
2:15 Get a call from my mom that tomorrow’s Family Dinner is cancelled because my step-dad has been sick all week. Bummer. (We have Family Dinner once a week. It’s us, my mom, my step-dad, and my sister. It’s a highlight of the week for all of us.)
2:24 Answer the parent helpline and spend TWENTY MINUTES talking with a concerned parent. That’s all I can say about that.
2:56 Quickly type up the post I’ve been meaning to publish about some of the cute things Damien has been saying lately. When I’m done I decide to make it a regular feature because there is just too much I know I’ll forget some day. So, look out for more of those in a reader near you soon!
3:57 Begin impatiently checking the clock to see if it is time to head out yet.
4:15 Log off and head out to catch my bus home.
4:26-5:12 Ride the bus back to the Park and Ride. Amazingly, I experienced my first delay while crossing the bridge during my commute, due to an accident, since beginning this new routine last May.
5:22 I get home and immediately throw some tater tots in the oven. We’re going for a quick dinner tonight because Geoff and Hayley have to head out by 6:30 to go see Disney On Ice as an early birthday treat for Hayley. So, meatloaf sandwiches made with the night before’s leftovers and tater tots it is! Damien and Hayley wake from nap just minutes after I get home so we go get them up before having dinner at about 6.
6:24 I snuggle in on the couch with Damien to watch some ‘toons while Geoff and Hayley take off. Since Damien isn’t feeling well he pretty much gets as much screen time as he wants. We watch a few things on Netflix, broken up by some book reading and truck playing.
8:20 After giving me a total tantrum over a sippy cup of milk, I decide it’s bedtime for Damien. His routine with me after a diaper change, pjs, and brushing his teeth is we sit in the rocking chair to read two books, sing a couple songs, and then it’s lights off for some final snuggles before I place him in his crib.
8:47 With Damien in his crib I do my nightly routine of washing my face (with my Clarisonic Mia), brushing my teeth, and flossing. I used to haaaaate flossing and then I was introduced to this. Game changer. Now I actually look forward to flossing. TO FLOSSING. After all this I get in bed to watch some fluff and dink around on my phone a bit.
9:45 I get word that Geoff and Hayley are on their way home, but I’m fading fast. I fall asleep before they get home at 10:15.
10:35 I’ve heard a little recap about the show from Hayley and she’s done her bedtime routine. I just about pass out after tucking Hayley into her bed for the night.