This was a fairly typical weekday for us, for this season of time anyway, so I thought I'd write it down. I've done a few of these before, experimenting with different formats. Here's "A Day in the Life" from two years ago, in pictures. We lived in Wenatchee and I homeschooled my kids at that time. I like seeing how some things change, some don't. I didn't have my camera with me for most of the day, because I didn't plan on writing this post. I did take a few photos though....I don't think a day goes by that I don't.
7:00 am- Wake up….Derek is in the kitchen making lattes, Genevieve (the dog) is standing next to the bed, whining and pushing her cold, wet nose into my face, urging me to get up. I slowly make my way to the living room, stopping at the hall closet to get a treat for Genevieve, who sits down, looking up expectantly, before I even ask.
I turn on the happy light (a necessity here in the northwest) next to my favorite chair and sit down with my coffee in the living room, talking to Derek and reading e-mails.
7:30am- Grace and Trent wake up. I make some O.J., set out the kid’s vitamins, pour Trent a bowl of Cheerios, and give him and slice of cheese. Grace sits down and proceeds to eat her Cheerios with chopsticks while reading a book. I sit down with the kids and eat some Cheerios (with a spoon), while looking through a recipe book.
8:00am- Send the kids to their rooms to get dressed for school, put on my running clothes, brush my teeth, say goodbye to Derek as he leaves for work.
8:30am- Load up the dishwasher, switch around the laundry in the machines, make sure Trent has brushed his teeth and is ready for school.
8:40am- Put the leash on the dog and walk with the kids to school.
9:00 am- Back home, respond to some e-mails, read some blogs.
9:15am- Go for a run….listening to Lady Gaga on my earphones
10:00am- Back home, shower, put on my make-up and street clothes
10:30am- Eat a Luna bar and look through Craig’s list for short term writing assignments….nothing there, but the art institute needs zombie models for an upcoming fashion show…hmmm. Keep looking.
11:00am- Make a cup of tea, pay bills, and balance the checkbook
11:30am- Read some more blogs and a chapter of The Artists Way
12:00pm- Make a turkey and cheese sandwich for lunch and finish reading Tuck Everlasting in preparation for a Literature circle I moderate in Grace’s sixth grade class at school.
12:45- Fold some laundry, vacuum, straighten up Trent’s room
1:20- Read for fun….The School of Essential Ingredients
1:40- Put the leash on the dog and walk to the school to pick up the kids…they get out early on Wednesdays
2:20- Back home….snuggle on the couch with Trent and watch Bambi, take some pictures of Trent’s latest Lego creation and post it on the Lego website for him.
3:30- Put a ballet bun in Grace’s hair
3:45- Take Grace to ballet class
4:15- Back home…Derek got off work early, so I sit and talk with him awhile, and read while Trent goes to play with the neighbor kids
5:00- Help Trent with his reading homework while Derek cooks hamburgers for dinner
5:45- Derek and Trent leave to go pick up Grace and her friend from ballet class, in Bellevue, and take them to Nutcracker rehearsal in Seattle…I watch half of Glee.
6:30- I drive to Grace’s ballet studio in Bellevue for a workshop with the school’s consulting podiatrist, and spend the next several hours learning about…feet! It’s actually quite interesting and highly technical. I’m there for Grace, but I learn a few things that will help me to, with running,
8:30- Still in class, but Derek has picked up Grace from the rehearsal in Seattle and drops her off in Bellevue, where she joins me for the rest of the foot workshop. She can’t wait to tell me who she met while she was at rehearsal.
9:15- Going home…our normal route is blocked, I don’t have my GPS, and I get a little lost on the detour.
9:45- Home…Trent jumps out of bed to tell me about his evening. While Grace was at rehearsal, he got to ride the monorail and sit with the driver…he also got to have gelato. Grace eats a late dinner, finishes some homework, and goes to bed. Derek is working (or playing) on his computer, so I watch the rest of Glee before going to bed.