Tuesday, October 11

A day in the life

The ever-popular Beth (no relation), over at Shut Up And Run, regularly posts "a day in the life" posts. Friday she asked readers to post their own "day in the life" adventures (or rather, non-adventures). And, of course, readers respond. Her take on a day in the life:

"Life really is made up of the ordinary moments. A cup of hot coffee. A satisfying dump. A syrupy kiss from your kid as they head out the door. Changing the sheets. Putting dinner in the crockpot. Adding finishing touches to a report. Lighting a pumpkin sugar Yankee candle and letting it burn all day, filling the house with sweet aroma and covering up the odor of the satisfying dump.
This is precisely why I like to do my “day in the life” posts. Not because my life is so exciting. It is not. But, because these posts represent the every day wonderfulness of a life full of the small, exquisite details. All of them imperfect and perfect at the same time, if you know what I mean."

(I hope to one day be as popular, influential, and well-versed in bathroom humor as the Other Beth is.)

In the meantime, here's my day in the life:

I don't start my "day job" until 10am, but I wake up at the same time as Hubby. Normally I use the morning hours to get in a run, lifting, yoga, or just a walk around my neighborhood.
"Time to make the donuts!"...or something.
If you don't understand the reference,
you're probably too young to be reading this blog.
Unfortunately, today's morning workout plans were sidelined as I had a doctor's appointment. Sitting on a cold exam table, wearing a crazy hospital gown, all I could think of is "I'd rather be running!" (Sorry, no pictures of my super fancy exam room attire.) But I suppose, in true "a day in the life" fashion, I should be glad I have health insurance and have the luxury to whine about things like having to go to the doctors instead of getting in few miles before work. It's a rough life, I know.

Freshly brewed Community Coffee with chicory --
one of the things I love best about the south.

It takes at least one cup o' joe to get me out the door, and another one before my brain is functional enough to start work for the day. (Another clever reason for the early morning wakeup time!)

Speaking of work, I work the "day job" from my home office. Today I also was informed of my spring teaching schedule (that's the "other job"). My teaching schedule conflicts with one conference I was supposed to attend, but not with any running nights. Hooray!
The home office...
Looking a little messier than usual,
but it was a busy day!
On my lunch breaks I try to get a load of laundry washed and dried. (One of the biggest perks of working from home: No weekends spent doing laundry!) But lunchtime is not long enough to fold said laundry. So the cat thinks I do this all for her entertainment. She sees laundry, and no matter what she was doing the prior moment, she dives in and builds a fort in the pile. (And my running buddies wonder why there's an occasional cat hair on my t-shirts...)
Peanut being both annoying and adorable all at the same time.
After work (if I'm not teaching) I cook dinner. Hubby does the dishes. If I am teaching, he cooks and I do dishes. We make a vegetarian meal at least one night a week, even if it's just soy "chicken" nuggets and macaroni and cheese with a side of carrot sticks. Speaking of which... tonight is veg night, and I hear an eggplant crying for attention.

And there's still yoga to do.
I can't go a whole day without a workout.
That's just crazy talk.

What's your "day in the life" story?
Did you have any perfectly ordinary, but also wonderful, moments today?


  1. I love peanut! He reminds me of my cat Annie. I'm currently studying for my brokerage license and she loves to come up on the desk and sleep on the open book that I happen to be reading out of. It can be so annoying but it's her special way of saying 'love ya dad!'.

  2. I love this idea - makes you appreciate the little things in life, too (the unexamined life and all that...). Great stuff! Might have to do one myself someday (and link yours, of course...) :)

  3. I love me some chicory in my coffee....I'm not even from the south!!!

    Get Up & Go


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