Tuesday, October 23, 2012

31 Days: 23 - Our Morning, Step-by-Step

I've been meaning to write a post like this for a while, mainly for myself. It's easy to get caught up in the routine of each day. Although it may seem rather boring, I think it's something I'll want to look back and remember in 2 years, 10 years, even 30 years from now.

Starting from the moment I woke up today, I took notes on nearly everything I do each day. Not all days are like today. E. J. works today and there are other weekdays when he's off from work. So although it's a regular day, there are parts that are a little different when he's home.

I've broken the day into two parts. I'll write about our evening routine tomorrow.
So, here goes our AM!

5:30: My alarm goes off. I have never used the snooze button in my life and I literally jump out of bed each morning like I'm about to be attacked. E. J. tells me this isn't healthy, but I cannot just lay there doing nothing, thinking about the time I'm wasting.

5:31: I'm either in the shower or waiting for it to finally warm up

5:48: Done with shower. I may jump out of bed quickly and ready to go, but I'm convinced that I fall asleep in the shower sometimes or I just stand there blankly.

5:50: Time to put my face on. I don't think it actually takes me 9 minutes to put on my makeup, but I'm doing other things like putting on lotion and deodorant - the tiny details that you really don't care about.

5:59: Take our packed lunches out of the fridge, put them in our lunch boxes
         At the last minute, add even more fruit to K's lunchbox to give her more selection
         Make sure everything is in my purse for the day
         Turn off the back flood lights
         Make my breakfast
         Eat breakfast while watching the news

6:16: Brush my teeth
          Dry my hair
          Curl my eyelashes, apply mascara
          Put rings/earrings on6:25: Put on my work clothes

6:30: Wake up Kathryn

6:32: Still trying to wake her up. It's hit or miss with her. Sometimes she'll get up as I'm getting ready, sometimes I'll walk into her room and after I try to wake her up she'll give me a big "SURPRISE", but today it was the "I-don't-want-to-get-up-turn-the-(closet) light-off-it's-too-bright" kind of morning.

6:33: Get K dressed
          Brush her teeth
          Do her hair
          Give her a vitamin

6:49: I let the dogs out. She informs me it's time to tuck kitty and her baby doll into bed so daddy can sleep with them later and keep them warm

6:54: Let the dogs back in the house

6:55: Leave the house and lock up

6:58: All our crap is in the car (seriously, I'm the bag lady every morning), Kathryn is buckled into her seat, and we head out the driveway.

It was a foggy morning and Kathryn informed me as we were driving out that she had fog in her eyes. I was hopeful that as we made our way out, we would pass E. J. in the driveway as he was coming home, but no such luck today.

We made our drive into town.

7:37: We pull into Kathryn's school. As we walk into her class, I prepare myself for the amount of mom-guilt I'll feel that day. I've lucked out today - three kids are already in her class. Score one for me! She's not the first one to be dropped off.

Miles is one of the kids who's in her class. He was a little weepy, but when he saw Kathryn, he lit up and pointed at her with excitement. I thought it was so cute, but Kathryn wasn't impressed at all.

If she wakes up early at home, she usually wants some grapes. Today, she ate some grapes on our way in and still has some left to pair with her cereal bar that I open for her every morning when we get to school. I give her a big hug and a kiss, I tell her I love her, and that I'll be back as soon as I'm done with work (I tell her the same thing everyday). She takes a seat in her chair and tells me to have a good day. Now I count down the hours until I get to pick her up.

7:43: Leave K's school and head to work

7:54: Pull my car into my spot and walk to my building

7:59: Unlock my office and start the work day

8:00 - 12:00pm: Make my cup of green tea with honey, e-mail my mom to say good morning, then it's work e-mails, work on projects, look at my to-do list, realize I have a lot more to add to my to-do list, e-mails, e-mails, distractions, work on projects again. You know the routine.

If I've made it to noon and haven't eaten any of my lunch, it's a small miracle.

I usually eat my lunch around noon, but don't actually take my lunch break at this point. I'll eat and still continue to do some more work.

12:54: I finally leave for my lunch break. I don't want you to be too jealous of what I did on my lunch, but here's a visual to give you an idea.
I find that I have to go to the grocery store every 3 days, if nothing else than for grapes and strawberries. The three of us eat a lot of them, especially Kathryn.

Since I don't have the time to go to the grocery store after work and I like to avoid the drive into town on the weekends, I try to take advantage of my lunch break and take care of these type of errands. I actually enjoy grocery shopping, however, it's a major pain when you have to buy heavy things that need to be refrigerated (like milk) or things that will melt (chocolate, frozen veggies, etc). When I need things like this, I have to bring them into work, store them in our fridge, and then set a reminder on my computer to grab the groceries before I head out for the day. It can be annoying, but worth it.

1:37: I'm back at my desk ready to work through the rest of the afternoon.

Since I've broken into the PM section, I'll pick up with the rest of our day, tomorrow. But before I go...I hope you had the happiest of birthday's, Mom! I love you!


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