Remember when we were younger and we would keep daily “diaries” of our day so that we should share them as glimpses of our life? Yup. I decided to do that yesterday for this blog – for you girls. <3. It’s a lot more boring than those when I was younger since, you know, most of my time is spent like working and stuff, but hey, that’s daily life, right?
Diary for January 16th, 2020
6:30 – My alarm goes off and I actually feel somewhat refreshed after going to bed at the very reasonable hour of 9:30 – 10:00. Daniel and I have this goal to get to bed in time to get between 8-10 hours of sleep in hopes of feeling less exhausted since we don’t have any real vacations planned this year. Our success rate has been 50/50. But I think overall we are feeling better.
6:45 – Despite feeling more refreshed, old habits die hard, and I doze in and out until my next alarm. But, hey – at least I’m not waiting for the 7:00 alarm this time!
7:00ish – I proceed with morning things, and since I’ve opted not to take a shower today, I make Daniel coffee, pack lunch, make a breakfast of eggs and toast, accept espresso from Daniel, wash yesterday’s makeup off since I forgot to take it off before I went to bed, get dressed, braid my hair, don’t bother with makeup, and get my work stuff together.
7:40 -Yes, I accomplished all that in 40 minutes. Impressive, right? If you saw how I looked, you wouldn’t think so. You would say, you know, you should have taken time to put make-up on. 😛 But anyway, Daniel and I leave for work, walking down the street to the metro, which was crowded enough that Daniel and I got to stand for the entire ride, squished between as many people as could cram into it.
8:30 – arrive at work, having effectively ignored one person selling flowers and newspapers for the homeless, one person playing music for money, three or four Jehovah’s witnesses, and three homeless people asking for money. And, yes. I live like three miles from work and it takes almost an hour to get there. This is one reason we aren’t concerned about moving so far out. It isn’t going to take that much longer to get there by bus as it does by metro.
9:30ish – So far I’ve managed to order some things on Amazon, breeze through emails, that I marked to take care of later, and in general avoid any actual work. Now it’s time for the team’s daily touchpoint, in which we will talk about everything we are planning to do today, which doesn’t change much from day to day, and any other items we care to discuss.
11:00ish – I finally wrote a list, created a schedule, ran downstairs for a latte, and am now ready to concentrate on everything I”m supposed to be doing. Judge me all you want. Mornings are hard.
12:30 – Heated up lunch, which is a “chicken square”. I got the recipe from my sister and it’s basically chicken, cream cheese and seasonings mixed up and baked in a crescent roll. Really good! But I only ate half of it in an attempt to control the amount of calories. Which I was proud of.
1:22 – I found out I am taking my first “shift” on the watch next Tuesday. Which basically means I will be sitting on the Watch floor from 8:00 until . . . well, they didn’t say what time . . . doing “Watch functions”. Without any training, btw. Delightful.
2:20 – Becoming extremely antsy after getting all but the most disagreeable things done on my list, Daniel has suggested we meet down the street for coffee to clear our brains.
3:00 – Back from coffee, and it worked miracles. I actually do feel ready to dive in again.
4:40 – Packing up, and headed to the metro for the ride home. Daniel always gets on one stop after me, and we meet up to ride home together.
5:30 – Back home. Daniel and I actually got to sit down this time, and I spent about half the ride working on reading Les Mis, which, as you know, I’ve been trying to get through for like 5 years.
5:45 – We were both starving, so we just inhaled some leftovers from last weekend (when we ate out multiple times in between working at the house), and left fairly promptly to run errands.
6:45 – Our errands consisted of walking down the street to drop off dry cleaning, then to the UPS store to return Amazon packages, then to the post office to mail a package from their after-hours service, then to the wine shop to get a bottle of wine (the person there recommended a bottle from Israel – Galilee to be exact), then to the mall in search of a 2020 calendar, then to CVS since the mall no longer had a calendar stand, and then back home. And Yes, we are counting that as our workout. That was an hour of walking!
7:00 – Having run around for 10 minutes putting away part of the nativity set and my Cup of Christmas Tea set so that Daniel can finish putting Christmas stuff away, I am now settling down with a glass of the Israeli wine to chat with Abby for awhile – very long overdue!
10:00ish – Surprisingly exhausted, but happy, Abby and I said goodbye, I brushed my teeth, read a chapter of my book and my Bible app devotional, and I’m pretty sure I fell asleep faster than I have in a week. Writing from the perspective of the next day, of course. 🙂
And that was my offer of a glimpse into my daily life!