I've been back to work full-time for 9 weeks. 9 weeks?!?! Time flies.
So what does a day in my busy life look like?
Something like this:
I wake up at 4:30am, and head to my Happy Place.
I'm at the gym by 5am, and get myself ready for our daily WOD. For this particular "day in the life" this was our WOD.
I hit my activity goal by 6am!! Such a lovely sight.
After my WOD, I head home, and generally walk through my front door about 6:15-6:20am.
Usually I find my husband sitting on the couch drinking his morning cup of coffee and watching the news. When he sees me walking in the door, that's his sign that it's time for him to get in the shower to get ready for work. He generally leaves for work by 6:35am. MEN! How can he only need 15 minutes to get ready for work?
While he's showering, I get breakfast ready for Ronin. Ronin likes waffles, pancakes or peanut butter toast for breakfast. Pretty easy.
While Ronin eats his breakfast and watches Star Wars Rebels, I get in the shower. I'm usually out by 6:40am, and wrapped up in my towels (one for hair, one for body) I go and wake up my girls, and while they rub the sleep out of their eyes, I make their breakfast. Ella likes pancakes. Haley likes eggs and sausage links.
Even this full-time working mama still makes time to make each of her kids a breakfast of their choosing. That makes me feel good. I don't pack their lunch. They buy a school lunch. That saves me a TON of time, and I've taught the kids how to make good healthy choices in the school lunch line, and there are healthy options if you know what to look for...and mine do!
While the girls eat, I head back to the bedroom and get myself ready for work. Blow dry my hair, and based on the outcome of the dryer, either decide to wear it down, or pull it back in a pony-tail.
This was a good hair day.
By 7:00am, I start the "countdown" clock for the trio. I have to leave the house by 7:20am, which means I need to leave the house by 7:10am. So the 10 minute countdown clock begins.
I drop the kids off at before care, and then I'm off on my 30 mile (each way) commute.
I ALWAYS listen to an audio book.
Right now I'm listening to Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer. It's good and it's part of a trilogy.
I need to be in my office by 8:30am, and depending on traffic, I am ALWAYS early. I hang out in the parking lot (in my car) and wait for my staff to arrive. We're not allowed to enter the building alone, so I have to wait for someone to arrive. Generally my Bookmobile driver arrives first, and we enter the building around 8:15am, and then the rest of my staff arrives.
I spend the first hour of my morning getting staff set up, helping load hold items, checking time cards, reading emails, checking my phone, that sort of thing.
And then the rest of my day is dedicated to upper level library management.
Sometime before 2pm, I take my #MileADay walk, sometimes 2 miles. Today was a 2 mile walk!
I eat lunch at my desk. I always bring lunch from home. A.L.W.A.Y.S. I'm on a black bean kick right now, topped with fresh tomatoes, avocado, and green onions. SO GOOD!!
And then 5:30pm rolls around and I leave work, and get in my car for my 30 mile commute home. The drive home takes me MUCH LONGER than the drive down. The traffic leaving Brandon and heading north on I-75 is just bumper to bumper. Oh well. It is what it is.
I usually walk in my front at 6:30pm. 50% of the time dinner is made, or in the process of being made. 50% of the time, I'm making it all.
It's fine. It's okay. My husband also works a full-time job and I'm just thankful that he's able to pick the trio up from aftercare by 5:15pm and they can come home and get some outdoor time before the sun sets.
So...we eat dinner. The kids sit at the kitchen bar, I eat with them, but stand up in front of them, and we talk about our day. We've always eaten this way, and it works for us. We do have a dining room table, but we prefer the informality of the kitchen area.
After dinner, I begin cleaning the kitchen, and Ella does her homework. Haley does her homework at aftercare, and Ronin...well Ronin just doesn't do his homework most of the time.
By 8pm homework is done, the kitchen is cleaned, and my lunch is packed for the next day. I change into my pajamas, read the kids a story, and tuck them into bed. Even at ages 8, 9, and 10, the Tampa Trio LOVES their story time!
I am generally in bed by 9:00, and get up at 4:30am to start all over again.
So...how was YOUR day??