5:40 My alarm goes off. This is my "late" alarm, we went to bed later than normal last night because of a school function. I'm in Lauren's bed and Ezio is happy that someone is awake to play. I stop and brush my teeth and spray some dry shampoo on my way to the coffee pot. (I only wash hair every other day, unless I need to look nicer than usual.) I always set up the coffee pot the night before so it's waiting for me to get up. This may be the only habit I regularly keep.
6:08 Mike is up. Typically, Noah is the first one up, but today it's Mike. He gets coffee too and we sit on the couch in silence a few minutes and check email and facebook. By 6:30 all the kids are up so we start moving faster. I go to get dressed, Mike goes to shower, and we start our first round of "are you dressed yet? how about now? now?" My kids aren't big morning eaters, and no one is hungry today so that helps. They all get a morning snack at school, and lunch is early, so I don't feel guilty.
7:20 Mike leaves early today so it's left to me to push everyone into coats and find shoes. I very very rarely leave before the kids, but somehow Mike misses this part of the program a couple days a week.
7:30 We are in the car! I hush the kids because my new car is making a noise and I want to record it on my phone. The car does not repeat the noise but we are halfway to school before the kids realize it and start talking.
|That's right, stop being cute when I take the picture.|
7:50 First one at work! As usual. One of my bosses gets here and we chat while we wait for the coffee, and then it's time to buckle down. I have 46 unread email in my various work inboxes. Most of my job is talking to applicants and processing applications for various state licensing boards. There are a lot of checklists involved, and a lot of basic applicant questions (Where do I get...? Where do I send....? Have you received...? Does this qualify?) It's not creative, but I really love it. I especially enjoy that every application has a built in check list, and even though I didn't make this list it is fun to check the last box and hand it off. Most applications take several weeks to complete with documents from multiple sources, and some can be 30+ pages in the end. It's a lot of detail, but I am good at it. (If a bit behind at the moment!)
8:20 Got distracted at the copier talking to one of the ladies we share a building with about last night's elementary school concert. (43 email)
10:00 Email count 65. This is not going in the direction I had hoped.
10:53 Turns out 24 of them were pictures of my worst phobia. This is statement is 100% literally true. And yet, I love my job! Down to 45 email again. Note, there is more to my job than email but sometimes email take over.
11:30 Super long call with a training school and it's time for a snack. I brought cottage cheese and cherry tomatoes from home today in an effort to be healthy, but the work pantry is stocked with goodies. I'm starting with my cottage cheese. Go me! Typically I'd eat lunch around now, but my schedule is off today because I told the kids I'd pick them up instead of them taking the bus at 3.
12:23 I couldn't resist the jelly beans any longer. Email count: 39
12:45 Trish can't help but ask if I've forgotten to keep track. Nope! So far so good!
2:00 Still working. Haven't go back into the jelly beans yet! Email count: 31
2:48 Finally! Time to go get my kids and run them home. The boys don't enjoy the after school program and are finally old enough to be home alone for an hour or so. We reward good behavior at school with this hour of free time. Meanwhile, my email count is at 27.
4:00 Back at work. Picked up the boys and got halfway home before Tristan told me he forgot his take home math test and science presentation, both due tomorrow. We had to run back to school to get those and then back home again. Then I had to run a work errand at 3:30 that I skid into just exactly at 3:30 and now I'm back at my desk. I grabbed a snack of carrots and snap peas out of the office pantry and hopefully that'll carry me home at 5:00. Nope, had a handful of Pringles too.
4:50 One more quick meeting with my boss and I'm heading out at 5. Feeling fairly behind on most of my work today, as most of it was spent replying to email and putting out fires. Current email count: 16.
5:00 Leave work and head over to pick up Lauren at the after school program. Got home to find Mike just back from a run, so I threw on my running clothes and headed out while he made dinner. 2.78 miles in light rain, real feel temp= 40F. Slightly chilly, but my running jacket is cheap and doesn't breathe so it was pretty sweaty inside. Got home just as everyone was sitting down to eat (Red Beans and Rice with Ham).
|Not my actual rainy run, Sunday's trail run.|
6:00 Bath night. Oh joy. Not. Start baths and realize someone has to go get milk or there will be no coffee in the morning, so once Lauren is out of the tub I head to the store.
7:30 Home from the store to discover that the child who forgot his take home math test and had me take him back to school for it, did not in fact get his take home math test. It is not a pretty scene. We work on the science presentation for an hour or so though and he is amazingly cooperative about it. He's now grounded from
|Maybe next time bring your work home?|
Midnight I wake up in Tristan's bed and relocate into Lauren's empty bed. Most nights someone other than Lauren ends up sleeping there-- I should REALLY invest in a good mattress!
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