It wasn’t too long ago that I shared my Day in the Life post. But Trish from Love, Laughter, and a touch of Insanity is hosting a Day in the Life Blogger Event so I thought I’d join in. My last post was a pretty light workday. Since I had a trial during the first part of this week, I thought I’d share what a busier day is like for me. My first post was heavy on the parenting. This post, not so much.
5:30 – Ben gets up. I hear him today because I haven’t slept well (pregnancy combined with a fear that I will oversleep). I go back to sleep.
6:20 – My alarm goes off. Ben is gone. I think he leaves around 6am. I hit snooze.
6:30 – Alarm goes off again. I check my email then get out of bed and get ready while watching an episode of Gilmore Girls.
7:00 – I get Evan out of bed. He’s sitting up and waiting to show me that his owl nightlight is green and that it’s time to get up. I get Evan dressed and we go downstairs for his breakfast. He eats yogurt and cereal while I drink some orange juice and make his lunch.
7:22 – We are both ready and head out the door into a torrential downpour. We are soaked by the time we get in the car.
7:30 – Arrive at E’s preschool at the earliest allowable time. He is the first one there and asks where all the friends are. It makes a working mom feel good.
7:35 – I start driving to Tampa. In the torrential rain. It is a 25 mile drive. It takes me an hour and 15 minutes. At least I have an audiobook. And some tea, a granola bar, and a pear.
8:50 – Arrive at the court house, 20 minutes after our 8:30 court call. My boss is meeting with the defendant (he has no lawyer) so I join them.
9:40 – We are done meeting with the defendant and are waiting for another case to pick their jury before us. I check my email throughout the day just to stay on top of it. And to argue with my organic coop over whether or not we actually get a share this week. As you do.
11:00 – We return to the courtroom. The potential jurors have accidentally been excused until 1pm so we discuss a few matters with the judge before an 11:30 recess.
11:30 – Meet with defendant to go over exhibits.
12:05 – “Lunch.” We review potential jurors and eat Jimmy Johns in a tiny little conference room.
12:45 – Back in the courtroom to pick our jury.
2:00 – Jury is picked and we proceed to opening statements.
3:00 – We call our first witness.
3:45 – We call our second witness.
4:35 – We rest. Judge calls a recess until tomorrow at 9am. Boss and I briefly meet to plan for tomorrow.
4:55 – I leave the courthouse and head back home. I listen to my book for a bit but then I get bored so I call my mom. We have an interesting chat.
6:20 – I arrive home. The same 25 mile drive took me an hour and 25 minutes during rush hour. And there wasn’t even any rain.
6:25 – I sit down to the family dinner that is already in progress.
6:45 – We send Evan to play independently on the lanai while Ben and I chat about the interesting conversation I had with my mom.
7:00 – I take Evan upstairs to play for a few minutes while Ben puts E’s laundry away.
7:15 – I start to get Evan ready for bed. It’s not bath night, so it’s just getting him in pajamas, washing his face and hands and brushing his teeth. Ben and I tag team this. Then we all read three stories (Green Eggs and Ham, Sleepytime, and Hogwash).
7:30 – We say goodnight to Evan and leave him in his big boy bed. He doesn’t go to sleep right away, but he doesn’t get up. We’ve started putting him to bed at 7:30 instead of 8 to see if it helps the nap situation.
7:35 – I take a shower while Ben does dishes.
8:00 – Ben takes a shower while I watch the last ten minutes of that Gilmore Girls episode and fold a load of laundry.
8:10 – We make the grown-up decision to do work WITHOUT the tv on. I prepare notes for the closing argument for tomorrow. Ben starts a load of laundry so that I can have pantyhose for day two of trial tomorrow and then sits down to do some lesson planning.
8:45 – I send my boss an email, check to see if there are any other important emails I may have missed while in trial (or traffic), and put my work away for the night.
8:46 – Ben is still working so I come here to write up this timeline.
9:06 – Ben finishes working, puts the laundry in the dryer, and gets us some ice cream.
9:09 – We put on an episode of Friends. I check my email and end up doing a tiny bit more work. Then I mess around on the internet, play with our budget and talk to some friends about – oddly enough – work/life balance.
10:20 – We go upstairs, put away the laundry, and get ready for bed.
10:35 – We put on more Friends but Ben falls asleep right away so I switch to Gilmore Girls.
11:15 – I’m probably asleep around now. My alarm is set for 6:20 again the following day.
You should pay attention to all of the things that I didn’t do. I didn’t pick up Evan from school. I didn’t cook dinner. I didn’t do the dishes. I am blessed with a wonderful partner who takes on more than his half of the domestic responsibilities despite working a full time job and adjuncting in the evenings three nights a week. He picked Evan up at 3, parented solo until I got home at 6:20, and even managed to cook us a real meal and have it waiting for me when I got home.
I’d love to see what your typical day is like. Join the fun. Check out everyone else’s posts on Trish’s blog.