Better Late than Never: A Day in the Life

I’m not sure what I was thinking when I signed up to participate in “A Day in the Life” hosted by Trish at Love, Laughter, and a Touch of Insanity. I love reading these kinds of posts when they involve other people. I definitely don’t feel bored with my life, but on paper it certainly seems…quiet. Better late than never (I hope)—here’s what my day was like on Tuesday, March 22.

A Day in the Life

6:10 AM – Alarm goes off. Hit snooze several times.
6:45 AM – Awake, decide to get up and write some. Drink a glass of water and put on long-sleeved tee and pajama bottoms and UGG slippers. I think their boots are a travesty, but nothing beats their slippers.
6:50 AM – Go downstairs and give Moxie her treats. She has to take Lysine because she has a dormant viral infection that could pop up at any time. So far the Lysine has worked. As a bribe, she also gets two Greenies.
6:52 AM – Other kitty Chloe makes her sleepy way downstairs. Give her two Greenies, play keep-away with Moxie while she eats them.

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Gratuitous cat picture. Not from actual day. Moxie is on left, Chloe on right.

6:53 AM – Get coffee mugs out and fill with hot water to warm them up—a cold mug makes coffee get cold faster! Hopefully will only have to do this for a few more mornings.
6:55 AM – Get coffee and head to desk. Planning to work on either a Top Ten post or a review for Head Full of Ghosts for #weirdathon, but get distracted by news of terrorist attacks in Brussels. Check Facebook, Goodreads, and Twitter.

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My desk, so very early in the morning. The light is because of that asshat Daylight Savings Time. This time a few weeks ago, it was much lighter.

7:50 AM – 8:30 AM – Head downstairs to hang out with husband and have breakfast (and second cup of coffee). I am going to spare you pictures of my food, but lately breakfast has been Coach’s Oats with banana, blueberries, flax, chia, and cinnamon. Pretty soon it’ll be too warm for oatmeal, so we’ll switch between green smoothies and Ezekiel toast with hummus and avocado. (Okay, sorry for the food details, but people, I have to fill this space somehow. I am dull, I tell you. Frightfully so.)
8:30 AM – 11:00 AM – Head back upstairs to the desk to work a bit. That’s my commute, because I work from home. Don’t hate me. I love it but it does get lonely at times. Answer some email, write a bit of content for an ebook. My job is creating marketing and sales support content and tools for Microsoft. Here’s a little peek at my typical work attire, at least on chilly mornings (obviously, fashion blogging is just around the corner for me, the way I rule at pattern mixing):

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My foot. Make of it what you will.

11:00 AM – 11:30 AM – Shower and get dressed. We usually go out to lunch on Tuesdays, so I even put on makeup! As a side note, I’ve been trying to convert to using more natural products that are also good for the environment. This might sound like a granola-hippie snoozefest (like I just slather my face in organic coconut oil and then dab on a little patchouli and call it done…not that there’s anything wrong with that, and I happen to like patchouli). The thing is, even though I don’t wear a lot of makeup, I really love buying products, and I’ve had terrific luck with 100% Pure. I started with their mascara, which no joke is actually pigmented using dark chocolate—and even smells like chocolate! (They also have one made from black tea that I haven’t tried.) My lashes have never been healthier, so I decided to try a few more of their products, so I got this palette, some lipstick, and even their nail products which have no formaldehyde or other nasty things and work incredibly well.

Fruit Pigmented Pretty Naked PaletteMaracuja Mascara: Dark Chocolate
Their packaging is so great, too. I’ve loved everything, so if you want the lowdown in a separate post, let me know in the comments.
11:30 AM – 12:15 PM – Go to lunch. Lately, Bob has been going to a beginning yoga class at noon, but he wasn’t feeling well early this week, so we headed out to get something to eat. Usually I would spend that time doing some work, and we’d head out later, around 2:00. On Tuesdays we typically go to a local Mediterranean restaurant called Hovan that makes everything from scratch and has a lot of great vegan and vegetarian options. Today I get lentil salad, lentil spinach soup, and tabbouleh. That’s right, doubling up on the lentils.
12:30 PM – 1:30 PM Update cost savings calculations for a slide deck we’ve been working on. Have a quick Skype call with co-worker about updates.
1:30 PM – 3:00 PM Work on content for ebook. I usually listen to music while I work. Sometimes it’s Spotify radio, but this week I’ve been on a Modest Mouse kick.

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3:00 PM – 3:15 PM Coffee break with Bob. Stand out on the deck and watch cats go crazy over beautiful spring weather. The trees behind our house get more leafy by the hour, it seems.

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View from our deck. That haze is pollen, not an interesting photo filter.

3:15 PM – 3:30 PM Go upstairs to finish coffee and look at social sites and blogs.
3:30 PM – 5:25 PM More work. Some editing, some chasing down drafts in review, some correspondence about final copy that needs to be published.
5:25 PM – 5:55 PM Realize the time and frantically get ready to go to yoga class. We are both taking Ashtanga yoga classes, but I go to the more advanced class for the full primary series. I never thought I could get into yoga, but I found Ashtanga and I’ve pretty much dropped everything else to commit to it. I could go on and on about it (ask my husband). I won’t. Unless you want me to. I sincerely promise that even though I am now yoga-obsessed, you will never, ever see me post yoga selfies. Not. Ever.

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Mat and bible.

5:55 PM – 7:30 PM Arrive at yoga class happy to see the room is almost empty and my favorite spot has not been taken. The room is empty because traffic is so bad, but it fills in quickly. We start class with the opening chant and the rest goes by in a sweaty haze. I’ve been a runner, I’ve done heavy lifting with a trainer, and I’ve taken kickboxing classes and HIIT classes—nothing has ever felt as demanding or rewarding as Ashtanga yoga.
7:30 PM – 8:00 PM Go home. Wash yoga mat and then get cleaned up to go out to dinner.
8:00 PM – 9:30 PM Tuesday nights are sushi nights, so we head to our local sushi place. We have edamame, miso soup, a lightly fried tofu dish, miso eggplant, and vegetable rolls. Light but filling.
9:30 PM – 10:30 PM Drink some water, wash face, and brush teeth, play with cats. General getting ready for bed stuff.
10:30 PM – 11:00 PM – Get in bed and read. I just started Wallace Stegner’s Angle of Repose.
11:00 PM – Lights out! Good night!

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33 comments

  1. Your cats are cute, and your food sounds good! I’ve never taken a yoga class, but keep thinking that I should someday. Maybe when the kids are older.
    I almost never wear make-up, but I do buy eco-friendly body products (deoderant, shampoo, etc.), so wouldn’t mind hearing about your make-up. Also, I do have to buy a little make-up for the young ballet dancer in my house (and end up feeling completely lost and confused in the make-up isle).
    Ah, leaves on trees…

  2. Cute cats! I love these posts and seeing what typical days are like for other people – some are similar to mine – some, like yours, are so different.

  3. I understand your obsession, although mine is for line dancing! I never, ever thought I would get into line dancing, but a few classes and I was totally hooked. I also love lentils, and thought your day sounded great! It was nice to share your coffee break out on the deck and look forward to spring and summer, too.

  4. Oh, I really enjoyed reading about your day…the food details, the yoga, and the funny comments here and there. Your view is great, but the pollen would kill me!

    I’ve never done Yoga, although my granddaughter showed me a couple of stretches that really help start my mornings.

    Thanks for sharing!

  5. Please post more about your makeup, and skin care regime. New obsession of mine. Just curious. The yoga sounds enriching, please share more! What a fun post.

  6. “My foot. Make of it what you will.” – best caption. I am always interested in people’s make up and skin care routine. I follow just as many make up channels as book channels on YouTube!

  7. Naomi, yes, in the Southeastern US the leaves are out and so is the pollen! Everything is covered in green. On the yoga: I had done a few videos on my own, but I just took my first class last summer. Even doing it once a week I noticed a difference in how I felt. Definitely worth checking out when you’re ready. As for the products, I’ll pull together a post with everything. I think if I had a daughter and knew about 100% Pure, I would definitely start with something along those lines. The Body Shop also apparently also has some very nice make-up that I’m hoping to try.

  8. Olduvai, I never know if people have food fatigue from other blogs and/or Instagram. We follow a vegan/vegetarian diet, but I have plenty of days where I eat too many chips and salsa or eat too much pasta!

  9. Amanda, the first real class I ever took was Ashtanga, and I like that you do the same postures in the same order every time. It sounds like it would be boring, but it isn’t–it’s surprising how a pose that’s easy one day can feel impossible the next (and vice versa). But any yoga is better than no yoga, I definitely agree!

  10. Laurie, wow, line dancing! It’s so fun to try new things–you never know what will stick! Oh, I have to have those lentils at least once a week. I could put lentils and chickpeas in just about everything.

  11. Laurelrainsnow, thank you! The only thing that keeps the pollen from killing me is Flonase! All we need is one good set of thunderstorms to come through and clean everything off. By mid April it will be gorgeous. 🙂

  12. Eviepea, I will definitely! I’m still working on the skincare stuff, but I’ve definitely found some things I like and have a list of stuff to try as I use up my old products. The yoga is amazing. Definitely not easy but worth every second. I’ll pull together a post on that, too (still promising, no yoga selfies).

  13. Laura, I just didn’t want to seem arrogant about my foot. But I mean, look at it.

    I, too, am a You Tube make up channel junkie. I’m not so hot with the video camera myself, but I’ll definitely do a more in-depth post about what I’ve found so far.

  14. Mom, we tried these awhile ago but will have to do it again. I always forget about them. I am also interested in trying chia pudding (I’ve had it as dessert, but never for breakfast).

  15. I really need to get back into yoga … I love the gentle hatha flows! And your kitties are adorable. 🙂 I remember my brother’s cat was on a very strict schedule (according to the cat) and if he didn’t get his food or treats at the correct time he’d hide under the stairs and swat at peoples’ feet. lol. Cats are funny!

  16. Sounds like a very nice day! I’m a freelance writer so I totally understand the work from home wardrobe. I do usually put on jeans every day, but my husband refers to my slippers as my “work shoes”! By the way, those look like awesome slippers (and I should know!)

    Thanks for sharing your day!

    Sue

    Book By Book

  17. Kristilyn, ha! Ashtanga is definitely NOT “gentle Hatha flows,” but to each her own, I say. As for the kitties, strict schedule–absolutely, the one they keep us on! If I hit the snooze too many times, Moxie sits on the alarm remote and attacks my hand so I can’t get to it. Her special way of saying GET UP NOW AND GIVE ME TREATS. They are funny and make life better in every way.

  18. Sue, oh gosh, I hope I didn’t give the impression that I stay in PJs all day! I also put on jeans, but my slippers are definitely my “work shoes,” as you say. Oh, and these slipers are awesome, and I wear them year round, even with shorts (but never outside the house!). 🙂

  19. Excellent. You should tell us your favourite YouTube make up channels too! I’m always looking for good ones, especially good ones where the YouTuber is over 30. No offence to young people, it’s just, I watch the young ones and think “you’re already attractive, you don’t need to do anything” lol

  20. Yes to Ugg slippers. LOVE mine…even if I did spill a latte on them once and have never been able to get them looking good again.

    You’re going to send me on an Ashtanga rabbit hole. I’ve only taken heated yoga classes (not bikrim but similar??) but don’t know much else about yoga. Actually did a YouTube video today and enjoyed it. But not sure if Ashtanga. LOL! I’m trying to shape up this baby body and am willing to give anything a shot.

    Thanks for participating. Mmmm sushi. 🙂

  21. Laura, I don’t subscribe so much as find myself clicking on one and going down the make-up video rabbit hole! You are right though, I only stick to the ones over 30, especially in the area of skin care. “To take care of my skin, I get at least four hours of sleep, and then some nights when I remember I take off my make up and apply this lotion that I got for my feet but it seems to work fine on my face too…” Um, yeah.

  22. Trish, thanks for hosting! It has been such a blast and I’m still reading everyone’s posts! Ha, the Ugg slippers–that’s exactly why these are blue. My last par was the natural color and they were SO.DIRTY. I’d wear them while I cooked and inevitably spilled all kinds of stuff on them.

    I’ll do a post on the yoga. Don’t be scared by what you saw in the videos. I promise you it’s amazing! I know you also like running, so I think you might really like it if you give it a try. One thing that’s awesome about it is that it’s meant to (eventually) be practiced solo, so you can do it anywhere and all you need is a mat, rug, or floor. 🙂

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