Wednesday, February 27, 2008

A day in the life. . .

6:15 a.m. -- Alarm goes off. 6:30 a.m. -- get up, let the dogs out. The puppy can't wait to get out of his kennel. He runs out the door, hurries to do his business, so he can come back in and tap dance in the kitchen while I get his breakfast ready. I wish I had his energy. 6:45 -- get dressed, empty the dishwasher, put stuff out for ARC to pick up. Take Luke to school. We see our favorite Swainson's hawk, perched high in a cottonwood tree. 7:20 -- Come home and fix Emily a hot, nutritious breakfast. Take Em to Bruegger's for a bagel and orange juice. Drop her off at school. Breathe a sigh of relief as she runs off to greet her friends. She loves her school. I love that I have six and a half hours until I have to start my rounds and pick up the kids again. 8:10 -- Pick up coffee at Starbuck's. 8:20 -- Throw in a load of laundry, put the puppy down for a nap in his kennel. Check e-mail. Start working. Work for several hours, uninterrupted. Switch laundry as needed. Let puppy in, then out, then in, then out in the back yard for good. 12:45 -- take a break for lunch and take Abby for a walk. It's 58 degrees and gorgeous outside! The snow-covered mountains are painted against a clear blue sky. I soak up the vitamin D. 1:30 - Dan calls to check in. We find it's a good time of day to touch base with one another. He'll call again tonight to talk to the kids. 2:15 -- Finish work and read a couple blogs before heading off to pick up Emily and then Luke. 3:15 -- homework, piano practice, why does the time from now until 5:00 seem like the bewitching hour? It is my least favorite time of the day. Kids are cranky and fighting over a bottle of juice, for heaven's sake. I banish them to separate ends of the house and go to my refuge in the laundry room, where there's always something to fold or sort and the hum of the machines drown out the rest of the house. 5:00 -- Sip a glass of wine on the back porch swing, soaking in the beautiful day, knowing the warm weather will come and go in the next couple of months. Dream about summer. 5:30 -- Fix supper -- baked chicken thighs, garlic mashed potatoes, green beans.

6:45 -- Head off to my book club meeting where we all wonder about the acclaim for Eat, Pray, Love. Not one single person finished it -- well, given that only two of us started it, I guess that's not saying much. Not one of our better book club meetings, but we salvage the night by discussing other books we've read and numerous other topics that women seem to fall into easily enough.

9:00 -- home to a quiet house. Emily is already asleep, Luke is trying to stay awake until I get home. Watch the news. Get caught up in a movie called "Shallow Hal" with Jack Black and Gwynth Paltrow. Stay up way to late, because I have to see how it ends. (Spoiler ahead: He gets the girl).

14 comments:

Robin said...

Sounds like a wonderful day overall! I hope you have many, many more like them (without the kids fighting part of course!)

Jen said...

I enjoyed this. I loved seeing how your day went. Very cool. Your 3 o'clock hour is alot like mine....and the wine part too...lol. I enjoy sipping on wine but its too cold here to sit outside. So I walk around the house with mine separating children.

annie said...

I like your day!

Barb said...

My day would start, 6:15 - stumble blindly to coffee pot and drink three cups as quickly as possible.

I'm not sure who keeps you busier, Karen, the kids or that pesky puppy. My word, my days used to look like this. How did I live to be 57?

LOL

BClark said...

There is a certain joy and comfort in the routine of it all. You made me smile with your description of the tap dancing puppy. They are so cool when they are small, course I love them grown also. I am on the lookout for a new dog, hopefully I can find a puppy this time. The last many years my dogs have been rescues and while I love them dearly they come with many hang ups. Kind of selfish but I would like to program one from the start,lol. Continue to enjoy your chaotic but lovely days. Barbara

gail@more than a song said...

You know, I don't think I know what kind of work you do! But I imagine stopping off at Starbucks makes it fun!
We had a beautiful day here too, similar temps...minus the snow covered mountain in the back and none of that gorgeous BLUE Colorado sky! At times when we've skied there, I thought it was about the most blue I'd ever seen!

Dick said...
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Dick said...

Hello Karen,

I didn't know you were practicing the piano. Your mother played the piano as a kid, she was pretty good too.
She was the bright one in the family.
Did I ever mentioned that she won a special award when she graduated high school, for not missing a day of school over the entire twelve years.
They don't make em like that any more...to bad.

Ma An Mhaighirtis

Josi said...

I'm with you, I hate 5:00--I'm tired but the day isn't done yet. Overall, though, it sounds like a nice day.

Bill said...

...and a lovely day was had by all!

violetlady said...

Thank you for sharing a day in the Life of Karen.

Bill said...

I think your alarm clock is broken.

Lynne said...

I'm tired just reading about your day! My dogs get me up around 5 am - I wish I could sleep until 6:15!

Judith said...

My head almost started swimming as I read about your hour to hour life.
Loved how you settled the argument
about the juice, or something. What's a mom to do.........divide and conquer.