This week Ali Edwards challenged her blog readers to record a Day in the Life. Here’s the second part of yesterday, February 10, from mostly my perspective. (The photo above is part of E’s schoolwork. I love it.)
2:30 Finish up the blog post for Day in the Life Part 1 and catch up on e-mail and social media. Read bits of Conversations with Kurt Vonnegut while waiting for the computer to think (blast you, dreaded spinning pinwheel). The cats snuggle adorably, as they do.
3:00 Read an article from Conversations with Kurt Vonnegut and take a short nap. I didn’t sleep well last night and I know tonight’s going to be a late night.
3:50 Wake up from nap. Check e-mail, blog stats, Facebook. Think about calling Jake to see what time to pick him up, but he’s already texted me, “18 for the week so far [that's his SR closes - his quota is 15] You can come get me at 5 or a little before 5.” He also grumbled (on Facebook) about me putting the morning picture of him up in Part 1. I warned him that it would go in if he didn’t pose. I guess he didn’t believe my threats.
4:05 Eliza gets off the bus! I clean while Eliza tells me about her day. She shows me her schoolwork, which she brings home every Friday in her “pochette”. I love it when she explains the pictures she’s drawn. I love it even more that now she’s writing her own (wonderfully sounded out and misspelled) captions. Her papers will go in her school work scrapbook, but for now I just set them aside.
4:30 I go wake Jonas up from his nap, change him, and give him a snack. Eliza eats a snack too.
4:40 The kids and I leave to get Jake. Jonas is grouchy about it, but is fine as soon as we start moving. We stop to buy coffee beans at The Filling Station, our neighborhood coffeeshop of choice, on the way. The coffee beans are Meat & Potatoes, a delicious hearty blend roasted by Oddly Correct.
5:05 We get to Jake’s office. Hello, Jake. We missed you. I drive home. (If all of this driving around confuses you, I should probably have already mentioned that we only have one car. We only need one, since I work from home and we live in the city. If I need to run errands during the week, I have to take Jake to work.)
5:35 Hello, home. We missed you too. Jake and the kids play while I clean out the kitty litter (I have sole kitty litter duties when I’m not pregnant–part of the deal I had to make with Jake in order to talk him into getting a second cat). The bag breaks open and there’s cat poo everywhere. Ahhh!!! No bueno. I then sweep and mop the kitchen.
5:45 Our friend Tiffany comes over. Eliza does art projects. Jonas figures out how to open the piano and plays us a song. He makes his “uh-wah wah wah wah” noises, bouncing his hand over his mouth. Tiffany and I try to figure out what to call that noise, because saying that they are Indian noises is culturally insensitive and historically inaccurate. Hurm. Jake goes to the grocery store to buy a frozen pizza.
6:20 Tiffany and I drive together Korma Sutra (which is in walking distance, but it’s super cold) to meet my Stitch and Bitch group (a knitting group that meets monthly). It’s Tiffany’s first time meeting the group and her first time trying Indian food. I get the Lamb Vindaloo and it is ridiculously delicious. Also, Naan may be the best form of bread in existence. True story. There are 8 people at the dinner, the night is filled with cross conversations and laughter.
Jake and the kids at pizza and watched Where the Wild Things Are at home. Jake had the kids in bed before we got back. Eliza didn’t get a bedtime story (rare) because Jake thought she had to wake up early for Spanish class today (she didn’t – they’re on a break). He also cleaned up the toys/kitchen while I was gone.
8:30 The group gets back to my house (I hosted S&B for this month). Some of us knit, all of us talk. Some people leave early, more people come late. I make several pots of coffee. I run across the street to buy a cork screw so the ladies can drink wine (someone who didn’t know Jake & I don’t drink bought it for us as a gift). They also drink the few beers that were left in our fridge from when Jake’s brother Nick still lived with us (he moved out in November). ParrrrTAY. Jake hangs in our office (adjacent to the living room) and plays songs for us in the beginning, but joins in fully halfway through. He’s not scared off by a room full of knitting and bitching ladies! We talk about decorating, bathroom etiquette, dating, racism, autism, bad design (Yellow Comic Sans on a White Background, anyone?), people who suck, horrible memories from middle school, and food, among other things. One friend found out that she got a new job halfway through!
2:00 The last of the S&Bers leave. The photo above is of the last ladies standing.
2:15 Jake started watching the Big Lebowski and fell asleep on the couch. I tried to convince him that he was falling asleep, but he insisted he was still watching the movie. I went upstairs to read more Conversations with Kurt Vonnegut and fell asleep, Jake never made it up. I think that’s the first time he’s ever slept on the couch through the night.
And that’s a day in the life. Today wasn’t “typical” but it wasn’t really an outlier on our life timeline either. Almost everything we did is routine, even it isn’t every day. Eliza brings home schoolwork weekly, Jonas gets regular check-ups, S&B is monthly, this is how we do things when I need the car, etc. The day was a day off for me, so it didn’t really illustrate the Nerd Nest work process. It also didn’t show the really everyday stuff like cooking and family after dinner time because of S&B. But this day captures us pretty well. I can’t wait to choose a few extra days this year to capture a day from the other Nerds POV (I want Jake to have the camera at work one day and I want Eliza do take pictures with her camera one day). I also really want to capture a typical weekend. Also thinking about doing A Week in the Life. I’m going memory keeping CRAZY and am stoked about it.
Still deciding how to use a Day in the Life. I think it might end up as a 12 x 12 layout in my Project Life, but I’m not positive. Digital or traditional? Donno. I’m hoping to have it worked out by tomorrow