April 16: Bullet My Day, the Daily Routine

sixteenSince I’m doing this well ahead of time, I’m going to bullet a different day than April 16.  Our daily routines are pretty consistent, but the specifics change all the time.  This would have happened on April 6th or so.

  • 6:30 am – First alarm goes off
  • 6:45 am – Actually get out of bed
  • 6:50 am – Roust Joseph and Daniel to get them ready for school
    • Panic for a moment as Daniel is nowhere to be seen, find him under the bed in a barely 7-inch space on top of the spare mattress, asleep
    • Daniel gets his diaper changed
    • Joseph gets the clothes together
    • I make the travel coffee for me and Joseph
    • I dress Daniel
    • Daniel takes his meds (swallows them whole in yogurt now!)
    • I get the lunches from the fridge in the garage
    • Make Craig’s morning smoothie (frozen berries, bananas, orange juice, usually)
    • Backpacks are double-checked, school papers are checked and signed if necessary
    • I turn on Miles’ light to get him to wake up (he walks to school)
    • I peek in on Craig to make sure he’s moving, too
  • 7:15 am – we’re out the door and on the way to school
  • 7:30 am – Pick up Jonathan, another 5th grader at Joseph’s school
  • 7:40 am – kids are dropped off ahead of the 7:45 bell
  • 8:05 am – get back home
    • Clean out the Robit (Neato robot vacuum)
    • Start brewing another cup of coffee
    • Let the dog out to pee
    • Make sure the dog is fed and watered
    • Take chicken out to thaw for dinner
    • Go to the bathroom myself, play mobile games while peeing
  • 8:15 am – sit down at the computer (time is limited to 1.75 hours)
    • Apply to at least five jobs, including customizing the resume and writing cover letters.
    • Post material to Facebook
    • Read social media news
    • Take some MOOCs from Udemy or GoSkills
    • Call recruiters I’m currently working with
    • Call Susan
    • Stalk my favorite people online
    • Brainstorm blog posts
    • Write some fiction (at least 1000 words)
  • 10:00 am – Change from sassy pants into jeans, put on shoes
    • Go into the garage, realize that I’m missing about half the 4-inch hex bolts (and their related hardware)
  • 10:10 am – Run up to the Lowe’s
    • Buy 4-inch hex bolts, washers, locking nuts
    • Also buy primer and paint
    • Also buy painting supplies to go with the primer and paint
  • 11:00 am – Get home, start back to work on the tiger cage
    • Don the Tool Belt of Justice
    • Turn on the tunes (Jesus and Mary Chain radio on Pandora, through a RadioShack bluetooth LIT speaker)
    • Assemble the upright posts
    • Miter the corners for the top
    • Assemble the top
    • Attach L-brackets for final assembly
    • Lay out the plastic drop cloth
    • Primer the posts and top (several times)
    • Set up the sewing machine
    • Sew the end piece mesh (2-inch nylon webbing [straps] and black utility mesh)
    • Realize that I don’t have enough webbing to do the front of the cage
    • Cuss a lot
  • 2:30 pm – Leave to get the kids from school
  • 2:50 pm – ACTUALLY get the kids from school
  • 2:55 pm – Give in and stop for soda pops at Sonic while I talk to Joseph about what kind of homework he has to do, the board game that he’s working on with his friend Nicholas (a school project), and what we can do to help him stay on task a little more
  • 3:15 pm – Get home
    • Joseph gets himself and Daniel changed into play clothes
    • Shoes go on the rack by the door
    • Backpacks get hung up by the door
    • Blue’s Clues is on the tv
    • Joseph does homework
  • 3:25 pm – Back to working on the tiger cage
    • Primer is dry, paint all the things
  • 3:40 pm – Take a phone call about things
  • 3:45 pm – Back to working on the Tiger Cage
  • 4:30 pm  – Take a bit of a break to drink something, check in with other adult humans, check on the kids, change diapers, make sure a load of kid-clothes laundry is started, etc.
  • 5:30 pm – Craig gets home (Miles a few minutes before that), head out to the Joann’s to get the rest of the webbing I need.
  • 5:45 pm – At the Joann’s Fabric Store, buy ALL the webbing they have, and also talk to the ladies about the project itself and what we might need to finish it up.
  • 6:25 pm – On the way back, realize that I don’t have time to make dinner, and also things are missing for lunches tomorrow.
  • 6:45 pm – Stop at the Tom Thumb to get sausage for dinner, potato salad, deviled egg salad, sweet bell peppers, juice boxes, gr’up lunch drinks, apples, oranges, bananas, string cheese, and a few other things
  • 7:00 pm – While in the grocery store, text Craig to give Daniel his nighttime meds, except he’s so awesome they’re already done
  • 7:15 pm – Pass off the dinner things to Craig, ask him to heat up the sasuage
  • 7:16 pm – Measuring out the webbing and start pinning it to the utility mesh
  • 7:40 pm – Craig tells me that it’s dinner time, and are you going to come eat or what?
  • 7:42 pm – Start there “where are your brother’s pants” struggle (it’s real) and wrangle the kids vaguely towards the living room to eat
  • 8:10 pm – Sit down to dinner, feed Daniel his portions, struggle to keep him roughly on the couch (or at least sitting up so that he doesn’t choke)
  •  8:30 pm – The kids are done with dinner and getting ready for bed
  • 8:35 pm – Try to convince the kids that it really is time for bed, and that there needs to be no TV and the lights should be out
  • 8:40 pm – Pick Daniel up from the floor, carry him into bed, tuck him in again
  • 8:43 pm – Fuss at Daniel to stop kicking the wall
  • 8:47 pm – Fuss at Joseph to only use the iPod for the night music, playing games will get him grounded from it
  • 9:00 pm – Only occasional rumbles are heard from the kids’ bedroom now, it’s time to watch a show.
  • 9:05 pm – Did  we actually watch a show?  We might’ve just sat and talked about things… Craig wants to turn in early, and I totally can’t blame him
  • 9:15 pm – Make the lunches for the next day:
    • Beef sausage for all four boys
    • Cut up sweet peppers for Daniel
    • Whole sweet peppers for Miles
    • Baby carrots for Joseph, Miles, and Craig
    • Juice boxes for Joseph and Daniel
    • V8 Fusion energy cans for Craig and Miles
    • Banana for Daniel
    • Orange for Miles
    • Apple for Joseph
    • Lemon plums for Craig
    • String cheese for all four
    • Veggie crisps for Miles, Joseph, and Daniel
    • Deviled egg salad for Craig
  • 9:45 pm – Lunches go in the garage freezer for the next day
  • 9:48 pm – The coffee pot is set up and ready to turn on automatically at 6:15 the next morning
  • 9:50 pm – Dinner leftovers are put away
  • 9:52 pm – Trash can is emptied, bag is taken to the backyard
  • 9:55 pm – Final walk-through before bed
    • Doors are locked
    • Lights are off
    • Dog is inside
    • Garage is closed
    • Bluetooth speaker is off
    • Miles is reminded to not stay up all night
  • 10:00 pm – Brush teeth
  • 10:03 pm – Crawl into bed
  • 10:05 pm – Mark off dailies on Habitica
  • 10:07 pm – Goof around on mobile games for a few minutes
  • 10:15 pm – Check the weather for tomorrow
  • 10:16 pm – Log into the home automation system to make sure that temperature will be comfortable for everyone that night, also use the interface to turn off the bedroom light
  • 10:18 pm – Make sure the alarms are set up correctly
  • 10:19 pm – Turn on the night music
  • 10:20 pm – Snuggle with Craig and do math problems in my head to trick myself into sleep

And that is a fairly typical day for me.  Building out a tiger cage might be replaced with painting on canvas or doing some yard work or writing some blog posts or working on some other project, but on the whole, that’s about what my days look like.  I love that my daily routine isn’t that routine.

For the record, I keep track of most of my tasks in Habitica, which gamifies your everyday life. I highly recommend it.

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