October 31, 2012

A Day in the Life

I really kind of loved doing this post back in March about what I did all day. So, lucky you, I did it again. I know. . . . it's pretty much a non-stop carnival over here. This was a Thursday a couple of weeks ago.

7:15 a.m. Wake up. Check my email, look at Google Reader and Instagram.

7:30 a.m. Bart calls from NYC. We talk briefly as he walks to work.

7:40 a.m. Ella is awake. I go get her out of bed, and she drinks some cocoa, we draw a few pictures, and then I change her diaper, before getting dressed myself and packing her some crackers to take on our walk.

8:00 a.m. Meet up with some friends to do a four mile loop. Ella is an angel child.

9:00 - 9:10 a.m. One of the girls who walked with us comes back to pick up some of our books so she can read them to her nieces over Skype.

9:10 - 9:40 a.m. Ella and I eat breakfast (cereal with fruit for me, yogurt with fruit for her).

9:40 -10:15 a.m. I shower, dress, put on my make up and do my hair, get Ella dressed, gather up the library books, renew a few items on my phone, and we head out the door to storytime.

10:30 - 11:10 a.m. Storytime about monsters. Ella is delighted by the whole thing as usual.

11:10 a.m. - 12:05 p.m. I pick up my books on hold, Ella gets about a dozen board books which we read together and then she wanders around for a bit, plays a computer game, and then eats grapes with Ralphie's little girl while Ralphie and I visit.

12:05 - 12:15 p.m. On the drive home, I stop to get gas and Ella sobs the whole time when she realizes she forgot to pick out a new puppet at the library.

12:15 - 12:45 p.m. Our apartment gym has a little playroom off of it and we stop there on our way into the complex where Ella and I play with the puzzles. There is a diaper change too.

12:50 p.m. Home again. A quick snack for Ella (cream cheese, jam and crackers), but she burns herself on the jam when I let it warm up too much in the microwave while I'm wiping off the table and there is a lot of crying. She eats her snack while I unload the dishwasher.

1:05 - 1:15 p.m. I get Ella ready for a nap.

1:15 p.m. Baby down! I make myself some lunch, finish cleaning up the kitchen, import a CD onto my phone, write a note to one of my grandparents, chat briefly with Bart online, and plow through a couple Cybils titles (I'm judging for non-fiction picture books again this year).

3:00 p.m. Ella wakes up, and we have a snack together (pretzels, apples and peanut butter), while I flip through Family Fun and Better Homes and Gardens.

3:25 - 3:40 p.m. Ella requests a game, and she chooses Play-Doh. I make some very unimpressive snakes.

3:45 p.m. Off to the Austin library to drop off some things that are due and pick up a couple of holds that are about to expire. Ella talks to Bart on the phone while I drive. She keeps asking me, "What daddy saying to me?" My car is old and loud, so I have even less of an idea what he's saying.

4:00 p.m. At the library! Ella is transfixed by some new magnetic puzzles they have and I read a couple more Cybils titles while she plays. After a few minutes on the computer, she picks up a huge stack of books and we read most of them together. Five minutes at the drinking fountain and Ella is ready to get a sticker from the librarian at the front desk. While we are there, she spots 1-2-3 Peas on the desk under a big stack of other books and asks if we can check it out. The librarian says it's available and Ella is ecstatic.



5:00 p.m. Ack! Forgot Ella's baby doll. Fortunately we are just getting in the car, so it's easy to run back in and grab her. Ella reads 1-2-3 Peas all the way home, asking occasionally if we can read it when we get home.

5:20 p.m. We read 1-2-3 Peas three times straight through.

5:40 p.m. Ella eats a bit more of her yogurt leftover from breakfast while I make a grilled sandwich with some leftover chicken, avocado, tomato and homemade ranch, plus the last two slices of some french bread. Ella eats quite a lot of tomato and avocado and cheese.

6:15 - 6:25 p.m. I clean up the kitchen, while Ella climbs in and out of the library basket.

6:25 - 6:45 p.m. We read some scripture stories, brush Ella's teeth, change her into jammies and a clean diaper, read 1-2-3 Peas one more time, before I snuggle Ella in the rocking chair and sing to her before putting her to bed.

6:50 p.m. Ella is down and my lovely neighbor keeps an eye on her while I return to the library (I know. . .again).

7:00 - 8:45 p.m. I participate in a focus group at the library about long-term library planning. I also eat several mini-eclairs. And a muffin. And think about eating another muffin, but can't really stand to be that pregnant woman who won't stop eating.

8:45 - 8:55 p.m. I take advantage of being at the library without Ella and pick up a bunch more Cybils titles. One of my favorite librarians asks me how the focus group went and we chat briefly about it while I check out my books.

9:00 - 9:30 p.m. I talk to Bart on the way home and then sit in the car for a bit while we finish our conversation.

9:30 p.m. Thank the neighbor, put on my pajamas.

9:30 - 9:45 p.m. Catch up on some emails, read a few blogs, generally waste time online.

9:45 - 10:45 p.m. Plan for preschool tomorrow morning. Wish I'd picked up a couple more library books.

10:45 - 11:10 p.m. Write this post. Think about how I should be going to bed.

11:10 - 11:30 p.m. Brush my teeth, take off my makeup, read my scriptures and fall into bed.

13 comments:

  1. Sounds like a lovely day... I envy all those trips to the library! And Ella is too darling, as always :)

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  2. I am jealous of your many library trips as well! How many books a week do you read on average? I'm glad I'm not the only one who has favorite librarians :-)

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  3. Curious, does Ella usually skip lunch and just have a snack instead? I have a 15-month-old and I only have her at home during the day on the weekends so I'm still not sure what is normal for a toddler. I know their appetite can vary, but I don't know how much.

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  4. So many library visits! Awesome.

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  5. 3 library trips? Sounds like a very successful day! I really love when you do these, keep it up!

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  6. Wow! Lots of library trips, but that shouldn't be surprising to me as many awesome recommendations you have.

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  7. Wow. You get out a lot. Is a slower pace going to be a shock to Ella once the baby comes? Maybe you are superwoman and won't need to slow down! I, however, was too tired to do too much for the first few months. I really enjoyed how fun and flexible I could be when I had just one 2-year-old. Sounds like you are taking advantage of that time too. Also, I am jealous of the nap and the super-early bedtime. My 3-year-old has recently dropped his nap and now the days seems so long.

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  8. I am trying not to be too envious of how much Ella sleeps. Suddenly, it makes more sense why you are able to get a lot of things done. ;)

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  9. You get to go to the library a lot! Nice. I haven't been to a library in months.

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  10. I am officially going to the library today! =]

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  11. Wow! You are NOT kidding when you say you spend a lot of time at the library :) Ella is a lucky girl to be able to grow up taking advantage of the wonderful resources that the library offers :)

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  12. I'd like to know more about the library focus group. How does that work?

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    1. The library hired a consulting group that was there for about two weeks looking through the way the library functions, running the focus groups, and helping develop a ten-year plan for the library.

      At the focus group, they asked us a bunch of questions about what we liked, what we didn't like, changes that we'd been happy with, programs that we participate in at the library, etc. They also gave us a big list of things libraries focus on and we ordered the five we cared most about and the two or three we least cared about.

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