A Day In The Life

I was feeling uninspired for a blog post today. Only 6 days into NaBloPoMo and I’m already losing steam. The pressure is on!  How can I stay witty? Engaging enough to keep you stopping by?

I almost gave into the idea of a “Wordless Wednesday.”  It was a good idea, and it would still work for my commitment, but the way today was going, I was envisioning a page filled entirely with pictures like this:

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Then I was inspired. I thought I would share my day. Even if you don’t care, I might pique your interest and satisfy an unspoken curiosity. What the heck does a day in the life of a retired NFL wife, mom of two kids with JA and published author look like?

The answer is its different every day, but here is a sample based on my day today:

5:00 am  Ignore whining dogs who don’t tell time, or recognize the change to Central Standard Time. I was telling you the truth in my DST post.

5:15 am  Give up on ignoring the whining. Take out the dogs, in the rain. Wait 30 minutes for them to find the “perfect spot.

5:45am Get a cup of coffee, stare at my computer screen, suffer from writers block. Surf Pinterest, Facebook and Twitter for inspiration.

7:15 am Realize I have done nothing but waste time surfing Pinterest, Facebook and Twitter. Check my email, again.

7:20am Get another cup of coffee, hoping caffeine will jumpstart the creative process. It didn’t.

7:30 am Feed dogs and kids, not necessarily in that order.

 

Pretty typical right?

Then things veer off course a bit, including an unplanned run to the pediatrician, call from the specialty pharmacy about changes in coverage (good ones for a change!) and follow up emails with two of my kids specialists. Of course I throw in a few of the “normal” things like unload and reload the dishwasher, wash the dogs bedding (since he decided to puke) and go through the mail. This sucks every remaining hour of my morning.

Time for lunch. Feed kids (not dogs) then let sick kid nap. Help the well kid with assignments for school. (If you were wondering, my kids attend K12 Icademy, and we love it. The reason why we chose to homeschool (well, attend school through a virtual academy) should be an entirely different post. Its a great program, but be forewarned- its A LOT of togetherness! That pretty much sums up 7:45am til about….

1:30 pm, When I argue with well kid why sick kid gets to nap instead of do school.

1:35 pm Get well kid to resume studies, and sick kid to start (after being awakened by argument above)

1:40 pm Daydream about beach and fruity drinks while taking out dogs in 50 degree rain.

2:00 -3:00pm Join the Arthritis Foundation Ambassador Program call,  get my assignment for the month and find that I was awarded Platinum status! Over the last year I completed every assignment asked of me, and as a result, I am eligible for a travel award to next year’s Arthritis Advocacy Summit in Washington D.C. We went this past March, and it was AH-MAZE– ING! Feeling stoked, and excited to take part in it again.

3:00-3:30pm Inspired enough to start working on the blog. Start my draft.

3:35pm- Get flagged down by an elderly driver trying to find a nearby country club.

3:36pm- Give directions to country club

3:40pm- After witnessing the “deer in the headlights” look after giving directions, drive to the country club, followed by the clueless elderly driver.

4:05 pm -5:00pm – Take kid to hydrotherapy physical therapy session, arriving 5 minutes late since we took the “scenic route” by the country club. Catch up on my moves in Words With Friends while I wait.

5:30pm – Feed dogs and kids (in that order)

6:00pm- Get back to work on the blog. NaBloPoMo dictates that I have to get this post up before the end of the day! The “extra hour” of standard time did nothing for me today.

7:00pm- Have a phone conference with the folks over at the Juvenile Arthritis Association, about some great upcoming events, and some of the work they are doing.

7:30pm Realized that I checked Facebook, my email and Pinterest more than I owned up to, but never managed to squeeze in a single game of Candy Crush Saga. Try to plan a few more blog posts before I succumb to Sons of Anarchy.

7:35pm Remember that my friend Karen over at The Missing Niche drew an amazing parallel between the Sons of Anarchy and members of Congress. Take a moment to consider how ironic that  I would find out about a return trip to  visit members of Congress in Washington D.C. on the same day the new Sons of Anarchy episode airs. (I’m being really truthful about my day here, folks.)

7:36 pm Wonder if it’s too early for bed.

7:37pm Curse the time change again. I’m tired, and it looks like its midnight outside.

7:38pm Wonder if I should just catch SOA “on Demand” tomorrow, since 9pm is SO.FAR.AWAY.

7:39pm Realize today is Wednesday, and I MISSED SOA, so on Demand it is. Not sure if I should be happy for the instant gratification, or concerned that I can never remember what night it is by the time I’m ready to settle down for the evening.

7:40pm Decide you guys have had enough of “A day in the life ” of me, and choose to publish this post before I really embarrass myself.

 

So there you have it, a day in the life of me. Despite all the unusual and exciting parts of the life I’ve had, for the most part, I’m a pretty typical mom dealing with all the typical minutia of running a household and raising kids. I juggle a lot, and tend to be forgetful. I hope you weren’t too bored, and at least got a chuckle or two. I really, really, really hope that I might have piqued your interest about becoming an Arthritis Ambassador (its easy! only takes about 12 hours a year, and you too could win a trip to see the Congress/Sons Of Anarchy parallel for yourself!) Either way, now you know and don’t have to be curious anymore.

Now, I’m off to relax, watch some tv and decompress a bit before 10 pm, when my dear kiddo is due to take his meds, recieve all three of his daily shots, and get to bed so we can do it all again tomorrow.

Its just a day in the life…

 

 

 

 

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  1. Wow, I’m impressed that you took the time to drive to the country club to help that older man find it. That was so nice of you. Yep, your day is mostly pretty typical. Grrr to social media for always sucking us in!
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    • Elizabeth, it was literally 3 minutes from my house, but not a simple clear cut path. I’m trying to collect all the good karma I can- I do believe it all comes back around!

  2. Nice on platinum!! I hear ya on nablopomo !! And I just watched the last 2 episodes of SOA today !

  3. I admit it. You did pique my interest in the arthritis ambassador program and the icademy. My daughter is starting kindergarten next year and I am considering homeschooling because I know she’ll miss way too much school.

    • If you have any questions about our experience with either, let me know! I’m happy to share.

      • I haven’t had a chance to look into the K12 or the Ambassador program yet…but I will. (We’re trying to figure out if Piper, my 4yo, is allergic to Celebrex.) I did commit to running the Jingle Bell Arthritis 5k though and have gotten together a group of friends and family that will join me, With NaBloPoMo, work, the blog, and my kids I may be limping across that finish line 🙂

        • k12 and the Ambassador program will be there when you get through the rest of of this. Sometimes you have to take it one day at a time! If you want any additional info about either, send me a private message, and I’ll be happy to share my experience.

    • Herchel, K12 is a great program but Kim is right, it is work. We use it in a blended program (My son goes to “normal” school but 2 classes are online to allow acceleration.) I know a number of parents with chronically ill kids that find the virtual schools a god-send and often your local library or park district have drop-ins for PE and such catering directly to the home-school population!

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