I picked a day and took photos a few weeks ago, forgot about it, and when I got around to writing the post, I could not remember one thing I did that day. Did you listen to the first season of the Serial podcast, when Sarah Koenig asks high school students to account for their whereabouts on a day in the recent past?
That was me. I hadn't the foggiest recollection.
So, I decided to do a second take on Thursday.
I should start by saying that my job is unique in that I have a home-based position, but I supervise 12 people in three different offices, so I travel to those offices 3-4 times a week, and work from home the other days. I can make my own schedule, which I like, but last Thursday I unintentionally scheduled three different meetings in three different offices, so it was a busier day than most.
Matt usually leaves for work before me, and kisses me goodbye and always says something when he leaves-- I just never know what it's going to be. Sometimes it's a joke, sometimes it's sweet, sometimes it's "you kind of hogged the bed last night and kicked your socks off on my side." On this day it was the inspirational message to "cherish today, live for tomorrow," said in a very dramatic voice.
I always say "Have a great day" in as cheerful a voice as I can muster at that hour and act like I'm going to hop right out of bed but then I continue to lay there/go back to sleep for anywhere from 2-60 minutes.
On this day it was only 2 minutes because I had an early morning. I showered and then drank my coffee while I did my makeup, listened to a podcast, and made the bed.
(Side note, we got new coffee this week and when Matt was making it the night before, he looked at the bag and said, "Well I guess I like my coffee like I like my women - rich, complex, and full-bodied." I laughed for ten hours at that.)
Then I headed to the kitchen to make a smoothie and pack my lunch. My smoothie doesn't ever look one bit appetizing but it tasted good and made me feel healthy and I suppose it's better than the Oreo and peanut butter I regularly enjoyed for "breakfast" from the years of 2011-2014.
I left my house at 7:30 and got to the office at 8:15. The meeting was at 8:30, and was only about 20 minutes, so I chatted with the paralegals there for a few minutes and hit the road for my next meeting at about 9:15. I also stopped for gas because why get gas in advance when you can wait for that handy light to come on?
I got to that office around 10:00. Please meet my favorite elevator.
I left there at 12:30, ate my lunch quickly in my car in the parking lot, and headed to the third office. I got there at 1:30, met with two paralegals, and did a little work in an empty cubicle before leaving at 4:00.
I'd filled my water bottle up before I left the office, put it in my cup holder, and evidently made a wild turn out of the parking garage because it went flying across the car, totally soaked the passenger seat, and despite the fact that I grab handfuls of napkins whenever I stop for food, all I could find was one measly paper towel.
On the way home I got a call from a paralegal at the first office and had to pull over and make a few phone calls regarding that, so I got back on the road at 4:20.
Luckily traffic wasn't too bad, and I got home around 5:20. Since I spend so much time in the car I listen to podcasts and talk radio in addition to music, and the evening drive talk radio host is my favorite. I got the red light at my favorite tree, so that was a nice treat. I love this tree. Does everyone have a favorite tree on their commute? No? Just me?
If you're keeping track that was 3.5 hours in the car, so I was happy to get home and OUT OF IT. Although I went back out with a towel and tried to sop up what I could of the water.
For dinner I made this Hello Fresh recipe. We ordered Hello Fresh for a few weeks using some coupons and a free trial, and we LOVED it, but it was too expensive to keep up. So last week, I discovered that they post all of their recipes on their website. I picked five for the week, bought ingredients at the grocery store, and we still had a delicious dinner every night for a fraction of the price!
We ate dinner when Matt got home, let the chickens out, and went for a walk. The rest of the night was rather uneventful - I did some laundry, read my book, and we watched a documentary on string theory. Believe it or not I felt dumber at the end of the documentary than I did at the beginning.