Tuesday, February 10, 2015

A day in my life

I've seen lots of posts like this -- bloggers sharing what their day is like.  I'm always fascinated by these. Maybe it's the writer in me.  Or maybe I'm just nosy.  Either way, I decided to jump on the bandwagon and join in.  There is no such thing as an average day for me.  I have a full-time job and a part-time job with another about to start.  Every day is a little different.  So I just chose Monday (yesterday) because my Mondays seem to be the most static.

Follow along ...

4:50 a.m. -- Alarm goes off ... snooze
5:00 a.m. -- Alarm goes off again ... snooze
This pattern continues for quite a while.  I'm sure my neighbors (if they can hear my alarm) love me.
5:40 a.m. -- Alarm goes off. Turn it off. Grudgingly get out of bed and change into workout pants and shoes.  (I've taken to sleeping in my sports bra and shirt to make it easier to get in gym mode in the morning).
5:55 a.m. -- Get out the door. Eat half of a Clif Bar (carrot cake flavor) en route to the gym. I need SOMETHING in my stomach before I work out.
6:05 a.m. -- Arrive at the gym.  Later than I would like, but better late than never, right?  Change shoes (always ... and especially in the winter).

I love that the gym is nice and empty in the mornings!

6:10 a.m. -- Choose a treadmill, start my Zombies Run! app and start my workout. 3 miles on the treadmill + push-ups and some core work.
6:50 a.m. -- End workout.  Make my way into the locker room to shower and get ready for the day. 
7:15 a.m. -- Leave gym.
7:25 a.m. -- Stop at Hy-Vee to pick up breakfast, lunch, and supper because my weekend did not include meal planning.  Also stop at the in-store Starbucks for a grande dark roast to which I add a splash of half and half and sprinkle some cinnamon and vanilla powder. Stir.  So good!
7:40 a.m. -- Leave Hy-Vee.
7:50 a.m. -- Pull into office parking lot.
8:00 a.m. -- Computer is turned on. I look at emails and voicemails and celebrate when I see there are no voicemails waiting for me.  This is awesome news on a Monday.

This is where I spend most of my day.

8:10 a.m. -- Start in on my claims for the day. I have 32 in my queue. For those wondering, I do subrogation of insurance claims. In other words, I spend most of my day calling and sending letters to insurance companies and attorneys trying to recover costs for injuries we believe were caused by someone else's negligence or fault.
8:40 a.m. -- Already ready for a bit of a break, I read a few blogs and try to comment.
8:50 a.m. -- Back to work. 
11:00 a.m. -- Spontaneous meeting because we have an important visitor in the office.
11:15 a.m. -- Back to my desk.
12:15 p.m. -- Lunch! Half of a wrap from the Hy-Vee deli and some fresh fruit while I read blogs and some of my book.
1:15 p.m. -- Back to work.  There are still 18 diaries in my queue.  I try to get more than half done before I take lunch because I think I'm more productive in the morning. But that impromptu meeting set me back a little. Grr.
4:00 p.m. -- Get the other half of my wrap from the fridge.  This is my supper.
4:30 p.m. -- Log off computer, pack up belongings and head out.
4:33 p.m.-5:00 p.m. -- Curse at incompetent drivers as I make my way to my part-time job at a library in another part of the metro.
5:05 p.m. -- Arrive at the library and start my shift.  I'm on check out first, so I go to the front desk to take over.

This isn't from Monday, but it's an example of what our check-in carts look like.
6:00 p.m. -- Trade places with co-worker.  Now I'm on check-in duty. It's kind of slow tonight, so I only checked in 87 items. 
7:00 p.m. -- Trade places again.  I'm back out front.
7:50 p.m. -- Make announcement that library is closing in ten minutes.  I absolutely hate talking over the public address system, but I don't have a choice.
7:55 p.m. -- Start turning off the things I don't need for the last few minutes.
8:00 -- Make another announcement that the library is now closed.  Finish closing procedures with other co-workers.
8:15 p.m. -- Leave the library.
8:35 p.m. -- Arrive at home.  Put away clean dishes, read blogs, add more to this blog post, pack gym bag for following day, go through mail, feed the cats so they won't wake me up in the middle of night complaining of an empty (but not really empty) bowl.
9:30 p.m. -- Climb in bed to read for a little while and listen to the end of the Iowa State men's basketball game.
10:30 p.m. -- Lights out.

Whew.  I kind of got tired typing all of this out. No wonder I sleep so well at night.  I never stop moving!


  1. That's a busy day!

    What a fun post, though! I really do need to do one of these. Thanks for the suggestion!

  2. That is definitely a long day but I loved reading about it!! I also love that you snooze so much lol it sounds like me.


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