Category Archives: Day in the Life

5:00 AM

After night-weaning Glitter I finally slept. I never looked back.

After weaning-weaning Glitter I finally felt like I had ENERGY again.

Which was great. I had so much energy that when I hopped into bed at 9:30 PM, I didn’t fall asleep until 10:30 PM. Enter: lots of pointless pre-bedtime internet surfing on my phone.

I am not a night person. I really really really am a morning person. Marcus is a morning person. Our kids are morning people. It is rare that at least one of them is not up and running at 6:00 AM. There is no actual such thing as sleeping in at our house.

When Marcus is on a business trip, I wake up at 5:00 AM every day so that I have enough time to get myself and our lives in order for the day.  I realized after his most recent trip, now that I am not pumping anymore, that is a quiet, quiet, time.

So a few weeks ago I started thinking about what it would look like if I were to wake up at 5:00 AM to start my day a little earlier and carve out that extra piece of time I have just been DYING for over the past few years of pure exhaustion and time scarcity.  What would I even do with it?

It’s not quite enough time to exercise (which would allow me to not stuff a post-bedtime workout in at 6:45 PM alas), but it is more than enough time to sit and enjoy a few cups of coffee and eat breakfast in peace.  So I  went with Books.  I am reading books.  I am not journaling to self-actualize, I am not being a #girlboss or working on a side-hustle.  I am just reading books.

Oh, and the very first morning I realized I had nothing to eat for lunch so I took some of that precious time and made a tuna salad.

I don’t get this quiet time every day, on Mondays and Wednesdays I have to get ready for work and keep everyone in the family moving.  On the other mornings, it has been pretty great.

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The Day In The Life Posts I Have Not Written This Week

Also if there IS anything you would like me to write about feel free to throw it in the comments.

The one where Critter’s pool sandals vanished but really they just spent the weekend at daycare.

The one where I drank beer for dinner (and finally decided that a grilled turkey cheese sandwich would go well with it).

The one where we went to the library storytime for big kids (which was objectively slow paced and boring) and Critter intermittently announced “we can go home now.”

The one where I ordered five boxes of RX Bars because there was a deal and let’s be honest even though I have been trying to eat more Elevation bars from ALDI because it saves money these are just better.

The one where my Mom praised me for dressing like an adult for an important meeting (on my SAHM days I look like a mom okay?).

The one where we went to playgroup and discovered that the hosts had a duplicate of one of Critter’s loveys (the one they don’t make anymore so we have been living on the edge by owning only one) and when I asked if we could buy it from them they said we could just take it home. God bless her.

An (un) Day In The Life

This morning, I decided it might be nice to do a Day In The Life post.  I got as far as this…




…and then I got dressed, dropped Critter off at Baube’s house, drove to work and promptly forgot about it.

YOLO, KIDS!

On Tuesday, we discovered that the neighborhood fox ate the duck nest in our garden and that was a dark, dark time for all members of the multi-generational compound.  We are still in mourning.

I also made a Target run (before the dark discovery) and picked up a few more things to get me through the rest of the summer – a few “swimsuits” (sports bras/bikini bottoms), another maternity tank, and a few pairs of sport-shorts.  The shorts look like a tent but they are comfy as hell and the only thing that is true is that I have 17 weeks to get bigger.

A few weeks ago, I bought a new 2017 – 2018 planner (July – July) at Target.  It was Ampersand for Blue Sky.  It was $7.99.



I really don’t need a $50 planner anymore (or possibly ever again) and the size of this planner is great because right now, I really can’t plan more than two daytime activities and like, a once a week girlfriend get together.  Anyway, I got the Blue Sky Day Designer last year and also loved that (it just wasn’t released at the point that I bought this planner) and would recommend.

So, that’s life right now. 

Reverb 15 | April | Daily Life

#reverb15 is the opportunity for us to reflect and project throughout 2015.   Each month, Meredith, Sarah and I will be posting on a new prompt.  Join us by writing, or join us by reading. No matter what you choose, come with us.

Daily Life: Show us a day or a week of your life! Include pictures!

Friday – Friyay!  Please tell me I’m not the only one who felt like this was the longest week ever. 

By the point I realized that I had not taken an outfit snap, there were no mirrors to be found.  So I tried to do that pose that serious fashion bloggers do to show their outfits off.  Let me know how I did.

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Marcus has every other Friday off.  Every once in a while, he takes a bit of that Friday to bring me cupcakes at work from Sweet Retreat.

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I love him.

I got an e-mail today, telling me that I did not have to volunteer this week (I volunteer after work most Fridays) and as much as I enjoy volunteering, I did not mind the chance to go straight home and call it a day.  Once I got home, I power walked.  It’s Friday.  What else is new.

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Post-walk, it was time to change and get going for dinner.  For the entirety of this week, I have been dreaming of wearing Lilly.  Knowing that it was 48 and raining, I still picked out this outfit, but then I chickened out when I looked out the window.

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I ultimately ended up with the vastly more practical blanket scarf.  I really thought I would be done with that for the season, but apparently not.Snap 5

On our drive to South Minneapolis for dinner, I cracked open a can of Canada Dry.  I’m usually a LaCroix person, but a 12 pack of Canada Dry was on sale for $3.29 each.  Considering LaCroix is routinely $4.99, I was willing to give Canada Dry a try.  Snap 6

So far, I am thinking I would extend my trial for another 12 pack or so and then make a decision.  It is not disappointing, but it’s also not…LaCroix.

For dinner, we headed out to Revival, which is a new restaurant in South Minneapolis.Snap 7

They don’t take reservations and then you have to wait in line forever.  But that’s okay, because you also order a lifetime worth of food.  Snap 8

Which, after Marcus hocus-pocus-ed it onto our table, we ate.  All of the food was delicious, but honestly, my favorite were the hush puppies.  I am a shameless hush puppy lover.

We have officially survived another week-in-the-life kittens, and I must say, it is exhausting.  In some ways, it’s a really fun activity because it forces me to write less, but blog more at the same time.  In other ways, it’s just…a lot of blogging.  That being said, I’ve gotten a lot of feedback that you really enjoy these posts so we’ll see if I can’t plan another week-in-the-life sooner than later.

Reverb 15 | April | Daily Life

#reverb15 is the opportunity for us to reflect and project throughout 2015.   Each month, Meredith, Sarah and I will be posting on a new prompt.  Join us by writing, or join us by reading. No matter what you choose, come with us.

Daily Life: Show us a day or a week of your life! Include pictures!

Thursday.  Also known as the day where I could not be bothered to take a photo.  It makes doing a Week In the Life…tricky.

I wore this Old Navy wrap dress to work today.  I am pretty sure it is still for sale, if you’re digging the pattern.

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Today was…long.  Usually when I run inside, I watch whatever I have on the DVR. On the days when I’m stressed (Exhibit A: Today), I throw on my shades and my iPod and skip the DVR all together.  I’m sure it’s strange to say that I wear my sunglasses running inside, but if I’m listening to music on the treadmill, I wear my sunglasses.  The two always go together.

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I will be honest, if there was ever an evening for a perfect night in, this would have been it.  But it was wine night and if I was going to leave the house, it would only be for these ladies.

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See also: We are selfie masters and the dress code is elastic waistband pants.

Anna brought this really excellent avocado-feta-tomato dip.  Highly recommend.Snap 3

Emily made a cinnamon butter dip for apples and I brought none other than the peanut butter pie.

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When I was snapping this photo, I instructed Becky to be a hand model.  I think she did a pretty 11/10 job, don’t you?

Reverb 15 | April | Daily Life

#reverb15 is the opportunity for us to reflect and project throughout 2015.   Each month, Meredith, Sarah and I will be posting on a new prompt.  Join us by writing, or join us by reading. No matter what you choose, come with us.

Daily Life: Show us a day or a week of your life! Include pictures!

My week thrives on routine.  Exhibit A: Eating the same breakfasts.

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Since I mentioned my make-up routine yesterday, I thought y’all might like to see what make-up I actually wear each day.  This is it, with the exception of some variation in eyeshadow palettes.

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I also got brave today and tossed a few lip glosses that I never wear out of my purse.

This was my outfit of the day.  It took me an embarrassingly long time (read: probably at least four months) to realize it would be a cute thing to wear my nautical stripes with my navy skirt.Snap 3

I went to work.  Today was Bacon Luck, which of course, I did not take any photos of whatsoever.  But it was just as magnificent as you would imagine – a whole meal dedicated to bacon and things mixed WITH bacon.

When I got home, I went for a run. Related: running after eating bacon is a terrible thing.

Post-run, I made another peanut butter pie for my girls’ night tomorrow night.  I baked the crust on Tuesday, but I ran out of filling.  Problematic.

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This is the finished product.Snap 6

I got dinner going, because the meatloaf was going to take 1.5 hours to bake.  Then, I settled in to read some stuff about stocks.  I’ve made it a goal to learn more about personal finance over the next few years and to understand how people select investments to add to their portfolio.

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It seems like a useful life skill.  It also sort of seems like watching paint dry.

Marcus came home from his business trip and we ate dinner together.  That was really nice.  We haven’t eaten dinner together since Saturday.

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Post dinner I mixed up a manhattan mankattan and put my feet up.

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Reverb 15 | April | Daily Life

#reverb15 is the opportunity for us to reflect and project throughout 2015.   Each month, Meredith, Sarah and I will be posting on a new prompt.  Join us by writing, or join us by reading. No matter what you choose, come with us.

Daily Life: Show us a day or a week of your life! Include pictures!

On Tuesday, I woke up early so that I could log my run before work.  I did three miles, watched most of an episode of Southern Charm, and wrapped it up with some stretching.

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For breakfast, some smoked salmon on toast, and (more) coffee.

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Clearly I am failing miserably at this whole Abstaining From Caffeine-thing.

After I eat breakfast, I blow dry my hair, put on make-up, get dressed and go to work. Every day.  That is my morning routine.

I only managed to snap my outfit AFTER work in the gym locker room.  It was sort of the same as yesterday’s outfit.  Except with a skirt instead of a dress.

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I was at the gym because after work, I went swimming with Mom.  Hence, the early morning run instead of the post-work run.  We kick-paddle-kick-paddle-kicked for an hour or so (Mom got there an hour early, so she had been swimming for two hours!) and then it was time to head home.

True story, it snowed today and this is what the ground looked like when I was leaving the pool.

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Talk about a real Minnesota spring.

I couldn’t wait to get home because my #LillyforTarget had arrived.

There were a few snafus.  One of the scarves (the one I had decided was mine) did not arrive.  When I called customer service, they informed me that because it was out of stock, the best they could do was refund me the money.  It lives in the great distribution center closet in the sky now.

When I told Mom about this tragedy, she tried to insist I take HER scarf, and I said Absoltely Not.  But such is the depth of a mother’s love. Plus it looks really cute on her. 

There were also two pieces (a top and a dress) in Nosie Posey that were honestly heinous.  I wanted to love the print, but the cut of the clothing was so awful that I had not choice but to return it.

That’s okay though because the shift dresses were a total home run.  Look.

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They fit so well that it was like someone measured me and sent me dresses.  I truly cannot wait to start wearing these out and about.

For dinner, I headed back over to Mom and Dad’s.  Marcus was out of town at the beginning of the week, so when Mom offered up salmon (with a side of leftover ribs), I was not about to turn her down.

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Post-dinner, I came home to do more cooking of my own.  I whipped up a peanut butter pie for our work potluck tomorrow.  Of course I didn’t think to photo it until it was wrapped in foil and in the fridge.  I also whipped up two pounds of breakfast sausage and divided it into half-pound servings for future meals and popped it back into the freezer for storage.

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I’m sure you’re glad that I remembered to capture that.