I don’t think I’ve ever posted one of these “A Day in the Life” posts but people seem to enjoy them, so who am I to judge. So, you’re getting a glimpse into a regular week day of my life. Today’s “day in the life” is actually from YESTERDAY, because I can’t take pictures in the future, obviously.
4:15 AM — My alarm goes off. I hit the snooze button. 9 minutes to wake up. Then I get out of bed, throw on my workout clothes (that I have put out the night before, because I am organized like that) and do a quick bathroom routine (brush and braid hair, wash face, brush teeth).
4:35 AM — I grab my breakfast/lunch (also prepared the night before) and my water bottle (with a NUUN tablet) bottle from the fridge and get all my bags: lunch bag, purse and gym bag. J kisses me goodbye and locks the front door behind me.
4:40 AM — I drive to the gym + eat a string cheese on the way. Can’t workout on an empty stomach (and dairy protein agrees with me). I also listen to NPR in the car, always.
5:00 AM — I park at the gym, check in, put my gym bag in the locker, and text J that I am there. He worries because it’s dark out when I leave and I park in a parking garage downtown and who knows what kind of people are out and about at this ungodly hour. (Psst, mostly other dedicated people that go to the gym before work – oh, and construction workers, apparently.)
5:10 AM — I start my warm up, followed by 30 min strength training and a 4-mile run on the treadmill.
6:30 AM — Workout done! Time to get in the shower and get ready to go to work.
7:15 AM — I arrive at work and I am the first one in the office (well, at least in our suite). I put my breakfast in the fridge and turn on the computer.
7:30 AM — I catch up on email and set up my to-do list for the day. I have drinkable yogurt as a post-workout snack.
7:45 AM — I can finally make coffee. I usually don’t make coffee right when I get to the office, because my co-workers come in about an hour later and since we share the coffee pot, I don’t want their first cup of coffee to have sat on the burner for an hour already. (Maybe it’s because I am simply a nice person, or it’s just because I myself wouldn’t want coffee that has been sitting out that long.)
8:15 AM — My co-workers trickle in. As you know, I have a cubicle in the back of the suite now and people mostly yell “good morning” over the cubicle walls. I try to make an effort and go see them “face-to-face” when I go get my first cup of coffee. I used to share an office with (one of my) co-worker(s) and it’s still weird to not have that anymore (plus the window view). Then again, it’s nice to have some more privacy.
8:20 AM — I start working on a new alignment project. If you recall, I work with 3D models of laser point clouds and part of the processing is putting the collected scans together into said 3D model. I love this type of visual work and am super grateful whenever I have a LiDAR project to work on. Most of my time is spent with Excel spreadsheets these days, and while I don’t mind juggling numbers and creating graphs/tables, I mostly prefer the visual work with the LiDAR data.
9:15 AM — I get my second cup of coffee (before it starts getting cold) and chat with my co-worker about his kid’s field trip.
9:20 AM — Spreadsheets, maps, processing. Work, work, work.
10:00 AM — I eat my breakfast. Overnight steel cut oats with raspberries (slightly warmed in the microwave). Yum. It’s my perfect winter go-to breakfast.
12:00 PM — I got outside and on a walk for my lunch break. It’s a beautiful fall day here in Northern California.
12:15 PM — I call J for a few minutes and then call my parents for a mid-week check in while I am walking.
12:45 PM — Back in the office. I eat my lunch (tomato soup, mmmh!), and add some croutons for the heck of it, and keep working on data processing.
3:00 PM — I need a mental break and get up to walk around a bit. I go to the mail room to check the mail (no mail).
3:15 PM — It’s a pretty quiet day, no meetings on the schedule, so I dive into some new data spreadsheets that I just received.
5:00 PM — It’s pitch-dark outside and I haven’t even noticed because my office doesn’t have a window anymore. Ha, gotcha! I actually went and took a picture from my old office. My co-workers have already left. The sun is setting and I miss having this view from my desk.
5:50 PM — I go wash my mug, bowl and silverware. I also clean out the coffee pot. Since I am usually the last one in the office, cleaning up somehow became my responsibility.
6:00 PM — I wrap up my work day and head home. I call J and talk to him on the way to my car, because it’s dark and campus is a scary place when it’s dark.
6:20 PM — I stop at Rite Aid to pick up some milk and ear plugs. We have construction work going on next door.
6:40 PM — I arrive at home and immediately start preparing dinner. I try a new recipe: beef & gnocchi stew. Yum.
7:00 PM — J and sit down and catch up on our days while our dinner is cooking.
7:30 PM — I watch some news and work a few rows on my knitting project.
8:00 PM — Dinner is finally ready and it’s delicious. The recipe will probably go into our recipe binder (which means we’ll make it again!). Next time, I’ll probably prepare it the night before and cook it in the slow cooker. Usually I don’t make dinners that take longer than 30 minutes during the week.
8:30 PM — Time for my evening cup of tea. It’s a ritual during fall and winter. Honey Chamomille Vanilla.
8:40 PM — I try to catch up on the news but can only handle it for like 20 minutes. Then I tell my (new and shiny) Xfinity Voice Remote to “watch Friends” instead. Always a good decision.
9:30 PM — I get ready for bed. J lies down with me and we talk for a little while. Then he goes to the living room to watch TV and I read a couple of pages before I turn off the lights.
How was your Tuesday?