Time for my quarterly blog post! So, since my last post, I started working part time three days a week. But work days are pretty boring - I wake up, kid screams at me, I go to work and look at a computer until my eyes dry up and fall out, pick up the girl, who screams at me for a few more hours, walk the dog, bedtime for the girl, cleanup, bedtime for me.
For day in the life, I chose a Wednesday, which turned out to be a pretty routine stay at home day, and the girl had an unusually good day. Plus we've had a lot of busyness this week with 2nd birthday festivities and a visit to the pumpkin patch, so I am posting this late, and have forgotten all of the details.
I wake up early to go to the gym! I am so proud of myself for getting up early to go to the gym before husband has to go to work, I've made it several weeks in a row, two times a week. I'm a morning person, but not that much of one. But, I did get accustomed to a certain level of fitness when I was staying at home full-time, and I'd like to maintain that with my new schedule. A little blog reading with my pre-gym coffee (coincidentally it happens to be Navigating the Mothership).
I'm out before the sun is up! Wednesdays, I have to get there a little earlier, since husband has to be at work for an early meeting. I think I left the house around 6:35. No, I didn't take pictures of me with my bed head and working out.
When I get home, the little one is up and has already had breakfast. She's playing with all her toys. Next, I try to pick up some stuff around the house - pre-cleaning for my parent's upcoming visit. The real cleaning (dirt removal) will happen Friday.
Emma busies herself in many nerve-wracking ways. Here she plays with my bedside lamp.
I manage to get a shower in, around 8:30. I've started inviting her into the shower with me - although it usually amounts to having her take a bath after I'm done with my shower. In any case, two items off the to-do list.
We go out to the garden to bring in the last few things before it gets cold enough at night to kill the plants. (Note: it was a good thing I did this, since we did get a cold night soon thereafter, that killed the plants).
The harvest: two eggplants and some cherry tomatoes, also some swiss chard.
I decide I have some time to start dinner - what I thought would be dinner for the following day (Thursday, a work day when it is really nice to have dinner ready when we walk in the door), but ended up being dinner on Friday due to some unexpected pizza. This evening, we are planning to go out to dinner with friends to celebrate their wedding!
It is a baked eggplant-pasta thing. My new work schedule is not conducive to low-carb eating. I get out some paint markers (they're like bingo markers) that I bought Emma about a year ago because I thought they'd be easier for a 1-year-old to use. She has a great time with them, and I actually get dinner made with minimal interference.
Making a silken tofu and cashew cream topping for the pasta from Veganomicon. I grind the cashews in my coffee grinder after I wipe out the coffee grounds really well.
Emma sees me taking pictures and wants to try. Here is one of the dog, Cookie.
Here we are heading out to the park, only a few minutes late (in terms of getting back for lunch).
Seems like every time we go to the park, the kids don't show up until we are ready to leave. We play with chalk and dig in the sand, and go down the slide a few times. I wish I was better at having a leisurely time at the park, so we could stay and play a good long time.
Back home for lunch, I make Emma a pasta salad with some pasta I had set aside from dinner prep earlier, broccoli and olives. I eat some random leftovers from the fridge - I made 'tacos' with tofu scramble, mushrooms and cheese. We eat around 12:30. Then it is time for her nap. I spend (waste) about an hour convincing her to sleep. I have been seeing a disturbing trend of missed naps lately. If I remember correctly, I use naptime to finish some hand-sewing on Emma's turtle costume for halloween.
Up from her nap, and I let her color for a few more minutes, by 4pm. The little table was an awesome yard sale find, that I re-covered with tablecloth material (to replace little mermaid - ick). Then, I think I forgot a little about taking pictures, and the rest are on my phone. Next, I push us out the door, since we need to take the dog for a walk.
Emma was thrilled with her costume, and had a ton of fun wearing it and running all over while we walked the dog.
After husband gets home from work, we head out to dinner.
[ETA: I forgot about the sweetest part of this day! We had a few minutes to wait for husband to get home from work, and I sat down to read a magazine. Then, Emma came over and climbed up on my lap and read it with me, very calm and sweet. Usually she will grab it out of my hands, turn the pages, or try to force me to read something of her choosing. It was like a tiny miracle.]
Happy hour at Seasons on the patio.
Candid photo of husband.
Thanks for reading, it was really great for me to do this as it got me back on track about taking pictures of fun everyday stuff. I have some great pictures from this week that are not DITL related, too.
I need to do a few things differently next time:
more photos and better notes - why not take photos all week?
more details - what hilarious or witty thing did Emma say? what music did we listen to?
more interesting topics - pick an interesting day.
write up the post right away