Wednesday, March 21, 2012

A Day in the Life

Far too often, my day starts like this:


I wish that I could say that after that point my day is filled with intrigue and adventure, but I'd be lying.

My blog friend Sophia invited me to guest post on her blog (Sophia the Writer) for a series that she's been running for the past few weeks, "A Day in the Life". The idea behind the series is simple but interesting: aspiring authors share an ordinary day in their lives. Sophia's blog lets you take a peek inside the life of a woman who will - I'm absolutely certain - one day be a published author.

When I wrote my post, I realized something: I don't spend enough time writing. It's something that I need to work on. Time management is not my greatest strength.

Click here to see how I spend my time on an ordinary, insignificant Wednesday.

(Bonus: you'll get to see a picture of the Real Live Me.)

59 comments:

  1. Welcome back. Nice to see a post today!!!

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    1. I'm so glad that I had this one written before going on vacation! I'm fighting off a chest cold, and really have no motivation to write anything new right now...

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  2. I HATE the snooze button too. It's evil. My college roommate used to set it for like 5 am and use the snooze button til 6. HATE.

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    1. Argh! Roomates doing it would be even WORSE than husband doing it. At least I can shove my husband.

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  3. I think i got bit by that laundry monster before....

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    1. Yeah, they're spreading. I think it's something that we should all worry about a bit more.

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  4. It won't let me comment on her blog so...

    Great post, busy Wednesday! Loved the laundry monster. I've got one of those living at my house right now.

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    1. Not so busy, honestly. But it's amazing how the hours fill up!

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  5. My husband sets the alarm for 6:45 even though we both know that he won't even open his eyes until 7:30. He claims he needs the time to "ramp up" to being properly awake. I think I may just start slapping him every time he slaps the snooze.

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    1. Argh! I count down the hours until I have to get up. WHY would I want to wake up any earlier than I have to?!?

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  6. Today, the alarm clock went off when I thought I had specifically turned it off. I was too lazy to even press the snooze button.

    -Barb the French Bean

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    1. Oh no, I couldn't do that. I can't sleep with any noise at all. I can't imagine just...listening to it.

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  7. I hate the snooze button! Fortunately, my husband has given up entirely on the alarm clock (and getting up at any particular time, when he's home, for that matter), so I don't have to listen to it any more!

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    1. I'm working on mine. He used to hit the snooze button for 40 minutes. Now's he's down to 20. Small steps.

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  8. I think your average day sounds wonderful! Lucee also associates treats with Cinderella. She was scared of kids so we turned Cinderella into a treat dispensing machine and now Lucee follows her around, which makes me nervous because the treat dispenser can be rather unpredictable at times.

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    1. That's cute. Chase loves little kids. The problem is that he likes to sniff them rather...ahem...enthusiastically. In the bottom area.

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  9. Ugh. I don't like the snooze button either, I love to sleep in. So if you read books you can call yourself a writer ;) wonder if blogs count.

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    1. Is that what I said? Sure! Sounds about right! Ha!

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  10. Great post! I like how you factor time into your day to fix things that you know you will break. That is smart planning.

    As for reading if you are a writer yourself, I have to avoid reading amazing books if I am in the midst of doing a ton of writing myself. The reason is I am a sponge and I start writing in that other author's way of writing. Not good.

    Anyway, get rid of the snooze alarm clock! I did, and it saved my marriage!

    best,
    MOV

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    1. Except that I often break things right before I need to leave. Or else I accidentally let a swarm of wasps into the house and then I'm late for work. (No, that actually happened.)

      I know what you mean about being a sponge. I have to be careful not to lose my own blog voice when I'm reading other people's blogs. It's very easy to start using other people's tones and expressions if you aren't aware.

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  11. OMGah you have an actual NOSE!

    I have one thing to say - "Chase loves the children. Or the cookies. I think they're actually one and the same in his doggie brain" I certainly hope they are NOT the same thing in his brain or I see trouble on the horizon.

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    1. I do have a nose! I do! re: the trouble...yeah, you're probably right. Ha! Luckily, if we tell him not to eat a cookie, he won't. HOpefully that works with kids, too.

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  12. I am not a snooze person. A habit I developed as a teenager was to put the alarm clock on the other side of the room. It forces me completely out of bed to turn off that awful sound. Then, I am up.

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    1. That's not a bad idea. I'm very rarely woken up by my alarm clock...I usually wake up about five minutes before it goes off.

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  13. I'm so happy to see the reappearance of the laundry monster. I think I have the "here's my intention for the day" and "here's how it actually was [cereal is indeed and excellent dinner!]

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    1. You should see my to-do list. It's so detailed and organized! And then I misplace it.

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  14. Writing. Claying (is that a word?). You got it all, kid.

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    1. If writing and claying is all there is...then yes, I DO have it all! Ha!

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  15. I can't figure out how three 9 minute (is that the standard snooze time) rounds of interrupted sleep is worth it!

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    1. You can't figure it out because it ISN'T.

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  16. The snooze button is my wonderful friend.

    Nice guest post. I've been missing your clay goodness this past week!

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    1. No. It is not. It is a FALSE friend. Don't let it fool you.

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  17. I love it! Way to guest post! You did an awesome job. I have to say, I love how you made your RSS/facebook/twitter/Pinterest buttons out of clay. How did you do that?? (I'm still new to this stuff...)

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    1. I mean... I know how to MAKE the stuff out of clay, but how did you make them buttons and put them on your blog? Is there a good tutorial that you used? :)

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    2. I didn't use a tutorial. I just took the pictures, shrunk them to the size I wanted, and linked to my social media pages using html tags. You're on wordpress, right? So I'm not sure how you would do it there... But I just went to the java/html option under gadgets and typed in my own code.

      I'm pretty sure my RSS feed isn't right, though. I just don't know how to make sure.

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  18. Great post Stephanie. I h a t e snooze buttons and think it is a form of masochism.

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    1. It is a Very Very Bad Thing indeed.

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  19. snooze buttons - ick! i never, ever used it when i used an alarm to wake up (now i just wake up on my own - so much better than the jarring sensation of a shrill alarm). i'm going to check the guest post now!...

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    1. I've been waking up on my own lately too...so long as JP has to wake up AFTER me. I still set my alarm just in case, but it's so much better when I can just wake up a few minutes before it goes off.

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  20. The guest post was entertaining!
    Good luck with the A-Z Challenge. (don't worry, I'm also a little nervous...)
    Thanks for swinging by my blog.

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    1. I think I'm going to have to come up with a theme and just post one photo per day. Otherwise, there's no way I'll be able to succeed.

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  21. Great guest post! I wasn't able to leave a comment there, but now I want a spinny chair.

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    1. Everyone should have a spinny chair.

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  22. We're new here, but we're both glad you stopped by! This is such an awesome blog, and a great guest post. As the unemployed guy tackling house duties while the wife works, I can tell you I'm getting ready to fight my laundry monster. And I am not looking forward to it.

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    1. Thanks! Yeah, I was unemployed for a while. Isn't it amazing how the whole day can streeeeetch out and get filled with absolutely nothing?

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  23. Awwww I'm so warmed by your words.

    And dang you get alot of comments! Your comment to follower ratio is huge - what's your secret?

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    1. I'm always surprised (and thrilled) by comments! Honestly, I think I get a lot because I leave a lot. I make an effort to visit every commenter's blog. I don't follow blogs though, at least not using GFC. I follow blogs in bloglovin.

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  24. Why does Sophia say you can't comment on your own blog? I like responding. It also resonated when you said you found it hard to believe people who call themselves writers who don't read every day. And finally, what's bloglovin?

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    1. Sophia doesn't say that you shouldn't comment on your own blog! She says that you should make sure that the other person knows that you've commented...either by installing a commenting platform, or by emailing, etc. I don't, though. I just respond and figure that people will either come back and read it, or else they won't.

      Bloglovin (www.bloglovin.com) is a blog reader site, kind of like Google Reader, except that I like it better.

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  25. OMG I hate snooze too.
    To be honest I just hate alarm clocks. I wish we didn't need them and we could just get up and do whatever whenever we wanted. Damn structured life.

    Great post as usual! will check out the guest post

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    1. If I can do whatever I want, I wake up around 8ish and then spend 3 hours eating breakfast and playing on the computer. I have to agree...alarm clocks are not my favourite thing.

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  26. I'm not a snooze person either. Great post.

    www.modernworld4.blogspot.com

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  27. I'm there! Then I'm going to your Facebook "Like" page to stare at Him and my son, Terran.

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    1. I do that several times per day. Terran is so freaking cute. Let me know if you ever decide to put him up for adoption.

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  28. Just came back from the post about you on Sophia's blog (& left a comment there). I have a hunch the bright smile your delightful clay figures and sense of humor gave me will still be there hours from now.

    As for the snooze button--years of being conditioned to get up at a certain hour have fortunately eliminated any need of an alarm clock for either me or my husband! :D

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    1. I love the feeling of waking up without an alarm clock. I'm glad that you stopped by!

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  29. hahaha, I do this all the time! I hit the snooze button about 80 times and Andrew used to get soo mad at me. haha. He likes it.

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    1. Oh no. I'm so disillusioned. This kind of changes the way that I feel about you. Ha!

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