A Typical Mid-Week Day Off

September 3, 2009

6:35 a.m. – David’s first alarm goes off. I nudge him, he presses snooze.

6:44 a.m. – David’s first alarm goes off again. I nudge him, he presses snooze again.

6:45 a.m. – David’s second alarm goes off. I nudge him, he presses snooze.

6:49 a.m. – David’s third alarm goes off. I nudge him, he presses snooze.

6:53 a.m. – David’s first alarm goes off again. I nudge him, he presses snooze again.

6:54 a.m. – David’s second alarm goes off again. I nudge him, he presses snooze again.

6:57 a.m. – David’s fourth alarm goes off. I nudge him, he presses snooze.

6:58 a.m. – David’s third alarm goes off again. I nudge him, he presses snooze.

…this goes on with five separate alarms, until…

7:30 a.m. – I wake up to the sound of our dog Cleo vomiting at the foot of our bed. David decides to finally get up and get ready for work.

7:45 a.m. – Brush my teeth, make David’s lunch, and see him out to his car.

8:00 a.m. – Eat my breakfast of champions, Honey Bunches of Oats with skim milk, while perusing the Internet.

This is where the magic happens.

9:01 a.m. – Leave to go on a bike ride. Listen to Kyla Roma’s mix tape #2, which is excellent. I think I’m doing pretty well on my bike until some old dude passes me. He does have some rockin’ calves though.


10:40 a.m. – Arrive home. Shower, shave, and generally groom myself. This is a necessity at this point.

11:20 a.m. – Prepare for my errands by packaging some books and writing my grocery list.

That last item was REALLY hard to find.

12:10 p.m. – Go to the post office to mail a few books for paperbackswap.com and bookmooch.com, and to the grocery store.

1:30 p.m. – Pull into my garage and hear a sizzling sound followed by the engine of my truck steaming. Notice that my it is leaking some sort of fluid in large quantities. Call my husband, then my dad, decide to attempt driving it to the shop. Put the groceries away first, though.

2:00 p.m. – Arrive at Starlite Auto, just barely. It was a bumpy ride. Mechanic tells me I should find a ride home because my truck will probably be there awhile.

I get nostalgic thinking that this may have been my last ride with Bubba.

2:15 p.m. – My dad picks me up and takes me home. Thanks Dad!

2:30 p.m. – Back to my previous plans. I begin cleaning the house like a madwoman. Declutter, do dishes, start laundry, sweep, vacuum, wipe and disinfect.

4:40 p.m. – I make a sandwich and begin perusing the Internet once again.

A lightly toasted bagel, light mayo, honey mustard, slice of cheese, three slices of honey ham. Perfection.

6:10 p.m. – My father-in-law brings me Chick-fil-a! Yes, I do eat it even though I have just eaten a sandwich a little over an hour ago. Oops.

7:25 p.m. – David comes home and has a present for me!

I promptly realize that I have forgotten all the steps to solving it that I knew only a few days ago.

7:30 p.m. – We go to my parents’ house to retrieve my truck. They picked it up from the shop for me before closing because they live right down the street. Turns out it was only a blown radiator hose and was fixed for a mere $65! So Bubba and I can continue tempting fate.

7:50 p.m. – Back at home, I type some blog posts while David watches college football.

9:30 p.m. – I shut down the computer, brush my teeth, pet the dogs, and climb into bed. David tucks me in. I will soon read a few pages before falling asleep. I reflect on the day: I exercised, cleaned the house, did my necessary errands, and dealt with a broken truck. I would have liked to walk the dogs and read more, but that’s okay. I feel rested and ready to tackle work in the morning. I’m calling today a success!

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Comments on A Typical Mid-Week Day Off

  1. 1

    From mediumcrazy:

    About the five alarms and hitting snooze for an hour…You are a saint. I would have physically harmed him.

  2. 2

    From Rae:

    I was thinking something quite similar!

  3. 3

    From Cio:

    What would we do without the Snooze button???
    I usually press mine for a whole hour. lol
    I wish I was as productive as you, on my days off.
    Mad props on your productive/successful day. : )

  4. 4

    From Carmen:

    You got a cube! I knew you would! :) I had so much fun with you and David last weekend! Thanks for coming!

  5. 5

    From kapachino:

    Now I just need to remember how to solve it! Thankfully it came with a DVD, so I’ll give that a try before I start harassing you. :)

  6. 6

    From Krista:

    I can’t believe you have a place to ride without cars or lots of other bikers. I need to get out of NYC…I forget that it isn’t so crowded everywhere! Perhaps you could ride with only one ear bud in? That would be a bit of a compromise…

  7. 7

    From Julienne:

    Days off during the week are so nice because you don’t have to worry about co-ordinating your schedule with your significant other. You can just worry about what YOU have to get done. Sounds like it was a great day!

  8. 8

    From Krista:

    Sounds like a good day :) I’m glad to hear your truck is okay :)

    Also, it is not a good idea to wear your headphones when cycling. It is dangerous because you can’t hear cars or other bikes and even if you have the music low enough that you can hear, it is still distracting (similar to talking on cell phone when driving). It is even illegal in some cities/states. I don’t want to be a debbie downer but I would never want to see you get hurt!

  9. 9

    From kapachino:

    That really IS a downer! I really love listening to music or radio shows while I ride. I never ride on streets so cars aren’t an issue, and it’s not a very busy trail so I rarely have to worry about other bikes. But still, I guess you’re right… :(

  10. 10

    From Scott:

    Those guys at Starlite Auto are awesome.

  11. 11

    From Tabaitha:

    I love making Bagel Sandwiches! Glad Bubba didn’t cost you too much money.

  12. 12

    From Ro Manalo:

    What bible version do you use? :) That’s one thick bible!

  13. 13

    From kapachino:

    It’s the ESV study Bible. I love it! I usually don’t carry it around with me though, not even to church. It IS thick!

  14. 14

    From Ro Manalo:

    I’m interested in getting myself an ESV, too. And a New Inductive Study bible. :)

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