Quite the title, huh? But that is what I am at this moment in time.
Many of my real-life friends ask how I’m adjusting to this new (and short-term) role I’ve taken on – a stay at home full-time working wife. They know me well and know that I love being around people and having a set routine. And obviously, our current situation has been challenging on both fronts.
Honestly though, I think I’m doing ok. Some days are better than others, but I can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel. We’ll be in Chicago soon enough, and I’ll have many more opportunities for connection then (which is what I’m craving most at this time!).
With that being said, I wanted to share what a semi-typical day looks like for me. As I’ve said many times, my schedule changes every four weeks with a change in Vishnu’s rotations. And this month, it’ll change twice – he’s on days for the first two weeks and nights for the last two weeks. It’s all about agility, my friends!
Without further ado, here’s what January 12, 2016 looked like for me…
5:30 am – I wake up, stretch, say a prayer, brush my teeth, and make Vishnu breakfast (just a shake…nothing complicated or too involved!)
6:15 am – Vishnu leaves for work.
6:30 am – I go down to the gym for a treadmill interval workout. While I really dislike running on a treadmill, I need something quick that will have me in and out by 7:15.
7:40 am – After showering, making my breakfast (again, just a shake), and starting a load of laundry, I enter my “office,” write my list of things I’m grateful for this morning, and finally start my work day.
8:00 am – 12:00 pm – The usual – emails, calls…work stuff*! I’m super hungry by 11:30, so I decide to reheat some leftovers (a lentil, farro, veggie, and tahini sauce bowl) and eat and work at my desk. Not something I usually do!
12:00 – 1:00 pm – I decide to use my actual lunch hour to fold laundry and pack for my trip to Atlanta (I fly out tomorrow evening and fly back on Sunday afternoon). More on this in a later post! I also enjoyed a piece of super dark chocolate while running around the apartment. Mmmm…
1:00 – 5:15 pm – The usual – emails, calls…work stuff*!
5:15 – 6:00 pm – I prepare and make enchiladas for Vishnu to eat for dinner and also to have as a dinner option while I’m gone for the next few days.
6:00 – 7:00 pm – My friend Ankita and I have a phone date scheduled, and we catch about pretty much everything – life, husbands, her pregnancy, books, ‘Making a Murderer,’ etc.
7:15 – 7:45 pm – I clean up the kitchen and put the dishes in the dishwasher. Still waiting for Vishnu to get home!
7:45 – 8:00 pm – While I wait for Vishnu to come home, I check work email.
8:10 pm – Vishnu’s home! While he eats dinner, I get started on the second meal I’m cooking for him – crock pot chicken tikka masala. If it turns out good, I’ll remake it and share the recipe!
8:30 – 8:45 pm – Vishnu and I clean up and close down the kitchen for the night!
8:45 – 9:15 pm – I put the finishing touches on this post!
9:15 – 9:45 pm – Vishnu and I hang out for a bit and watch TV/chit chat.
9:45 – 10:30 pm – It’s time for me to get ready for bed (phew!). I go through my nighttime routine, get into bed, and read for a little bit before calling it a night.
And that is my semi-typical day in a nutshell!
*As a project manager on a fairly small team, “work stuff” can vary by the day. Currently, we are in the middle of preparing for our global conference. The conference is in three weeks in Panama (the country, not the party city in Florida!), and there’s so much to do for it. My life is pretty consumed by this one event!
What does your day look like? Do you have a set routine every day?