As a single parent, I have to share my time with my son. Currently, we are on a one-week rotation which leaves me with a very long stretch of time to myself. The first thing anyone says to me is, “that must be nice to have a break”. And I guess maybe it is nice that I get a week to go to yoga, clean my house, run errands, try and catch up with friends. But I’d rather be a mom during that time and it’s incredibly difficult to wake up in an empty house, to come home to an empty house and generally just be without my partner in crime. So I back my days with as much as possible to keep me occupied so I’m not left with that overwhelming emptiness.
That said, here’s a glimpse of what my day is like when Liam is away.
6:00- alarm goes off. I shut it off and roll over. I’m too lazy to change my alarm on the days I don’t have Liam so I just set the second one and deal with it.
6:30 – second alarm goes off. I scroll through social media, which is the worst habit of mine I know. I roll my eyes at the email pitches I’ve received. Why do so many people think bloggers are vehicles to promote others for nothing in return. Delete. I’m still so sleepy and shut my eyes for a few more minutes.
7:00 – I finally haul my lazy butt out of bed to get ready for the day. I’m rockin’ day three hair which is probably one day too long for me but I’m getting my hair done later today so I deal with it.
7:30 – Making breakfast, packing my snacks for work (Skyre yogurt with frozen blueberries), and trying to figure out how to add a custom dashboard for Google Analytics. I’m doing a one-week course to learn more about Google Analytics and SEO. I’m pretty good with SEO but there’s so much information on Google Analytics and I need to learn how to utilize it better. I need to set up a call with the instructor so she can help me figure out why it’s not working
7:45 – I’m off to work. I think to myself that I really need to get back to walking to work in the mornings since my office is only a 10-15 minute walk from my condo. Beats the 30 minutes of driving in the morning when I have to take Liam to the day home.
8:00– work work work work work work
12:00 – I head home for lunch and make a copycat Chopped Leaf Sunshine Salad without the goddess dressing. If anyone has a good goddess dressing recipe, please let me know! I should have used this time to finish up the SMBRD recap, but instead, I continue to try and figure out what my issue is with Google Analytics. After chatting with a help desk analyst, I get it working just in the nick of time and head back to work. I forgot to take a photo but basically, it would look the same as the one from breakfast, with different stuff in the bowl.
1:00 – work work work work work work
4:30 – work day is done, time to head home! First thing first, changing into something comfortable. I through on some crops and a tank since I plan to go to yoga later. I whip up a Buddha bowl with peanut dressing for supper. I spent Sunday shredding carrots and beets and cooking chicken and rice so I can just throw stuff in a bowl throughout the week. It’s like being able to eat the same thing throughout the week rather than cooking something new every night when Liam is home.
5:00 – I put some eggs to boil to make some sriracha egg salad for lunch tomorrow. I plan to use this recipe from Budget Bytes. I hustle to get done the SMBRD blog post so it can go live tonight but I’m distracted with also trying to draft this blog post and work on the SEO homework for the day now that I’m caught up. I don’t get much accomplished before I need to go. I wish I had more time to work on another blog post that I had intended to publish today, but alas, I need about 10 more hours in a day to be able to accomplish all the things.
5:30 – I head out to my hair appointment. I think the last time I had my hair done was in October so it’s definitely time. I love letting my hairdresser have free reign over my hair and am excited to see what she does this time!
Yup, still need those eyebrows waxed. That’ll happen next month for sure. And the finished product:
And the finished product:
7:30- My hair appointment went longer than anticipated and I missed my favourite yoga class so I head straight home to finish the SMBRD post. You can check it out and any others here.
8:30 – I realized I still needed to actually make the egg salad. Halfway through making it I realized I had bought an actual jar of sriracha mayo and I could have avoided mixing the dressing. I think it’s time for bed. I get that finished and am excited to eat it with some salad and toast tomorrow. Load and program the dishwasher to start in the middle of the night and make sure Liam’s swimming stuff is packed and ready for tomorrow (I still take him to his lessons when he’s with his dad).
9:00 – Bedtime. I pour myself into bed in hopes of finishing the last 60 or so pages of my book so I can return it tomorrow and start one of four other books I currently have out from the library.
10:00 – I finished! I spend a couple minutes texting with a friend before going to sleep.
What does a typical day look like for you?
Do you like these posts? Should I do them more often?