Tuesday, the Third of May

or, "Why I Haven't Been Blogging Much This Past Month."


5:54 a.m. Wake up - hit snooze and sleep 10 more minutes.
6:04 a.m. Wake up - change into workout clothes.
6:08 a.m. Turn on TV + Wii. Do Body Test and 20 minutes of yoga + strength training.
6:38 a.m. Shower and get ready for work.
7:20 a.m. Wash face. Realize nose is dripping.
7:21 a.m. Look in mirror and realize you have a bloody nose.
7:22 a.m. Sit in living room pinching nose with copious amounts of Kleenex.
7:25 a.m. Curse your allergies which have weakened your already delicate nose lining.
7:28 a.m. Stress about being late for work.
7:29 a.m. Remember stressing makes a nosebleed last longer.
7:30 a.m. Flip through J. Crew catalog to take your mind off nosebleed.
7:50 a.m. Leave for work. Realize too late you forgot to pack breakfast.
7:53 a.m. Eat oatmeal raisin cookie you were bringing for lunch.
8:45 a.m. Arrive at work only 15 minutes late despite monster nosebleed.
8:47 a.m. Eat chocolate chip cookie stashed in your desk.
8:48 a.m. Scan emails to make sure nothing is urgent.
8:50 a.m. Spend three hours assembling news submissions for a local newsletter.
9:15 a.m. Pause when you realize you need to order food for events later this week.
9:22 a.m. Order food while you wait for additional submission information.
11:55 a.m. Submit news items online with 5 minutes to spare.
11:59 a.m. Anticipate your now 30 minute lunch before your front desk shift.
12:00 p.m. Notice you've only recieved 2 of 3 news submission confirmations.
12:02 p.m. Send an email to check on submissions.
12:19 p.m. "Hi Anna - do you have 10 minutes to print off some documents?"
12:20 p.m. Look at the clock.
12:21 p.m. Assess: no lunch + front desk duty in 10 minutes.
12:21 p.m. Assess: All other admins are out or also swamped.
12:22 p.m. "Sure."
12:31 p.m. Apologize to receptionist you are a little late.
1:03 p.m. Apologize to people in your one o'clock meeting for your tardiness.
1:05 p.m. Go over adjustments needed on a website before looming relaunch.
2:01 p.m. Prepare 3 expense reports for earlier-than-usual deadline: today.
2:16 p.m. Pause to eat sandwich.
3:28 p.m. Submit expense reports to Accounting.
3:29 p.m. Head to front desk.
3:30 p.m. Multitask: during front desk shift #2 set up appetizers for 4 p.m. event.
3:45 p.m. Check email from front desk.
3:46 p.m. See email with travel request.
3:47 p.m. Forward it to travel agent.
3:48 p.m. Hope you can finalize by 5:30 p.m. to avoid potential fare increases.
3:58 p.m. Head to your desk to grab your camera.
3:59 p.m. Check email.
3:59 p.m. Forward email with flight options and pricing to the travelers.
4:00 p.m. Grab some snacks and sit down to watch and photograph lecture.
5:24 p.m. Realize Q&A isn't finishing up in the next couple minutes.
5:25 p.m. Head to your desk to check for expected travel emails.
5:28 p.m. See email with chosen flights. Forward to travel agent.
5:31 p.m. Recieve confirmation travel agent booked all requested travel.
5:32 p.m. Head back to lecture to catch the rest of the Q&A.
5:41 p.m. Send emails to follow up with other travel arrangements and food orders.
5:46 p.m. Leave work and wait for bus with Ian.
6:20 p.m. Stop at Trader Joe's to pick up microwave dinners.
6:45 p.m. Arrive at FPU class early so you can heat dinner.
9:16 p.m. Catch ride home from class.
9:34 p.m. Unwind and get ready for bed.
10:28 p.m. Don't think about laundry, cleaning, meal planning and grocery shopping.
10:29 p.m. Or the fact you won't have a chance to do any of it until the weekend.
10:32 p.m. Wonder what you'll scrounge together for lunch tomorrow.

Rinse and repeat.

In all seriousness, I love my job and all the things I've had the opportunity to do this past month. And I love all the extra things we're doing, like FPU. But I'm also excited things are starting to slow down. It means we can catch up on laundry, Flickr and the blog. Remove the carpet hair from the bathroom floor. Cash in our gift certificate for a real professional massage. And most importantly, let Ian get back to his homemade pasta experiments. Amen.