A Day In The Life (the Burbs edition)

November 12, 2013

I was thrilled to be asked to be a part of this blog train with some pretty amazing West Coast Bloggers. To learn a little more about this great group of guys and gals, check out the links at the bottom of the post….

But then I thought, who the heck is going to care about a day in the life of dear old moi?

Quite frankly it’s a tad boring really.

I thought about embellishing my days with exciting stories of glamorous luncheons at the Olive Garden, performing citizen’s arrests on speeders in my child’s school zone, and making jillions of dollars from blogging.

But then I decided to tell the plain old truth. So, pour yourself a big glass of vino (or coffee if it’s before noon) and here goes…

7:45am: Gah! Slept in again! (depending on my 5 year old to wake me up is very inconsistent these days). Jump into usual morning uniform of workout gear and a toque,  scramble to get both boys fed and clothed, their crazy hair tamed, lunches packed (nut-free, with non-browning fruit and an acceptable type of juice box) and out the door in order to make it to school for 8:46am

8:40am: Have one or both boys forget something once we are finally buckled in the monster truck..head back inside…sigh….

8:52am: Head to office to collect yet another late slip at school. Gah!

9:01am: Arrive back home and delay the inevitable workout torture by working for a few hours. With my late onset adult ADHD I perform about 100 tasks at once (eg partially finish 5 blog posts, work on a logo, email a client, work on a website, repeat, repeat), being easily distracted by the ping of text messages, new email messages, Facebook and Twitter. Oooo – distractions!

11:45am(ish): Drag myself downstairs for workout torture (45 minutes)

12:30pm: Back upstairs to de-sweat, eat and shower. Fight extreme urge to climb back into flannel jammies/bed after warm shower.

1pm: Work and/or run errands until it’s time to pick up the monsters at 2:45pm (here in Langley with every box store known to man within 2 kms of eachother makes errand running quite efficient actually). Hit Starbucks drive thru where they pretty much know my order by rote by now en route to school pick up.

2:45pm: Pick up monsters, hang out on playground and/or head off to swimming/gymnastics/soccer practice

5:00pm: Home to cook dinner (worst part of day – seriously)

6:00pm: Kids play and destroy house with toys, puzzles and bits of lego, get into a fight or five.

7:00pm: Begin bedtime routine…..bathe, fight in bath, brush teeth, fight about toothpaste, read stories, fight about stories. Sigh.

8:00pm: Have one or both boys get up and out of bed at least 3-5 times looking for water, saying they are hungry, had a bad dream etc etc.

8:15pm: Should sit down to work, but lure of couch and PVR’d favorites too strong…must…resist….compromise by bringing laptop to couch to “work” in front of TV.

10:00pm: Head to bed, head full of PVRd favorites, read. Depending on quality of book, stay up waaayyyy too late (reading latest Bridget Jones and is deliciously mindless)

Anytime between 10:01pm and 2:30am: Finally time to sleep…..zzzzzzzzzzzzzz…………..

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  • Reply Heather Painchaud November 12, 2013 at 10:01 am

    Okay this is totally me! Right down to the ADHD and hatred of making dinner 😉 TFS!

    • Reply Christine November 12, 2013 at 10:15 am

      Seriously. I am already siting here dreading the fact I have to go to the grocery store where I will stare blankly at the aisles trying to think of anything besides spaghetti or tacos to make 🙂

  • Reply Heather November 12, 2013 at 10:43 am

    I too compete daily in the olympic event that is the kindergarten dash. I visited the office a lot in the first 2 weeks. Now – miraculously – the attendance is never done, even though I still am about 5-10 minutes late EVERYDAY!! I think the teacher took pity on me.

    • Reply Christine November 12, 2013 at 4:44 pm

      My husband thinks being late is disrespectful and that I am setting a bad example that it is ok to be late .

  • Reply Kerstin @ Auer Life November 12, 2013 at 1:04 pm

    I think Facebook and other social media was invented by the ADHD medication industry 😀
    So distracting!
    And – cooking is my most hated chore, I’d even rather do laundry…

    • Reply Christine November 12, 2013 at 4:42 pm

      Solidarity sister!

  • Reply Brianna November 12, 2013 at 1:20 pm

    I absolutely love the inclusion of fights in here. Feels like everything is a fight right now, and I’m glad I’m not alone. I have this theory about books, let’s both buy a really boring one just for those nights we need more sleep. A real lid-dropper. Sometimes crosswords do this for me.

    • Reply Christine November 12, 2013 at 4:42 pm

      The boys had a mega doozie fight just as we walked in the door from school. Sigh.

  • Reply Shawna November 12, 2013 at 2:00 pm

    I was tempted to spice up my boring day as well, either way it’s nice to have it documented and to look back on and remember. And thank you for coining the diagnosis I didn’t even know I had Adult Onset ADHD! Cheers

    • Reply Christine November 12, 2013 at 4:40 pm

      I think we all have it as mums right Shawna?

  • Reply Parrish Wilson November 12, 2013 at 2:10 pm

    You’re a rock star fitting in a workout! I’ll do that someday…. Cheers to you!

    • Reply Christine November 12, 2013 at 4:40 pm

      Well, maybe not today. Have to cut back my halloween candy consumption for the mo…. 🙂

  • Reply Megan @ Food and Whine November 12, 2013 at 4:27 pm

    I can relate to the boys forgetting something when we’re already in the car trying to go to school. It drives me crazy!

    • Reply Christine November 12, 2013 at 4:39 pm

      Seriously right? EVERY. SINGLE. TIME.

  • Reply Salma November 12, 2013 at 9:26 pm

    I can totally relate to the time after the kids go to bed. There are so many constructive things I could be doing but the pull of the couch and the pvr often win. Atleast I’m not the only one! Thanks for sharing.

  • Reply Carolyn November 13, 2013 at 12:56 pm

    7:45 wake up!? That sounds like a DREAM haha.

  • Reply Brooke Takhar November 14, 2013 at 10:44 pm

    I am relieved to hear I’m not the only one who does 1700 things at once when I’m in front of my favourite glowing screen. I was raised in the ‘burbs and now live in Gastown. I am officially a sh-tty city snob now but would it KILL Vancouver to have a parking lot attached to a grocery store?Evidently it would.

    • Reply Christine November 17, 2013 at 7:06 pm

      LOL. I feel your pain. Even when we lived in North van it still felt like a big trek to get to any big box store, maybe my standards of “big trek” have changed now being in the burbs?

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