02 February 2016

A Day in My Life (on a Tuesday)

6:08 a.m. Wake up. Head sleepily to the computer. I would shower first, but I don't want to wake up Angel with the lights from the bathroom. So I check Facebook and email and blog email and respond to blog comments and send messages to siblings or friends.

6:40 a.m. Shower, brush teeth, comb hair.

6:55 a.m. Bible time! I challenged the youth group I volunteer with to read their Bibles everyday for a month and if I challenge other people to do it, I better be prepared to do it myself. Today, I finish Nehemiah, chosen because I decided to spend the Bible reading challenge on obscure books that I'm not very familiar with.

7:10 a.m. Breakfast: cornflakes with chia seeds and The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio.

7:22 a.m. Final preparations for preschool, making sure I have all the supplies for any planned activities and making sure the right books are out and any books we aren't using are put away.

7:35 a.m. Chop up vegetables for lunch. I always try to get some food prep done in the morning before the kids come so that when it's time to actually make lunch, it's a quick job. Today we're having chicken tacos, and I've chopped a zucchini, an onion, a couple tomatoes, a couple cloves of garlic, and a bunch of green onions to cook up with my chicken later.

8:05 a.m. Kiss Angel goodbye as he leaves for work and start taking down the laundry and folding it and putting it away. However, I'm not able to immediately finish this job because...

8:10 a.m. The first kid arrives and we start the day with reading practice and then learning new spelling words. Later, while he copies spelling words, I attempt to finish the laundry task but am unable to put everything away because there's one sock leftover. This is ridiculous. Leftover socks happen to other people, not to me. I own a total of 6 pairs of socks that I bought in America in 2014 before we moved and they ought never to be separated. I have yet to discover the answer to this mystery.

8:55 a.m. The little girls arrive and group class begins with group storytime. We talk about what we do at different times of day and practice telling time. This week we're focusing on the letter W, so we make paper watches. Various sorts of educational activities progress over the next few hours.

12:04 p.m. The last of the kids gets picked up and I start cooking lunch. Staying in the kitchen while cooking during the dry season (when it's extra hot!) is unthinkable, so while the chicken, veggies, and spices cook on the stove, I clean the bathroom mirror and counters and put the new set of sheets on the spare bed. Never mind that the robot ended up upside down, at least the bed now has sheets that aren't on their last legs.

12:33 p.m. Angel gets home from work! Earlier than normal. He sets about making a banana, cinnamon, and orange smoothie while skyping with his brother on the laptop while I finish up lunch.

1:00 p.m. We sit on the couch for lunch paired with an episode of Castle from Iflix. The past few days have not allowed time for TV, so this was really fun. After I finished eating, I worked on a coloring page till the show was over.

1:45 p.m. Angel doesn't have any afternoon classes, but he has lesson planning to do for his 6 hours of class time on the morrow, so I leave him strictly alone so as not to encourage procrastinating. My early afternoon is not terribly productive. I even curl up to read more of The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio again.

2:30 p.m. I head downstairs to my parents' apartment to talk to mom about plans for some upcoming events. I'm surprised by an eerily silent house as the littles are napping and the big kids are all doing schoolwork. Tranquility!

3:00 p.m. I turn on a dance routine tutorial from Youtube--my preferred way to exercise, because y'all know I don't run. Then I do a little computer work, including email and updating this very blog post. I wonder why I didn't decide to do this 'day in the life' thing yesterday. Yesterday afternoon was way more exciting. We celebrated Shiloh's 5th birthday with Frozen-inspired activities, including building a snowman (pin-the-tail-on-the-donkey style) and making fake snow. See?

4:15 p.m. I get ready for my afternoon student to show up. Morning is preschool, but afternoon is high-school level analogies, writing exercises, and SAT vocabulary study. How fun!

5:45 p.m. Angel's done lesson planning for the day and heads out for a run with my sisters.

6:07 p.m. My student leaves. My sessions always seem to run slightly long. Her family gave me a bag of treats for Chinese New Year!

6:30 p.m. Angel heads off to night market with Rebekah to get dinner for everyone after taking orders from those too lazy to pick up their own food. For me? Roti canai. Others order wan tan mee or chicken rice. Angel goes because he loves the pearl tea. I stay home, upload these photos, and get a little computer work done.

7:00 p.m. I call Angel to ask if I can finish off the lunchtime smoothie (isn't it a sad surprise when you come home and find out that someone else has eaten the leftovers you had in mind? I wouldn't want him to be surprised). I gulp down the smoothie, and wash the blender and cup. We never have a sink full of dishes--both of us just wash whatever we use when we use it to avoid that dreaded phenomenon. Then I go back to my book.

7:30 p.m. Angel's back with my roti canai, and we sit down for dinner. Angel got himself a bowl of fruit, jellies, and ice instead of the usual pearl tea. He spent a total of 10 RM for the two of us  (about $2.50 USD). Roti canai is really cheap, and that's only one reason why I like it. Who wouldn't like fried bread? Then I keep reading my book and Angel reads the news--I'll never understand why anyone would do that for fun.

8:30 p.m. To bed. Early tonight, because we have no nighttime appointments, and we're early-birds anyway. Plus, we always talk ourselves to sleep, a habit picked up from hour-long phone conversations before bed back in courting days, one that we've never dropped.

It occurs to me, upon reflection, that my days seem to involve a large number of books and nearly as much food. Every day has a slightly different schedule--on this Wednesday morning, Angel won't be home from work till 6 p.m. or so. But every day is awesome in it's own tiny way.


  1. Habbakuk is my favorite obscure Old Testament book!

  2. You both seem to jam quite a bit into each day.

    All those missing socks are hanging out together having a great party somewhere in sockland. : P


  3. You do A LOT before 8 am! I love taking a peek into others days!

  4. This is so fun! I love the simplicity and peace of daily routines :) Thinking about it, my days seem really similar to this one, except that I don't tutor anyone. Morning Bible reading is the best! I just finished up with John's Gospel, and I'll probably jump into the Song of Songs next (it's one of my favorite books of the Bible, and there's plenty of fun stuff to reflect on in there!). The sock thing is hilarious-I have similar feelings! My husband and I are the only ones who do our laundry, in our washer/dryer setup. I never wear socks (barefoot forever!), so the only socks are the pairs that he throws in there. And, without fail, there is always at least one or two incomplete pairs. How?????

  5. I love photo posts like this! It is such a great exercise for one, but I love how it gives a little window into your life!

  6. How did you track your day by minute? I am amazed

  7. I love how much of a routine you have, I need this in my life! :)
    Jess | x

  8. I'm also an early riser and I lovedoing computer work in the morning before I go to work. It's relaxing but it seems to wake me up at the same time! I loved reading about what you do on a typical day (and the lost sock haha)

  9. You seem to be a very busy lady. I love you have such a well-organized routine in your daily life. If only I had...

  10. Homeschooling like that sounds like such a fun way to spend the day! I hope your missing sock reappears!

  11. Holy productivity! I love how much you are able to get done in a day and how organized you are! I love seeing "day in the life" type posts! Castle is one of my favorite shows too!

  12. I'm impressed by how much you get done so early in the morning--go you! Also I love that you chop your lunchtime veggies in the morning to make meal prep later in the day so much easier. Smart! <3 the paper watches. Adorable!

  13. Sounds like you have a busy and full life schedule going! I can't think of a better way to fill days than with books + food, so I think you're doing just fine. :)

  14. The mystery sock happens to me every laundry day, I'm almost used to it. I love how you get so much done early in the morning. Oh and calling to ask for the smoothie was so sweet, my brother just recently caught on to asking first haha.

  15. This is fascinating! Also, I love that you're reading The Prize Winner. Isn't it good?

  16. Great post. I love seeing how others structure their days.

  17. Sounds like a good day :). That smoothie sounds good. You get a lot done before 9 am, great job!
    Danielle -

  18. We talk ourselves to bed as well! Sometimes it's only 15-20 minutes, but often it's an hour of chit-chat. It's something I have to factor in when I think about unusually early mornings. ;)

    Yummy food, good books, fun with kids... Sounds like a good kind of day!

  19. Ah yes, the lone sock. Runaway socks is a real thing, I'm convinced of it! :)

    Your day sounds so productive even with a bit of TV time involved. My days are usually non-stop, and despite this, there are days when I feel like I accomplished very little. I'm always searching for ways to become more organized, productive and consistent. I used to be very routine-driven and now everything seems just so sporadic and unpredictable (and sometimes spontaneous). The kids keep me on my toes for sure!

    P.S. Mmmm...I bet the pearl tea is so good on that side of the world.


  20. You're so productive! If I were at home all I would want to do is lounge around.

  21. You really are productive! I can see why you want to add some creativity back into your life. The sock is too funny! And i agree about watching the news. Jordan does too and I'm like, why??? So many depressing things! Love your robot sheets ;)

  22. Food makes my world go round, so my days tend to revolve around that too. There's slightly less books since I get to interact with human beings again (yay clinical rotations!), but there's still a lot of reading, hehe. I love that you stuff so much into a single day, and all that food is making me hungry again!

  23. Prize Winner is one of my favorite all-time books!