Wednesday, January 16, 2013

A Day in the Life of...!

I always wonder how people do it. How in the world do you have 3 kids, have a full-time job, and churn out projects like it's going out of style? I'm tired just thinking about it.

Here's a typical day for me:

7:00 - wake up and cry to myself for about 5 minutes at the fact that I'm already tired ha
7:10 - quick shower and get ready for work
7:25 - 1st cup of coffee of the day/breakfast sometimes
7:40 - 8:30 - commute to work
8:30 - 9:30 - answer emails and put out any fires that happened overnight; more coffee and sometimes more breakfast!
10:00 - 11:00 - meeting with Department of Juvenile Justice, a community center, a person at City Hall, etc
11:30 - 12:30 - lunch if I'm lucky, or more meetings/reports/phone calls if I'm not

1:00 - 3:00 - write curriculum, arrange guest speakers, contact volunteers, schedule purchasing trips, talk with garden experts, grant writing, make the rounds to community centers for garden maintenance, etc
3:00 - leave for community center - a different one every day of the week! and 2 on Fridays!
3:30 - 5 - run The Garden program with volunteers, guest speakers, and elementary school kids
5:00 - 5:15 - clean up the tornado of children who try to garden
5:15 - 6 - commute home

6:30 - 7:30 - collapse on couch to snuggle with kitten; sometimes there's dinner that gets made, sometimes I eat a bowl of cereal, or give up my dinner to take a nap

8:00 - 12:00 - sew for magazines, for bees/swaps, for my Etsy shop, maintain blog [poorly lately, I admit], give a partial thought to doing laundry or cleaning
12:00 - 1:00 - unwind with some TV or some boyfriend and kitten time
1:00 - zomg blissful sleep

I'm exhausted you guys. I seriously am impressed by people who are clearly more efficient with their sewing time than I am. I've made a promise to myself that after I finish up my current magazine projects that I'm going to take time off from submitting projects, because I haven't sewn for myself in FOREVER. And I've had a fancy new sewing machine for a week now that I haven't even gotten to turn on yet. A travesty, to be sure.

Luckily, it's almost the weekend! Hollerrrr.


  1. I feel ya. I don't know how people churn out projects at the speed they do. Wish I was that efficient. I am still in one bee and dGS, but other than that, I too am taking a break from other sewing things so I can focus on the work I want to. (and one day, one day! i'll get to stitching up those HP embroidery patterns of yours!)

  2. I battle the efficiency demons too, and I have a very flexible schedule. I am just not programmed that way, much to my dismay!

    I am super impressed that you get ready for work in 15-25 minutes. Wow. Though with a 45-50 minute commute (ugh!) I can see how you've found the drive to expedite that process!

  3. I think these people who work full-time and churn out projects like crazy have a package of special elves that iron the fabric, cut the fabric, and sew for them while they sleep. ! I have a full-time job and a 45 minute commute and need my sleep! I enjoy quilting and have to remind myself that many bloggers quilt for a living and I'm just quilting for fun. It's hard not to feel pressure. Enjoy it!

  4. Omg, did you just dish out my day? I completely understand!

  5. Rebecca, I LOVE that we have the exact same coffee mug! it's the best with the keurigs, isn't it?! So fun!!!

    Also, I nominated your blog for a little blogging award! :)


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