I should put together an FAQ for my year off. I get asked the same questions over and over. I suppose that’s why I haven’t put one up. I suck at small talk, so I wouldn’t have anything to talk about….
The most asked question right behind, “What do you mean you aren’t working? How do you pay your bills?” is “What do you do all day?” (I’m sure I’ve got some sort of punctuation error in that sentence. I’d say I’m sorry, but I’m not.)
It’s a legitimate question given neither Britt nor myself are working. It’s something I would ask if I ever met another couple following the same path as us. By the way, if you’re out there, reach out to me, let’s start a club.
And that leads me to today’s post. I thought I would share with you a day in my life. I also am a super fan when other bloggers share a day in their life. It’s the nosiness in me. I can’t help myself.
Each day is different, but by and large – this is how they usually go.
3 am to 6am: Wake up. I am an early bird. I generally only sleep 4-5 hours a night. And never ever uninterrupted hours. Some nights, I might max out at 2 hours.
I am a super light sleeper. The tip tap of a spider’s legs across the floor will wake me up. Don’t feel sorry for me, I actually consider this a gift. It’s come in real handy with newborns. I never suffered for lack of sleep because my mind and body were already trained to function regardless of how tired I am.
Perhaps one day I will visit a sleep clinic to see what my problem is. I’ve tried everything from diet, to dinner time, to earplugs, to sleeping in a separate room, to cutting out caffeine, to bed time, to pre-sleep activities, to whatever – you name it – I’ve done it.
Truth be told, I have always believed it was stress. I’ve had a fairly stressful job since my early twenties. I had hoped by taking a year off, the lack of stress would be a magic pill. Yeah, no.
I’ve stopped trying, I’ve learned to accept it and actually embrace it.
What just happened, I’ve totally forgot that I’m supposed to be talking about my day. Are you still there?
Since I don’t want to wake up the rest of the house I try to be as quiet as possible. I don’t use this time to do anything productive – I need to conserve my energy for the “normal” world. Typically I watch reality TV. Thank you inventor of DVR. I also thank you Amazon Prime for your free streaming. This time is really an opportunity to veg-out, guilt free. See why I embrace it.
6am: Start moving around. If you read my daily schedule, this hour says exercise. Well….
Maybe on Monday, but that’s a rare occasion. So, instead of working out, I do something that makes me feel as productive as exercising – I clean.
Landon typically wakes around 6, so I also grab some milk and let him just chill out. You know, minor stuff like feeding my humans.
7 am: Light the firecracker. In other words, wake up Tatum. Get her breakfast, teeth brushed, hair brushed, lunch made – all that fun pre-school kid stuff. Tatum, Landon and I eat breakfast together, so we spend about 20 minutes chatting. Actually, it’s usually just me talking, reminding her to behave at school and listen to her teacher.
8 am: It’s off to pre-school. Get the bike out and load up Tatum. This is at the top of my list of things I will miss when I go back to work. Riding my bike to take Tatum to school is my favorite time of the day.
8:30 am: Check email. Answer anything urgent, file away any emails that need to be saved, schedule emails that need to be handled and delete the rest. I follow a zero inbox process, so I have a precise method to my madness. If you ever see my inbox with more than a few emails, something is wrong.
9am: Swim lessons for Landon. We have to drive into town for this, but it’s worth the sacrifice. (Read more on Landon’s lessons here. It’s the last section in bold.)
11am: My favorite part of the day. Landon goes down for a nap. I ready my bible and have some solitary prayer time. Afterwards, I work on a blog post – a guest post, my weekly Fiscal Flamingo post or a Skinny Seahorse post. I may design the graphic, draft up an outline, edit (always editing) or actually publish something.
1pm: Pick up Tatum and wake up Landon. Depending on the weather, I’ll walk to school to grab Tatum or just ride the bike. When we get home, I clean out her lunch bag, get Landon some lunch and Tatum some more food if she’s still hungry. I gauge her mood to figure out what mood she’s in – does she need a nap (almost always no), is she still hungry, etc. and go from there.
Britt takes over the honor of parental responsibilities now. Sometimes they go to the beach or to the park. Sometimes they go down to the pool. Really, it just depends and always something fun.
Landon usually stays with me. I’m a big advocate of independent playtime for my children. He will play on the floor next to the computer or in his room. Some days this works better than others. I just go with the flow.
I spend the afternoon working with Skinny Mermaid and Fiscal Flamingo clients. I also process email that needs to be followed up on. And finally, if there is time left, I work on my Fiscal Flamingo site. Either redesigning, changing my copy, working on a special project, designing worksheets, installing plug-ins, etc.
I take frequent breaks to spend some time with my little dude, grab something to eat, swap out laundry, etc. but largely I’m at the computer.
4pm: Me time (so, when I said earlier that was my favorite time of day, I lied). I’m tired of looking at the computer at this point, so I may go down to the pool, ride my bike to the donut shop or if I have errands, I’ll take care of that. The errand has to be on the Island though. If it’s in town, it waits until the weekend.
5pm: We start thinking about dinner. Generally, we think about it and then do nothing about it. I also think about exercising. Somehow, we always manage to eat and I never manage to exercise. Evenings are unscheduled, except Monday when Little T has gymnastics. I may work on the family finances, clean the house if I didn’t get to it in the morning, mindlessly surf the net, or watch a movie.
I also take several online courses, so I may work on those if I’m in the mood. I’m the church treasurer, so I may work on their books. Whatever – we just take it day by day. I hate obligations; so again, we just go with the flow.
8pm: Ding ding – the wrestling match begins. Tatum in the left corner. Britt in the right. How long will it take to get Tatum to bed? This is Britt’s job. Mostly. I do mornings, he does evenings. It works better that way because he is a night owl and I’m an early bird. I usually sit by barking orders from the comfort of the couch.
9pm – 12am: World Peace. Both kids are in bed (finally) and all is well in the Aarnink household. Britt will play Candy Crush and I will work on an online class or work on a post. I read a little bit. Sometimes we watch TV. Okay – every night we watch TV.
Eventually – zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.
That’s all folks. A day in the life of Taynia. Exciting, huh? (Don’t answer that.)
Have a blessed day. See you next post.