Monday, April 23, 2012

monday night.

159:365 monday night.
there are notes on this photo. you can see them here.
...I can see the light at the end of the "getting into project life" tunnel (more to come on that later this week - I hope!). and getting the first three weeks down on paper (so to speak) has reinforced how great this blog is to capture moments in time. you'd (or maybe it is just me) think the life of a nearly 50 year old empty nester who teaches knitting and walks a little dog at the park would be ... pretty much the same day in. and day out. and at 50,000 feet that might be true. but through the close-up lens of a week-by-week documentation project, not so much. I guess that's why currents caught on.

so for me right now, I want to capture the routine of my monday night. coming at the end of my busiest day of my week. I try to get to bed by 10 on sunday night so I can get up with my 4:35am alarm on monday morning. I missed today and didn't hit the start button on the coffee pot til 5:11. bible study prep. laundry. walking holly. 2 laps running at the park. a quick shower. a few minutes with maloka'i over a bowl of oatmeal. bible study. costco. kroger. house cleaning* (a new podcast...more laundry...two walks with holly).

and it's 4:50pm. we leave for the shop. hoping to have a few minutes to sit. and knit. and enjoy a cup of coffee before class starts at 6.

traffic was kind. and the line at starbucks was short. 5:22 and we're there. whew. it felt good to sit down. class was in full swing by 6. sock gussets, sweater sleeves, picking up stitches, picking out yarn, first socks, patterns, projects, first babies, grandbaby baptisms and birthdays, weddings, vacations, books, movies. life. all that I love about knitting. and teaching.

and before it seems possible it's nearly 8pm. checkout time! my may class is full already (whoa!) and the girls make sure I've got company to turn out the lights, set the alarm and lock the door.

I always let holly sit in my lap on drive home. (we don't go more than 35 mph, I'm pretty sure it's safe) I love her warmth, like a comfortable blanket, letting me relax for the first time all day. it's delightful. the drive home is quick and by 8:30 she's sitting at marc's knee waiting for her "piece" (of popcorn) and I'm setup with my own dinner of popcorn and wine, accompanied by gmail, google reader and ravelry - and tonight, maloka'i (oh my I LOVE this book!)

I take a photo. and I decide to write a blog post. (and hope I can include this in some shape, form or fashion in my project life album).

...and now it's nearly 10:30. marc has gone to bed. holly is curled up in her bed by my desk. it feels very late but the caffeine from that 5pm coffee is keeping me awake. I think I'm going to read....

*I should note - and my mom would be proud - the housecleaning is not a weekly thing (it used to be, but I've matured :-)...I now try to do it bi-weekly and those alternate mondays are definitely a lot less busy and a lot more interesting. maybe I'll share next week, too..

6 comments:

  1. I really enjoyed reading this account of your day. Boy, you get a lot done on Mondays! I have a hard enough time getting up at 5am to go to work, I'd never have the discipline to get up at 4:30 to exercise.

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  2. my monday's are pretty routine (which i LOVE)-this week i wanted to shake things up a bit, andrew and i taught sophie how to jump up and over the couch in the basement to get her duck-that's me always living on the edge.

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  3. Hm - so timely for Week in the Life, too! I think you should definitely print or type this out and put it in your Project Life as an insert! I loved reading it and I feel like you'd really enjoy looking back and seeing what a "typical" Monday was like when it's not so typical anymore! xo

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  4. I love routine and was comforted reading about your day. However, 4:35? I can only do that on special occasions, never as a regular routine. Kudos to you!

    I come home late one night a week and love to have popcorn and wine for dinner, so funny that you have it too! My husband has a fit when he sees me do it!

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  5. Wow you get so much done before I even get up on Mondays! When I wake up in the middle of the night (yes, night) and its 5am I'm happy to have at least three more hours of sleep! I'm also one for routine, too - one of things I look forward to at the beginning of each semester is figuring out what my routine will be each day.

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  6. A busy and fulfilling Monday/day in your life! I find that tracking the day, occasionally, helps me gain perspective and appreciation for my life's journey, here n' now!

    Thanks for sharing...still can't believe you are up at 4:35 am or so...and I thought my 5:30- 6 am rising for a person in "protirement" was early!

    Cheers~

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