#AMonthofFaves: A Day (or Weekend) in the Life of Yours Truly

December 10, 2018


Today’s prompt:

MON. Dec. 10 – A Day (or Weekend) in the Life. What did you do on Saturday, December 8th … or that weekend – December 8-9. Let’s take a peek into each others lives as as we chronicle what we all did on that day (or during the weekend).

It’ll be weekend for me!

December 8

3:30 a.m. – Wake up because I fell asleep at 6:45 p.m. after getting home from the gym. Eat food, futz around online (which includes trying to figure out why a book I know I rated on Goodreads doesn’t have a rating and why another book is showing up as having been read twice when I only read it once).

4:31 a.m. – Heat up some tea, read a little bit

5 a.m. – Have a lie down so I can get up at a reasonable hour and face the actual day

7:22 a.m. – Wake up for realsies, meditate, fool around on Facebook

8 a.m. – Get out of bed, shower, eat, etc.

9:45 a.m. – Head to my support group, run errands, eat some food, futz around online (this will happen a lot)

2 p.m. – Grade papers

2:10 p.m. – Slight grading crisis, phone a friend

2:15 p.m. – Resume grading (Grading includes futzing around online, getting up randomly to do other things that I forgot need doing, checking text messages, making lists of things I’d rather be doing, etc.) (Also, I have [re]started using the Pomodoro message so some of these are built-in breaks and some are most assuredly not.)

4 p.m. – Time to eat something, so I make some Trader Joe’s hash browns (verrrrrry similar to McDonald’s), phone a different friend about a different grading crisis, futz around online

5 p.m. – Back to grading!

6 p.m. – Okay, I need real food so I go to the store for some. Pavilion’s is out of colby jack at the deli, and I wonder (again) why I bother shopping there. (It’s right around the corner from my house is why.)

7 p.m. – Home! Cook food, watch Jeopardy!, eat food while watching Jeopardy!, futz around online

8 p.m. – Grading

9:45 p.m. – Stop grading because the papers keep getting worse (somehow???) and I can no longer deal.

I ordered a set of self-hypnosis CDs that are supposed to help with IBS, (it sounds very whoo whoo but it’s grounded in research) (this is also why I am convinced that 90% of my issue is stress/anxiety related since the hypnotherapy is basically a meditation as far as I can tell) so I rip them to my computer and then add them to my phone and then figure out how to play the tracks one by one on my phone (set up a separate playlist for each), and type up the schedule.

12 a.m. – Bed

December 9

7 a.m. – Wake up, futz around online, meditate (wrong order, I know), arise

8 a.m. – Decide I’m going to the Nailed It Holiday Village so RSVP for it

nailedit village

source: Facebook

Netflix is excited to announce the Nailed It! Holiday Village taking place in Hollywood on December 8th and 9th! Visitors will have an opportunity to enjoy ice skating, holiday baked good decorating and other fun activities!

8:15 a.m. – Force myself to get a move on so I can finish what I need to do (more grading, of course) before going to said holiday event

9:10 a.m. – Grade, update final exam assignments in Canvas (I know: I make terrible decisions), add rubric to an assignment (TERRIBLE DECISIONS)

11:15 a.m. – Lunch

12 p.m. – Back to work

12:30 p.m. – Take a break, fall asleep

2:30 p.m. – Head to Nailed It! It was a super cute little holiday village with performers (Santa Sisters singing group and a dance company doing the Nutcracker ). There was a cookie decorating challenge to see if you would Nail It or Fail It.

I nailed it, of course.

The model is on the left; mine is on the right

Nailing it meant getting entered into a raffle, which I did not win, so that was a bummer.

The ice skating was on faux ice (I didn’t skate) and, as advertised, there were snacks: cotton candy, popcorn, hot chocolate, candy canes, and hot apple cider.

All of the kids there were super cute and into doing the ice skating–mostly falling down–and playing in the fake snow. They had a decorating station that was lower to the ground for kids and people in wheelchairs, so that was nice. Oh and there were gingerbread people (or chocolate people, depending on where they were stationed) who stayed in character the whole time.

Nailed It Event

the gingerbread and/or chocolate people

Jacques and Nicole were not there (they were there the day before) so that was also a bummer. But! It was cute and a nice break from grading.


4 p.m. – Leave Nailed It

4:45 p.m. – Get home, eat, futz around online

5:55 p.m. – Head to my support group

7:10 p.m. – Home again, which means it’s time for grapes and grading

8:55 p.m. – Stop grading because my neck hurts and I’m tired of reading papers

9 p.m. – Do additional set up so I can start the IBS audio program. This mostly includes typing up the symptom rating chart and then filling it out. It’s always interesting to actually write up/put a number to symptoms. Most of mine are in the moderate range, which is way better than severe or very severe, but it’s also like, “Oh yes, that does impact my life a lot.”

Also, headaches is one of the symptoms, which is super interesting because, as many of you know, I have also been diagnosed with chronic daily headaches and actually take medication for that so my headaches haven’t been as much of a problem as before…Oh my god, but now I’m having all these stomach issues. SEE? STRESS. Also, I never even connected the dots that clearly before.

(This is not entirely true since some foods trigger headaches in me, but…yep. Suppress one thing and another comes up. THIS IS JUST LIKE THERAPY/RECOVERY.)


Okay, moving on. This is just supposed to be about my day.

10 p.m. – Write this post

11:30 p.m. – Schedule post, Facebook, read the directions for the IBS audio program

12 a.m. – bed

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  1. Sharlene

    That Nailed It Village looks cute. And awesome cookie decorating skills!

  2. natashajk

    I like how honest you are about futzing about online because, while I did a lot of that on Saturday, I didn’t add it in. Mostly because I forgot and it’s not photogenic. Ha!

    And you totally nailed it with that cookie. Way to go!

  3. Andi

    Oh man, reading this and saying, “Yep, that’s my life” in my head. Especially re: grading, futzing around online, giving up when the papers go downhill, etc. Today, for instance, I’m up at 5am, have a crap ton of stuff to grade, and I’m here commenting on your blog. I’ll take your blog over the grading ANY DAY.

    Growing up my mom had IBS before they knew much about it, and best we could tell, hers stemmed largely from stress. Many of her symptoms dissipated when she started some mild anti-anxiety meds. Now, unfortunately, I have symptoms when my anxiety gets out of control! I hope all your amazing, proactive steps help a ton. I’m so glad we have more resources to draw from now.

  4. Kim

    Oh my. I am online so much too! I pop in and out all day long. Also, I’d totally eat that cookie.

  5. travelingwitht

    Futzing around online… LOVE it. Seriously, sounds like a great weekend- except for the grading papers :(

    • Akilah

      grading is the worst


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