Telling our story: October Day in the Life

This year I’ve been participating in Ali Edwards’ monthly Day in the Life documenting challenge.

I’m all up to date on my monthly recording – photos and details – but my Blurb book is way behind. In the meantime, a little glimpse at our OCTOBER 2013 Day in the Life!

I keep a running Word document on my computer, and simply type up a timestamp and running thoughts for that moment. I’ve included some throughout the photos below.

Note: This is not nearly ALL the photos or ALL the text I recorded last Wednesday.

But it is representative…

(italics are comments I added recently that didn’t make it in the original document)

Wednesday, October 30, 2013 – A Day in the Life – Team Schubert

Andrew had to start a new schedule today, so we set the alarm for just before 7am. Which is still before sunrise this time of year. He got up and got right in the shower, I fed the cats and started the coffee (in the dark).

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7:12a looks nice outside. Grab the Suns blanket and settle in to the brown chair for some morning work.

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7:15a first thing I do when opening my computer is make sure there aren’t any emails for Maggie that I need to respond to.

7:20a after email, a quick glance at Facebook and Twitter. Bad habits, but found a link for horror movies for us to watch next October. Check my google calendar – I should be working on my novel right now. The coffee just finished.

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Andrew left for work a little before 8am. Lots of traffic.

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9:15a Just hit my word count goal. I’m at a good spot to know where to pick up tomorrow, so it’s shower time. 1211 total today.  16,114 overall. Still a long way to go to hit 80 or 90,000

Going to try to leave Fang in the chair. Such a cutie

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10a: downstairs. I really need to unload/reload the dishwasher. Making coffee, refilling the water. I should eat something too, but I’m so bored with all the food in the house.

10:30 unloaded the dishwasher and made myself some Top Ramen. Now will be reading while I eat. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

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1151a: scheduled 5 posts for O&U for next week, now going to go over the new design for The Finishing Manifesto so I can give Allie tweaks.

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1230p Making a cup of coffee in the Keurig and loading the dishwasher. My back needed a break from the chair. + a candy cane since I need sugar and that’s all that is in the house. The fridge is so sad right now. But we’ll be out of town Saturday and Sunday, and have to buy meals out while we do so it’s best that I just eat what is in the house. Even if that is tuna, frozen veggies and top ramen.

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1p squirrel outside. Very exciting.

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1:15p SNL and photo editing. I want to be all caught up on PL by next week. At least have all my photos  ordered.

I’m on season 10. It’s weird. Billy Crystal, Christopher Guest and Martin Short. Definitely a strange season.

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4:05p 3 weeks of PL done. Still 5 or 6 to go to be caught up. But I’m tired. Going to read for a little bit in bed where it’s lovely and warm. Andrew texted that he’ll probably be home about 7

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Andrew took his boss’s car to the car wash

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5:40p Andrew says he won’t be hungry when he gets home so I’m going to eat without him. Frozen burger and frozen veggies.

The girls follow me downstairs. Continuing to read while it cooks

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740p: Andrew finally got home. Brought me hot apple cider from Starbucks too! What a fun treat!

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746p: Andrew washed his feet and now we’re settling down with our apple cider to watch Walking Dead – season one finale.

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9:30p almost done with the first episode of season 2 but Andrew has to leave. I head upstairs with my water and book while he heads to the studio for his session

The girls fall asleep in the middle of the bed – so cute, but they’re leaving me very little room.

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11p finished my book. Good night.

Andrew had a recording session with Steppe People, working until 2 or 3 am.

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Day in the Life: July

This year I’ve been participating in Ali Edwards’ monthly Day in the Life documenting challenge.

July was an exciting Day in the Life – my 2nd DitL without a day job. It’s been very interesting to see how my days are shaping up without a set schedule (yet).

A little glimpse at our JULY 2013 Day in the Life!

I keep a running Word document on my computer, and simply type up a timestamp and running thoughts for that moment. I’ve included some throughout the photos below. The plan is to include all the images and text in a Blurb book for the year.

Note: This is not nearly ALL the photos or ALL the text I recorded Wednesday, July 31. But it is representative…

(italics are comments I added recently that didn’t make it in the original document)

Wednesday, July 31 2013 – A Day in the Life – Team Schubert

2:41a: Andrew worked all night. Without going into detail on his job, he had a big project to work on, worked through the night, and this photo pictures all the CDs he listened to while working on the project.

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530a: awake. Feels awfully early, but I guess it was about 7 hours sleep. I have vague memories of Khaleesi snuggling up to me in the middle of the night, but now she and Fang are just wandering around the room waiting for me to get up.

Andrew is not home; texted him good morning.

540a: getting up; Khaleesi is always a little ansty for me to go downstairs and feed her. As if she’s starving.

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545a: cats fed, coffee brewing. The last time I went to Ralph’s they only had the small half and half.  Having to turn the kitchen lights on – that’s how early it is, apparently.

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613a: done w/ immediate 30Lists stuff. My calendar says I should be working on our Colorado travel journal right now, but instead I’m going to read my library book – I am SO CLOSE to finishing. And I’ve had it for 2+ months. I need to finish it. While I drink my coffee, obviously.

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749a: For some reason I feel like cleaning. Weird.  I never do. Will be straightening up the living room a bit. Starting a Dishing Up Nutrition podcast on my iTunes while I work.

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the cats understand when I am going upstairs to take a shower and always come with me

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915a: Out of the shower. My weekly leg-shaving. Fang is on the toilet tank. Again. Weird. Khaleesi apparently went all the way downstairs to get their rat, brought it back upstairs and was wrestling it on the floor mat in front of the shower when I got out. Weird.

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930a: downstairs and starting some eggs and bell pepper. I waited too long to eat this morning. I’m STARVING.

Texted Andrew a photo of my dressed/showered. Miss him. Haven’t seen him for 24 hours and probably won’t for another 12

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955a: done eating, dishes in the dishwasher, shoes on and leaving for the library and Sprouts. It’s double ad Wednesday, so hopefully the berries are still last week’s price.

10:06a: dropped off book at the library. Finally. There’s a big sign that says they are expanding the parking lot this fall so we’ll see what that means.

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10:40a: home, Khaleesi was waiting in the front window for me. Unpacking groceries, giving the girls their lunch

1050a: morning snack: water and red grapes. Easy peasy.  Sitting in the brown chair, trying to decide what I want to do for the next hour. I have a webinar that I signed up for at noon, so I don’t want to start a movie or any big project. Lots of emails to respond to, but I’m not sure I have the energy. Maybe I need a nap. Turning off my brain for a little Facebook and blog reading.

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Andrew’s work update

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12:02p waiting for the webinar to start, answering 30Lists emails

1245p: a couple more good ideas in this webinar. But of course it gives me MORE stuff to do.

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1:05p: got to the final tip for list building and ended the webinar. Weirdly the last 2 fingers on my right hand have been hurting. Probably too much writing by hand. Going to finish 30Lists stuff and then move on to Maggie stuff. NEVER ENDING WORK.  How did I do all this when I had a day job??

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112p: refilled my water glass, prepped coffee for tomorrow. Khaleesi is on her chair and Fang is in her box.

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1:54p My emails are taking awhile to send so I may need to take a hammock break

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I love relaxing in the hammock, but I always up thinking about all the work/projects that need to be done in the backyard and on the house.

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315p just changed the sheets in our room. I had been sleeping on the couch, but the last couple nights were cool enough to sleep upstairs and clean sheets will be heavenly

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422p: reconfiguring my schedule for the rest of the week., emailing with Kam re: 30Lists. Seems she likes the lame voiceover I recorded.

435p: more ice cream. More reading. I can’t bring myself to do work yet. I think my brain turns off mid-afternoon.

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643p: I totally fell asleep. I blame F&K for waking me up at 530a this morning.

The good news is Andrew is on his way home, so I just need to make him salad and then we get to hang out!

708p dinner is made. Big green salads w/ grilled chicken on top and fruit salad to share. I gave the girls tiny pieces of chicken and K tried to steal F’s. Rude. And kind of adorable. Now listening to a history podcast and just waiting for Andrew. K is being a demon.

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720p Andrew is home! Just heard the garage

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807p done with dinner, watching Stripes

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9p: Andrew is falling asleep so we’re turning off the movie and are going to go read in bed. G’night!

He’s not naked in this photo, although I realize now it looks like it. Khaleesi seems to think my side of the bed is in fact, hers. Rude.

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A day in the life Blurb book so far

I’ve started my A Day in the Life Blurb book!

If you haven’t seen it previously, A Day in the Life is a memory keeping project from Ali Edwards focusing on recording the everyday details over a whole day. One day each month.

Table of Contents:

I plan on using 1 photo for each of the days (that corresponds to the first page of that day’s chapter) ….

I still need to add the rest of the days (obviously) and the page numbers …. But I won’t know the actual page numbers until after the book is done.

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Chapter/Day openers:

The book is going to be 8×10″ portrait layout, so each day-opening spread is going to include a horizontal photo going across both pages with the day/date on the right. The typeface is Avenir.

(The January photo looks slightly different because it’s a cell phone 4×3 photo instead of a dSLR 4×6 photo)

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That’s it. That’s all I have done so far. But choosing the layout and typeface and all was just exhausting :)

Since I have photos that don’t have captions and captions that don’t have photos I’m not totally sure how I’m going to do the rest of the days’ layouts, so if you have any ideas please let me know.

Th next Day in the Life I’ll do will be June 26 (as will Ali). I thought about doing in on the weekend on the last day of the month, but we’re going to be out of town and I didn’t think I would be able to do the thorough recording I would want to.

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A Day in the Life: May

Are you participating in Day in the Life? Ali Edwards‘s monthly recording project. I love her.

I’m all up to date on my monthly recording – photos and details – but my Blurb book is way behind. I’m excited to show you all, but in the meantime …

A little glimpse at our MAY 2013 Day in the Life!

I keep a running Word document on my computer (1 for the hours I’m home and 1 for the hours I’m at work), and simply type up a timestamp and running thoughts for that moment. I’ve included some throughout the photos below.

Note: This is not nearly ALL the photos or ALL the text I recorded Tuesday, April 30. It’s also very morning-heavy since that is when I have the most access to a camera. I am literally NOT ALLOWED to have a camera at my desk at work because of security concerns.

But it is representative…

(italics are comments I added recently that didn’t make it in the original document)

Friday, May 31 2013 – A Day in the Life – Team Schubert

540a or so : the girls wake me up by running all over our room, including over me; glance at my phone and see that Andrew will be coming home soon and try to go back to sleep

721a: reminded that it is DitL for May by a tweet from Megan. Grab my camera to smap some photos of the morning.

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Our new blinds look SO good

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Andrew stayed in bed for awhile still, since he didn’t get home til 6a or so

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727a: coffee in hand I sit down at the computer for the morning. SO sleepy, but I need to get work done so I’d rather be awake.

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8:03a caught Khaleesi just lounging on the kitchen counter. Where she is not supposed to be. BRAT.

Glad we have so much produce in the house. I love summer for that very reason.

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941a getting in the shower

955a getting out of the shower. Fang waited for me in the bathroom ….

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1043: fed the girls, Andrew is getting dressed in the sitting room, eating eggs+broccoli, only about 90 min before I need to leave for the day so I’d better get those emails sent that need to be sent.

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1214p leaving early just in case. Fridays tend to be obnoxious.

There was a nearby brush fire that clouded the sky

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I think today was the last day of school… high school students everywhere around 12:30p

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1:23p Walk into the office building

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(work from 130-930p) No photos.

941p: In my car to go home

958p: Tried 2 onramps and BOTH are closed. Pulled a U-turn in the middle of Sepulveda to go south to Olympic.

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1052p Finally pulled into the garage. More than an hour after I got into my car. Which comes to … 1.5 miles/hour?? Ridiculous

Walked in and turned the air way down from 80 degrees to 74 degrees to keep our bedroom cool while we sleep.

Fang is SUPER chatty.

Gave the babies a treat

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1110p text from Andrew that he’s still got another hour+ at work. Lame. So I give up trying to stay awake for him.

1130p lights out.

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A Day in the Life: April

I’ve been participating in Ali Edwards’ project A Day in the Life since the beginning of the year!

Bonus: Andrew has been too :)

He’s so good about taking photos for me – he even Instagrams regularly.

You’ve seen a few of our Day in the Life photos here in there over the last few months – in my Project Life layouts or Around Here posts – but the bulk of all that documentation is going in a Blurb book.

I’m trying to keep up with designing the book month-by-month, so I can just order it come January 2014. I’ll show y’all an update soon.

But for today: A little glimpse at our APRIL 2013 Day in the Life!

I keep a running Word document on my computer (1 for the hours I’m home and 1 for the hours I’m at work), and simply type up a timestamp and running thoughts for that moment. I’ve included some throughout the photos below.

Note: This is not nearly ALL the photos or ALL the text I recorded Tuesday, April 30. It’s also very morning-heavy since that is when I have the most access to a camera. I am literally NOT ALLOWED to have a camera at my desk at work because of security concerns.

But it is representative…

Tuesday, April 30, 2013 – A Day in the Life – Team Schubert

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810a Cats are fed. There’s still cold coffee in the pot so we’re experimenting with coffee&cream popsicles. It’s supposed to be 90 degrees here in a couple days.

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827a: Coffee brewed!

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917a: more coughing from Khaleesi so Andrew decided to giver her her inhaler treatment. Poor baby.

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1020a: Andrew gave K her medication. Today is the last day of 2x/day

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1030a: packed lunches for Andrew and I; salad, grilled chicken, strawberries; so healthy but I have been craving a strawberry cheesecake DQ blizzard for days. Gave the girls a tiny bit of chicken while I was packing lunches. They are so good – they never beg.

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1052a: loading the dishwasher while I wait for my sausage to cook; also having strawberries + a cutie

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1152a K just came and took over my lap. Makes using a laptop not that easy

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1212p: brought up one of the trashcans (the other 2 get emptied later in the day)

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1215p: cleaned off stovetop. Should have done this weeks ago. Thinking I’ll add it to my Google Calendar as a monthly chore so I don’t forget

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1245p finished prepping the coffee; upstairs to get dressed

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221p: walked in; Matt is in NP today which is kind of nice. Took my lunch to the fridge, got new water and my tuna to eat now; showed April and Kasey the photo of K with the inhaler (their both cat people). I know that photo looks SUPER sad, but I also think it’s kind of hilarious

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735p: back from lunch, bathroom

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1051p the light in my dashboard isn’t coming on. Weird. Obviously I can still drive, and I have done the drive often enough to know my general speed, but still slightly unnerving.

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1126p: stuck at the railroad crossing on Newhall avenue. Blerg.

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1143p : finally walked in. In spite of being let go early. Ugh I hate that drive.

Andrew has been asleep on the couch for I don’ t know how long so I get to give K her medicine. She’s real purry right now – what a sweet heart.

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11:55p reading in bed

12:10a lights out.

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Day in the Life monthly project

It’s no secret that I’m a *little* bit in love with Ali Edwards.

So – at the end of January she suggested a monthly Day in the Life memory keeping project I thought, ‘yep, of course.’

Of course.

I participated in Week in the Life back in summer of 2011, and while I think I do an OK job recording the everyday stuff around our life on a regular basis, I love the idea of a big day-long, in-depth binge of photo taking and note-taking.

Andrew is AMAZING about playing along. He takes so many photos for me for the week.

I keep a Word doc open on my computer (at home and at work) with timestamps + commentary. For the times that I’m not sitting at a computer (admittedly not often), I send emails to myself and take screenshots of the time on my phone (i.e. park my car at work at 2:19p before walking the quarter mile into the building).

This year Ali designed a set of 6×12 Day In The Life layered templates that you can use as inserts in Project Life.

I, however, decided early on I wanted to include more than would fit in a single insert so will be ….. (drum roll please)…..

Making a Blurb book!

I know. You’re shocked.

I’ve started already with January. Once I get the basic design/layout decided on, it will be easy to replicate for each month.

Just a look at our final day of January … morning at home, errands, then boring day job until about midnight……

 

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Our final day of February was very similar (except more annoying), since it was also a Thursday.

I’m looking forward to Day in the Life for March – since it’s a Sunday AND a couple days before my birthday (so possible family bday events coming). And my *hope* is future months’ Days-in-the-Life will not involve said day job :)

Are you participating in Day in the Life?

How are you recording them?

P.S.. 3×3 photo template is from Paislee Press

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