Timeline (blog challenge day 15)

Are you still here? Glutton for punishment, aren’t you? 🙂

Day fifteen asks for a timeline of my day. I assume this means a typical day, and not today, unless I’m supposed to post this at bedtime, which I’m not, so…

I don’t have typical days, but I’ll give it a shot. This is the summer “schedule”:

7:00- wake up. Realize that there’s no need to wake anyone up for school. Struggle with deciding whether to get up and get some writing done while the house is quiet, get up and get some exercise in while the TV is free, or go back to sleep.

7:05- Go back to sleep.

8:15- hear pitter-patter thud-thud of little feet running to the bathroom, then a tinkle-tinkle, then a flush, then a thud-thud, then a “MMMMOOOOOOOMMMMMMM!” as Ike wakes up and wants the TV on.

8:17- turn on TV. Think about going back to bed, realize that resistance is futile, get Ike breakfast instead.

8:30- turn on computer to work. Read blogs, check facebook, click on an endless stream of distracting links, read more blogs, draft blog post to schedule for another day.

10:00- realize that I’m not getting any work done, I haven’t eaten yet, and Simon is still sleeping. Leave computer, accomplish other things.

10:30 to noon- Squeeze in a shower. Try to avoid having to play trucks. Think of ANYTHING else to do with the kids.

11:30- play trucks

12:00 – crap, what’s for lunch?

afternoon- try to squeeze some work in. If it’s a nice day and AJ’s not at work, take Jack for a walk. Think about cleaning up the house… maybe do it.

5:00- start thinking about what’s for supper (which should be ready by now)

6:00- supper

6:30- dishes, cleaning up kitchen

6:45- realize that having a clean kitchen makes the rest of the house look terrible, clean that up.

7:30- if AJ was working during the day, take Jack for his walk now.

7:35- get eaten alive by flies, mosquitoes, and nippers

8:30- bedtime for the kids

9:30- finally get the kids to bed. If AJ is working, WORK.

9:45- get distracted by facebook, blogs, etc. again.

10:00- give up, go to bed to read a book that’s actually finished, published, and someone else’s problem

11:00- start to fall asleep. Promise I’ll do better, get more done, and be a better mom tomorrow.

Next day: Lather, rinse, repeat.


About Kate Sparkes

Kate Sparkes was born in Hamilton, Ontario, but now resides in Newfoundland, where she tries not to talk too much about the dragons she sees in the fog. She lives with six cats, two dogs, and just the right amount of humans. USA Today bestselling author of the Bound Trilogy (mature YA Fantasy), Into Elurien, and Vines and Vices. Writing dark, decadent, and deadly Urban Fantasy as Tanith Frost. www.katesparkes.com www.tanithfrost.com View all posts by Kate Sparkes

2 responses to “Timeline (blog challenge day 15)

  • Elaine Jeremiah

    Although I don’t have kids I can definitely sympathise. I feel there’s always more I could/should be doing.

  • L. Marie

    Wow. My hat is off to you. You’ve got small children, yet you finished a novel and are working on others AND yet you keep up with all that you have to do around the house. Do you realize how hard that is??? You make me feel totally lazy!!!! You are woman, hear you roar!!!

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