We realized last night that we should begin to settle into a predictable routine with Henry. There are many different schools of thought on putting babies on â€˜schedules.â€™ Henry is far too young for a clock-driven schedule, but I know heâ€™d probably benefit from some sort of routine. The first few weeks with a newborn are so crazy; there was no rhyme or reason to when we went to bed or woke up. But this week, Iâ€™m going to tackle getting into a morning routine â€“ at least doing the same things in the same order every day.
So far, our routine includes waking up with the sun and having breakfast.
(The world needs more duck-footed pajamas.)
And then we go for a walk with the dogs.
Iâ€™m hoping that, over the next few months, we can extend these walks and transform them into runs. Since Iâ€™m still recovering, weâ€™ve been doing 10 minutes once a day.
And then Henry eats again. And I eat, too.
French toast with Greek yogurt, sunflower seeds, and blackberries.
Whatâ€™s your morning routine? I just described mine! Wake up, feed Henry, change Henry, go for a walk, wake up the Husband, make breakfast and feed the dogs, feed and change Henry again, sneak in a shower if I can, and sit down to get some work done. Oh, and coffee happens at some point.
Do you consider yourself to be an organized person? Kind of. Iâ€™m organized about some things but not others. I kept meticulous date books in high school and college (I still have them â€“ itâ€™s fun to flip through â€˜em). Now, my iPhone really helps keep me on track â€“ I use the notes function and reminder lists to stay on top of my assignments; the calendar ensures I donâ€™t miss meetings. However, beyond the day-to-day stuff, Iâ€™m pretty disorganized about paperwork. I only recently realized that some adults keep actual filing cabinets of their personal paperwork (I spied a filing drawer at Nicoleâ€™s and realized she kept all her utility stubs!). I started to keep a filing cabinet when we moved and feel so much better about my paperwork â€“ itâ€™s no longer in a big messy pile on my desk!
What jobs have you held? I started working when I was 16. In order, I have been: a cashier at a grocery store, a salesperson at Limited Too, a sexual assault peer counselor, a career peer counselor, a cashier at a used textbook store, a bartender at a Mexican restaurant, a columnist for a publication called The Wall Street Journal Classroom Edition, a freelance writer, an urban planner, an author, a blogger / social media consultant, a motivational speaker, and a secretary at my husbandâ€™s clinic. Iâ€™ve also sporadically picked up odd jobs like working at a dog kennel over the holidays (hardest job ever), proctoring professor reviews at colleges, and being a medical experiment guinea pig.
Your turn! Whatâ€™s your morning like? Are you tidy and on time? And what gigs have you held?