Friday, March 1, 2013

A Day in the Life

Hi, I'm Whitney and  here's what a typical day looks like for me:

2 or 3:00am get up to use the restroom (courtesy of being 26 weeks pregnant)
6:00ish My kitty alarm clock hops in bed for some pets of love, I sometimes check e-mail and do things with my phone for a bit before heading back to sleep.
7:00 My first alarm clock goes off and I promptly hit snooze.
7:10 My second alarm clock goes off and I hit snooze again.
Repeat a time or two.
7:20 Drag out of bed after shaking off two cats
Give the cats a little treat & fresh water.
Get ready for the next 45 minutes.  Eat some cereal too, put together my lunch & sometimes my husband's lunch.  If I pack his, I always write him a little encouraging note for the day.
8:10 Leave for work.  Drive 8 minutes or so to school.  Make a phone call or two usually bugging my dad at work, touching base with others quickly and then hurrying into school.
8:20 Get settled in my classroom, say hello to my teacher friends, check my e-mail.
8:35 Greet my students
Teach Spelling & Reading while managing to take care of and keep up with my 25 third graders until 10:30 when they go to recess and I sneak a snack & a restroom break.  If I have time, I"ll call or text my husband to say hello.
10:45 Teach Writing until 11:55.  This is one of my favorite subjects to teach so this time usually goes by quickly.
12:00pm Lunch - I'm usually starving, can't wait to catch up with my friends (go out to lunch with them on Fridays) and wolf down our meals so we're done by 12:30 when our little darlings return from recess.  I hurry back to my room to check e-mail and touch base with my hubby.
12:40-1:10 Read pictures books and a few chapters of a novel to my students.  They always beg for me to read longer or just another chapter.  Makes me smile to see them so excited about reading.
1:10-2- Teach math
2-2:15- another snack/restroom break at last recess
2:15- Teach Science/Social studies while wrapping up our entire day, have my students help tidy up the classroom and send them on their way
3:20 Send my 25 kids home to their families
3:30 Start tutoring a select few private tutoring students.  This takes 1-2 hours after school depending on the day and works out to be an excellent side job.
5:30 Head home or maybe run an errand or two.  Eat a snack, read social media outlets, watch TV, snuggle with my cats, make some phone calls, get the mail, do dishes, make a few lists.
6:30 Dinner prep.  I cook something from my menu for the week and my hubby does the dishes.
7:15 Dinner time - eat, catch up on our days, watch some TV.  Kevin cleans up.
8:00 Blog, read blogs, facebook, watch TV, grade papers, Pinterest, do school work, check e-mails, clean up the house, pick out my outfit for the next day, pack my lunch, set out everything I need to take to school the next morning, take care of my to do lists, sometimes shower, etc.
Midnight It's a miracle if we are in bed earlier than this time despite saying every night that we should work harder to head to bed earlier.  The curse of being a night owl...

Exciting right?  I love routines and even though my days are never quite the same, I try hard to enjoy the moment and appreciate the little things.  Teaching and being with kids all day definitely adds variety to my days!

4 comments:

  1. You are so lucky to live so close to school! I live 45 minutes away (live in South Bend, work in Goshen) and we start at 8:00. I get up at 5!

    Have a great weekend!

    Jordan

    www.lilpasteeaters.blogspot.com

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  2. I loved reading about your day! Your blog is so cute!

    Lisa

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  3. Hi Whitney! Just hopped over from Kelly's Korner and wanted to say hi. I posted on her blog my url to when I did this last fall (http://sarahandderek.blogspot.com/2012/09/a-typical-weekday-timeline.html). Anyway, I would be a ZOMBIE if I went to bed at midnight! And I remember those middle-of-the-night pees from pregnancy! Can't wait to read more on your blog. I've added you to my reader and I hope you'll stop by and follow back!

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  4. Love the "day in the life" posts...I'm kitty snuggling as I'm typing!! Love your "I love you because" board!! Genius! Hope you have a great weekend!
    Go Irish!!
    Brooke

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Smiles, Whitney