Friday, September 28, 2012

my less serious day: tick tock #2

I'm an academic, which means that the structure of my days is completely up to me and changes depending on what I'm working on and how many meetings I have scheduled. I spent this entire day working on one of my research grant proposals (exciting, I know). I thought I'd change things up and take you through a day in my life with my second 'tick tock' my less serious day post (check out my first [very different] tick tock post here).

6:00 AM. Woke up.

6:00 - 7:00 AM. Fed the dog, made coffee, uploaded my blog post, checked e-mails/pinterest/facebook, and read blogs in my PJ's at the dining room table.

@6:36 AM. Breakfast Phase I: All Bran, Kashi 7 Whole Grain Puffs, 1/2 banana, and cow's milk.

7:00 - 11:00 AM. Worked on my research grant proposal at home while sitting at the dining room table in my PJ's and drinking black coffee and water. Because this kind of writing is a painful task, I take plenty of pinterest/twitter/walking/blog breaks. This is my (somewhat unconventional) writing process and I've learned to embrace it.

@7:27 AM. Breakfast Phase II: All Bran, Kashi Simply Maize, 1/2 banana, and cow's milk.

@10:21 AM. Mid-morning snack: Gala apple.  Followed by a 15-minute walk around the block with my pup.

11:00 AM - 12:30 PM. Workout: 35-minute stationary bike ride + cool-down walk with the pup. Followed by showering, gym-bag packing, lunch-bag packing, getting dressed (finally), and driving down the street to my office.

@12:11 PM. Got Dressed. Jeans: Gap; tank and sweater: Banana outlet; blazer: Target; shoes: Miz Mooz.

12:30 - 4:45 PM. Worked on my research proposal in my office and one afternoon meeting.

@1:45 PM. Lunch: a romaine lettuce salad with grape tomatoes, carrots, raw zucchini, cottage cheese, raw almonds, Craisins, and balsamic vinegar.

@2:38 PM. Afternoon Snack Phase I: carrots sticks and peanut butter. I've learned that depending on what I'm working on - I get really snacky (i.e., bored and desperate to procrastinate) in the afternoon. On days like this I try to break my afternoon snacks up into multiple eating sessions.

@3:37 PM. Afternoon Snack Phase II: 100-calorie pack kettle corn.

4:45 - 5:30 PM. Drove to the gym and changed into workout gear.

5:30 - 6:30 PM. Workout: 60-minute Body Pump class.

6:30 - 8:00 PM. Drove home, chatted with the neighbor, did the dishes, showered, and put PJ's on. Cooked dinner while catching up with the boyfriend.

8:00 - 10:00 PM. Relaxed on the couch with the boyfriend, ate dinner and snack, watched Here Comes Honey Boo Boo and Top Chef Masters. I usually pass out on the couch about 9:45 and miss the end of my favorite shows...

@8:09 PM. Dinner: leftover spinach and cheese quinoa casserole and roasted eggplant.

@9:00 PM. Dessert: Envirokidz Koala Crispies, ricotta cheese, and whipped cream.

10:00 PM. Goodnight. 

And that, my friends, was all you ever wanted to know and more about my less serious day on Wednesday, September 26.


  1. Oh, the 9:45 crash. I always try to push myself till 10 but more often than not it ends with me slumped over and a drool stain on my boyfriend's shoulder. God WHY is it increasingly harder to stay up late???

  2. I'm really jealous of your schedule now. pjs while working, and then later, jeans while working! Kidding aside, do you have any tips for getting up early, or is it completely natural for you?

  3. i kind of want your day, I wish I could work from home more often.

  4. Haha I love that you put the times with everything! Your evening snack sounds amazing. That's a combo I never would have though of!

    Also, I love your blazer.

  5. I liked this! I like seeing "a day in the life" of people.

  6. I really liked getting to see what a day in your life looks like!

  7. I write grant proposals for work too (different than yours though, I'm sure) and I have the same writing habits-- I have to take blog/walk/snack breaks and I MUST switch up my locations (half at home or a coffee shop instead of just my desk). Happy Friday!!

  8. These kind of "day in the life posts" totally cater to my nosy nature; and my process of writing is exactly like yours. I find that I'm constantly getting up to walk, changing where I'm sitting, snacking, browsing the web... sometimes I wish it was just easier to focus on one thing, but if it works then we might as well roll with it, right?

  9. I loved this post! It must be really nice to be able to schedule your days out how you like them (to a certain extent) and that each day is different. Delicious food as always!

  10. I'm curious about your research grant proposal! What is it about?

  11. I love what you're wearing! And great eats, of course!

  12. It reminds me my grad student life of two years ago! :)

    Just found your blog and enjoy reading it a lot! :)

    What's your area of speciality?