Promise

I promised myself that I would add one of these stories here every time I told one. I tell them at one point or another throughout the summer. There will be no chronology - not yet anyway - nor will there be much of a schedule. You never know; I might add a story every day and I might not. This is my life. Every day is an adventure.

Anna

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

A Day in my Life

A teacher friend of mine wanted to know what a day in my life was like. I told her to let me think on it a couple days and then I'd put something up - I must apologize for taking so long. Describing a day in my life isn't an easy task. My day is not your average work-a-day schedule. Sure, I have the normal daily tasks and they happen at normal times of the day, but even in those things, the changing seasons have an effect. My mornings are likely the most stable part of my day. Regardless of the season, pretty much the first thing I do is make coffee, check my emails and do my advertising on Facebook and Twitter. After that, the seasons play tiddlywinks with my daily schedule.

In the summer - from June to roughly the first part of September - I leave for work at seven in the morning. Returning home after work is a mite flexible, but mostly I leave there at five, or when I run out of work, whichever comes first. This concrete part of my life dictates my summer mornings, and now that I have internet, I get up at five, which gives me two hours for my morning ritual. As soon as I get back home, once again, I catch up on my emails, but also during that time, I'm fixing supper and possibly doing a few homely chores. On my one day a week off, I burn trash, wash dishes maybe clean the house a bit, whatever comes up that needs doing. Frankly, during the summer, my day seems really crunched.

During the winter, my day is much more relaxed. My morning starts at dawn, which isn't so bad since dawn is around eight in the morning this time of year. Once again I fix coffee, check my emails and do my advertising, but also mixed into my mornings, now that it's freezing at night, I go out and split up an armload of firewood. As it gets colder, that chore will migrate to the afternoon so I don't have to go out first thing in the morning before coffee.

Long around noonish, the battery on my computer is about run out so I go out and start the generator. I treat myself to a couple Facebook games for an hour or two and then I spend another hour or two on homely chores, whatever needs doing. This is usually the time of year when I dig into the corners of the house and scrape out the year's accumulation of gunk. This year I scrubbed walls too. (I don't do that every year, but I suppose I really should.) As soon as whatever chore I set for myself is finished for the day, I once again sit down in front of my computer. I quickly check through my emails again but really I'm checking for comments on my blogs and catching up on Goodreads, then it's on to writing or editing. Currently it's mostly editing, but once in a while I get a bur and need to write down an idea to be developed later. This sometimes happens in the middle of the night too. I love writing in the middle of the night - it's so quiet.

Supper and after also happens in front of the computer, and if my husband can leave the TV off (never), it's back to editing or writing for me. If the TV connection sucks (80-90% of the time), he demands a movie (DVD). If I get wrapped up in the movie, I'll usually go back to Facebook and one of my games or I'll go to Goodreads and chat with my friends there.

Usually, somewhere between ten at night and midnight, I fold and it's off to bed for me to begin it all again tomorrow.

Well folks, that's a simplified look at my day. There are always little events waiting around the corner to throw a monkey-wrench into whatever I might develop for a schedule, but as you can see, the most important thing I try to do revolves around my writing, the rest is unfortunately necessary and therefore must be done at some point.

5 comments:

Bryan Gira said...

Hi Anna,
I always dig 'looking' into your life. I'm continually amazed at how seemingly simple it appears yet I know it's anything but.

I've had to continually battle this hijacked WiFi signal over the last four months and no TV (or DVD's) in that time as well so I can kinda sorta almost relate. OK, I guess not really. But no tv has kinda turned out to be agood thing. ;)

Thanks for another peek into your life.

Bryan

Anna L. Walls said...

Thanks for stopping by, Bryan. But my life is simple. You would be surprised to see what you can do without when getting it means carrying it a quarter mile. The TV is much smaller, as is my internet dish. haha

worddreams said...

Yes, you sound like a writer. . With my kids grown up, my days are more open--as yours sound--but summer and winter are reversed. I'm off from teaching summers. What's your job? It must be oriented around summer tourists.

Thanks for the peek, Anna.

Jacqui said...

BTW, how old is your house? And how do you keep it warm in winter? It looks drafty, but probably isn't.

Thanks, Anna.

Anna L. Walls said...

Worddreams - I work at a fishing lodge where people from pretty much all over the world come to catch five different kinds of salmon, not to mention trout, dollies and grayling.

Jacqui, it's October so the house is officially 19 years old now. It's a little weather worn but it's not drafty. Six inches of insulation all around. The only thing that leaks is the homemade door but we hang a blanket over it when it's cold.