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Online Edition - August 2000

Issue Highlight - Homeward Bound
--- Peter Block offers some practical reccomendations about how to create balance and harmony in your life.
These recommendations are guaranteed to work or your time back."

In This Issue...
The Economics of Choice
Children: A Blessing or a Lucky Taxbreak
Welcome to the Wild West
The Struggle to Have It All

Peter Block Column
Day In The Life Stories
Views for a Change

Heard on the Street
Letters to the Editor

A Day In The Life...

Taking Some "Me" Time

  When Beth Gdanski, Boca Raton, Fla., wakes up every morning, she knows the day won't be easy. With two young children, a husband and a full-time job, how could it be? And today won't be like never is.

 6:00 a.m. - Wake up.

 6:45 a.m. - Finish getting ready while the kids wake up. Alyssa, the youngest, is 6. She has summer camp for one more week. Ilana, the oldest, is 10. Her camp just finished last week, so she has much more free time on her hands. Before leaving for work, they both need lunch prepared.

  7:00 a.m. - Alyssa wakes up. She needs to get ready for camp and eat breakfast. This time is valuable. Ilana wakes up (shortly after 7:00). Spend time talking while eating breakfast and preparing lunch. After an hour of talking, the day starts.

  7:45a.m. - The nanny, Joanna, wakes up. Talk for about 10 minutes before leaving for work.

  8:20 a.m. - Stop by my husband, Charlie's, café, The Roasted Bean, and grab a quick cup of coffee. Charlie leaves for the café early, but arrives home earlier.

  8:30 a.m. - Arrive at work and routine as paralegal begins. Work focuses around estate administration and planning. Throughout the day, a variety of things can happen. With letters to draft, real estate documents to handle, conference calls to participate in and meetings to attend, no day is ever the same... and no day is ever quiet. At any one time, 20 different things can happen and at once. And Ilana or Alyssa could call.

  12:00 p.m. - Lunch with colleagues. This provides time to relax and catch a breath after the fast-paced morning. Unfortunately, lunch frequently consists of eating while working at my desk.

  12:30 p.m. - Start up work again. The afternoon resembles the morning. Fast-paced and always doing something different.

  4:15 p.m. - Alyssa calls when she arrives home from camp. A few quick camp stories, and it's back to work.

  6:00 p.m. - Leave work.

  6:30-6:45 p.m. - Arrive home to complete bedlam. The kids rush the door, anxious to talk about the day's activities. Soon, things quiet down. They return to their friends outside.

  6:45 p.m. - Dinner preparations are underway. Sometimes it's a phone call to a restaurant that delivers, other times it's cooking. Tonight, it's homemade tacos. During this process, the kids come in and out of the kitchen for a variety of reasons (questions, a glass of water, etc.).

  7:45 p.m. - Time to eat. It's fun to watch the kids make their own tacos... although a little messy. Over dinner, the discussion continues on about the day's happenings.

  8:45 p.m. - Alyssa's bedtime. She gets cleaned up and goes to sleep. Ilana watches some TV and reads the Harry Potter books her aunt sent to her.

  9:30 p.m. - Ilana's bedtime. Charlie is also getting ready for bed. Time to relax and have some personal time. Read the paper and watch some TV.

  10:00 p.m. - Take some time to catch up with e-mail.

  11:00 p.m.
- Do a little work to get ahead for tomorrow.

  11:30 p.m.- Take some personal time... some "me" time. Watch TV while reading. This goes on until 1:00 then it's bedtime.

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