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 yesterday...it never
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
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
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
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
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.
Day In The Life
August 2000 NFC