October 28, 2010 | Monica Polo | 2 Comments I invite you to take a peek into a typical weekday for me. Somewhere between the alarm going off at 5:45am and 5:45am the next day, things get a littleâ€¦ ummmmâ€¦ FRANTIC! A beautiful and serene beach setting, the sound of the ocean, a gentle breeze, the sun warming my body, the fragrance in the air – orchids and coconutâ€¦. 5:45am: alarm goes off, RUDE AWAKENING! The previous *text* was merely a DREAM – wake up – brush teeth – take dog out – feed dog – wake up the young person I am raising, my child – make tea or coffee – make breakfast – child says she’s not hungry – pack healthy lunch and snack – argue about “wardrobe selection” – demand that she change clothes – monitor the change of clothes – review homework – remind the child to make sure her room and bathroom are clean – make my bed – prepare to go to the gym 7:02am: hugs and kisses, baby girl to bus stop – gym: get some exercise in – phone starts ringing – continue to exercise and handle some business – check Facebook and Twitter while on phone, while STILL on treadmill – get way too absorbed and stay on treadmill a little too long, all the while talking (multi-tasking at its finest) – look at time… 9:15am: how did that happen? – jump off treadmill and race home to shower – get dressed, light makeup, light spritz of my favorite parfum, grab heels, put on flip flops to drive to meeting – put heels in bag with laptop and proposal – pour a cup of coffee to go although I prefer Starbucks – look in mirror – out the door 10:30am: speed down highway, fumble with GPS, realize I left my coffee on the counter 11:03am: park car haphazardly – run into building – phone rings, they’re running behind – SMH – sit in lobby and check phone messages and emails – call next appointment to delay a bit – review proposal for any flaws 11:25am: start walking to elevator – realize I STILL HAVE ON FLIP FLOPS – detour to powder room – change shoes – elevator – 15th floor, meet prospective client – present proposal – nail it – get approval – they ask if I can do lunch – unfortunately, I have to decline – off to next meeting – stomach growling 1:45pm: pull up to existing client’s office – review verbiage for website, discuss rebranding, they make idle conversation, lose 35 minutes 3:00pm: HAVE to head home to meet up with my child – accident on freeway, TRAFFIC – STOMACH SCREAMING AT ME 3:36pm: meet bus at gate – PHEW! – converse with child over snack and homework – realize I have to finish my own assignment – take dog out – library run because my daughter needs a book for homework – peruse the library a bit too long 6:00pm: head back to the house – detour to grocery store – food shopping, still hungry, buy entirely too much 7:08pm: carrying groceries in – start dinner, direct child to complete her homework, edit said homework – start my homework again 8:15pm: eat dinner – talk about day, friends, why she can’t cut her hair, her friend Grace having a boyfriend, gossip at school, lecture about the inappropriateness of 10 year olds dealing with boyfriends and/or gossip – phone rings, client having a crisis with a logo design and color palette – tell client that I will have to call them back – “When is it appropriate to have a boyfriend, Mommy?” “Mom, I can’t eat this chicken. I’m a vegetarian.” “Mom, can we go to Target because Katie has this really cute tee-shirt from there?” 8:54pm: clean up after dinner, send child to shower – that would be a “No, we cannot go to Target” – sit at laptop to look over my assignment – call client back and tackle the logo issue and discuss rebrandingâ€¦ colors, etc. 9:20pm: tell child that she is going to turn into a raisin, please get out of shower 9:45pm: help her with hair and tuck into bed 10:10pm: back in front of laptop, read emails, sign into online course – tackle homework assignment and post by… 12:00am: set up client Facebook and Twitter accounts and start posting – check my accounts – draft a blog entry – reply to emails from earlier – play with InDesign – take dog out 2:27am: why am I still up? – Adobe Photoshop has me mesmerized 3:45am: wide awake – peel myself away from my laptop and go to bed 5:45am: alarm ringsâ€¦ Have you ever seen the movie Groundhog Day? “Today is tomorrow. It happened.” LOLOLâ€¦. I hope you took a few breaths. I didn’t. What are your days like? Share in the comments below!