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a day in the life…

…of this author. Be prepared to be dazzled by the glamor and astonished at my competence:

7:00 a.m.–Boy 3 wakes up. Has awakened twice during the night, which is about par for the course. I’ve slept through the night about five times in the last 18 months, but I have hope it will end someday.

7:00-9:00 a.m.–get everyone ready for the day. Cereal, showers, clothes, finishing homework, finding mittens, etc.

9:05 a.m.–drop off Boy 1 and Cute Neighbor Kids at school.

9:10 a.m.–arrive at Target, feeling fantastically on top of things for getting everyone ready in time and for running errands so early. Items needed, in order of urgency: present for birthday party Boy 1 will be attending that afternoon, brown mailing paper to wrap copies of Being Sixteen up for mailing, soap, baby wipes, cereal, I-won’t-bore-you-any-further-you-get-the-gist-of-this. Neither Boy 2 nor Boy 3 break down while shopping. Sail out of the store flushed with triumph.

10:00 a.m.- Return home. Boy 3 down for nap. Pop in Blue’s Clues for Boy 2 and frantically write catalog copy for publisher.

10:30 a.m.- Time’s up. Blue’s Clues is over. Send e-mail to publisher with catalog copy and hang out with Boy 2, making lunch and talking.

11:00 a.m.-Boy 3 wakes up. Boys 2 and 3 eat a gourmet lunch of dinosaur chicken nuggets and pears. I eat too, and make cinnamon streusel muffins on the sly, because what is the point of not having a treat in winter during the afternoon? While making the muffins, however, and going through the grocery bags, I come to a disturbing revelation. I forgot to buy the birthday gift and the mailing paper. I did, however, manage to end up with another customer’s bag of bras. I am not even tempted to steal them, since I could never wear them (they are DD!) and if I am going to you-know-where for stealing, it is going to be for something better than bras.

12:25 p.m.– Muffins done, Boy 2 to preschool, return to Target. Give back bras. Buy the birthday gift but forget the mailing paper (I wish I were kidding).

1:30-2:30 p.m.–Back from Target, play with Boy 3 (who is so, so funny and cute but who was so, so naughty at Target the second time–hence the forgetting of the mailing paper) and put him down for bed.

2:30 p.m.-3:15 p.m.–Precious Writing Time. Stare at screen for several minutes trying to have coherent thought. Pull things together enough to rewrite a scene that I will later rewrite over again.

3:15-3:45 p.m.–Pick up kids from preschool and elementary school.

3:45-5:30 p.m.–After school snack (aforementioned muffins, Clementines, juice). Boy 1 off to birthday party. Play Legos with Boys 2 and 3. Prevent Boy 3 from ingesting Legos and break up many, many fights over Legos. But, also, have a pretty good time making a rocking spaceship for Indiana Jones Clonetrooper (we may have mixed a few sets here).

5:30-6:00p.m.–Husband home. (Yay!) Roads not clear enough to run outside, so run three miles on the treadmill and wish for spring.

6:00-8:00 p.m.–Dinner. Baths. Bedtime and story time for Boys 1,2,3.

8:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.–Clean up dinner, bathtime mess, run laundry.

9:00 p.m.–Precious Writing Time. Also, headache time. Write for an hour, then give up and watch two episodes of 30 Rock with husband instead. Laugh until crying over “Werewolf Bar Mitzvah” sketch, and rewatch several times.

11:00 p.m.–Time to sleep.

The End.

(Just so you don’t think that I’m the laziest person in the world, I should add the caveat that I don’t usually give up so easily in the evenings with the writing–but this particular day was a Friday night, and I was tired. And I do usually spend most of Saturday writing)




+ comments (14)
  • Erin Summerill
    January 26, 2010

    ha ha snort. I laughed and laughed at your target stops. I do that all the time. But I try not to steal DD bras. For one thing, that’s so depressing…for them. Who wants big…you get my point.

    Last, 30 rock is a saving grace bestoed by the good people at NBC. Also, you should check out “Conveyor Belt of Love” for a dang good laugh.



  • Samantha Stewart
    January 26, 2010

    Buy the GIANT roll of brown paper in the paint/hardware section of wal-mart. It’s something like a million square feet and costs eight dollars. It’s wonderful for everything. Mine has served me in cookie making, sharing time, wrapping presents, wrapping packages for mailing, making full body outlines of my daughter for her to color…and it lasts forever. 🙂



  • Carolyn V
    January 26, 2010

    I am dizzy just reading about your day Ally! Whew! I had no idea you were running around so much.

    30 Rock…well, rocks! One of my favs. I just started watching Chuck. Hope it turns out as well. Good luck on the writing. =)



  • Julie D.
    January 26, 2010

    I’m amazed your cute one still takes two naps! I don’t remember when I gave up the two nap bliss with my toddler, but it has been a while. Maybe a year. Now I’m thinking that I should have tried to hold on to it a little longer. Instead he gets one long afternoon nap, but it does me no good because my four-year-old has morning preschool so I don’t get any free time anyway. Someday…



  • Heather Moore
    January 26, 2010

    Sounds all too familiar 🙂 I usually forget the one important thing at the store. I make lists, but I either forget them at home or forget to read them at the store.



  • Melissa
    January 26, 2010

    Oh, I haven’t had a full night of sleep in 18 months either. My youngest has made sure of that:)

    Wow, I didn’t realize some schools take in so late. My oldest has to be at school by 7:50 and the middle one by 8:00. Since the schools are 20 miles from here, I have to leave by 7:20 every morning to get them there on time. Yeah, I live in the middle of nowhere.



  • Aubrey(AKAStacey)
    January 26, 2010

    Oh come on Ally, you think you’re busy? 😉

    I do that all the time where I miss stuff at a store that I specifically went there for! I am a list girl…and even then…

    I just love reading your weekly posts, so much that I gave you a blog award if you want an easy post for next week! 😉 Go to my site (linked to my name) to check it out!



  • Sara
    January 26, 2010

    Oh man, I can so relate to you!! 🙂 Especially the forgetting the very reason you go back to the store thing, more than I’d like to admit! I waste so much gas running back and forth and back and forth everywhere. Sigh. Oh yeah, and probably not the running on the treadmill for 3 miles either, how do you do that?! Wow. I go to the gym instead for classes. I don’t have the motivation to make myself keep going on a treadmill for longer than 20 minutes.
    Isn’t it crazy how busy it is trying to juggle being a mommy, a wife, a housekeeper, a writer, and anything else that comes up? Way to go! At least you fit in some TV, that never seems to happen for me… I’ve heard 30 Rock is funny. Maybe someday… (Although I will admit I did watch The Vampire Diaries on Hulu a couple times last fall when I just couldn’t handle writing/reading anymore that day… sshhh don’t tell 🙂 )



  • HeatherSmith
    January 26, 2010

    Did you see the one where Jack gets bed bugs? Nearly died laughing during the scene wherein he asks for mercy and directions on the subway….so he can get his medicine.

    Are you on YouFace? 🙂

    Sorry…about Target(s)….just mail the books in ziplocs and duct tape. No one will think that is weird.



  • Julie Dixon
    January 26, 2010

    I don’t believe a word of it, Ally! I know you really were off having lunch with your new BFF, Stephenie Meyer then shopping with Shannon Hale! You famous writers are like that!



  • shelli johannes wells
    January 27, 2010

    sounds like my day except i only have 2 kids and probably would have only given the chicken fingers, forgetting the fruit part 🙁



  • becca
    January 27, 2010

    I want to come over for some dinosaur-shaped processed chicken parts. I’ll bring the pears.



  • ally
    February 1, 2010

    Erin, I would love to watch Conveyor Belt of Love, but only if you are there to snort at it too.

    Samantha, great tip! I never knew they sold brown paper like that. But now I am sold.

    Carolyn, Chuck is my husband’s favorite show!

    Julie, I know. It’s awesome. But I think the days are numbered, and the naps are usually 30-45 minutes each.

    Sara, I know! Can you believe how lazy I am?

    Heather S., I haven’t seen that one yet! We are only on Season 2. But now I am so looking forward to it. I love Jack.

    Julie, I wish!

    Shelli, that made me laugh. We have forgotten fruit too. 😉

    Becca, come on over!

    Heather, it’s good to know I’m not the only one forgetting lists.

    Melissa, I think most schools here have that late start time. I love it.

    Stacey, thanks for the blog award! I’m saving it away to use for a post later. 🙂



  • Kalina
    February 1, 2010

    This is so funny! I am a fan and fellow author (with not as much luck as you as of yet), and love reading your weekly posts. Your day sounds much like mine without the school process (my two little ones are younger). Thanks for the cute post!




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