My Happy Valentine’s Day post should not be at the top now that we’ve passed the 14th in all timezones of the world but I have nothing much to say and it’s been ages since I’ve sorted through my photos now that I’m not conscientiously doing the photo-a-day project this year.
So, for a filler post I give you a snapshot of my exciting day. There are very few variations to this routine in any Monday-Friday period.
5.30am – my alarm goes off – sometimes I’m convinced this is still the middle of the night. I read my Aussie-family emails before I get out of bed (the advantage of a laptop) and then deal with ablutions, hair drying and the application of a generous slather of tinted moisturizer to my face.
6am – wake the manservant, if he is home, so he can use what’s left of the hot water while I get my breakfast, clean my teeth, get dressed and put lippy on.
6.35am – stand at front door and shout at manservant “are you ready? – I’m leaving now; right NOW!” …..
6.45am – arrive at station and hopefully only wait 2 or 3 minutes for the first train.
7.05am – transfer trains – again hopefully only having a 2 or 3 minute wait.
7.30ish – arrive in Virginia and walk to office.
8am – take the switchboard off “night”, dig my phone voice out and plaster a welcoming smile on.
10am – half hour morning tea break. I have coffee with the same friend every day – she locks the chocolate in her cabinet and doles it out during this break – if our chocolate was in my drawer it would be eaten in one day!
Noon – After +/- 200 “good mornings” I get to change to “good afternoon” . There can be an awkward transition period of about half an hour where callers hear a combination of morning and afternoon in my greeting.
1 – 2pm – Lunch! Every day I eat the same plain Greek yogurt. My lunch has never been stolen out of the fridge!
4.30pm – 5 minute break.
4.55pm – I change my shoes, lock my desk drawers and hope I don’t have to deal with any more long winded callers looking for people who left the office at 4.30.
5pm – After answering the phone about 300+ times and greeting numerous visitors I finally get to press the “night” button, pack my pleasant voice away, wipe the smile off, lock the doors and bolt for the elevators!
5.07 -5.10 at the station for my reverse train trips home..
Home between 6pm – 6.15pm – straight into kitchen where you will find me tearing the top off a bottle of wine and taking my first gulp! Though I do drink from a glass there’ve been times when I’ve been tempted to take a swill from the bottle just to tide me over until I get that glass out!
7pm-ish – dinner followed by TV/Computer/reading.
10pm – Head off to bed where I usually toss and turn, grind my teeth and alternately sweat and freeze until the alarm goes off at 5.30 and the next day begins!!
I just saw a RoomStore ad on TV where the woman lying in bed has my shower curtain as her bedspread! It looks nice in my bathroom but hideous on her bed!