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What we do when we’re not writing/reading…
Saturday, January 14th, 2017

Maybe you’re curious about the authors you “hang” with… We must lead these glamorous lives, right? Huh.

Here’s a rundown of a typical day for me.

6:00 — The alarm goes off and I toodle upstairs to relieve my daughter, Kelly, who slept on the couch with her phone alarm going off every two hours to wake her so she can check on my grandma who is still recovering from breaking her back, but who doesn’t think she needs help to the potty (she does!). I sit at the kitchen table and work on whatever portable, paper thing I printed to get a head start on today’s work.

7:30 — I dress grandma and help dad prepare breakfast. Afterwards, I do the dishes and then head to my office to get some work done.

8:30 — I prep my blog, review my emails, get dressed and straighten up.

9:15 — I walk across the road to my dd’s house for a cuppa in the quiet (no kids other than the 3-year-old). We love our time together, so it’s our time to gossip.

10:00 — I begin whatever editing/writing tasks I have planned for the day.

4:00 — I’m done with work. I head over to my dd’s, hang until dinner in the chaos with all her 4 kids. After dinner, we might watch a movie or catch up The Magicians or The Big Bang Theory.

8:00 — I head back home to answer more emails, maybe do some more editing, until my dd comes over at…

10:00 — to stay the night. (She does that 5 days a week, I have one night, and my aunt the other). We hang for an hour, gossiping, checking out celebrity gossip, looking at art or food pins on Pinterest.

And that’s a typical day. Not very glamorous. When my dd has appointments or games or whatever with the kids, I babysit. We take care of each other and the people we love.

And sometimes, we carve out adult time, something fun. Like last night. I organized an art night in my messy, cluttered art room with my mom, dd, and our friend Christi. We ate from cheese and veggie trays while we worked on projects — Christi painted votive candle glasses with alcohol inks; Kelly drew cartoons in her art journal; my mom worked on a watercolor painting; and I cut circles out of an Arizona Green Tea can to make earrings with and painted some dominoes.

Me, Christi and Kelly. Fluorescent lights aren’t very forgiving! LOL

Afterward, Christi, Kelly and I headed to a restaurant in town to drink daiquiris. When I came home later, I worked a little longer on decorating my dominoes…

Something mindless and relaxing, because this morning, I began the cycle again…

So, that’s my glamorous life. What do you do when you’re not writing/reading?

5 comments to “What we do when we’re not writing/reading…”

  1. Mina Gerhart
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    · January 14th, 2017 at 11:15 am · Link

    Sou8nds like a cool day ๐Ÿ™‚
    I’m usually up between 7:30 & 8 am, morning meds (GERD & Hypo Thyroid due to partial tyhroidectomy). Check e-mail, dress & watch news/weather. Eat Breakfast, Chat & gossip with Mother 9-9:20 on Tues & Thurs Exercise with Liv, my personal trainer(lost 63 pounds so far & 50 to goal weight) at 10. After exercise, READ 8D. Wed, Read 8D & Vocal coach Michelle at 4pm (non-pro singer). Depending on the day, Choir or Chorus at any time and READ 8D. Any time Blue Heritage Chorus or St. John’s Choir needs me I try to be available. Evening, call Mother & more chat & gossip. Call Brother & talk metal detecting ๐Ÿ™‚ Finally Read some more & start to sleep. House fun when it needs it ๐Ÿ™‚



  2. Delilah
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    · January 14th, 2017 at 12:06 pm · Link

    Sounds busy and fun, Mina! I was in a church choir once and loved it!



  3. Shirley Long
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    · January 14th, 2017 at 2:36 pm · Link

    I’m usually up by 6:30 or 7:00. And that’s quit early since I’m actually a night owl and never go to bed before 1 am or so.
    My typical day is cleaning, cooking, laundry and taking care of my hubby who is not in good health. (COPD is a bitch for an otherwise healthy man). Usually check emails around 11 and look to see what new amazing books are out there or have downloaded overnight. I’m a big believer in preorder so I don’t forget on release day.
    However, I do take time for me. In between all the necessary things I have to do, I read, Read, READ. Yep, I am addicted to my kindle. It is always nearby and if I only read for 10 min or so then that’s 10 minutes I’m not stressing about something in my real life. My books take me away from the normal, everyday crap I deal with and give me, at least for a little while, peace and a smiling heart. ๐Ÿ˜›



  4. ButtonsMom2003
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    · January 14th, 2017 at 5:47 pm · Link

    I got tired just reading about your day! I’m a night owl and it’s not unusual for me to be up until 2:00 a.m.; therefore I’m not an early riser. ๐Ÿ™‚

    When I’m not reading I’m usually working on my computer or someone else’s. Hubby and I work on computers (for free) belonging to people who live in our manufactured home park. It helps me keep my skills up since retiring 5 years ago.

    I love your dominoes and own 2 of them.



  5. Karen
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    · January 14th, 2017 at 6:21 pm · Link

    Hi Delilah! I recently moved from Florida to western North Carolina to be with my mom following my dad’s death. I am currently looking for work so when I’m not reading I am online filling out job applications or for fun I’m knitting socks.