Welcome to a day in my life!
On a typical Saturday, it’s not uncommon for me to sleep in until 10 AM (yes, Briscoe is able to hold his bladder for a crazy long time) and not get dressed until the afternoon. But on this particular Saturday, my alarm went off at 8 AM because I had a unusually busy day ahead of me. Like I do during on weekdays, I hit the snooze button a couple of times and got about twenty extra minutes of zzz’s. I am SO not a morning person!
After I rolled out of bed, I walked the dog and made myself a cup of coffee with the Keurig machine we got for our wedding (best gift!). While the dog ate his breakfast, I sipped my java and checked my email and Facebook and Twitter accounts on one of the three computers we have in the house. The iBook G4 is the oldest and the slowest, but it happened to be in the living room, where I was curled up on the couch.
After a quick shower, I drove to the Old Market around 10:30 AM to meet two friends, L and R, at the farmer’s market. It was a hot, sticky morning, and I quickly realized I would need to take a second shower before my afternoon activities commenced! While my friends stocked up on veggies, organic meat and wild flowers, I only purchased homemade dog biscuits for Briscoe. If my husband were home, I’m sure I would have bought some food because he loves to cook. However, since I’m no chef, I didn’t buy anything edible (for humans, that is) for fear it would go to waste.
At the market we saw the most adorable 8-week-old puppy, and I just had to photograph it!
Around noon, L, R and I grabbed lunch at Upstream. R had her nearly 11-week-old son with her, and we basically fawned over him for the entire meal. L is due with her first child in November, so our lunchtime conversation revolved around babies and pregnancy. Did I feel a little bit like the third wheel since I’m not pregnant nor a mom? Not gonna lie… kinda! But I tried to be a good sport and participated in the conversation as much as I could, mostly asking questions.
I had to rush home after lunch to prepare for two work appointments. I run a stationery business and had one client coming over at 1:45 PM to pick up her wedding invitations and another at 2:30 PM to look at Save the Date cards with her mother.
After my second client left at 4 PM all I wanted to do was take a siesta on the couch, but I had to run a couple of quick errands. First, I drove to Staples to buy colored ball-point pens so I can color-code my schedule in my paper planner and some Wite-Out for the mistakes I will inevitably make! Then I hurried to the library to return two books I hadn’t had the chance to read and picked up two more, Mathilda Savitch and Secrets to Happiness. My goal for August is to not return these unread!
At 6 PM I met up with L and another pregnant friend, J, and her husband at a hole-in-the-wall restaurant serving “authentic” Buffalo fare. J and her hubby are Buffalo, NY natives and were eager to try the wings, pizza and chicken finger sub. Their verdict: the wings were good but not the best in Omaha and the pizza tasted like rollerskating rink pizza, not like Buffalo pizza. We decided to save the sub for another visit.
We said goodbye to my J’s husband and we three girls went to the movie theater to see The Kids Are All Right. The previews suggested a lighthearted tale about the children of a lesbian couple looking for their moms’ sperm donor, but the film was a bit of a downer and not as good as I had hoped (though Mark Ruffalo is a total hottie). Still, it was fun to chow down on Skittles, M&Ms and Sour Patch Kids with my friends — it was better than sitting on the couch for the whole night, which is what I tend to do when my husband is deployed.
I was literally exhausted when I got home but still had to feed and walk the dog. This had been one of the busiest Saturdays I’d had in a long time, and I happily crawled into bed around 11:30 PM, proud of how productive I was today!