I’m a little late to the party here, but couldn’t resist getting in on the day-in-the-life fun!
By day I work for Boxcar Press, a world renowned letterpress print shop, which includes our two letterpress stationery lines Bella Figura and Smock. My job involves an interesting blend of tackling all of our marketing and public relations as well as a mix of sales and client relations. By night I write The Sweetest Occasion, a blog detailing stylish inspiration for weddings, events and parties of all shapes and sizes. In a nutshell, my days are busy and often tiring, but more often than not they are also a whole lot of fun. Let’s take a walk through a pretty typical week day in my world….
It’s wake up time! Our black lab Nina is not amused. She loves to snuggle and would far prefer to spend the entire day in bed. Or at least sleep in until 8.
We are currently renovating our first house so on the way out the door I snap a quick “before” photo of our staircase. Once covered in nasty old carpet my husband has plans today to prime the steps in anticipation of bright white paint and a stair runner in the near future.
By this time I have showered, driven to the office and settled in at my desk. I usually eat breakfast at my desk. Behold, the breakfast of champions:
Organic oatmeal and a whole lot of water do a body good. Never fear. I am not super human. You can typically find a large tankard of iced coffee looming somewhere nearby.
I spent the first hour or so in the morning catching up on emails. A lot of our clients and media contacts are on the West Coast so a good deal of email usually hits my inbox overnight. My first project today is to sketch out some ideas for a new feature we’re considering introducing on the Smock website. (In the end, the decision was yes so you can look forward to fun new stuff around the holidays!)
This time of day is perfect for photography! We regularly update our company blogs with photos of great new things we’re printing and today I’m tackling photos of some of our recent favorites. This design is Meadow, designed exclusively for Bella Figura by Erin Jang.
I scoot downstairs to the print shop to check on the status of a project. We’re lucky enough this week to have some extra help in for the summer and our awesome interns are bundling up little swatches of our new Smock gift wrap designs.
Lunch time! I try to leave my desk for at least a half hour for lunch although sometimes I do succumb to eating at my desk. Today is a good day – a little break time in the lunch room with the ladies is just what I needed.
Boxcar subsidizes CSA memberships for all employees with a local organic farm. I head up organizing the CSA delivery (which comes right to our office) so I head back downstairs to get things set up. Today we have lots of greens including bok choy, one of my favorites!
An editorial assistant calls from a major bridal magazine for a credit check. A credit check is when a publication confirms details before an issue goes to print. They’ll verify things like the spelling of your company name, the description of the product being featured, pricing, web address, etc. This information is the type of thing you’ll find in the credits or “where to shop” section of a magazine or as a caption below a photo. Here’s an example from when Bella Figura was recently featured in New York Weddings:
Another trip downstairs, this time to check on something for a client. I visit with Carrie, one of my favorite press operators. She can often be found printing on both our Heidelburg Windmills and our Vandercook presses. Today she is cleaning up so the press isn’t inked, but the big silver roller you see is usually all inked up with whatever color is being printed.
I visit the space we’re currently renovating, which is soon going to be our newly expanded print shop. The floors have been newly refinished and sealed and today they’re working on finishing up the last of the electrical work.
It’s quitting time for the day! I make a pit stop at the gym on my way home, where I take a Les Mills BodyAttack class. (Killer!)
I get home, shower up from the gym and then make dinner. I’m a vegetarian and it’s CSA day so there are a lot of veggies in our house. This is a pretty typical dinner in our house. Couscous with a ton of fresh veggies (in this case organic kale, summer squash, and tomatoes), cannelloni beans and feta.
It’s time for a little house work. It’s simple tonight – I do a quick check of our gardens and skim the pool. I also snap a quick photos of the stairs after their coat of primer earlier in the day.
It’s blogging time! Tonight I’m blogging from the disaster zone that is slowing being transformed into our family room. And, yes, that is a stack of a good portion of my worldly possessions boxed up in the middle of the room. I check email, respond to inquiries, and block out blog posts for the following day. I stay right here in this chair until about 9:30 when I get restless and take my Macbook into the living room to chill on the couch.
Blog work is done and it’s time for bed! I get ready for bed and manage to read all about three pages of Little Bee by Chris Cleave before passing out. Six hours from now the alarm will be going off again so it’s time for sleep.
So there you have a day in my life. Was it everything you thought it’d be?
*Bella Figura and Smock are two of EAD’s fabulous sponsors. For information on EAD’s editorial policies, click here.