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Friday, March 12, 2021

Day in the life -- 2021

Every year, I do a Day in the Life, or a DITL.

I skipped 2018 and 2019, but I've done one every other year from 2011 on. It's cool to see the years in this way. Here is 2021's, March 11.


Wake up at 7:30 a.m.


Water. I keep a log now of how many glasses I drink.


I wake the kids up and make them breakfast. Coffee and fruit yogurt today.


Then I walk the dog as the kids start getting ready.


Dulce likes coffee quite a bit.


Natalina likes the yogurt.


Carlos wakes up and gives the dog a good morning hug.


The girls want to take a picture of me since it's 'picture' day.


The girls are still eating, so I make their lunches.


Goodbye girls! (They are going back to school after an entire year at home)


Finally some coffee.


Laundry.


Now I do some quick work, emailing some freelancing clients about edits.


Time to fix my cable situation, by which I mean, cancel it and get faster internet instead. This took forever. Seven phone calls to Cox, and I bought a modem without a router, and ugh.


As I'm wrestling with that, Carlos takes off to get his COVID vaccination, yay!


I have to run across town to buy a router. Sigh.


Ah. The router isn't connected properly, you don't say. I call Cox a few more times and we get it straightened out.


Lunch break.


Next up, some work for a small news room where I do election integrity management.


Then, grading. I have too many jobs.


Time for some dishes.


Then I get to pick the kids up from school.


Snack. (not pictured the donuts I also had).


Natalina making cookies, Dulce consulting.


At 6 p.m. I work out, body combat at home (no going to the gym these days)



That completes my move, stand and exercise goals.


At 7:30, I call my friend for our every other week happy hour over the phone.


Made shrimp peri peri for dinner.


Called the kids for the meal.


Then family dinner, wrapping up around 9 / 9:30 p.m. when everyone goes to bed.




Like I said, I do these every year. Some of the pictures have gone missing, but here is the gist throughout the years.




Saturday, January 2, 2021

Resolutions - 2021

My resolutions for 2021.



10) Drink at least 6 glasses of water a day. 

I almost do this. I'd like to do it do it.

9) Exercise consistently 5 times a week.

I got up to a little over 4 times a week this year. We'll try again.

8) Stop biting my nails.

I had done this, but lapsed in 2020. I'm going to try to do some vitamins, too, to strengthen them.

7) Do some kind of yoga, meditation, self-care three times a week.

I'm trying to get away from gleaning my value from my accomplishments.

6) Fix three things about the house


5) Make $100,000 and/or get a full-time position somewhere.

Didn't quite make it this year.

4) Publish 50 pieces

This is a large goal, but with teaching less, and counting regular clients, maybe I can make it.

3) Read 50 books

This year, I read two, so.

2) Watch less TV

I think if I spend at least one hour of my working time without Netflix on, I can do this.

1) Start a new creative endeavor and get it off the ground

Working with a friend on a possible podcast, and I have a book I want to write. But anything will count.




For my kids and I, I resolve the following:

5) Help them navigate tween-teen years, be someone they can trust and love.


4) Integrate them into my life more now that we're all home


3) Save $10,000 more each for them.


2) Do something with them every day.


1) Have them help me with one unpleasant thing a day. (Like chores or projects)


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