Let’s mix it up today, friends – instead of a week in review, I’m sharing a current day in the life: homebound edition. Here’s what I was up to on Tuesday this week!
I’d be curious to hear what your current day in the life is like, too, if you feel like sharing in the comments.
6:30 a.m.: Hear Riese crying. It’s my day to get up with her (Matt and I trade off), so I head in to her room. She immediately says: “No! DADDY!!!!” (sigh. I’m still 100% second best over here) but then chills out and accepts the situation after a couple minutes. I get her diaper changed and we head downstairs for breakfast.
6:45 – 7:30: Breakfast and play time with Riese. I have some toast with nut butter, yogurt, and berries on top (old photo because I forgot to take a new one), plus some tea. Riese has a deconstructed version – toast with nut butter, yogurt and berries on the side.
7:30: Head upstairs with Riese to wake Matt up so we can all get dressed and ready for our workout!
8 – 8:45: Work out in the basement with Matt! As I’ve mentioned previously, we’ve been doing a few of Matt’s brother Drew’s live virtual workout classes each week. It’s fun to work out together, the workouts are challenging, and it’s nice accountability to have them at a set time! Plus we are helping Drew out – he’s a fitness instructor in NYC and all the gyms where he normally teaches are obviously closed. The workouts are open to the public (suggest donation of $10 per person), so if you’re interested in joining let me know. He and his wife Morgana are offering a ton of time options each week!
Anyway – sometimes Riese joins us for part of the workouts, but mostly she’s just thrilled to be allowed to watch Daniel Tiger or Mr. Rogers. 🙂 I feel a bit guilty about parking her in front of the TV while we exercise, but she’s perfectly happy and it’s good for me + Matt mentally and physically so really everyone wins.
8:45: Come back upstairs for second breakfast – leftover sausage and egg casserole (<- recipe in that post) from Easter.
Plus a much needed latte… I’m feeling so tired today! I couldn’t fall asleep the night before until close to midnight… too stressed about the state of the world right now…
9: Say bye to Matt as he makes his way upstairs to start his workday!
Riese and I play for awhile – she has decided she wants to “do exercise” too so I set up a little obstacle jumping course for her using magnetic building blocks (affiliate link) and we run laps around the house and jump over the obstacles. She’s really into it. Her other favorite variation of this game is when we move the blocks into a square shape, with one color per side. I call out a color, and she has to jump in or out of the box over that color. 🙂
(If you are at home with a toddler right now too, check this post out for more ideas: at-home activities for toddlers.)
9:30: Riese is looking at some books by herself (whoa, this never happens… she’s just like I apparently was as a kid and always wants to play WITH people vs. by herself… must be an extrovert like me I guess!), so I take advantage and do a bunch of chores. I clean up the hot mess kitchen from breakfast #1 and #2, take out the trash and the recycling, sweep the kitchen floor, and vacuum the living room and kitchen.
10: Head upstairs with Riese to continue chores! I take a super quick shower while she bumbles around the bathroom (aka tears apart all the drawers), then she helps me start some laundry, change her sheets, etc.
10:30: Grab a snack – a PB&J Larabar + another whole milk latte…
…and then play with Riese! We play hide and seek, play with some kinetic sand (affiliate link), jump over various forts we make, build a house of cushions to hide in, etc. This girl never stops jumping, I tell you – she was practically born jumping.
11:30: Matt is taking a work break so we decide on an early lunch because he has to get back at it in time for a 12:30 call.
I whip up some tuna sandwiches (tuna + plain Greek yogurt + dijon mustard) for us with carrots and pickles and some cheese. Riese LOVES tuna sandwiches just like me. 🙂
12: Head upstairs to get in a few minutes of work before Matt has to get back to work! He stays downstairs and plays with Riese and they clean up the lunch mess. I quickly tackle some emails and start to review/make final edits to my Healthy Breakfast Tacos recipe post that’s scheduled to go live the next day.
12:30: Take back over from Matt and get Riese ready for her nap. I change her diaper, get her in her jammies, we read some books, etc. There’s a lot of stalling and I’m feeling pretty worn out and not super patient, but I do my best.
1: Riese is down and I go and lie down myself – I’m feeling completely wiped. I have a lot of work to do but decide it can wait a minute while I try to reset.
1:45: Feeling better and back to work! Finish editing the tacos recipe post, wrap up a few more emails, etc.
2:30-3:30: Video call meeting. I’ve been scheduling any virtual meetings/calls I have with nutrition clients or otherwise around the 2:30 timeframe because it’s a pretty safe bet that Riese will be asleep at this time, so I don’t have to worry about trying to work around Matt’s crazy work schedule (he always has a lot of calls).
3:30: Pop downstairs for a quick snack break – cottage cheese with walnuts and pineapple.
3:45: Riese is still asleep (whoa! Usually she sleeps 2 hours literally to the minute – it’s so precise it’s weird – but this must be one of those magical and rare 3 hour nap days, yessss), so I pass the monitor off to Matt and let him know I’m heading out for a short walk. It’s beautiful out and I haven’t been outside yet!
When I get out the door I realize this is my outfit – teal on green. Lookin’ good. This time in my life will not be known for my stylishness, that’s for sure… but sidenote if you are looking for some cheap but nice leggings for this stay home period of life, the ones I’m wearing are $29 on Amazon (affiliate link) and super comfy – and they have cell phone pockets on the side. They come in lots of colors.
4:15: Arrive home feeling refreshed. Riese woke up around 4 and is having her snack, so I take over for Matt so he can go wrap up his workday.
4:55: Matt is done with work and it’s time for happy hour! We made it almost to 5, close enough. 😉 Cheers!
I’m feeling REALLY grateful that Matt has been able to tap out of work at around 5 the past week or so – the first few weeks of being homebound he was insanely busy and basically worked all day every day with only super short breaks. This is a big improvement for all of us. 🙂
5: Make dinner. It’s Taco Tuesday! All that writing about tacos inspired me, apparently. Our sous chef assists from her kitchen helper (affiliate link) and with her toddler knife set (affiliate link) as usual.
A few of you saw this picture on my Instagram stories and asked for a composting update since our composting bin is in the picture – stay tuned! I’ll share one once it’s hotter outside and our compost starts breaking down more fully. And if you’re interested and missed it, here’s the original post: How to Start Composting at Home.
Anyway! This yellow pepper was supposed to go in the tacos, but we ate it all raw. Whoops!
The tacos had ground beef cooked in some Mexican spices along with a can of lentils – you couldn’t taste the lentils and it bulked it up nicely so we had some for leftovers too. Plus a little sauteed onion and some spinach added in to wilt down at the last minute.
Yum! I took down four with some grated sharp cheddar added. So good. I was really hungry!
6: Back to work for me! I’ve still got a lot to do, so Matt and Riese head out to the backyard to play while I fire the laptop back up. I get a lot done – update some old posts that need image resizing (trying to make my website faster for you guys!), more emails, other random back end updates and edits for the blog, plan out some recipe content for the coming months, and start writing this blog post.
At one point, Zara gets stuck high up in a tree outside and Matt has to save her – quite the excitement. I take a quick break to get some pictures, obviously. 😉
8:30: I’m on a roll with work and then my blog randomly goes down and I’m not able to do any more work in the back end (like post writing) with the blog down… guess the universe is telling me to pack it up for the night. Oh well!
I head downstairs to clean up the kitchen instead; Matt has just gotten Riese down to sleep and helps me clean up the huge mess from dinner. Nice of him because usually our rule is one person does Riese’s bedtime and the other does kitchen clean up! 🙂
9: I decide a hot bath is in order. I’m obsessed with baths, especially with epsom salt (affiliate link) – such a nice way to decompress and relax, and it feels good if I’m sore from a workout or run, too.
9:45: Get in bed and read for a bit! I just started reading a new book but I’m not really feeling it, so I think I’m going to start something new… any book recs? What have you read lately that you loved?
10:15 p.m.: Lights out! Goodnight.
If you like Day in the Life posts, you can see all my previous similar posts on my Day in the Life category page.