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A Day (Off) in the Life: March 16, 2016

The second annual “A Day in the Life” Blogger Event is hosted by Trish at Love, Laughter, and a Touch of Insanity.¬†I wrote about a workday for last year’s Day in the Life. This year, I’m looking back at a midweek day off from work.


This photo collage¬†is from the night¬†before this year’s Day in the Life, at the Lobero Theatre in Santa Barbara where Paul and I saw¬†Loreena McKennitt on her Trio Tour. Because we didn’t get home until nearly midnight and we are old, we also took the following day off to recover. The recovery day is this year’s Day in the Life.

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A Day In the Life: Wednesday, March 16, 2016

6 AM: I’m waking up. I remind myself I’m not going to work and Winchester isn’t home, so I don’t have to get up yet. I doze for another 45 minutes or so.

6:50 AM: I linger in bed. I read emails. I remember that March 16th is my 9th blogiversary¬†and compose social-media updates to announce it since I don’t actually have a post scheduled to publish today. I decide I should probably get out of bed soon since I have a 9 AM appointment at the DMV.

8:35 AM: After showering, dressing, and breakfasting (but not caffeinating yet), I leave for the DMV. I have to renew my license in person this time, after doing my last two renewals by mail. I’m not too bothered about having to get a new photo, but I’m a little concerned about the vision test.

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I suspect every day looks like this at the DMV.

9:45 AM: Done at the DMV. Having an appointment doesn’t seem to save that much time because the signage wasn’t terribly clear and I go to two wrong lines, but I pass the vision test–it explains a lot¬†about traffic if California lets half-blind people drive!– update my organ-donor registration, pay my fees, and hav my mug shot taken. My reward: a Grande Cold Brew iced coffee–caffeinating, at last! Off to Starbucks.

10:15 AM: We boarded Winchester for a sleepover at his daycare yesterday since we knew we’d be home very late, and Paul has already picked him up by the time I get home. Poor pup–back from a sleepover needing more sleep! Paul and I spend the next few hours doing homework for the trip we’re planning to Italy next year.

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Winchester rests up after his sleepover at Send Rover on Over
Last year, we began talking over a two-week trip tp Rome, Florence, and Venice, plus Paris, in late May/early June 2017. We’ve since decided to drop the whole Paris segment but only shorten the trip by half the time we intended to spend there–most of that’s being reallocated to Florence. Paul has already made a list of potential lodgings in each of the cities we want to visit–Rome, Florence, and Venice. Today’s project is to update the list with estimated costs for airfare and each hotel option, so we can get a better idea of the budget.

Without the Paris itinerary we’ll fly into and out of Rome, and being able to buy round-trip plane tickets is improving the budget projections substantially. A few of the hotels we’re considering are already accepting reservations for May 2017, and we’d like to score whatever advance-purchase, online-booking discounts we can, so we’ll both be requesting vacation time (for 14 months from now!) as soon as we can.

2:00 PM: After getting to a stopping point with all the vacation planning we intended to do today, I start drafting this post.

3:00 PM: I take a break from the computer to join Paul on the couch and watch the last two nights of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert episodes on the DVR.

4:30 PM: Caught up on Colbert and back from a walk with Winchester. Paul will be having dinner with Spencer (his son) tonight; I’m opting to stay home, forage in the fridge, get caught up on some random online stuff and work on a Bloggiesta to-do list/sign-up post (it’s going on all this week!).

6:30 PM: I’m almost finished with the Bloggiesta sign-up post when a text comes in from Paul to say he’s on his way home. I got too involved in blogging to do any foraging! I warm up some leftover pasta to eat while we catch up on other shows on the DVR.

8:30 PM: After watching Monday night’s recordings, Winchester gets his final outing of the day. (Full disclosure: Winchester didn’t actually watch TV.) ¬†Once we’re all ready for bed, I play some Words With Friends and take a spin through Mr. Reader before winding up the night and winding down to sleep with my current book. 5 AM, and the wake-up call to go back to work tomorrow, is just a few hours away.

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