Life in Provo in the fall of 2008 has wiggled itself into a frighteningly predictable routine. It is comfortable and comforting, verging on dull, and wonderful. I rarely go out or see people, which I haven't missed yet. I'm not sure if this is in reaction to the insanity of the past six (or is it actually the last 20?) years or if I am just sinking into my natural proclivity towards agoraphobia and anti-sociality. Either way, I'm enjoying this banal routine immensely. Here's the way it works:
6.30 am--Snuggle with Moses
7.45 am--Wake up Lula
8.10 am--Give Lula toast as she walks out the door with Lola and Maude
8.15 am--Give Moses cereal/unload dishwasher
8.30 am--Kiss Moses and Christian good-bye
9.00 am--Snuggle with Cecily/story time with Cecy
(listen to Morning Edition from 7-9)
9.30 am--Go out for a 44 oz. Diet Coke in my pajamas (thanks to the Crest drive thru)
9.45 am--After caffeine kicks in, tidy house, gather laundry, start new load (listen to Diane Rheam if her guest isn't too hideous)
10.00 am--Fold and put away clothes while watching Rachel Ray
11.00 am--Take a shower and get dressed while watching The View
11.30 am--Feed and dress Cecily
12.00 pm--Drop Cecily at school
12.05 pm--Second Crest run/44 oz. Diet Coke
12.20 pm--Read emails and eat lunch
12.45 pm--Organize desk/pay bills/make phone calls to doctors, dentists, etc.
1.15 pm--Submit poetry to two journals ( five poems each)
1.30 pm--Read Emily Dickinson/write new poem
2.30 pm--Work on novel
4.00 pm--Pick up Mo, Cecily and Lula arrive home on foot
4.15 pm--practicing, homework, snacks (usually popcorn, apples or cookies), playdates
5.30 pm--start dinner
6.30 pm--eat dinner
7.00 pm--clean kitchen/Mo's bath
8.00pm--Mo in bed, Lula and Cecy in pj's for story time
9.00 pm--Lula and Cecy bedtime, Lara TV/reading time (I watch House, ER, Law and Order and am reading mostly George Pellecanos, Richard Price, the New Yorker, and THE FIVE MINUTE CLINICAL CONSULT that Kindra gave me. Sometimes I check out y'all's blogs and facebook)
11.00 pm--fall asleep watching Letterman with C.
The days have an equally predictable pattern of events:
Monday--Drive Lula to choir at 7.15 am/FHE
Tuesday--dollar scoop nite at Baskin and Robbins
Wednesday--Christian does boys nite out
Thursday--Lula has piano lessons
Friday morning--errands, story time, corn dogs and kudos at Macey's with Cecily
Friday evening--dinner out with C.
Saturday evening--movie night with kids, popcorn and treats
Sunday--Church, nap, make mashed potatoes, pick up Eliza, go to Bam's for dinner, watch Simpson's.
And then it starts all over again.
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