A day in the life

I just looked back through old posts and saw that the last time I did a day in the life post was November 2013. Two years later, and my life is pretty different! I thought it would be fun to share a typical day for me. The day I’m sharing is from this past Wednesday!

5:05 a.m. – I groggily roll over in bed because the coffee grinder woke me up. Once I realize the coffee is brewing, I am instantly happy. I’m like a Pavlov dog. I shuffle into the kitchen, grab a cup of coffee, and plop on the couch with a book or watch the news with Jimmy. After I finish my coffee, I have breakfast, feed Lola, let her out, and see Jimmy off to work.

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Lola was barking at me to let her in when I took this picture, haha.

6:00 a.m. – I crack open my Bible, journal, and devotional book. I spend some time reading and writing, and I always feel peaceful and ready to take on the day after this time.

7:00 a.m. – Lola and I hop into my truck and head to the next neighborhood over from ours to visit Chloe and Ava, the dogs I’ve been pet sitting this week. I walk in the door and see that they chewed the remote and were playing with the area rug during the night. I let them outside, feed them, and we play tug-of-war for a bit. I move the rug, vacuum the floor, and text the client to let her know the remote was chewed and offer to pay for it. She texts back and tells me not to worry about it–the remote is Ava’s favorite chew toy.

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Ava and Chloe

8:15 a.m. – Lola and I arrive home. I take her on a quick walk and clean up the kitchen and living room when we get back. I check to see if there are any leftovers in the fridge, and am excited when I see there are. Leftovers always make packing my lunch easy! As I’m packing up and getting ready for work, I have a snack and another cup of coffee. I then shut mine and Jimmy’s bedroom door and lock our garbage can because Lola likes to pee on our bed and get into the garbage.

9:30 a.m. – I drive to work and arrive about 20 minutes later. I work as a household manager/personal assistant for a family of four. Today I have to do Quickbooks for the dad’s business, bake granola, and let in the pest control company to spray the house for any bugs. After those tasks, I eat a quick lunch, take care of the dog and cat (aka pet them and play with them for a little), do the laundry, make the beds, vacuum, dust, mop, and wipe down the counter tops in the bathroom and kitchen.

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I usually use this recipe or this one for granola!

3:00 p.m. – After I finish up at work I drive about 20 minutes to see Chloe and Ava again. This is my last visit for the week with the girls because their owner is coming home this evening. I feed them again and we play with their toys for a while. I always love hanging out with Chloe and Ava because they’re so happy and playful. I literally cannot have a bad day when I spend time with them. That’sย one of the reasons I’m so passionate about dogs.

4:10 p.m. – I arrive home and jump in the shower. After I shower, I welcome Jimmy home from work, unpack our lunches, and feed Lola. I start making dinner and we watch the news while I cook and we catch up on each other’s day. I have the volume on my phoneย turned up super loud while Jimmy and I have dinner because I’m expecting a call from another pet sitting client. He’s supposed to let me know what time he’s heading out of town this evening so I can stop by and see his dog, Haley, at 6:00 p.m. or 9:00 p.m., depending on when he leaves.

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Haley girl!

6:45 p.m. –ย Jimmy and I head out the door to Bible study at our church. Haley’s owner calls me while we’re driving and tells me he’s going to leave tomorrow instead of tonight because it’s raining really hard, so I don’t need to watch Haley until tomorrow. Jimmy laughs at me when I hang up and pout because I adore watching Haley. She’s very sweet and well behaved. I’m kind of relieved, though, because now I won’t be up too late tonight after church.

7:20 p.m. – We arrive at church and I catch up quickly with my mom, neighbor, and sister before the study starts. Tonight we’re studying 1 John, which is awesome. Having Bible study in the middle of the week is so refreshing to me. I get to spend time in God’s Word and fellowship with my Christian family during the week. It is always encouraging and I walk out of church with a smile each Wednesday night.

8:45 p.m. – After chatting with friends at church, Jimmy and I drive home. We have a 45 minute drive (depending on Pittsburgh traffic), so we stream the Republican GOP debate through Jimmy’s phone. My jaw hangs open the whole time. It was a very interesting debate with the bickering between the moderators and the candidates.

9:30 p.m. – Jimmy and I arrive home, let Lola out, and settle on the couch with a snack. We watch more of the debate and eventually can’t keep our eyes open. Our bed is calling my name.

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10:15 p.m. – I’m whooped. Jimmy gets the coffee maker ready for tomorrow morning, we brush our teeth, tuck Lola in her bed, and go to sleep!

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18 comments

  1. So I had a crazy-busy day today and reading this post was calming somehow. Ha, ha. ๐Ÿ™‚ Your day seemed busy yet so lovely. (I didn’t realize what you do for work! It sounds like it’s really something that you enjoy doing, which is awesome)!
    I loved reading this post so much and enjoyed the photo’s. Thank you for sharing! ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. I’m so glad this post could calm you down after a busy day!

      This day was busy, but in a lovely way–just like you said! I really do enjoy what I do for work. I know it has nothing to do with my degree, but I’m happy. I do hope to use more of my degree,. though ;).

  2. You’re basically a housekeeper for that family right? That’s really neat and totally something I can see brings you joy. I loved pet sitting (especially when you get to stay in someone’s house) hahaha

    1. Kind of! I do a bit of everything… I do some of the book keeping for the dad’s business, some nannying, pet care, house chores, grocery shopping, cooking, errands like picking up dry cleaning, etc.! Jack of all trades around the house! I really do love it! Pet sitting is a lot of fun, too! I wish I could do more of it in my home, but ever since another dog bit Lola, I’ve been leery of having too many dogs here because I don’t want to overwhelm her!

  3. Allie— I’m sooo proud of what you do and the beautiful young lady you’ve become!!! So many families entrust you with their homes, pets and children~ and you’re happy, which believe me, is more important than ANYTHING!!! Having a certain degree hanging on your wall (which you do have ๐Ÿ˜˜) or belonging to prestigious clubs or organizations means absolutely nothing to our Lord and Savior– cuz guess what– ya ain’t bringing it with ya (total slang, I know) Serving Him (as you faithfully do) and having a happy healthy relationship with your husband and family is what truly matters in life. So keep up the great work that you do baby, and know that God is certainly smiling down on you- it’s what’s in your heart– and your’s is full of love and joy— and that’s what counts ๐Ÿ’— I love you!

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