There's a local publication, mostly filled with ads and only a few articles. It's free, so I usually grab a current one whenever I'm out and about. My favorite feature is the daily diary. It's a snapshot a day in the life of a local mom or dad.
Just for fun, here's my chronicle. I'll be candid this particular day was a bit bananas, but it's probably representative of at least 2 days a week.
Wednesday, March 16....
7:00 My alarm goes off. I do not pop right up (ever). I'm not a morning person. I lay in bed and read a devotional to psyche myself out for the day.
7:20 I remember that I need to pack lunches, so I can't prolong the inevitable any longer. Into the kitchen I go. Pack 3 lunches, make french toast and bacon, start loading the dishwasher and referee the boys while they finish dressing and fight over the bathroom.
7:35 A wakes up ready to go to gymnastics. Problem: We have 2 1/2 hrs before gymnastics
8:10 The kids eat and JB reminds me that he has to be there at 8:35 for off season athletics
8:20 Everyone piles into the car, and we head for school
8:30 I get home and realize JB left his second lunch in the car. Oh well, I have to stop at school anyway, I'll just drop it off. I head back inside to finish cleaning the kitchen, loading the dishwasher and checking/updating today's to do list.
9:00 A starts preparing for the day and I realize her leotard is dirty. I set her load of clothes on the express cycle and hope for the best.
9:15 I hurry to dress myself, vacuum, then dress A
9:50 We leave for gymnastics. Fortunately its only 1 1/2 miles away.
10:00 I attempt to read and decompress while A is tumbling, but my to do list won't stop racing through my head like the end credits of a movie!
11:00 Gymnastics class is over, and we head to Target
11:45 We stop at home to unpack bags. A gets a quick snack while I check and send emails, pack a bag of things my son left behind, and prepare a package to be mailed.
12:00 Drop off items at school and mail a package at the local UPS store
1:00 We're back at home. A eats a quick lunch then we talk our daily walk. It's much later than usual, but the weather is perfect, so I have to get it in.
2:00 A tunes in to a few of her favorite t.v. shows while I shower, wash my hair and dress for part 2 of our day. I reluctantly wash and detangle my hair (a very ambitious task for this time of day).
3:10 I'm 3/4 way done with my hair and 40 or so minutes to go before I have to pick up MC from school. JB calls to tell me that I brought the wrong cleats. He reassures me that I have time to bring the right ones, because the bus won't leave for the track meet (on the other side of town) until 3:30. Little does he know I'm standing in the middle of the bathroom half dressed! I throw on the rest of my clothes and make a mad dash for the school. He doesn't respond to texts right away, so I hand them off to a classmate in the parking lot and make like a bandit, since I'm looking the part.
3:45 I finish my hair just in time to pick up MC at dismissal. He comes home to finish homework and then we make the trek to the other side of
7:00 The meet went well. The kids and I head home while my hubby stays to wait for JB's last event. He's competing in 5 events, so he's pretty much there the entire time.
7:40 We finally make it back home. I have no idea what we're having for dinner, so I pull out a few chicken breasts from the fridge and announce that we'll be having "Chicken Surprise".
8:15 JB and the hubby come home. Dinner is ready. We eat. We bathe. I clean half the kitchen with the little bit of energy I have left and sit to watch t.v.
11:30 I wake up face down in the couch. Clearly t.v. has been watching me. I didn't get a chance to pack lunches. Tomorrow is a late arrival day, so I'll have to just do it in the morning. My bed is screaming my name.