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A Day in the Life {Blog Every Day in May}

Day 15, Wednesday: A Day in the life (include photos from throughout your typical day).

Sometime between 7:30 – 8:15am – Wake up.

Make and drink coffee, read, do some cleaning. Sometimes I blog in the morning (like today).

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This coffee has ground cardamom in it, Columbian-style. I went to Juan Valdez cafe a couple weeks ago and discovered this delicious trick.

If I have time, maybe I make lunch or do some food prepping. This morning I was up around 6:30, which is earlier than normal. I was able to make 2 different soups based on recipes in the Vegan with a Vengeance cookbook (carrot soup and butternut squash soup).

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^^ Roasted Butternut Squash Soup – had it for breakfast! ^^

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^^ Blending the carrot soup ^^

(Recipes for both to come.)

9:00am – Wake up Bobby and give him his coffee (in bed! spoiled).

9:15am – Do makeup, straighten hair, and get dressed for work.

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9:25 – 9:40am – Leave for work. I walk to the subway (~10 mins) and take the train. It’s not a bad commute – on a good day it’s about 20 minutes and on a slow day it’s around 30. Sometimes I like to pick up a Kombucha on the way! (Need to get these in bulk; can’t keep spending $4 on each one.)

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9:50 – 10:10am – Arrive at work.

Check emails, make a to-do list for the day. I usually eat breakfast at my desk but sometimes I have time to eat at home before I go (though I am not usually hungry until after 10am). Start real work – code.

On MWF, I’ve been leading training sessions for our team in India, so at 11am and 3pm today, I will have hour-long training sessions.

Coding, check in on reporting, check in on dev team requests.

Sometime between 12:45 and 2pm – Grab lunch if I didn’t bring it. If I did bring it, I try to go outside for a short walk anyway.

Code more, do another training (3pm if it’s MWF), a few days a week sync up with coworkers to make sure deliverables for the day can be completed.

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^^ I look at stuff like this most of the day, only not the language shown (that’s CSS). I code in PHP and MySQL mostly. Coda is my favorite text editor. ^^

After 5pm I am very focused on whatever project it is that I’m trying to complete that day. I think this is my most productive time of the day.

Sometime between 6:30 – 8:00pm I leave the office.

I get to a yoga class after work about 2-3 times a week (I go to Pure Yoga on the UES). Today is Wednesday and I want to get to Tanya’s 7:30pm class. Bobby goes with me if he can get out of work in time.

Sometime between 8 – 9:45pm – Eat dinner (if I have time, I make dinner).

After dinner I read, futz around on the computer, clean, hang out with Bobby and the cats, maybe I blog. I usually shower or have a bath at night too. I’ve been meaning to play piano more but have not actually done it icon smile A Day in the Life {Blog Every Day in May}

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Sometime between 11:30 – 12:30 – go to sleep!

What does your typical day look like?

This post is part of {Blog Every Day in May}.

We Went to Williamsburg! {Part 2}

 And now for the rest of our Williamsburg trip recap…

Saturday night

  • We found a bed and breakfast using The Williamsburg Manor. The place was amazing. I would definitely recommend it and we will certainly be back. The owner, Laura, was  attentive and helpful. The innkeeper (the woman who cleaned and made our breakfasts), Stephanie, was also great. She gave us so many good recommendations for places to go and things to see.
  • After settling in, we went out to dinner at the Blue Talon Bistro. I got the Nicoise Salad, Bobby got the Hamburger, and we split a “side” of grilled cheese. The side was huge though – we couldn’t finish it together. I grabbed a gigantic cookie on the way out. It was some kind of chocolate-nut thing and it was incredible. Too buttery for Bobby, but not for me.

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  • Breakfast is served at 9 on Sundays, so we were up bright and early.
  • Before going down to VA, I looked up a Quaker meeting to go to Sunday morning. We went and it was a very small group of people (maybe 10?) but everyone was so nice. After meeting (1 hour) we ended up staying and chatting for nearly another hour.
  • After that we walked around Colonial Williamsburg for a couple hours, just looking at the old buildings and window shopping.
  • That night we took a ferry across some body of water and went out for seafood afterwards at Harpoon Larry’s. Killer seafood!


  • Breakfast is at 8:30 every other day but Sunday, so we were up even earlier.
  • A little while after eating, we got massages at Serenity Spa. Bobby’s was good but mine was not. My guy did not do any pressure even though I asked for it. Bobby’s woman was really into Qi Gong and recommended we check it out later.
  • After lunch at The Carrot Tree, we went to another touristy place – Historic Jamestown. We wandered the grounds of the very first settlement and spoke to a volunteer who gave us a great history lesson. We also watched some glass-blowing.
  • That evening we ended up at a local bar for dinner and they happened to be having Trivia Night, so we stayed for it. We almost won, too – even though our team was only 2 people. The winning team must have had about 15 people on it so we didn’t feel too bad.


  • We woke up and ate a delicious southern breakfast. It was a biscuit (no gravy! icon sad We Went to Williamsburg! {Part 2} ), a porridge of rice/grits/corn cooked in chicken broth with heavy cream, scrambled eggs, and fruit. I think I went back for more eggs but I do not remember. Coffee, on the side, of course.
  • Then we started on our 6+ hour drive home to NJ. Nothing too eventful happened on the drive up except for a stop at Chik-Fil-A (our favorite fast food joint, even though I don’t agree with their politics). At Chik-Fil-A I managed to spill an entire cup of carrot salad all over myself. icon smile We Went to Williamsburg! {Part 2}

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That is actually about it for the trip! I’m sure I’m forgetting bits and pieces but I think I remembered most of what we did. Now I’m off to work…

What is your favorite breakfast? Do you eat breakfast?

I just about always eat breakfast. Today I had some gluten free toast with butter on it, and coffee with cream. Other favorites in the rotation are oatmeal, grits, and yogurt with fruit.

Whirlwind of a(n Almost Spring) Weekend

Instead of another macrobiotics post, I thought I might share what I was up to this weekend. I am so glad springtime is finally around the corner.

Friday night I was able to leave work by 6pm. I meandered home and cooked up some sweet potato gnocchi (Trader Joe’s) for myself. Bobby ended up having to work late so I was on my own. I just played around with a couple of website ideas I’ve been thinking of… overall a relaxing evening. I also read The Help (my current book). It’s really great; I definitely recommend it. I have not seen the movie yet but I will when I finish the novel.

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The Help was really popular back in the summer of 2010. I remember being on our honeymoon in Maui and it seemed like everyone around the pool was reading it as they basked in the sun. At the time I think I was going through some Michael Crichton books and the Girl With the Dragon Tattoo series and forgot to put The Help on my list. I found the hardcover copy at the thrift shop last week for $4 and picked it up and I’ve been reading it every spare moment since.

Saturday… we got up early and I cooked us brunch. I made myself an omelette. I happened to bust out the brewer’s yeast and my hubby discovered that it’s his new favorite food. So since then he has been putting it on every meal.

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This is the brewer’s yeast that I have. Apparently it is made from beets so it is not bitter like normal brewer’s yeast. It has about 40 different vitamins and minerals; if you want to see the whole list (nutrition facts), click {HERE}.

On Saturday afternoon I got a bunch of house stuff done. I put up a shelf that has been sitting on our counter on the end of our cabinets (it was out of stock and came in after renovations were done, so I had to install it myself). I put up some wall shelves to use as a spice rack. I painted the trim of the doorframe in the bathroom. I think we also had a late lunch at some point (random leftovers).

By the time I finished all that, it was nearly 5pm, and Bobby and I headed off to Pure for a yoga class. I was expecting a gentle flow, but the class was killer! Bobby is sore today; I’m not, but I was exhausted after class last night (Saturday).

After yoga we had a friend over and cooked in (tofu scramble, rice, and massaged kale salad; Ben and Jerry’s for dessert). We also started to watch Girls. Have you guys seen this show? What do you think? I’ve only seen two episodes and I think I like it so far. I like the fact that the characters look like real people and not perfect Hollywood people.

Today we were supposed to go to Staten Island (brunch with a friend) but we ended up rescheduling. After brunch at home (leftover tofu scramble, omelette), Bobby worked more while I did more house stuff (fixing up my paint job from yesterday, cleaning). Around 2pm we took a Zipcar up to Westchester just for fun. We ended up in Sleepy Hollow and Tarrytown. Got lunch at this place: Sweetgrass Grill.

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(Grits pic source – New Forker)

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(Thank you Foodspotting for the soup picture. I forgot to snap pics before digging in.)

I got the mushroom soup (with a few crispy kale chips on top) and Bobby got the Grits with poached eggs and goat cheese. The grits also had mushrooms, spinach, and essence of tomato which is just some kind of tomato-y juice. We shared with each other. Both dishes were incredible! Bobby got a beer as well (I drove, ha).

After wandering around Tarrytown more (we got coffee {HERE}), we headed home, but stopped at Trader Joe’s for a major haul on the way back. When you are a New Yorker and you have a car you can bring home groceries in, you don’t hold back.

We cooked in again (using the TJ’s stuff we just got) and then (as if we didn’t do enough this weekend), we headed off to Terminal 5 for a concert. We saw Alt-J. They recently won the Mercury Prize. I thought they were great! Bobby was not as happy as I was with the show but I think he enjoyed it overall.

I think that is all of it. Finally, finally, we are home (though we stopped for a slice – Bobby – and some garlic knots – both of us – on the way back). And now I think it is sleepy time! There is a slight chance I will be up early enough tomorrow to go to yoga before work. A very very slight chance. Anyway, here are some questions of the day…

What was the last concert you saw? What were you up to this weekend? Do you like brewer’s yeast?

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