As my days in Nova Scotia dwindle away slowly I thought it might be interesting to share a typical day in my life here. I haven’t shared much about my actual job here because it’s dreadfully exciting and I wouldn’t want anyone to be sitting at their computer and suddenly just turn green and die of jealousy. Yet, for the sake of future nostalgia I thought I could make an exception today. Welcome to my charmed & glamorous life!
6:45am I wake up, reach for my phone and realize my alarm will go off in 15 minutes so there is really no use going back to sleep. I lay in bed checking emails/social media until my actual alarm goes off at 7:00.
7:00-8:15am My get ready for the day routine includes picking out an outfit (which I usually mentally prepared in my head as I fell asleep the night before), packing my lunch for work, packing a gym bag and curling my hair. Lately I’ve been trying this new thing where I read while I curl my hair…the results haven’t been stellar but it’s given me extra reading time so I really can’t complain.
8:45am Stop at Starbucks and grab a Grande peppermint nonfat mocha with no whipped cream, and on occasion (if I’ve been good) a piece of cinnamon swirl coffee cake (this morning I was good).
9:00am Arrive at work, eat my breakfast, check emails, read The Skimm, NPR and CNN.
10:00-11:00am I usually work on a project left over from the day before. I might put together a company newsletter and send it off to my manager to be approved. I might read seafood news sights to skim for relevant information, I might calculate results from an internal study/sensory evaluation.
11:00-12:30pm Late mornings are usually filled with meetings. Every week I meet with the New Product Development team and take meeting notes regarding new seafood products the company is developing. I also attend meetings with specific species managers (aka Lobster manager, Shrimp manager, etc) for updated species information I need for competitive research projects.
12:30-1:30pm I head to the gym across the parking lot from my office and hop on the treadmill. I listen to Taylor Swift on repeat while attempting to run 5 miles and do some abs and lunges. I usually forget a hair tie and I am forced to run with my sweaty hair in my face. Somedays I go out to lunch with the girls in my department but usually I try to save money and rid myself of cellulite with a mid day workout.
1:30-2:30pm In the afternoon I eat lunch at my desk while completing the more “dull” tasks like stuffing folders for tradeshows or filling USBs with information. It’s not a job they can give to just anyone, but luckily a few paper cuts never scared me!
2:30-4:30pm By 2:30 another cup of coffee is usually more than necessary. After I allow the caffeine to fully penetrate into my system I either work with our graphic designers to create new advertisements, research articles or recipes to share on our social media handles or work on editorial responses requested by food magazines.
5:00pm I drive home and read in the bath and try to start making dinner for Gen and I before she gets home at 6:30 or 7:00. We always either eat spinach tortellini, spaghetti squash, or grilled cheese sandwiches and tomato soup for dinner. Five star chefs we are not.
6:45pm I have a sudden burst of energy because Gen is home and I need to tell her all the details and drama of my clearly drama filled day. This is the best part of the day because we will either drink champagne in the hot tub together or bake something yummy, or watch Scandal or cry to each other about boy problems, or pretend she is Voldemort and I am Harry Potter or do squats. If I’m really lucky Gen will perform stand up comedy and I’ll get in an extra ab workout for the day.
9:30pm By 9:30 or 10:00 at the latest we are usually in bed watching Scandal or Gilmore Girls. Sometimes (like last night) I make Gen let me lay my head on her so I can whine about dumb boys and she sits there feeling uncomfortable and trying to comfort me. Other times she’s feeling extra generous and will download Tinder so I can watch her go through all the Halifax boys and laugh at their weird descriptions. Occasionally she’ll even let me tell her what to send as messages to boys and it becomes a fun social experiment. Either way, as you can tell I am not someone who is necessarily that much fun to live with but luckily I am easily amused by my own social and psychological experiments.
***Most days I go through a minor mental break down anywhere between 1-3 times because I have decided that my Gatsby boy hates me and will never speak to me again. These fits of sad rage usually come to a halt when he texts or Face-times me saying he misses me. Let’s not share these sporadic mental breakdowns with him though.
It’s a charmed life no? I’ve certainly fallen into a specific routine that will undoubtedly be a bit shaken up when I leave Nova Scotia. What is your daily life like? It can’t possibly be as exciting as mine!