A Day in the Life of this Natural Father: June 20th

A sourdough starter fermenting.Sourdough StarterToday was a big energy day for me. Here’s what it looked like:

  • 5:45 – wake up, have coffee and a little reading
  • 6:45 – hustle to work
  • 7:00 to 10:00 – morning routine at the store (make coffee, put out pastries, do cash reconciliation, clean), cash register shift
  • 10:00 to 11:30 – multiple phone calls, e-mails and snail mail
  • 11:30 – double americano at the coffee shop
  • 11:45 to 1:00 – work out staff scheduling and time off requests
  • 1:00 – family comes for a visit, kisses all around
  • 1:15 to 2:30 – bank run, write instructions for department managers
  • 2:30 to 3:00 – load up our case of bananas and case of strawberries, post office
  • 3:00 – get home, unload, greet the family
  • 3:15 to 3:45 – sit in the sun and recharge
  • 4:00 to 5:00 – ride bikes down to the bike co-op to see about volunteering in order to earn/build bikes for my daughters
  • 5:30 to 6:00 – check personal email and read RSS feeds
  • 6:00 to 6:30 – start sourdough bread and let rise
  • 6:30 to 7:15 – make dinner (brown rice and vegetable stirfry) for family
  • 7:15 to 7:30 – eat dinner, clean up
  • 7:30 to 8:00 – read other blogs, leave a comment
  • 8:00 – bread has still not risen (rosen, raised, rosed?)
  • 8:05 – writing this down

There were many tiny moments of victory today, but I still don’t feel that I got as much accomplished as I imagined. I was looking forward to sleeping in a bit tomorrow, but just remembered that I need to go in to work at 7 for a few hours. Then I thought that I would get a nap in at least, but there’s a solstice celebration (a Solabration) at the park, then a baby shower and a BBQ at a friend’s. Crikey!

Here’s hoping for a mellow Sunday…

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Derek Markham

Things I dig include: simple living, natural fatherhood, attachment parenting, natural building, unassisted childbirth (homebirth), bicycles, permaculture, organic and biodynamic gardening, vegan peanut butter cookies with chocolate chips, bouldering, and the blues. Find me elsewhere at @NaturalPapa, @DerekMarkham, Google+, or RebelMouse.

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