12:15 AM // I wake up to hear Dutch whining, which is super unusual for him now that he’s on anxiety meds. I give him a few minutes to settle down, and when he doesn’t, I get up and we go for a midnight walk. Fun. We come inside and I bring him right back to bed. Unfortunately, he’s still whining and restless, so I set him down on the floor, thinking he either needs some water or needs to pace, but he just sits there and whines. Senior dogs, man! I set him by his water bowl and push his face close to the water (not trying to drown my dog, but sometimes he doesn’t see his water bowl, especially at night), but he doesn’t drink – just sits there and stares at the bowl. Eventually, I just bring him back to bed and rub his back.
1:45 AM // I’ve been drifting in an out of sleep for the past hour or so, and this time when I wake up, I realize Dutch is quiet and has finally fallen asleep. Hallelujah! I get up to turn off my bathroom light. (I leave my bathroom light on when Dutch is restless at night because I think being in total darkness is super disorienting for him.) I fall right to sleep.
6:00 AM // My alarm wakes me up. I reach over to shut it off and fall back to sleep. (I don’t snooze my alarm. I just turn it off and trust myself to wake up within 10-15 minutes. This method has only failed me a few times. What can I say, I like living on the edge!)
6:15 AM // I finally get up and jump right into the shower. Another crazy night with Dutch means I am sleepy this morning. Once out of the shower, I get ready for the day while listening to an episode of the Another Round podcast.
7:10 AM // I wake up Dutch, who is snoozing away on my bed, and we go on a very slow morning walk. But here’s the great news: it’s 66 degrees this morning! It feels like fall! What is this madness? I love it so much. We come back inside after a slow and meandering walk and I give him a treat and fresh food and water.
7:30 AM // Commute to work while listening to an episode of Stuff Mom Never Told You.
8:05 AM // I get to work, turn on my computer, and respond to a few time-sensitive emails that came in early this morning. Then, I put my lunch away and take a trip to the bathroom to fix my right contact. I put in a brand-new pair of contacts today and whenever I do that, the right one always takes a few tries to settle in for some reason. Today is not any different. I take out my contact and put it back in twice, and my vision is still blurry. Sigh.
8:30 AM // I start my writing task for the day, but I’m working very slowly because of my right contact issues. It’s a little difficult when I can only see clearly out of one eye, who knew?!
9:00 AM // I’m suddenly hungry, so I eat the yogurt I brought for breakfast and read some blogs. I also go back to the bathroom to fix my contact, but my vision is still blurry. Three cheers for astigmatism?
9:15 AM // Back to my desk and I get back to my writing task.
9:40 AM // I start prepping for my meeting this morning. It’s highly unusual to have two new client meetings in one week, but I begged my team leader to give me these accounts on Monday. Since my workload is so minimal this week, I’m glad for it! I grab a laptop, look over the notes the client sent over beforehand, and peruse their website.
10:00 AM // I head to a conference room for the meeting. Just like yesterday, the client is calling in over a conference line. This meeting is very quick (he works in an industry we’re very familiar with, and the client is also very succinct and to the point). We’re done in 45 minutes.
10:45 AM // I transfer my notes to my computer, return the laptop, and then take a much-needed bathroom break (iced coffee goes right through me!) I see a text message from my mom that she’s emailed me. She dropped Dutch off for his vet appointment this morning and just gave me a run-down of what drop-off was like. We’re hoping to get answers later this afternoon!
11:00 AM // I start working on a summary of the notes I took at the meeting, which is fairly straightforward. This client isn’t going to be too difficult, thankfully!
11:30 AM // I have a minor freak-out when my password for Overdrive stops working. I don’t even know why! I eventually had to do a password reset. The good news is that this minor snafu caused me to download the Libby app, so I’m finally using that now. (Supposedly, it’s a much more user-friendly alternative to Overdrive. We shall see!)
11:45 AM // It’s lunchtime. My stomach is growling. I have leftovers from last night: baked chicken, peas, and rice. Yum, yum, yum. I love leftovers for lunch! I spend the first half of my lunch break at my desk, perusing a Reddit forum while I eat, and the second half outside in the crisp air, reading my book.
12:45 PM // I freshen up my makeup in the bathroom and then start my first task of the afternoon: publishing content to one of my clients’ websites.
1:30 PM // Once that task is complete, I take a short brain break and read some blogs. Unless I’m super busy, I can’t transition from one task to the other without a brain break. Anyone else?
1:45 PM // I start editing a coworker’s pages.
3:00 PM // Editing finished, so I take another brain break to eat a granola bar and read some blogs. Then I realize I haven’t heard back from Dutch’s vet, so I go downstairs and call them. They tell me that the vet wants to discuss the test results and will call me back soon. Okay. Sure. Fine. THAT DOESN’T WORRY ME AT ALL.
3:30 PM // I’m back at my desk and trying to focus on work. I talk to my cube buddy about the call to the vet because I needed to talk to someone about it. It’s not something I can keep inside! I try to do some writing, but my focus isn’t really here. Still, I manage to write a page.
4:20 PM // My mom texts me and says that the vet called her (not sure why!), and that I should give her a call when I have a moment. The news from the vet is a lot to process and I’m not sure I’m ready to discuss all of it yet (I’m sorry to be so vague – I hate when people do that!), but the good news is, he doesn’t have any major, life-threatening health issues and he’s as healthy as he can be for a geriatric dog.
4:40 PM // I go back to my desk and try to get back to writing, but it’s hard to focus. I just want to go and pick up Dutch and give him all of the snuggles!
5:30 PM // I leave work and drive to PetSmart while listening to a Stuff You Should Know podcast episode.
6:00 PM // Get to PetSmart and my mom is waiting for me. We decided to pick him up together and it’s a good thing we do because when we get into PetSmart, there is a seven-month-old Frenchie waiting at the Banfield counter. (My mom is obsessed with Frenchies and has been obsessively searching for one.) We love on the little Frenchie while we wait for the vet to bring Dutch to us.
6:15 PM // Reunited with my love and we drive home. He’s a monster in the car. I really need to get him one of those dog carseats.
6:22 PM // We’re home! Dutch immediately walks over to his food bowl and starts chowing down. I unpack my bags, take out my contacts (the right one never settled in all damn day, so annoying), and pick up around the apartment. I also put my freshly laundered sheets on my bed.
7:00 PM // Off to the grocery store to pick up a Pub sub for dinner, detergent pods, and a dessert because today has been an emotional day and I need some cookies.
7:28 PM // Back home and I pick up my mail. Oh, happy day! I got two deliveries from stuff I ordered over the weekend (I need some cold weather clothes for my trip to Asheville next month).
7:30 PM // I start a bubble bath and open my packages: a coat and two long-sleeved t-shirts. I love them!
7:35 PM // Time for a very relaxing bubble bath. So nice! I read some more of my book (I’m not loving this book, but powering through anyway).
8:00 PM // I throw my comforter in the washer, give Dutch his meds, and then sit down with a few episodes of The Carmichael Show and my dinner.
8:40 PM // I start working on this post and eat cookies. Yessss.
9:20 PM // I hand feed Dutch the rest of his dinner and then take him out. Then, I clean up the kitchen and do my nightly routine.
10:00 PM // Finally in bed, reading my book and scrolling through Instagram Stories.
10:30 PM // Lights out!
Tell me something awesome about your Wednesday!