A Typical Day

by Holly on July 3, 2012

in daily eats,life,randomness

A typical day…hmmm, what’s that like?

No really, tell me. What is a typical day like for YOU? Because I have no idea who you are and what you do and eat and where you work and if you put on underwear today. Although, if you do want to share, I would love to hear about it because I am a total voyeur like that. You know that weird lady at the grocery store staring intently into your cart analyzing every item in it?

No worries, it’s just me.

My day starts with setting three alarms.

These days, I have a web page design class from 8:00am to 11:50am, which means I sleep through all three alarms, wake up in a panic at 7:30am, put on a dress, sandals and head out the door with a granola bar hanging out of my mouth. Deodorant, optional.

On days I don’t oversleep, I eat plain 2% Greek yogurt, fruit, granola and a sprinkle of chia seeds.

On days I don’t have class, a savory crepe + iced coffee date with a friend.

And on days I’m hung over after going to The Roots concert in Milwaukee, a fresh carrot-apple-ginger juice and tomato + avocado eggs benedict from Beans & Barley.

If you’re in Milwaukee and looking for good veg food, go here.

Class is awesome, but my brain feels like it wants an afternoon nap after talking HTML code for nearly four hours. That and my stomach is usually grumbling audibly by the time class is over, which means I usually race home as fast as my little Mazda Protege will take me listening to the likes of “Let’s Stay Together” by Al Green and “They Call Me Al” by Paul Simon.

Lunch is here!

As of late, it’s been Ezekiel toast topped with hummus, avocado + feta and served with a side of social media, 20 minutes of reading or responding to blog comments. Sometimes a chat with Mama E or more recently, stripping all the way down to a tank top + underwear because it’s 100 degrees out. I live in Wisconsin mind you, not Arizona.

Animal crackers dipped in Nutella make for a great palate cleanser.

The afternoon is where things get interesting.

Work meetings, networking coffees, graphic design work, writing pitches, recipe testing, social media/marketing consulting work, emails (LOTS of emails!), freakouts over finances, blogging, research, job searching. It all happens in the afternoon. Then I need yoga…lots of yoga.

It’s pretty much been my only form of exercise recently, and I kinda love it.

I think it’s the only thing keeping me half sane.

After yoga, I get home to a dirty kitchen which I tell myself during yoga I will go home and clean. I rarely do. Instead, I work the rest of the night or join friends for happy hour or make dinner at home or hang with the manfriend. Usually hanging with the manfriend involves good vegetarian food (he’s a veg), a long walk and episodes of LOST. I have him hooked.

He loves this easy vegan dinner. Sometimes we go out. Currently, we are in the process of tastetesting all the nachos around Madison to determine the best ones. It’s awesome.

Eight hours of sleep is necessary for me to function. I either fall asleep at 9pm while watching LOST (I’m borderline narcoleptic, I can’t help it) or more commonly, around 11pm. The days are jam-packed and ripe with possibility, and even though I complain about it (sometimes too much…sorry mom), I really wouldn’t have it any other way.

P.S. Hello Madison friends! Starting next month, I’ll be teaching cooking classes at Whole Foods Madison. If you’re interested in watching hilarity ensue, sign-up here.

Tell me about YOUR day, the best and worst of it. Remember, sharing is caring!


Amber Konop July 3, 2012 at 4:41 pm

I love your day! Mine isn’t nearly as exciting but since you want a peek into it here you go:
Depending on the day I wake up anywhere from 6am and 7am imediately brew coffee and while I drink it I watch the news, check on facebook, look on twitter, check out the new deals on groupon and sneakpeeq. I then rush off to work and am currently training my replacement and sneaking on facebook. Lunch is either leftovers or something from Fresh and Natural (our health food store). Then back to work until 5pm or 6pm depending on the day. Once home I try to catch old episodes of the office and sometimes I get to watch TMZ. Right now dinner is usually soup and chips and then it’s packing until 9pm, doing some work for my other business, catching up on facebook, twitter and my website. Then it’s off to bed. Once this packing thing is over I hope to get back to exercising and back on the culinary train. :)

Lindsay @ Lindsay's List July 3, 2012 at 5:08 pm

i wanna come to your new class!
and meet you man friend.

Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table July 3, 2012 at 5:24 pm

All you need to know about my day is that I do wear underwear. Unless I work from home and don’t change out of my PJs, or change directly into workout shorts with the built in undies (does that count as underwear?). See? Anything else I could say about my day after this wouldn’t be nearly as riveting, would it?

Stacie@ Snaps and Bits July 3, 2012 at 5:26 pm

Nice day! The best for me is that I’m still in gorgeous CA. The worst is that I have to re-enter the humidity tomorrow. Not. ready.

Allison R July 3, 2012 at 5:29 pm

OMG, when I get back to Madtown I’m totes coming to your cooking classes : )

Jessica July 3, 2012 at 7:44 pm

I actually just finished the 2010 Best of Food Writing collective. Love that whole series!

Maren July 3, 2012 at 7:58 pm

Man..you have a packed day! I get up at 6, work til 3:30, come home and change, go to the gym, come home and have been unpacking and organizing the last few weeks!! House is coming along great! I will definitely get pics up on facebook ASAP!

Sounds like you are keeping super busy with 80 million different jobs! I think it’s GREAT!

We enjoyed your quinoa stirfry tonight. It’s a staple at our house! You can throw ANY veggies in there that you have on hand! So delicious :)

Meister, Running While Smiling July 3, 2012 at 8:26 pm

You are living the life, girl. (Except for that worrying about finances thing, and maybe the HTML coding… but everything else: Thumbs up.)

My typical day goes like so: Wake up at 5am –> walk dog –> run –> breakfast –> teach people about makin’ de coffees –> lunch –> more teaching, more coffee, droppin’ some knowledge –> home to walk / feed / bathe dog –> make dinner –> eat dinner with Mr. Meister –> pajamas IMMEDIATELY –> QT with Google Reader + Words With Friends –> bed by 10pm.

Wash, rinse, repeat. Life’s pretty good.

Lauren July 3, 2012 at 8:30 pm

Girl I can’t wait to pick your lovely brain in August. There is SO much I want to talk to you about. :)

Alaina July 3, 2012 at 8:51 pm

What a great day! I used to drive a bright red Mazda Protege, manual, in high school. Such a great car! And “You Can Call Me Al” is my theme song. :-)

My days have consisted of two things: building the house with my husband, and working in a hotel in downtown Boston. I can’t wait to have some more variety once this house is done!

Sam @ Better With Sprinkles July 3, 2012 at 10:03 pm

Well pretty easy to say what the best part of my day has been…after reading healthy living blogs for years I started my own!

P.S. I was home pretty much all day and I did wear underwear. Definitely an accomplishment.

luv what you do July 3, 2012 at 10:29 pm

I wish I lived closer to Madison. I love the city (especially the farmer’s market) and would enjoy a cooking class for sure! BTW, so happy to find out I’m not the only one who needs 8 hours of shut eye to survive the day!

Carbzilla July 3, 2012 at 11:22 pm

You have class every day. Dontchou forget it. ;)

My alarm is set for 5:45 am, but I sleep/drink coffee until 6:30. I need that 45 minutes to warm to the idea of actually getting up.

I’m at work by 8, off at 5. I keep telling myself I’ll get all my errands done during lunch, but I rarely do. Between tasks at work, I’m stalking real estate sites and FB. 3 days a week I have bootcamp at7:30 pm by a lake. Summer starts this week for us, hooray!

Sounds like your life is awesome. Maybe you can tour for WF. Tell them you need to come to Seattle!

Ann July 3, 2012 at 11:33 pm

You’re a champ for trying to rock html in the am.

Since you asked –

After like 5 alarms, today started with leftover nectarine, balsamic, basil pizza. So sad it’s all gone now.

Then work. We won’t discuss. It’s just a small town soap opera lately.

Then night economics class. With a professor who shows stand-up comedy you tube videos during the breaks and goes on tangents about Steak n Shake, which I’ve never been to. (And oh my god, he clicked on nutritional content on the 5 way chili. It was shocking. Not because it was surprising, but I’ve gotten so used to recipes with caloric content maxing out at 450, which I consider on the high side for one serving of anything, that seeing something in the 4 digit range is so weird.)

And then, the highlight of the day. I got home and took my Momufuku Milk Bar Crack pie attempt (mini-version and crust free version because I ran out of crust) out of the freezer and had a bite (or 5) of the crust free version. OMG. It’s like an almost custard version of Captain Crunch. I highly recommend if you ever want a super satisfying splurge of sweetness.

And I’m right there with you about the dishes/kitchen clean-up. I hope that the kitchen fairies come and do the cleaning, or my dogs magically learn how to do dishes while I’m away. Otherwise, they’ll keep until I have more time tomorrow.

Kathryn July 4, 2012 at 3:41 am

I don’t think I could cope with 4 minutes of HTML at 8am, let alone 4 hours…your day sounds fun though! A nice combination of people and work and busyness. Sadly my day involves nothing more than sitting at a desk for 12 hours, I bet you don’t miss those days do you? ;)

Amy B @ Second City Randomness July 4, 2012 at 7:12 am

I giggled because “Call Me Al” was one of me and my college roommate’s favorite songs to jam to when hanging out at home with cocktails…

carrie (actsofrebellion) July 4, 2012 at 8:47 am

two things: 1) beans and barely = fab. try hotch-a-do next time. it’s literally like next door and phonom. 2) cooking classes at whole foods?!?! wha wha?!?! i’m there!!! :)

Ally July 4, 2012 at 11:23 am

Ok – so I have to make the easy vegan dinner that you linked to this post. It’s on the menu for tomorrow! DE-LISH!

Yoga = life-saver FOR SURE! Someone pinch me…you mean I actually get to wake up every day and teach yoga. Life couldn’t be better! What kind of yoga to you like to take (i.e. vinyasa, power, Bikram, Ashtanga, Iyengar, Peaceful, etc.)? I find that there is a style for everyone…sometimes two. For me, I am a vinyasa girl at heart, but I love me some restorative every week or so. It’s like a massage, but yoga!

Happy 4th – be safe and HAVE FUN!

Kelsey July 4, 2012 at 11:55 am

ALL of this makes me smile. Particularly the alarms… I do the same thing! But I do weird times like 6:29 and 6:41… don’t ask. Side note, have you “Sleep Time” App? It lets you set an alarm, but wakes you up before that time according to when you’re coming out of a REM cycle so you feel less groggy! Kinda cool, eh!? Check it out!

Sana July 4, 2012 at 11:59 am

The web design class sounds awesome!

Kait @ yogabeautylife July 4, 2012 at 12:57 pm

Until this week I would have said:wake up around 10, watch an average of 5 epis a day of whatever series I was devouring on Netflix (GCB, Brothers & Sisters, etc), hit up a yoga or zumba class, shower, put pjs back on, read blogs, do a little biz work, go to bed.

Now my days look a litle something like this: wake up between 6 and 6:30. Meditate, shower, dress, make smoothie, grab lunch from fridge, and head out. Park and take metro to downtown. Class. More class. Lunch (or maybe a seminar). More class. Sometimes even more class. Hop on the metro to go back home. Snack. Decompress. Yoga. Homework. Dinner (reheating leftovers from massive Sunday cooking fest). More homework. Sleep. Repeat.

Life as a grad student…I’m loving it. :)

Diana @ frontyardfoodie July 4, 2012 at 1:16 pm

haha I like that you include the in-case-I-got-a-hangover morning. We all have them…..

My typical day? Oh geez, do you even want to know? It involves lots of boobies, diapers and no sleep.

Hillary July 4, 2012 at 6:00 pm

During the school year, my days start to feel like Bill Murray’s in Groundhog Day: 5:30 wakeup > coffee/emails/grade papers > teach teach teach teach > lunch > teach teach teach teach > grade papers/answer emails > gym > shower > dinner > grad class or grade papers/write lessons > watch Bravo (duh) > read > face plant.

In other words, summer vacation is the best invention ever. EVER.

Lauren @ Oatmeal after Spinning July 4, 2012 at 8:38 pm

I love reading typical day posts and seeing how other people live! :)
You Can Call Me Al is one of the best songs of all time. It’s impossible to not be in a good mood after hearing that song.

Julia H. @ Going Gulia July 5, 2012 at 9:43 am

I usually wake up naturally between 8 and 9 in the morning…yup, I’m one of those rare college students who is incapable of sleeping in. It used to annoy me, but now I LOVE starting my day early! I’m interning at 2 different non-profits this summer, so on those days, I set an alarm for 8, eat breakfast, relax a bit in front of the tv (I’d rather get up early & have time to relax than sleep in & be rushing out the door), get dressed, & head to work by around 10. Afterward, I head to the gym…and often end up parking in a deserted area of the parking lot so I can get changed into my gym clothes while sitting in my car. It’s really classy……..ha. Then I finally head home, usually ready to eat a horse because I’m so hungry, and spend the rest of the night reading blogs/reading books/watching sitcoms/etc. Thrilling day, I know :P

Joelle (on a pink typewriter) July 5, 2012 at 11:51 am

That IS jam packed.. that sounds a bit more exciting than mine since I have office time soaking up most of my hours in the middle of the day. Then I do hot yoga or some incline walking (running and I are temporarily broken up for the 1209575th time), squeeze in some happy hours and lots of yummy food. PS. I LOOOVE that card.. A friend gave me one that I think is made by the same designer, but it’s about pancakes ;) aka the cure for any and all stress in life (fact, you know).

lauren July 5, 2012 at 2:33 pm

Holly, I love your day! Sounds busy and wonderful.
My day: I usually wake up around 6:45 and do my shower/makeup/get dressed thing. If I wake up late, breakfast is a granola bar at the office (Kind Cherry Dark Chocolate Cashew), and if I wake up on time, it’s a protein smoothie with almond milk, protein powder, and frozen dark cherries. Then it’s off to my internships (I’m a senior in college) downtown – a 30 minute drive. I work from 8:30-4 and then head home. Most days I help my bff around the corner walk her pups, then we go a few more rounds. If she’s not around, it’s Pure Barre or yoga, and then I make a veggie dinner – usually a bunch of veggies prepped different ways. Something dark chocolate from Trader Joe’s ends the night while I watch TV, play on Google reader, or take a bath with a glass of wine and a book (right now it’s Healthy Tipping Point). Weekends I work at my other job one day, and the other day I sleep in until 9am!

Alysha @Shesontherun July 6, 2012 at 2:26 pm

Your posts are hilarious. I absolutely love you writing.

Today has been spent working from home because our air conditioning is broke at work. What a great time for a heat wave! I think it’s pretty awesome though because I can hang out with my dog more (and comment on blogs without worrying if anyone is looking over my shoulder!)

Carolyn @HealthKitten.com July 6, 2012 at 2:31 pm

I’m so far behind my blogs!

My day? Pretty damn boring.

6am – alarm goes off, snoozefest begins.
6:30am – drag myself out of bed to the shower.
6:40-7:23am – make smoothie, feed/water the kittens, get my stuff together and walk to my bus.
7:27-8:15am – ride bus, drink smoothie, play Monopoly on phone.
8:15a-4:30p – work at the law firm. We had a taco bar potluck for lunch today and I ate way too many tacos and peanut M&Ms
4:40-5:20 bus back home
After that I need to get in a workout (but in this heat? Gah!), make a run to Target, cook dinner with the 90lbs (est.) kale I have in my fridge. (I planted way too much kale in my garden this year!!) I might try your vegan bowl idea with some kale and zucchini over quinoa. Watch some YouTube videos that I haven’t been able to watch at work, catch up on blogs, read more of the current book in my rotation and (hopefully) go to bed by 11am. Pretty sure wine will be in there somewhere too.

I love reading about your new adventure! Next time you’re in the Cities – and have any time free – I’d love to get together and chat! :)

PS – thx for the nice comment re: my tri! :D

Carolyn @HealthKitten.com July 6, 2012 at 2:34 pm

Crimeny! The English/grammar errors in that comment are horrible! I’m not staying up until 11am…*headdesk* …11PM.

Good thing it’s Friday. Amirite?

Megan (Braise the Roof) July 6, 2012 at 2:51 pm

Ah, the life of a freelancer/student. :) My workdays are considerably more boring. Although, this morning I did have a gig for a radio commercial to record, so that was fun. I want to meet this man friend of yours. And eat nachos with you.

colleenzo July 9, 2012 at 2:57 pm

A) “Call Me Al” has the best bass solo ever put down, bar none.
B) The best nachos are at Bowl-A-Vard Lanes on East Springs. The Macho Nachos. You’ll need a group of people; they’re the size of a side table. They’re so good they converted my vegetarian friend (for the evening, at least. He felt guilty in the morning.)
C) Where do you get your savory crepes? Ever since I visited Boston, and spent ever single morning in a fabulous little crepery, I’ve been on the lookout. I thought Madison was lousy for crepes.

Matt @ The Athlete's Plate July 15, 2012 at 7:03 pm


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