A Day in the Life

Good morning! Aren’t you impressed that I have kept good on my promise to write more often? It’s okay if you aren’t; it isn’t all that impressive. But here I am! These kinds of posts are a bit silly because my day looks entirely different depending on when I document it, but I thought it might be nice to give a rundown of my life these days since I have been absent from the blogging sphere. So, I’m taking the opportunity to link up with Jenn and Laura to share some of what I’ve been up to.

I started my morning with breakfast, coffee, some writing, and aimless Internet browsing. I could say that I was doing something productive on my computer, but that would be a lie.

After breakfast, I took a long bike ride before work. It was a gorgeous day, and I got terribly sunburned because of it.

I got to work, parked my bike outside, and headed in for a closing shift at the bakery.

On account of my long ride, I was pretty hungry for a snack when I got to work. Luckily for me, a bunch of granola got slightly burned and was up for grabs. I’m a master of finding free food to eat.

After a couple of hours, I took my lunch break and enjoyed some more time in the sun. I also called my insurance agent to set up my car and renter’s insurance. That doesn’t sound particularly exciting, but it felt good to check it off of my to-do list.

A slow afternoon called for an espresso shot

…and another cup of iced coffee a little while later…and a passion fruit macaron.

After I got off of work, I had a beautiful ride home on the bike path. I’ve been getting pretty into biking lately, and it has been an excellent way for me to center myself in the morning, and process my day in the evening. Biking has solidified itself as my favorite activity because it gives me a good workout, mental clarity, and a mode of transportation that doesn’t require gas. Who knows how long I’ll be this into it, but I’m just letting myself enjoy it for now.

I had a FaceTime date with a college friend when I got home from work, so I threw together an easy dinner before talking with her.

I spent most of the rest of the evening hanging out with my roommates, and mediating between these two stubborn cats of mine. I brought one of my mom’s cats back from Montana with me, which caused the cat that I had in Portland to revolt and reveal the bully within. It’s been a bit of a trick figuring out how to help them coexist, but I’m hoping that it is slowly improving. Later in the evening, I went over to my uncle’s house for a bit to visit with my family and talk to them about their plans to put an addition on their house for my grandpa. With my mom not living in the same town as my grandpa anymore, it doesn’t make sense for him to stay there. I’m sad that he has to pack up his life and grieve leaving the town he’s lived in for thirty years, but it will be nice to have him closer to family. 

I ended the night by finishing unpacking my desk (I had packed everything up when I went to Montana for three weeks). Afterward, I did a little more journaling and ate a couple of graham crackers for a bedtime snack before calling it a night.

That’s a pretty average day in my life lately – work, biking, and friends. My day-to-day isn’t always exciting, but it has just about everything I could want. I eat food that I love, I exercise in ways that feel good to my body, and I’m able to give my energy to the things and people that I care about. Although it was a privilege to spend time in Montana with family, I’m happy to be back in Portland with an awesome support network, jobs that I love, and a place that feels like home.

  1. I have been supremely enjoying my new bike ride to and from work. Its easy and peaceful and even after a long, late shift, its a perfect way to slow down my thoughts and unwind. So I hear you exactly. I hope these rides continue to do this for you!

    I just caught myself up on your last couple of posts. I am so sorry about your loss, Erin. I…can’t even imagine. May these bits of every day life continue to fill you with peace.
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    1. Thank you, Cora. It’s a big adjustment that I don’t know if I will ever get used to, but I’m doing alright.

      And you’re right on about bike commuting. It has been my favorite form of therapy over the last few months!

  2. Can I ask what you had for lunch because it look gosh darn delicious!!
    The two of y’all (you and Cora) are making me want to bike to work too! “sitting” with my thoughts like that is quite soothing, just pondering and pedalling, pedalling and pondering.
    I also love those daily question and answer type journals. It allows for some journalling every day with less pressure of lengthy entries.
    Glad you are finding peace in biking, writing and spending time with your loved ones. Hope you have a lovely weekend!

    1. It’s the lunch that I eat almost every day at work: spinach, onions, avocado, turkey, and fried eggs. Sometimes I throw in a slice or two of bacon, too 🙂

      Biking is truly therapeutic, I think. I have grown to love it so much! Let me know how it goes if you decide to take up commuting. I hope you have a great weekend, too!

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