Today was the first day of school for my Preschooler, 1st and 3rd grader. It was a special day full of first day photographs and trying to get our family settled into a new routine. My day was anything but routine. It was an especially long day.
7:45 am // Left the house with all the kids, carrying their back packs, lunch sacks, and school supplies.
8:00am // Arrive at work and realize that I’ve left my back pack at home. That back pack holds my Macbook, amongst other important things.
8:25 am // I decide to stay at work and just pick it up at lunch.
8:45 am // Get home and realize that the Moleskine is NOT in my backpack.
9:00 am // Find the Moleskine back in my office. Sitting in the middle of my desk.
9:50 am // The quick 15 minute meeting that started at 9:00am is finally over.
10:00 am // I settle into my office to get some work done before lunch, but did I mention that it’s the first day of school? I office in a Parent’s Day Out building. The sounds of screaming, crying children surround me. The first day is a particularly loud day of crying.
11:30 am // I decide to head off-campus to get some lunch and work on a talk that I’m giving on Wednesday Night. I’m looking for a nice place with some free Wi-Fi.
11:45 am // I arrive at Schlotzsky’s (Funny Name, Serious Sandwich) to eat lunch. Can’t find a parking spot. Hit steering wheel in disgust.
12:00 pm // I arrive at United Market Street to pick up some pizza and a Coke, and eat in their super large eating area with free Wi-Fi.
12:15 pm // Still waiting for my food.
12:30 pm // Finally pay for my food, but can’t find a seat. I guess every mother in town had lunch at Market Street since their kids were back at school. Blerg.
12:45 pm // I decide to head home and eat lunch. I figure I can get some work done at home. It’s quiet there, no kids around.
12:46 pm // WhenI get home the neighbor is laying new concrete edging in their front yard. Some cue the loud latino music, and concrete truck.
1:15 pm // I hurridly eat my pizza at home, and decide to just give up and head back to my office and try to work from there.
1:30 pm // I get to my office and it’s quiet. It seems to be nap time at the Parent’s Day Out.
1:31 pm // Open to my office door to find that my lovely wife has taken up residence on my desk to finish up some of her work projects.
1:40 pm // I move Starr to an empty office nearby, and head back to my office.
1:41 pm // The Internet goes down in my office. Shoot me now!
2:30 pm // I finally get some calendaring done in Outlook, and start to get busy on my to-do lists. I’m now interupted by all the kids waking up from their afternoon naps at the Parent’s Day Out.
3:00 pm // After going to the bathroom, and returning I discover that I forgot I had a 3:00 pm meeting. The person I’m meeting with is sitting in my office.
4:00 pm // The 3:00pm meeting is over, and our ARENA cHMS people are waiting for our 4:00pm meeting. I will spend the next hour in this meeting.
5:15 pm // I arrive home and hug and kiss my entire family. I get to find out how their first days were. Good times.
5:45 pm // I wake up from an accidental nap. I fell asleep with my neck tied up in a knot and stuck behind my back. Ouch!
6:00 pm // I sneak out real quick for a haircut at the greatness of Sports Clips (Haircuts for Men). But during my entire haircut, I’m assaulted by my stylist verbally when she finds out I’m a pastor. She wants to know how much I get paid, what I do all week since I don’t really do anything when it’s not Sunday morning, and wants to know why I would even want to work at a church.
7:45 pm // After dinner I head out for what should be a quick 4 mile run.
8:00 pm // About 15 minutes into my run, I have to stop at a traffic intersection. I accidentally push STOP on my iPhone Runkeeper App (review forthcoming), instead of PAUSE. That resets my entire run history, and now I have to stand at the intersection and reprogram the stupid app for the last 3 miles of the run. Blerg…
8:30 pm // Finally get home.
9:50 pm // Watch my Texas Rangers get within 2 outs of no-hitting the hated Minnesota Twins and then give up a hit. No no-hitter for tonight.
10:00 pm // Head to bed, and hope it all works out better tomorrow. Good Night!
In spite of this super long day, I am still super blessed to have lived it. Glory to God that my long days are still such pleasant inconveniences!