Time flies! It’s hard to believe it’s been two years since I started this blog! I’m not sure I ever thought it would last this long, but here we are. I thought I’d do something different this time and give you a wee little taste of how I live (sorry, but that reminds me of the Wee Blind Girl cake mishap). Here’s a breakdown of what you might call a typical day in the life of me:
5-5:30 am -> Wake Up
Usually with the help of a gentle pawing from my chocolate lab. Occasionally, he sleeps in, and I’m at the mercy of my cell phone alarm.
5:30-6 am –> Eat Breakfast
It’s the same every morning (unless I’m on vacation): A toasted peanut butter sandwich and a MorningStar Farms veggie sausage patty. In case you’re wondering, I’m not a vegetarian. I just happen to like the taste.
6–6:30 am –> Walk the Dogs
Mrs. Pennypacker and I each grab a lab and cruise around the neighborhood for half an hour or so. One of our labs loves to walk and could probably walk all day. The other lab prefers sleeping and eating over physical activity. She has to be in just the right mood or frame of mind to make it past the end of the driveway.
6:30–7:30 am –> Exercise
I like to mix up my workouts. I generally run, bike, or power my way through a moderate CrossFit workout. I usually don’t decide what I’m going to do until I walk out the door. I like to surprise myself.
7:30–8 am –> Second Breakfast
I also shower and throw some jeans on for my day job as a software engineer. Much like my first breakfast, my second breakfast is pretty consistent: A yogurt cup, a ZonePerfect Bar, and a banana. I’ll also throw in a handful of peanuts sometime before lunch as a mini third breakfast.
8–8:30 am -> Drive to the Office
It usually takes me about 25-30 minutes to get to the office. It’s really not a bad commute, but some days I skip the drive and work from home. It’s just one of the benefits of being a software builder.
8:30 am – 5 pm –> Day Job
It depends on how busy I am, but some days I end up working until 6:30 or 7. Also, there is a lunch and plenty of snacks dispersed throughout the day.
5-5:30 pm -> Drive Home
Again, if it’s a work from home day, this is bonus time.
5:30-6 pm -> Unwind
Surf the web, play with the labs, sit outside.
6–6:30 pm –> Eat Dinner
Mrs. Pennypacker loves to cook and I love to eat..whatever she makes…as long as there are no mushrooms involved. I also love jumping in and washing the dishes afterward. I have some clean-freak tendencies.
6:30–9:30 pm –> Second Job
I try to multi-task between side projects like my blog or my budgeting software and TV watching. Usually side projects win the battle for my focus, but once in a while TV will catch my eye.
9:30 pm–5 am -> Sleep
Depending on how tired I am or how caught up I get in side projects (or TV), my bedtime can vary greatly. But, no matter what time sleep takes over, the lab tends to keep me on a pretty regular wake-up schedule.
Full disclosure: While I call this a typical day in the life of me, the reality is, my schedule can vary quite a bit from day to day. In general, I like cramming as much as I can into each day. In fact, I wish I didn’t have to sleep so much, but I’m just not right if I don’t get at least 6 – 8 hours.
Are your days as packed as mine are?