A day in the life of a knitter (who is also a mother of a toddler)…I picked a day to chronicle when I was off work and thus more likely to think about actually getting knitting in.
7:00 Out of bed.
7:15 Family soak in the hot tub (we keep the water under 100 for Reed).
7:45 Oatmeal with blueberries for Reed. Hot tea on the sofa for mom and dad.
8:00 Help Reed finish his oatmeal, considering he prefers to just pick out the blueberries.
8:15 Quick shower. Contemplate putting on make up. Then give up. In another life. Hide in bathroom a few minutes longer than necessary to secretly finish latest US Weekly. (Sick of coverage of The Bachelor and Kardashians…). “Self time.”
8:45 Make second breakfast for mom and dad. Eggs, sausage, leftover home fries. Reed eats and egg and sausage. He is like a hobbit.
9:15 Clean kitchen. Tidy house. Scrub toilet. Let the chickens out.
10:45 Mom runs errands while Reed and dad take a walk. Slightly jealous, but some things just need to get done. Also for next life: exercise.
12:00 Home. Heat the oven for a frozen pizza for lunch, assuage guilt because it is organic.
12:30 Pizza is a hit. Guilt further mitigated because dad makes a smoothie with kale, carrots and fruit. Reed loves it. Temporarily feel like Super Mom.
1:15 More dishes
1:30 Garden time. Prep bed for spring seeds (beets, spinach, bok choy, broccoli, carrots, and more). Harvest kale for dinner.
2:00 Dad decides to do a round on the riding mower with Reed. Mom dashes inside to prepare annual income taxes for appointment later in the week while child is occupied. Mom tries not to worry about the fact that nap time is being pushed and is instead grateful for the time to sort through papers without toddler trying to rip them up into tiny bits.
3:00 Mom finishes taxes. Dad finishes mowing. Quick snack for Reed and snuggle for nap.
3:30 Nap time is a no go. So much for knitting.
3:40 Snack time goes sideways. Bunny crackers flying through the air. Angry toddler. Make note to read more parenting books. Obviously my kid is poorly behaved (at times). Sweep bunny crackers.
3:45 Back out to the garden. Plant seeds. Play “soccer.” No-hands concept proves challenging. Concept of not walking on newly planted seeds also proves difficult to grasp.
5:00 Back inside. Pre-heat oven for kale chips. Make spaghetti with sauce from last summer’s garden.
5:30 Reed refuses to eat dinner. Too tired. Mom fail. More dishes.
6:00 Into the bath. Bubbles. Mom secretly scans the Internet/catches up on favorite blogs.
7:00 Pjs with screaming, stories with no screaming.
7:30 Reed is asleep. Make guacamole for tomorrow’s lunch.
8:00 Work on this blog post. Kick myself for not having cool photos of my own to include. Next life, along with wearing eye make up daily. Lament I never paint my finger nails but always want to… Who has time to sit still while they dry?
8:30 Consider blocking a shawl that has been waiting for a few weeks. Realize it won’t dry by morning and toddler will start day running around house with sewing pins…epic disaster. Postpone again and wonder what boss will think if I set up blocking on office floor (plus: radiant floor heating) to avoid interaction of toddler and sewing pins. Decide to pack blocking supplies this week and try blocking in office. Desperate.
8:35 Start knitting. Exhausted. Hope to last an hour. Almost done with project.