I don't want to say this is a 'typical' day in my life, but I have these regularly. I kind of like them, but also not. I like it to feel alive and excited. I don't like it to feel overwhelmed and rushed. So here it goes.
Wake up late. 8.45 instead of 8.15. Already not a good start.
Shower, casual biz outfit and toaster waffle in record speed.
Need to unload super heavy boxes of garage sale stuff out of minivan (feel defeated and sweaty - and it's not even 9 am yet - as I pledged to myself this stuff will not come back in my house)
Race to Bee Garden to check on irrigation system (everything dry as hell, system seemed to not have worked - darn)
Remember I left a wooden board on the side of my friends house to be able to take 4 kids and my friend - promised to pick it up that day, which is 4 days ago, totally forgot about it, feel guilty)
Wrestle with the heavy as hell (adult) car seats to get the gigantic wooden board in my car and Ouch!, feel a big long splinter enter my thumb right next to a nerve (feel lots of pain)
Rush to the body shop to leave my car there for A WEEK which experienced a 'hit & run' while parked
Walk to my office to give a tour to a potential new member/client (which feels a bit exciting but also draining as I try to sell my space and me and everyone in there, and that just isn't my nature and I want to scream "take it or leave it - this is what it is and what I worked for so hard for the last 2+ years")
Get a text from my neighbor that our mutual friend and our adopted Grandma fell down the stairs late last night and is in the hospital with multiple fractures requiring immediate surgery (feel worried and shocked - hard to focus on anything else)
I was just hanging out with her all day last Friday while she was worried about the health of our other neighbor, the one that texted me now - love it that these 70+ ladies text - don't think I should tell the kids these shocking news
Head back home to quickly grab the notes I printed and forgot in the printer to then head to the Bee Garden to give a presentation to a High School group (feel hot, passionate and ready to share all I know about bees)
Run into my neighbor who tears up about our friend in the hospital, try to comfort her with a big fat hug
Try to relax as I remember my googled-self-diagnosis for the stabbing pain in my chest as 'Angina' - when stress leads to higher oxygen demands in the heart and the heart sends stabbing pain as warning signals (just had one while I sat in my Sunday work meeting which really scared the heck out of me, thinking I might have a heart attack, don't want to experience this again, and try to stay calm and relaxed at all times before going to the doctor and being tested for it
Get a message our real estate agent wants to have a meeting immediately (feel tired and overwhelmed by now with the intensity and randomness of this day)
Head back to the office for an hour long impromptu meeting about lease proposals with lots of numbers and options requiring my attention and quick grasp (very demanding, exciting, but tiring)
Head to school for pick up and enjoy just walking the quiet streets in my neighborhood (trying to make sense of all the information I just heard, worrying about my friend and trying to think of all the todos I just haven't gotten to today at all and also how this day was supposed to be my 'FREE day' which really feels ironic by now
Back home I clean up all the mess I left while I left in a hurry this morning which by now seems like days ago
Printing stuff to read for tonight's meeting, trying hard to unwind a bit,
Remember to make a doctor's appointment for my splinter and angina/anxiety attack (feel frustrated all my call options (cell, skype, hangout, voice) won't work, have to find and install apps, and find/guess old passwords
Finally figure it out at exactly 5.01 pm (not kidding!!!) when I reach the doctors office voice recording telling me the office hours are til 5 pm. Great! Just great!
Try to email friends to find out more about my friend in the hospital and what I can do to help
Write 'What a SHITTY day!' on facebook, then edit it and post 'What a day!' instead to share just a little bit of my 'awesome' day
Son comes to me in tears telling me he lost his favorite ball (again!) somewhere in a thorny, hilly hedge, (so I feel really sad for him), stop everything I do immediately and go look for his ball (and feel great that I actually find it (not like last time) and love to see him happy again)
Head to the Bee Garden to pick up the stuff I left when I had to leave in a hurry for my impromptu meeting
But not without a 7 minute tantrum by my daughter insisting to bring a ton of heavy and super slow push toys on this trip, which I would have to carry back along with a wagon and the canopy (not having it! no way!)
Finally at the Garden (after some draining convincing) I read the very confusing manual to reset the irrigation system, also fix the very valued watering key chain we gardeners share while entertaining my 7 year old with water play, and of course get totally drenched handing her the hose which actually counts as one of my favorite moments of this day (feel wet and sunkissed and happy)
Make it home for dinner, steak and peppers grilled by my wonderful husband (feel grateful)
Sync husband on splinter, failed doctor call, anxiety, friend in hospital, real estate proposal, High School tour, irrigation system, kids and fear of not having enough time to prepare for tonight's meeting (feel overwhelmed again)
Shower and search for our tweezers to get the still super painful splinter out of my thumb bugging me all day (pain!)
Spontaneously decide to stop at the store for cookies and chocolate as I SO NEED THEM TODAY (and also really feel I deserve them more than ever today)
Make it to the meeting just 10 minutes late and meet our new Marketing interns for the first time
We have a productive team meeting with creative and collaborative moments (feel accomplished)
Clean up the office, water plants, fill dishwasher and get the trash out at 10.30 pm (tired, long day)
Drive home to write this up and be done with this day!
Optimistic, curious, human bee.