Tuesday, 4 June 2013

Listmania 20: A Day In The Life

I must confess that I started with a hiss and a roar but there are some big gaps later in the day when wrangling an uncooperative three year old meant photo taking was out of the question. I think this will give a bit of an indication of my average sort of day.

It has just gone six and the light is on. Miss Three has been awake for about half an hour but is not allowed out of bed until six. Her bed is currently at the foot of ours which is a big improvement on her being in ours. Social media has already been checked by both adults!

The coffee machine milk frother broke yesterday so we have resorted to microwaving the milk and adding the espresso. Hopefully we can get a replacement part as the machine is not that old. Every morning starts with espresso.

We check the weather outside and take the time to check out the sunrise most mornings. The sun rises around seven every morning so it is about now that hubby hits the shower and I wrestle MT into her school uniform.

I also potter around with some minor household tasks. This morning it involved removing the past their best orchids and playing with the cat.

Turn your back for a moment and MT will grab the iPhone. These are three of the photos she took. A passing shot of Daddy, her new Belle Havianas and Mummy's new trainers for Zumba.

By 7:30 MT is dressed, packed and out the door with Daddy to wait for her school bus. She is happy enough on the bus and loves the extra Daddy time. When Daddy travelled a lot this was my job but while he is in town he is in hot demand.

The first of several loads of washing goes on now. It is never ending!

Most mornings I have a nosey at the new condo that is being built on the other side of the building. Fortunately we live as far a way as possible from the noise and it only really bothers me if the house is silent. Just the background hum of the washing machine seems to be enough to keep it at bay.

Monday morning usually involves a trip to the supermarket to pick up whatever we didn't buy on the weekend. I buy most of my meat and dairy from one chain and my fruit and vege from another and most of my non perishables are delivered by a third company. What I wouldn't give for there to be one supermarket chain that stocks what I need at a reasonable price! This was the view as I walked down the road yesterday. The building in shot is nearing completion and they are starting to do the finishing touches like landscaping.


A trolley shot. This trip was a fruit and vege stock up that was derailed by chips being on special (almost the only flavour without a dairy component) and a need for nuts.

A quick sneaky shot of the checkout. Monday morning is always busy and most people get their groceries delivered which makes the process a good bit longer. I always take mine home as their delivery windows are  four hours long and I hate being stuck at home for that length of time.

Once I got home I was finally able to have my breakfast smoothie. We were totally out of greens so I had to wait to do my shop. I got clever and added a shot of espresso but it made it awfully bitter when combined with kale. A lesson learnt and I will not be doing that again!

The rest of my morning was spent completing a scrapbook layout while listening to the most recent edition of the Paperclipping roundtable. I found a great sketch and the layout turned out well. (the finished layout was yesterday's post if you would like to see it here. )

Next thing I knew it was 12.45 and time to meet MT off the bus. We have a fountain in our foyer that she loves to play around. There are little ceramic frogs that all the children in the building like to rearrange.

Back upstairs for a snack for MT (she has lunch at school) and a pot noodle for me. I have rather more of these for lunch than I would care to admit. At least these ones come with a big portion of green vegetables!

After getting MT quickly changed we headed out to another supermarket to get the organic milk I forgot on Sunday. I am pleased I took these shots of her waiting for the lift and inside the lift as we do this all the time and I don't think I have ever recorded her waiting for the lift before.

Sadly I had a bit of an epic failure at this point as MT was a bit of a handful on the bus and in the mall and I didn't have enough free hands for photo taking. We came home and played for a little while before I dropped her with her Daddy at work and I went to collect some scrapbooking supplies from my contact at the MRT station.

 It was rush hour but the station was remarkably calm. I was very please to see my friend and a big bag of new MME and Crate Paper goodness. I decided the trains were too crowded to catch home so I took a short walk to the bus stop.

Even the roads were quieter than usual. It is local school holidays at present and it has a major impact on the level of road traffic at peak times. This church was on my walk to the bus stop.

I got home just in time to admire the sunset and tuck my daughter into bed with a story. 

Hubby and MT had managed to buy some bento dinners as I had run out of time to make dinner with all our outings. Don't you love the box they come in?

By the time I ate my Hamburg and caught up on Facebook and a couple of games I am addicted to (Criminal Case I am talking to you) it was nine o'clock and we try to be in bed early on Monday and Wednesday nights. 

Not an earth shattering day but a fairly typical one.

I am linking up with Home Life Simplified's Listmania this week. I would love to see a day in your life. Let me know if you join in.


  1. great post, i love to read about your day. will you be scrapbooking this?

    1. I wasn't going to but I think I might add the ohotos and blog post as an insert in my PL.

  2. Love this, and MT is SO adorable. I need to do this one day - I start with good intentions but never make it to the end of the day :)

  3. wow what a busy day!!!!
    love the pics ..and yes i get you on the busy-ness and trying to get pics!!! so hard!!!!
    love that you included MT's pics too!!

    and catching up on other posts
    *love that layout..that cute blue paper!!!
    *ohhhh and love the layout...on MT looking at your PL

    and ohhhhhhh coming home....it is freezing so bring layers!!! brrrrrrrrrrrrr

  4. Thank you for a peek into your day. These would all be great for a PL spread.

  5. What a nice collection of photos sharing your day. Wonderful!

  6. Loved this peek at your day! Great pics!

  7. Thanks Claire, what a lovely look at your day. MT is so adorable, oh what tiredness does to them all in the later parts of the day though! I'm struck by what a common chord washing is to most of us listmaniacs too, it sure does never end!

  8. Oh yes the little ones do love to grab our phones to take photos! I hear you on Criminal Case! Love the look into your day!

  9. Love this Claire! I always love seeing your photos of Singapore. And it struck me so funny that I buy the same brand of berries as you, all the way over here in Canada! Your daughter is gorgeous!

  10. Great day documentation and I love that your hubby is in the photos to. How cute is MTs dress by the elevator love it

  11. Your documentation is intense! Love the attention to detail. Funny how many little things in our day is similar (checking phones from bed, eating micro noodles for lunch etc). Your daughter is such a cutie :)

  12. I loved seeing your day and MT's photos were good! My little one often steals my phone to take happy snaps.