On my post “How do I start writing?” last week, Jessica of Mothering with Creativity recommended bloggers share who they are. “People like to ‘see’ other people,” she said. I couldn’t agree more!
So when I read about Laura at Hollywood Housewife’s plan to document a day in her life and her invitation for other bloggers to join in “One Day HH,” I couldn’t resist. I joined the movement, and I documented my Wednesday, November 14, 2012, with photographs.
The goal of “One Day” is to document pieces of your life you wouldn’t otherwise see fit to photograph. It’s the toothpaste you use, the gas prices that day, or the stack of papers you just can’t seem to get through. It’s the Post-it Notes of your life that, when pieced together, form your story.
And it’s a good story because you live your life in it.
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7:45 a.m. I start the day with a bowl of cereal and vanilla coconut milk as I visit all my favorite blogs.
8:20 a.m. Make-up is a must! Even though as a freelance writer I’ll be working from home, I get ready just like I’m going into work … because I am! 😉
Tada! Ready for the day!
10:00 a.m. Tea time: Today it’s Jasmine Pearls paired with hot water from the kettle for a little mid-morning revival.
Throughout the day, I work on a magazine article I’ve been at all week. These books have nothing to do with that. But they make me feel comfortable at my desk and inspired to write!
This is how I power through the day: CDs all the way, baby!
12:45 p.m. Leftover spaghetti for lunch … again. Lol! I used my best plate to make it more fancy.
3:45 p.m. I put on my favorite Converse shoes. In 2010, Anthony designed these online and ordered them for my birthday (just a couple months before we tied the knot with our Las Vegas wedding)!
3:50 p.m. Man, I love the desert.
The last of the leaves fell from the trees today. Our little Reno apartment complex looks so bare now!
This week’s meals: Thai curries, veggies, and rice every night for dinner. Plus, a little treat of my favorite cloudy sake.
4:30 p.m. Pit stop by the mailbox grid
The latest issue of The Tasting Panel magazine came in the mail, complete with my short article about CeeLo Green and Patti Stanger and TY KU Soju! So exciting!
4:45 p.m. Northern Nevada at dusk: This is one of my favorite times to look at the sky. (I hear our sunrises are also spectacular, but I generally sleep through them. Ha ha!)
6:00 p.m. Anthony had to shave his beard for medical something-something test at his work at the lab. I haven’t seen him clean-shaven since our dating years. We decide to document our reactions. R.I.P. Beard.
This guy plays MMORPGs so fast it’s all a blur! His current fave: World of Warcraft’s Mists of Pandaria.
7:15 p.m. I remember to water the plants. P.S. Meet Frederico, my avocado plant gifted from my friend Rachel. It is one of the only plants I haven’t accidentally killed, and the only plant I’ve ever named. Coincidence? I think not.
7:30 p.m. At dinner, Anthony and I discuss Internet memes that make us laugh and moving back to Las Vegas. From the dinner table, this is my view. My brother-in-law painted this abstract masterpiece for Anthony and me as a wedding gift.
9:00 p.m. Back at my desk, I’m reading this book and parsing through notes. Background: I volunteer with The Solace Tree, an organization that helps kids grieve and heal after someone they love has died. The kids I work with are so brave, and I’ve learned so much from them through creative activities we do together.
10:00 p.m. I start to fill out this application, and I glance at the answers I’ve prepared in a separate word document. (I’ve worked for months on this proposal with a fellow Solace Tree team member. Today we’re ready to submit. I’m humbled to think we’ve come this far.)
12:40 a.m. The Next Day: It’s submitted! If selected, we plan to share ways a caring adult can specifically help middle-school kids grieve and heal after life-altering loss.
1:10 a.m. I am far too excited to sleep. Yep, I watched this Invisible Children film again. It gives me chills every time, and it motivates me to remember I can’t take this life and its blessings for granted.
1:45 a.m. But I couldn’t just watch the MOVE film. I wanted to do something about it. So I wrote the President. Glad to live in a country where we can do that freely!
And the President’s people thanked me immediately. Ha ha!
2:18 a.m. I’m a night owl, but I realize it’s late. I’m sleepy. Time for bed.
2:30 a.m. This is the last thing I see before I turn off the lights. Then I’ll turn to face a certain beardless guy with a wedding ring that matches mine.
Thanks for sharing in my “One Day”!
Photographs: Anthony and Ally Siwajian © 2012