A Day in the Life

Over the past two years, I’ve shared bits and pieces about commuting and how I break up my day but today I’m going to share what a typical day looks like for me.  Below is my Tuesday.  I apologize for being incredibly vague about what I do at work – it’s not because it’s super confidential or anything, but because I really like keeping it separate from the blog.


5:57 am

Alarm #1 on phone goes off; I hit snooze.

5:59 am

Alarm #2 on phone goes off; I hit snooze. Again.

6:04 am

Alarm #3 on my phone goes off.  It’s a crazy sound so I finally get out of bed.

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6:05 – 6:50 am

I get ready for work – which basically means I take over the bathroom.  My routine is pretty standard – pop in my contacts, fix my hair, put on make up, and brush my teeth.  You know, standard stuff so I don’t go out in public looking like a hot mess.  Then I go to the bedroom and try on at least 3 outfits – tossing the losing items onto the bed or dresser – before finally settling on something I like.  I end up choosing a dress I bought at TopShop (when Joe and I were on our honeymoon), a cardigan with a teal belt, leggings and my tall boots.  I’m seriously pushing the boundaries for business casual but I’m okay with this decision.  The photo above was taken at work because the shots I took in the AM were all blurry.

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6:50 am

Time to head out!  I lock the door to our apartment and start walking to my bus stop.  Today I got lucky and caught the express bus!  It is crazy bright out this morning.

7:10 am

The bus pulls into ferry terminal.  I hop off, thank the bus driver, and walk down to the waiting area.  Thankfully, the doors to the ferry are already open so I can just walk right on.

7:15 – 7:45 am

Today I’m on the John F. Kennedy, which is my least favorite boat because the seats are not the most comfortable.  Regardless, I find a seat towards the front of the boat and spend a few minutes catching up on Twitter and approving any comments from the blog on my phone.  Then I spend the remaining time napping.  On the days I don’t sleep, I’ll use this time to read, crochet, or write things down in my planner.  It really depends on how I’m feeling and my mood.

7:45 – 7:50 am

When we pass Governor’s Island, I wake up (thanks to an announcement over the loudspeaker) and head to the lower level of the boat.  It feels like the ferry takes forever to dock, but eventually it does and then I’m caught in a stampede of people.  Imagine cattle being herded because that’s exactly what it looks like during rush hour.

7:51 – 7:59 am

I catch the R train and take it uptown to my stop while trying not to take another nap.  Since it’s so early, the train travels much quicker than normal.

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8:00 – 9:00 am

I usually get to work anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour earlier than I should.  I typically have a full plate when it comes to my work load and I’ve found that it’s easier to tackle it when no one is in.  If I’m able to get the big tasks done, I proofread the day’s post for the last time before it goes live and try to catch up with blogs.

9:01 am – 12:30 pm

The mornings tend to go by quickly because I’m typically so busy.  I start by touching base with the coordinator on my team on what’s the plan for the day.  Our IT consultant stops by my desk and we talk about an issue, resolve another problem, and update my boss on the status.  At the same time, I’m doing a lot of paperwork and data entry (so much data entry).

12:30 – 1:30 pm

For my lunch hour, I quickly eat some left over noodle soup that I brought in and then head out to the local library.  I have to return two books and check out four more.  It’s nice to get outside and get a change of scenery so I spend the whole hour walking around, even if it is a little chilly out.

1:30 – 5:00 pm

Sadly, nothing glamorous – just more work.

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5:01 – 5:30 pm

I power walk to the subway and wait for the next train which pulls into the station after a minute or so.  My train is too slow so I have to wait for a few minutes before I can transfer to the 4/5.  Today I just miss the 5:15 ferry so I end up having to wait until the 5:30.  It’s not a total loss because I end up getting the Barberi, which is one of my favorite boats.  There may be no outside seating, but it’s warm in the Winter and the seats are the most comfortable.

5:30 – 6:00 pm

During my ferry ride, I spend my time reading one of my new books, but in the past, I have also used this time to nap, write down ideas for posts, and play games on my phone.  Like Doodle Jump (which is an amazing game if you don’t already have it).

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6:00 – 6:20 pm

Back in Staten Island, I hop on the bus and jump off a few blocks before my street.  It’s finally nice out so I’m excited to walk home.  This is a pretty uneventful part of day but worth mentioning because it’s one of my favorites.

6:21 – 6:22 pm

As soon as I get home, I immediately drop my bags, hang up my coat, and throw on sweats.  The whole process usually takes less than a minute.  Not that I’m planning on working out or anything… business casual is just too restricting and I’m ready to be cozy.

6:23 – 7:30 pm

Since Joe gets home so much earlier than me, he’s just about finishing making dinner at this point (we’re having salmon, broccoli, and black beans – all delicious).  We usually spend this time catching up with each other to see how the other’s day was, eating dinner, and watching How I Met Your Mother reruns.

7:30 – 11:00 pm

I hunker down on the couch and usually start working on the next day’s post while Joe is busy working on school stuff.

11:00 pm – 12:00 am

Now that my post is ready for the next day, I jump in the shower and get ready for bed.  I’m very happy to curl into bed and fall asleep very quickly.


Alright – now that I’ve spilled the details of my day, I’m curious about what your days look like.  Do you have seriously long commutes?  Does your commute involve mass transit or do you drive or walk in?  Anyone able to sleep past 7:00 am?  8:00 am (if so, I am forever jealous of you)?

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  • http://apartmentoneblog.blogspot.com Melissa D

    Wow, thats one hell of a commute!! It takes me about 6 minutes to get to work everyday 10 minutes if there is traffic. I feel really lucky righ now! lol … love these kinda posts! :)

    • http://popcornonthestove.com Kristen

      I hope for a commute that short one day!

  • http://retroranchrenovation.blogspot.com Gabbi @ Retro Ranch Reno

    Love catching a glimpse of other people’s days! I used to have a long commute…driving…typically an hour and fifteen mintues to an hour and a half each way. Now that we moved, our commute is about 15 minutes. I’m. In. Heaven.

    • http://popcornonthestove.com Kristen

      I’m jealous! I don’t think I would mind the long car ride because I would probably spend the entire time singing along to my favorite songs!

  • http://www.ourhomefromscratch.com John @ Our Home from Scratch

    Sleeping in past 8am is a myth in our home. Our daughter stays up late and gets up early. I’ve heard tales of parents with kids that sleep from 6pm to 8am. I don’t like those parents. If this were my timeline it would include daily stops at pizza joints, especially if I worked in NYC. Awesome that you’re close to a library! How many books do you go through?

    • http://popcornonthestove.com Kristen

      For a while, I was visiting a pizzeria almost every day for my lunch breaks but it was not good for my waistline. :)

      This week, I grabbed four books and I’m in the midst of the third one. If I did more reading than sleeping, I’d be done sooner!

  • http://annabelvita.com Annabel Vita

    Ok, so I have it ridiculously cushy right now. I’ve mentioned before that I live five minutes walk from my office, but I haven’t mentioned that my job starts at 9.30am. So I get up at 8.20 (I know! Please don’t hate me! My last job I had to leave the house at 4am some shifts!). I also get home at 5:35, which is just as nice and I loooove my lunchtimes at home. We might be moving soonish after the wedding so I’m lapping it up while I can.

    This was fun! And your outfit is sooo cute.

    • http://popcornonthestove.com Kristen

      Oh man – I think I am forever jealous of your set up. Those are amazing hours! I’m glad this job is so much better than your last job (4am, eek!)!

  • http://attemptsatdomestication.com Ashley@AttemptsAtDomestication

    I still can’t believe how long your commute takes! That just sucks!

    I love your outfit! It’s super cute! :)

    • http://popcornonthestove.com Kristen

      Thank you!

  • Jane

    Love reading these kinda posts. I have about an hour commute into my workplace. It sucks. But my laidback work culture makes up for it. You didnt mention when you have your breakfast and what you typically eat. One thing I struggle with is having a quick , healthy breakfast before i head out.

    • http://popcornonthestove.com Kristen

      I’m embarrassed to admit this but I’m very bad about eating breakfast in the morning. I wake up so early that I’m not really hungry until I’m on the boat, and then by the time I get to my office I’m not so hungry anymore. Sometimes I’ll grab a bagel (or a giant cinnamon roll if I know it’s going to be a tough day) but I skip breakfast the majority of the time.

  • http://www.madeinmorningside.blogspot.com Ashleigh

    This is a great post!

    My alarm goes off at 7.30 but I quite often snooze til past 8….sorry!! I am only a 20 minute walk from work, don’t know how you cope with such a long commute.


    • http://popcornonthestove.com Kristen

      Thanks! The commute is terrible (although better than when I commuted into the city from New Jersey) but since my job helps pays the bills, I can’t really complain.

  • http://happyaccidenthappenings.blogspot.com/ Rebecca

    So I’m not the only one who changes within minutes of walking through the door after work. When you’re in business casual since 6 am like me it’s time to change ASAP once home.

    • http://popcornonthestove.com Kristen

      Haha not at all! I have a feeling there’s a decent amount of people who instantly change when they get home from work.

      6 am is rough – I’m not sure I could do that every day.

  • http://www.casa-de-christine.blogspot.com Christine @ Casa-de-Christine

    Cute outfit! Your commute is insane! I drive 30 minutes each way and I find that long enough! I get up around 7:00 or 7:30 each day. I don’t know how you do the beginning in 5 thing. haha.

    Love the day in the life posts- so interesting to see other people’s typical days!

    • http://popcornonthestove.com Kristen

      Thank you!
      If I didn’t set 2 alarms before 6 am, I’m not sure I would ever get out of bed (they usually wake me up just enough that when the third one goes off, I won’t hit snooze again).

  • http://www.drabtofabdesign.com Whitney @ drab to fab

    This was fun to read!! Dang…I’m sorry about that commute. I’d never survive in the big city. 20 minutes for me and if there’s traffic…about 30 minutes. I get up at 6:35 and hit snooze 2 times too! Gotta get those zzzzz’s. :)

    • http://popcornonthestove.com Kristen

      I’m so glad that I’m not the only one who hits snooze twice!

  • http://www.cornerofmain.com Kelly @ Corner of Main

    Sounds like a busy day! Thanks for sharing. For two years I had a 10 min walk to train, 1 hr 15 min train, then 15 min walk…I just ended that! Now I drive 25 min 3 days a week. Just thinking about your commute brings back memories and makes me tired! I did a lot of sleeping on the train =) I’m jealous that your husband makes dinner though! ;)

    • http://popcornonthestove.com Kristen

      That commute sounds horrible – good thing your new commute is much easier! I was never a fan of the train because it would always break down and the traffic of trying to get into the tunnels for Penn Station was ridiculous.

      And thank goodness for Joe cooking dinner (if he didn’t it would be cereal every night!)!

  • http://www.mailboxjourney.com Melanie

    I find your commute so interesting, and I love how you can just kind of relax on the ferry/trains/bus and just read a book or something and that you can go on walks. I’m not much of a city girl, I like farms and wide open spaces, but being able to catch a ferry everyday or a train would be pretty awesome. My commute to work takes 12 minutes, it’s so short of a drive that it messes up my oil in my car, and causes a lot of gross gunk to build up on the cap, yuck. (My car doesn’t get a chance to burn up all the condensation, because it doesn’t fully heat up by the time I get to work)

    I also think your outfit is super cute! And I must really be pushing it at work then with business casual! I usually throw on khaki’s and a shirt, with a cardigan over it. So it usually looks like I work at Target or something :P

    & I change the minute I get home too! I hate my work clothes, so as soon as I get home it’s sweats!

    • http://popcornonthestove.com Kristen

      It does sound sort of relaxing, but there’s a lot of getting settled and then having to get up and go which is less fun. I actually recommend the Staten Island ferry to anyone visiting the city (it gives some great views, and it’s a nice hour-long break from walking). That stinks about your car, though. Joe’s got a short drive to work, too, so in the cooler months he’ll turn the car on a few minutes before he leaves so it’ll warm up & defrost.

      For us, the ‘business’ part of business casual is stressed so I typically wear black dress pants and nice tops. I do wear a cardigan almost everyday (I sit under a vent so it’s always chilly at my desk) but I have a few blazers in my closet.

  • Kelly

    I really liked this post! Question: when does Joe leave for school/work? Is he up in the morning with you?

    I have a 40 minute drive to work, which I’ve gotten used to over the 4 years, and i just recently got Sirius which is a huge help!

    My alarm goes off at 5:30, but I usually hit snooze 3 times, until 6! I leave the house by 6:30, but being a teacher, I can leave school and drive home and get there by 3:20!

    • http://popcornonthestove.com Kristen

      Joe usually gets up with me – either at 6 or 6:30 depending on what day of the week it is. He’s a morning person anyway so on the weekend, he’s usually done a million things before I wake up.

  • Emily R.

    My commute and how late I sleep are mostly dictated by whether I sleep at my house or my boyfriend’s (mine is much closer to work). I wake up at 6:15 and have a 45 minute drive from my boyfriend’s and get up around 7 and have a 20 minute commute from mine. My commute is FAR less interesting than yours. Thanks for the fun post.

  • http://www.decorandthedog.blogspot.com michelle@decorandthedog

    I love day in the life posts! You have some long work days. Ugg! And you need to sleep more. I’m tired just reading this. :P

    • http://popcornonthestove.com Kristen

      I think that’s why I have the skills of falling asleep everywhere :)

  • http://www.alittlebiteofeverything.com Ainhoa

    I still can’t get over your long commute. Mine takes about 50 minutes and I hate it! I walk around 15 minutes to the subway, and the ride there is about 30 minutes.

  • http://www.livetolist.wordpress.com Sarah

    I’m sort of jealous of your commute cause you can use the time for all sorts of things. I have a 20 min drive (or a 40 min train plus a walk at each end – and the car is 100% free right now… so…). Therefore, I have it easy. I go to bed at about 9.30pm (but seldom to sleep then) and up at 5.30-6am to be at work at 7am to 3.30pm.

  • http://www.ourcozycubbyhole.com Erika @ Our Cozy Cubbyhole

    Wow that’s a heck of a commute! Mass transit is useless in LA so I have always driven to work. However, I am super lucky that my current job is only 5 minutes away. School can be a 30-60 minute drive but I usually use it to catch up with my family on the East Coast.

    Cute outfit BTW! :)

  • http://newlywoodwards.com Kim@NewlyWoodwards

    I love day in the life posts. And I always think I’m going to do one, but I don’t. ;) Ha. Maybe someday.

    I am amazed by your commute and how you make it work for you. I live five minutes from Henry’s daycare, which is about 5 minutes from my office. The idea of ferries and trains and buses is just so foreign.

    • http://popcornonthestove.com Kristen

      It definitely feels foreign (I mean within the span of 1-2 hours, I’ve been on a bus, a boat, and in a tunnel… who does that?)

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