25 January 2014

Book of Me: Daily Routines

While reading a Geneabloggers newsletter this past week, I found out about a project that started last August. Although I am late (as usual!), I am going to jump in. It is my hope to go back and write for the weeks that I've missed, while hopefully keeping up with it from this point forward.

Please click the button below to join in. It is called "Book of Me, Written by You".

Book of Me



This week's prompt is - Daily Routines

Do you have a daily routine?
Did your parents? Grandparents?
Why did they (or you ) have this routine?
Where did this routine take place?
Structure - Is this important to you? or your family?

At this point in my life, unless college is in session, I do not really have any particular routine. When it is, I get up at 5am and take my shower, wake up the kids so that they can get ready for school, and I lay back down until it is time to leave. I'm the only driver in the house, so for the most part, I have to take everyone wherever they need to go. Depending on whether it is Monday/Wednesday/Friday or Tuesday/Thursday, we leave the house at either 8:30am or 9am. For the most part, I don't have to retrieve anyone from the school until 5pm. The work-study hours vary, so some days I have to go back around 9pm to pick up one of them.

David and I have always been night people, so on non-school days, we get up when we're tired of sleeping and sleep when we're tired of being awake. :) We function much better as night people, but are generally forced to be day people, which means that we aren't able to do things when we're at our best.

My parents had varying schedules. My daddy was a swing-shift worker at Owens-Corning Fiberglas for years. My mama has been a school bus driver for thirty years. She was out the door to work at about the time I had to get up to get ready to catch my own school bus. She got home probably about an hour after I got home from school.

My grandparents, all four of them, were raised for the most part by farmers and were up before the chickens every day.

While I think that structure is important in some things, I do not think that our lives should be scheduled to the nth degree. There needs to be room for spontaneity without throwing everything off balance. There needs to be freedom to change it up on occasion. That being said, I am also at a point in my life where I am not very good with change. I like to know what is going to happen and when. Surprises and I are not close friends.

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What are the routines of your life?

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