A Day in the Life: March 2014

This post is another entry for Manda’s A Day in the Life linkup. Feel free to view my previous entries.

6:12am:

I’m awake. I feel like my clock alarm went off and I turned it off — otherwise it would still be beeping right now. I must have fallen asleep for a few minutes between turning it off and right now, or I am only just realising I am actually awake. I unplug my phone from its charger and see a few messages. Groggily, I read them, though as I am writing part of this blog post on my morning train ride, I realise I don’t particularly remember what they said.

Clock on bed side table
Clock on bed side table

6:28am:

I check my email most mornings out of habit. I check my email manually, because it makes a better habit than opening email the moment you receive it. Yes, it is still a habit, and when you don’t have anything in your inbox you find yourself continually refreshing. It is a lot better than having your phone buzz every time.

6:40am:

I read some emails from work, then get up and grab breakfast. It is the first time in about a week that I am eating breakfast at home and not at work. Which means generally healthier options. At work I might have coffee and a few rice thins, but at home I am having mini-wheat cereal and green tea.

Mini-wheats and milk for breakfast
Mini-wheats and milk for breakfast

7:00am:

I get ready, taking my time. I decide to wear my Doctor Who shirt from Tiffany. I have a chat with my mum before I leave. I head for the bus stop. I am early, although it would have been nice to leave earlier. I’m carrying a handful of stuff, including my camera and my copy of The Ultimate Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy that I am going to lend to Andrias at work today. On the bus, I carefully repack my bag. My camera won’t fit, but that’s okay.

The Ultimate Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
The Ultimate Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
Bus stop
Bus stop

7:40am:

I listen to music on the bus, playing Toffeecake 2014, a playlist I created for Tristan. I start playing it near the end so I switch playlists to the original Toffeecake before I get off the bus. I see one of the express trains is running late, but that’s good because I can quickly run and jump on board, whereas I would have missed it if it was on time.

8:18am:

Before long I realise the train has already pulled in at Central. That was fast! I hop off and make my way to the light rail stop. I show my MyMulti pass and get a paper ticket for my ride from one of the officers before boarding. The light rail might not be on time, but it arrives soon after I get to the stop, which is incredibly convenient.

Walking down the wharf on the way to work
Walking down the wharf on the way to work

8:45am:

I arrive at work and get started straight away, though the morning is relatively slow. I am working on bug fixes most of the morning. I grab some juice from the fridge to keep me going.

Juice and water
Juice and water

11:30am:

Finally, some of my QA (quality assurance) test requests are coming through as Passed, so I no longer have to worry about them.

12:30pm:

We (the design and development team) head out to Yuzu, a small Japanese restaurant, to welcome our new designer Emi. He liked my Doctor Who shirt! I ordered a teriyaki salmon donburi. Lunch is great. We chat about miscellaneous things.

1:40pm:

Back in the office I lend Andrias my book. He’s convinced it will take him a while to read.

3:00pm:

I grab some coffee. I put too much milk in it and immediately feel horrid. I go outside on the balcony for a break. It’s too warm and I stand right at the door so I get the warmth of the sun and the freezing cold of the air conditioner inside at the same time.

Small view of the Sydney Harbour Bridge
Small view of the Sydney Harbour Bridge (not from balcony)

4:30pm:

I eat dinner (yep, early!) – pasta with feta cheese and sundried tomatoes. Basically leftovers from last night’s dinner. I feel very full afterwards. I jump onto a new task, even though it is close to the end of the day.

Jones Bay Wharf, just got out of the elevator
Jones Bay Wharf, just got out of the elevator
Sydney light rail
Sydney light rail

5:48pm:

I am on the light rail on the way to the train station. I meet James at the train station and we catch a train together. I don’t feel too good sitting down; I’m feeling quite bloated but know I will feel better once I am at home. I decide to stand on the train later on. A man seems annoyed at us and says, “If you want to stand there maybe you should get on last.” James and I both scoff privately.

Walking through the train station
Walking through the train station
Going to the platform
Going to the platform

7:00pm:

We arrive at the station and go to the car park to James’s car, and he drives me home. I fall asleep for a little bit as I am really tired.

7:30pm:

I’m at home. I open my mail; I have a debit card replacement since my current one is expiring next month. I decide to touch up my nails so I spend a fair bit of time doing that. I mess it up a bit, but that’s okay. The colour is translucent with glitter so it isn’t as obvious compared to opaque colour.

Smoothie nail polish
Smoothie nail polish

9:00pm:

I’ve just had some ice cream, and Brandon and Ricky arrive home. Brandon and I discuss HTML, which he is learning in one of his classes. I give him some pointers and we, my mum and Ricky talk about Indonesian and how Brandon would go about learning how to write in the language as good as I can.

9:30pm:

I work on my latest project, a new theme for my blog. It’s still very much a work in progress, but a little work is better than none. I push my changes to GitHub.

11:00pm:

I write up this post and decide to call it a day. 🙂

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Sounds like you had a good commute, and your dinner sounds delish! I’d love to see a pic of the popular Doctor Who shirt, unless you’ve already posted it. I’m also still loving the nail polish – it’s adorbs!

LOVE the nail polish!

My new thing with pasta is using sundried tomatoes. Something so simple and easy to cook with can add such decadence to a bowl of pasta! Sundried tomatoes make anything delicious 😄