A Day in the Life: August 2014
It’s not every day you get a lot of decisions, or at least get to think about the decisions you make on a daily basis. I have decided to make today’s A Day in the Life post a focus on decisions. I only decided this about an hour into the morning, but an hour is really a lot of time, is it not?
This A Day in the Life post is partially random Q&A style, and scattered with miscellaneous Instagram-style photographs.
Should I press snooze?
Yes, because I am not quite awake.
No, because this is my wake-up call.
I press snooze.
Should I get up?
Yes, because my alarm went off. It is time to get up.
No, because I already pressed snooze once.
I press snooze on my alarm again. It is already 6:12am, but I figure I can wait a little longer before getting up.
It’s 6:25. Should I get up now?
No, I mean, I am going to miss the 6:37 bus anyway. If I want to catch it, I would have to leave now. I think I should get up anyway.
Should I shower?
Yes, because I should. Or no because I can’t really be bothered. But I go and shower anyway.
What clothes should I wear?
I have not made a clear decision on this. A dress, or a skirt and top? If I choose a dress, there may be the possibility that I don’t have pockets. But some of my skirts do not have pockets, and some of my dresses happen to have pockets. Pants are out of the question since I don’t like to wear pants.
In the end I pick up a blue acid wash dress with a zippered front.
Should I take a cold shower?
Cold Shower Therapy is a thing coined by Joel Runyon. Cold showers are good for your immune system and do lots of good things for you, even in winter. Joel Runyon speaks of it in comparison to doing the impossible (“if you can’t be uncomfortable for five minutes, alone, in the shower, where the only consequence is being cold, then how can you face anything else?”).
Anyway, yes, I can take one because it means I am strong as balls.
Or I decide no, because I really cannot be bothered feeling cold this morning and dealing with discomfort right now.
I take a hot shower. My reasoning? It’s winter, I am cold already, I will try taking another cold shower later.
Should I change clothes? I don’t really like this dress because it doesn’t keep me warm.
No, just hurry up and get out the door.
Yes, I don’t want to be uncomfortable.
I don’t hurry up.
Should I wear a long shirt under the dress?
I try a long sleeved white shirt, it looks alright. But it looks a bit ugly too. I go without it.
Don’t I have a better long sleeved shirt?
I have a black one. I don’t like the neckline with this dress.
I have a plum one. It does not match this blue dress.
Should I change into something else?
Nah, just put a jumper on over it.
I just go with my simple “Yeah”.
Should I wear a stripy dress or this funny orange, white, and black one? They both have hoods.
I wore the stripy one to work some time ago. I have not worn the orange one to work before. I last wore it when I went shopping with Kevin and Tristan.
Let’s go with that.
What coat should I wear? A blazer or my fluffy white coat?
Mum ironed my blazer last night. I could wear it. But because of the hood on my dress, it might look funny.
I can wear the white coat. It has a hood and it looks alright.
Should I bother packing lunch?
Yeah, there is food in the fridge. You also don’t want to spend too much money this week. You also don’t want to eat unhealthy snacks from the kitchen at work.
No, you are going to miss the bus.
Alright, packing lunch! I think I am a master and can do it super quickly, but I am wrong.
Should I add tofu to those noodles?
Yes, yum, healthy.
No, you need to cut it up, too much time… I can have tofu for dinner.
I choose the latter.
Hey, there is some salmon left. Finish it?
No, eat it later.
Actually, yeah, I might as well.
I missed my bus. Should I wait half an hour for the next one, or walk to another bus stop for another bus?
If I walk to the other one, it will take extra time. It will also be more expensive because the other day I realised my Opal card charged more than I expected. Even though I have to walk further, and buses at that stop are more frequent, I have to pay more.
I do not want to wait half an hour, as I have nothing to do at home.
I can catch a bus to a different station, as one arrives in eleven minutes and the stop is not that far.
I do that.
Oh look, it’s that guy you went to school with. Say hi?
Yeah, if he passes. But you may have to put up with a conversation.
I don’t say hi. I don’t feel like catching up with anyone.
Wow, this train is gross. Should I take a picture of where I am and post it on Snapchat?
No, you weirdo, you are already on the train and no one can tell what station you are at.
Yeah, why not…
I end up taking a photo, but I just take a photo of the floor.
That happened an hour into my morning. I clearly asked myself way too many questions about my outfit. There is nothing wrong with that, as a lot of them were split-second decisions. But it’s crazy how many decisions we make in an hour, let alone the rest of the day.
The strange thing is, we don’t even see a lot of these as decisions, because they take such a short amount of time, and probably don’t make that much of a difference in the long run. But I can tell you several things that differed about today, compared to most other days. Firstly, I woke up early, but I left an hour later than I usually do. But I was still at work before 9am — because usually, I am an early bird. I also caught a different bus, and went to a different train station.
It was a bit strange being at the station because it was rather crowded. I didn’t really expect that because it is one of the quieter suburban stations, but it was peak hour after all.
I will refrain from writing the rest of my day of decisions in this post because I think it would be incredibly boring.
At work I did the usual. Coding, some design, same stuff. Nothing completely new. I had to transfer my files to another iMac, since I am inheriting someone’s old one (they left the company). Cookie helped me! We used Migration Assistant, though I couldn’t use the computer while I was completing the transfer, so I was just reading some articles and planning the next day while I waited. Unfortunately, when I left work, it was still going. Hopefully tomorrow the transfer will have completed (I will be very surprised if it has not).
I bought a soy green tea latte from Starbucks on the way to the train station. It was raining very heavily. Lucky for me, my fluffy coat with a hood kept me from getting too wet. It’s quite absorbent, even though it’s not waterproof.
After catching the train, I drove James’s car home, ate some tofu for dinner (I wasn’t that hungry), and we sat on the couch watching some trash television. I watched Winners & Losers when James left – it’s a good show, but not one that I follow or put time aside for.
I spent most of the rest of the night sorting out some emails and browsing some online clothing stores. Hopefully tomorrow it won’t rain as much.