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A Day In the Life

Woke up, got out of bed
Dragged a comb across my head
Found my way downstairs and drank a cup
And looking up, I noticed I was late

Lennon and McCartney

Elisa wrote a great post the other day about her “typical” work day. Now she wants to know what my typical work day is like. And yours, too. So, Elisa dearie, this one’s for you.

I’m up at 6 AM for coffee and blogging. I post, I read, I check my email. There’s showering and readying and I aim to be out the door by 7:30 but it’s usually more like 7:45.


It’s nice to have a husband who leaves for work after I do. Not only does he warm up the Jeep for me but he’s waiting at the door with my laptop and coffee. His head is cropped for your benefit. He showers after I leave. Need I say more?


It’s 25 minutes door-to-door from my house to the library. I pass the time listening to Bill Press on Sirius Talk Left and enjoying the scenery. You see, my drive is very rural, taking me past cranberry bogs and wooded areas and big fields.


I see turkeys in this field at least once or twice a week. There were some there when I took this photo but you can’t see them, you’ll just have to trust me. Frankly, it’s a wonderful commute.


Right before I get to the library I hit Dunkin’ Donuts. Flo and Georgie are at the counter and they pour my medium black coffee when they see me pull into the parking lot. I get awesome service at my Dunkin’ Donuts. And I tip them very well for it.


I have a really lovely office that I’ve been lucky enough to personalize with my own stuff. I spend the day at my desk processing bills, writing reports, tracking schedules and attending meetings. Occasionally I get to tackle really important situations that begin with my staff coming to my office and saying things like “this patron wants her money back for the photocopies she made because she doesn’t think the quality is good enough” or “this patron wants you to waive her fines because she never took this book out.” Thank goodness I have a Master’s degree, eh?


Lunch is take out because I’m too lazy and disorganized to pack something to eat. The options in the area are pretty limited and I’m generally sick of everything but the company of my staff at lunch is great. We laugh and gossip and commiserate about the patrons who drive us all crazy. And I knit, of course.


The rest of the afternoon usually goes by quickly. I answer more questions, sort through my mail, catalog some magazines and read some blogs peruse the professional journals. At 4:00 I’m out the door and headed for home.

Another day, another 50 ยข.

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  1. Yay! Yay! Yay!

    I think my favorite photo is the one of headless Dale. Having had the pleasure of spending time with both of you, it doesn’t surprise me at all that he warms up your Jeep and has your stuff ready. Sigh. What a lovely way to start your day.

    Thanks for playing, Carole! ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Pick up some donut holes for me huh? You have a VERY nice hubby…what a great way to begin your day! YOU CAN KNIT AT WORK??? WOW!!!
    We have a new solution to our *kid* problem…the Library Director just okay the “floaters” to knit and peek their interest in possibly picking up the hobby!
    Well…we still have all those complaining patrons, nothing will help them…they just like to complain!

  3. Clearly my husband is a slacker. ๐Ÿ˜‰
    And your commute is definitely more scenic than mine; mine involves some, um, neighborhoods that might be called “ghetto” by those non PC folks.

  4. Working in a library has always been on my list of “dream jobs.” Now I know what I’m, missing beside all those books.

    Isn’t it National Library Lover’s Month or something like that? I can’t remember where I read that…

  5. Wow! Carole, you and are are cosmically connected through music. Yesterday I commented about how I sing “Fat Bottomed Girls” to my daughter. Then today I read the first line of your post and it’s the song I sing to wake all my kids up almost every day. Only I altered the words to suit my purposes. I sing
    Get up, get out of bed
    Drag a comb across your head.

    Sometimes I hear my kids trying to sing it too. I’m going to have to download the song from iTunes so they can hear what the tune REALLY sounds like!

  6. I’m lusting after that Dunkin’ Donuts mug. I’ll be in CT next month visiting my sisters and I’m aiming to find one just like that!!!

    Your day sounds SOOO nice!

  7. It’s a fantastic package – the hubster, the view, the commute, the dunkin donuts coffee run, the office – ahhhhhhhhh I find myself wishing I lived up north again…

  8. This is great fun. What a lovely day – good for you! I was especially touched at your kind hubby. And how Flo and George pre-pour your cuppa ๐Ÿ™‚ Makes me want to live in a place where you don’t get a funny look if you smile at a stranger. It’s not really THAT bad, but sometimes it feels like it.

  9. sounds like you have a great job and great work environment. though i’m sure the work environment is your creation since you are the big boss lady :o)

    and a commute…i’ve always thought a commute (mind you not city commute with city traffic) would be a good way to get mentally geared up for work in the morning and wind down from work before walking in the front door in the evening.

  10. That is so cool! ๐Ÿ˜€

    It’s neat to see what people do with their days.

    My days aren’t that structured so I couldn’t really do a post like this. Neat to see others do it though. ๐Ÿ˜€

    Oh and now I really really want coffee. *L*

  11. it’s really nice to know that someone still has an 8-hour work day, including lunch! so many companies have moved to the mandatory 9-hour day, where you are supposed to take a 1-hour break, but mostly end up working through it, due to deadlines and workload.

  12. Sorry for the comment carole. I do wonder what you do all day. Thanks for the insight ;->. I’m really just testing. Don’t want you to think I just sit around reading blogs all day!

  13. Sounds like fun…………..but, seriously, you need a bobble head in your Jeep, on that little rectangular horizontal space. Bob used to have a “surfer Bob” on his…………..

  14. Thanks for giving us a look at your day, Carole! I guess even if you have to deal with the whining of certain patrons, maybe the anecdote is that you can knit during the day, too. Cool.

  15. Sounds like a good life. I enjoyed being a voyeur into what your work is like. I always wonder what it’s like for other people.

  16. ooohh… I so enjoyed a little peek into your day! Thank you for sharing your world with me but now I think you’re even more amazing for finding the time to do all that you do!

    GREAT hubby too!

  17. Oh, I miss the days when I could knit during lunch and breaks. Once I got transferred to work full-time at one of my clients, I couldn’t do that anymore. But, now, that I’m going to stay at home with my little man, I can knit during lunch again (yeah, right).

    Nice hubby you have there!

  18. I love your office! Bright and happy. ๐Ÿ™‚
    Your typical day sounds really nice. Maybe I should be a Librarian Thingie like you, sounds fun!

    My drive to anywhere is always a very rural one. We have turkeys in our backyard every morning, and the dogs just bark bark bark. Love the country!

  19. Your commute and your hubby both sound lovely! Work sounds less lovely but still pretty darn nice, the occasional half wit patron nothwithstanding. I like that fish quilt you’ve got hanging in your office! Cute.

  20. I don’t know why, but the picture of Dale handing you your coffee and laptop cracks me up. He’s so good, isn’t he?

    My “work” day also consists of lots of Dunkin’ Donuts coffee, though not purchased in person. I’m so happy they offer the Rapid Refills program on their website, so I can get my DD fix halfway across the world!

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