30 Oct

Mundane Activities are Portals to Adventure

Average Routine, Monday through Friday

6:30-7:15 AM – Rise and stumble, shave, shower, do situps and pushups to the morning news, dress.

7:15 -7:30 AM – Make coffee, kiss the dogs and pet the wife and kids, and rush out the door to catch the bus.

7:40 – 8:30 AM – Ride the bus downtown, answer email, drink coffee, catch up on my feeds, starting with Authors, Comics, Business reading (HBR, 99%, etc.), and random drawings of content.

8:30 – 9:10 AM – Walk to Whole Paycheck (block from Powell’s), buy oatmeal with fruit and yogurt, walk to work (NW 1st and Couch).

9:10 – 10 AM – Eat, read email, plan the day (assuming no meetings earlier than 10).

9:10 – 10 AM Alternate – If sufficiently caffeinated, write.

10 AM – 6 PM – Work, meet, eat, work, try not to lose temper (rethink), help at least one person to laugh.

3 PM Alternate: Walk for 60 to 90 minutes up to Pittock Mansion or Montgomery Park.

5 PM Alternate: (If I’ve driven) Drive to Forest park, change, and run for 60 minutes through Hoyt Arboretum or along the Wildwood near NW Thurman—the best part of my day. Use time to listen to a recorded book, something I can drift in and out of penalty-free.

6:20 to 7 PM – Make my way home (bus or car). If bus, then read.

7 to 9 PM – Spend time with family (and the occasional major chore), including dinner.

9 to 10 PM – Run on treadmill, catching up on TV (if no walk or run earlier) or walk the dogs with Debby. If treadmill broken, curse all mechanical lifeforms and walk dogs.

10 – 11:30 PM – Watch TV or movie with Debby (our nighttime comfort viewing tends toward Poirot, Marple, Bond, Thin Man). Let or lure the fraidy cat in.

10 – 11:30 PM Alternate – Read until the book falls three times.

Around midnight till 6:30 – Sleep fitfully.

Weekends are on demand, but always involve writing, one or more important tasks, regular dinner with old friends, and if we’re lucky a one day getaway. Way too often there are errands.

When asked how we spend our days, we tend to answer with an outline or framework, and leave out most of the interesting, often subtle bits, because they take longer to surface and describe in a way that’s interesting outside of us. But the framework is useful—each one of these timeslots above is a starting point.