First Blogiversary Day 2: A Day in the Life

Welcome to Day 2 of Our Cozy Cubbyhole’s first blogiversary celebration.  If you read yesterday’s post, you already know that tomorrow will be the one year anniversary of my very first post so we are partying it up!

I realized recently that very few people actually know what I do for a day job.  So, in true blogger tradition, I decided to do a “Day in the Life” post so you can see what my typical day is like. Without further ado, here is a Monday in the life of Erika. (P.S. Sorry for the quality of some of the pics… I got lazy and used my iPhone for some!)

7:30am – Alarm goes off and signals the official beginning of the week. Booo Mondays. Walker gets up but I lounge in bed with Bo, snoozing at least 2-3 times until Walker gets out of the shower. This is Bo’s favorite time of day… he milks it and gets more than his fair share of belly rubs.

7:57am – Finally roll out of bed!

8:00am – Oh wait, THIS is Bo’s favorite time of day. Breakfast time! And time for his Thyroid pill, which he knows always comes with a little cheese treat!8:05am – Chat with Walker while he gets ready for work.  Every Monday day I suggest we call out sick and stay home to watch movies (we never have… maybe someday he will say yes). We drink coffee that he so lovingly made us while I was snoozing.  He’s a keeper.

8:15am – Walker leaves for work so I settle in with my coffee and my blog planner to edit some photos for the day’s blog post. The post is already written so I insert the edited photos, proof-read it, and hit publish.  After posting it to both Twitter and Facebook, I do a little internet Christmas shopping. I also manage to slurp down some breakfast: a Naked Juice Berry Veggie Smoothie.  A growing girl needs her fruit, veggies, protein, and vitamins!

9:20am – Christmas presents purchased, I catch up on some social media and blog comments.

9:30am – Time to get ready for work! While the shower heats up, I pick out my clothes for the day: jeans and a khaki blouse. Obviously I need a scarf so I pull out two of them that go with the shirt. Then a dilemma hits… which to choose?! I decide to shower and think about it.9:45am – I get out of the shower, pull my hair into a ponytail (I was going to actually do my hair so I looked nice in these photos but then I was too lazy and decided you should see the real me.  I wear my hair like this all the time. Get over it.), put on some makeup, and get dressed.  Realizing one of the scarves made an appearance on the blog a few weeks ago (#bloggerproblems), I decide to go with the green scarf.  Plus it has trees on it so it makes me feel festive. Finishing it off with some jewelry and boots, I snap a quick picture (sorry- self portraits are hard with DSLRs) before running out the door.

A little after 10am – I leave for work and arrive 5 minutes later (everyone in LA hates me for my miniscule commute!)… a little late as usual.  Don’t worry clock-watchers, I always stay late to make up for being late in the morning. This is my building! Oooohh! Aaaaahh! Don’t be too impressed… we only own a section of the first floor.

While most of my building is light, bright, and full of typical offices, I work in this room with all boys:It has no windows and never has any lights on (though I turned them on so you could behold the beauty).  As soon as I walk in, I notice the giant pile of work and dive right in.  This is going to be a long morning…In a typical day, I do everything from editing small projects to babysitting clients. Usually I am running tape to file jobs where we create digital video files for online streaming services or digital archiving. Either that or I am editing a file and sending it out to tape for a broadcaster to air. I spend my day playing with tape decks, Final Cut Pro, and other transcoding software.  NERD ALERT.

I like to think I look like this at work all the time:But I usually look like this… seriously concentrating, in my own little world, and sitting way too close to a several computer monitors:Actually, I sadly think I look like this a lot too:I have a few needy clients that like to call and bug me all day. Just kidding… sort of.

The day is flying by and there is no time for lunch.  Usually I go home and hang with Bo but I had an inkling that today was going to be crazy, so I was smart enough to bring lunch to work. So I go to the kitchen and sneak bites of it when I get the chance. If I forget lunch, I end up eating way too many of the fresh, warm cookies the company puts out for the clients.  I can’t even go take a picture of them because it would be too tempting.  So instead you get a picture of the frozen ones that we have stored by the ton in the kitchen.

3:00pm – Things finally calm down a bit so I sit down with my wonderful, beautiful coworker Jasmine to go over the status of a few jobs.

3:30pm – One of my coworkers was kind enough to offer to help me upgrade the hard drive in my iMac (which I dragged into work). It is horrifying seeing my precious little iMac baby wide open on the table.I am unbelievably relieved to see these two screens when he is done…

Success! I now have 2TB of space and an extra GB of RAM! Wooooo! NERD ALERT AGAIN.  I spend the rest of the day finishing jobs and wrapping up loose ends.

A little after 6pm – Since I didn’t take a lunch, I get to leave an hour earlier than usual.  Woooo! I get home a few minutes later to find these two handsome faces waiting for me:The craziness of my day melts away when I see those mugs.  I love my boys.  Bo is happy to see me because now it is his dinner time.

6:45pm – Call my parents and catch up before they go to bed (the 3 hour time difference is brutal!).

7:30pm – Missed Jeopardy while I was on the phone but manage to snuggle up on the couch with the boys just in time for Wheel and How I Met Your Mother.  Walker pours me a glass of vino!

8:3opm – Dinner time (we eat late on Mondays because of HIMYM)! Monday is leftover day from all of our delicious Sunday cooking.  Today it is Shrimp Parmigiana (we used this recipe and it was unbelievably delicious) with homemade marinara sauce. We make some cheesy garlic toast to go with it and even steal a few scoops of macaroni salad (I know that is a strange addition but we didn’t want it to go to waste!).8:45pm – After dinner, Walker and I are super happy.  Full bellies, a glass of wine in hand, dog on our laps, and a Christmas tree lighting up the room… life is good. We watch a few cooking shows, which makes us want dessert.

9:30pm – We cave and make ourselves some toast with butter and strawberry jam for dessert. We have no willpower.

10:00pm – Call my brother to catch up for a bit while Walker watches Seinfeld reruns.

11:00pm – Get ready for bed and chat with Walker for a bit.

11:30pm – Bo has been sleeping in the bed since 9:30pm and barely notices us join him. We all cuddle in for the night, happy that we survived Monday.


So there you have it, a day in the life of Erika. I will be back tomorrow with a huge announcement so get excited!  In the meantime, please go fill out my super short, awesome survey from yesterday if you haven’t already.  It would mean a lot to me! Thanks all! :)

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18 Responses to "First Blogiversary Day 2: A Day in the Life"

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  1. Courtney

    December 11, 2012 at 5:26 pm

    You are just too cute!! Thank you for sharing and congratulations on 1 year!! Yahoo!

    xo, Courtney

    • Erika

      December 12, 2012 at 8:12 am

      Thanks Courtney! Happy Holidays! :)

  2. Maria @ Inspiration Affirmation

    December 11, 2012 at 10:15 pm

    This was really fun to read! I wasn’t sure what you did for a living besides your awesome blog, so I love seeing the pictures. And you are so pretty, by the way! :-) Oh, and Bo is just the cutest thing ever. Can’t wait to see what’s next tomorrow!

    • Erika

      December 12, 2012 at 8:12 am

      Thanks so much Maria! Bo and I are very flattered! ;)

  3. Melanie

    December 12, 2012 at 5:07 am

    I’m jealous that you only have to be at work by 10! Your job seems so interesting though! Love daily in the life’s. :)

    • Erika

      December 12, 2012 at 8:14 am

      Haha yeah going to work at 10 is nice some mornings when I need to sleep in. But other mornings it just feels so late and it makes my evenings VERY short. And yes, my job is interesting for sure but it can get very stressful!

  4. Kristen | Popcorn on the Stove

    December 12, 2012 at 6:13 am

    I am so jealous that you get up at 8 and don’t have to be at work until 10 (and a short commute to boot!)… I’m up before 6 to get into work by 9!
    PS- If my job had daily fresh cookies, I think I would live there :)

    • Erika

      December 12, 2012 at 8:17 am

      Yikes that’s early!! But I suppose when you get home at a reasonable hour, I am so jealous! Most nights I’m not home until 7:30 so it makes my evening very short! So I try to get up and be reasonably productive in the mornings to make up for it.

      And yes, those cookies are going to be my downfall… haha!

      • Kristen | Popcorn on the Stove

        December 12, 2012 at 9:00 am

        My commute is so long that I get home around 7 (I spend about 3-4 hours a day traveling). It’s rough!

        • Erika

          December 12, 2012 at 4:24 pm

          Ahhhh that’s terrible!! My heart goes out to you. :(

          Walker just started a new job a couple weeks ago that is a little closer but his commute used to be like about 1-1.5 hours each way also. And the worst part was that it was only like 12 miles or something… ugh! Thankfully it is only about 30-40 each way now so that makes a big difference.

  5. Ashley

    December 12, 2012 at 6:34 am

    I loved this peak into your life! Do you work 10-7 every day? Does it ever bother you that you get home so late?

    • Erika

      December 12, 2012 at 8:22 am

      Thanks Ashley! Yeah I work 10-7 everyday. It is really hard to get home that late (usually 7:30!)… it makes the evenings so short and that is the only time I really get to hang out with Walker during the week (although he’s usually not home until about 6:40 anyway). I used to work 9-6 but they wanted to have someone there a little later. Everyone else I work with has kids and stuff so I volunteered. Oh well! At least I have time to blog in the morning! :)

  6. Cindy P

    December 12, 2012 at 6:45 am

    This post was so fun! I enjoyed seeing what you do in a typical day! I would hate working 10-7 though. I would love the going in at 10 part but would hate getting off at 7. Right now I work 7-4:30 and get every other Friday off and the Friday I do work, I work 7-3:30. It’s a long day but it’s nice getting off before dark!

    • Erika

      December 12, 2012 at 8:24 am

      Thanks Cindy! Yeah the late schedule is great in the morning but is terrible at night. I would LOVE to have your schedule!! Although, being a West Coast blogger that is up to 3 hours behind most of the US, I really like having the few hours in the morning to catch-up/work on the blog! :)

  7. Christine @ Casa-de-Christine

    December 12, 2012 at 11:38 am

    I always love these day in the life posts! Your job seems super interesting! I would constantly be eating cookies if my work supplied them and had them out all the time! That’s like torture. I am jealous of your short commute!

    • Erika

      December 12, 2012 at 4:20 pm

      It is so fun to see how all of my blog friends spend their day so I decided to join the party! My job can be really interesting, depending on the project.

      The cookies are so tempting (I finally caved and ate one this morning). The worst part is even if I avoid the lobby where they keep them, the whole place smells like warm cookies when they make them! Even people in other parts of the building will comment about being able to smell them! It’s like a delicious form of torture haha! :)

  8. Ashley@AttemptsAtDomestication

    December 12, 2012 at 5:38 pm

    Your job sounds really neat! Go nerds! ;)

    • Erika

      December 12, 2012 at 7:03 pm

      Yeah, it can be when I get a good edit project! Haha I <3 nerds. ;)


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