I had a friend ask me the other day what my average day was like living in Chile. Well, I hate to break the bubble of illusion, but my life isn’t that glamorous. Yes, I do get to go on awesome trips because of my job. And sometimes I definitely take advantage of my location to travel to cool places on occasion. But on most days, my life is just normal, or at least I see it like that.
So here’s what I do most weekdays.
I wake up at 7:30 or 7:45 most days, unless I have to do some sort of errand or be at work early. My morning routine is pretty set in stone. I take a shower, put my contacts in, get dressed, put the water on to boil, give Charlie three treats and then food and water, make oatmeal with fruit and milk and cinnamon tea with milk and then eat it while studying GRE vocabulary cards. Then I make my lunch, get my work bag ready, put on makeup and jewelry and brush my teeth. Depending on how I’m feeling, I may or may not change my outfit. I double-check that I have everything I need for work, then I’m out the door. If I take the metro, I leave at 9:15. If I ride my bike, I leave at 9:00. If I walk, I leave at 8:55. I arrive to work at 9:30, or a bit before that. Pretty much no matter what time I get up, I am able to do everything before I need to leave. I don’t like to be rushed, but somehow even if I wake up late, I do everything and I’m almost NEVER late for work. I’ve been late I think two times since I started over a year ago. I’m kind of a stickler for punctuality. 🙂
The thing I like about my job is that no two days are the same. For example, today I spent almost all day making videos out of pictures from recent trips we’ve taken. A lot of times I update the website or our blog, or post events to our Facebook page (yay social media!). I help students when they need it, get things for professors who teach classes at our office, and help my boss with whatever project she is working on. Sometimes I run errands. We almost always have lunch at 1:00 or 1:30. I leave work most days at 5:30.
Sometimes after work I have to run errands, like go to the grocery store or pay bills. If not, I come straight home and I always try to do some sort of domestic task right when I get home, such as wash the dishes, clean Charlie’s litter box or sweep. I used to take a nap right when I got home, because I was almost always super exhausted. However, since my surgery and subsequent recovery, I haven’t had to take hardly any naps. This is good, because it’s not good for my sleep pattern to take a 2 hour nap from 6pm to 8pm and then not be able to fall asleep at a decent hour.
If I don’t ride my bike to work or walk, I try to do some sort of exercise at home. I probably shouldn’t admit this to the entire internet, but this normally means having a private dance party in my apartment. I also may occasionally do some sit-ups and push-ups, but only when I’m feeling really motivated. The thing with me and exercise is that I only like to do it if it’s really fun (eg. dance party) or serves a purpose (eg. getting me to work).
Then I might meet up with friends for dinner or drinks. If not, I’ll make myself something simple for dinner, like a quesadilla, salad, eggs or a sandwich. My biggest meal of the day is definitely lunch, and so I’m normally not super hungry at night. After eating, I study more for the GRE, or I procrastinate studying by writing blog posts, like I’m doing now. I also sometimes talk to friends or family on Skype and answer personal emails. Before going to bed I’ll probably watch an episode or two of American television. It’s kind of embarrassing how many shows I watch. I blame my long recovery period after surgery for making me even more addicted to TV. Just to give you an idea, I’m currently really into How I Met Your Mother (I’ve watched all seasons since the beginning of September, and now I’m caught up), American Horror Story (don’t watch right before going to bed!), Modern Family and The Big Bang Theory, just to name four.
I try to go to bed around 11:00pm. I am the kind of person who needs at least 8 hours of sleep, and if I can get 9, even better.
As you can see, my day-to-day life isn’t super exciting. But I like it, and living in Chile does give it that extra touch.