A Day in the Life

I’ve been seeing these kinds of posts all over the place lately (starting with Cassie’s extraordinarily detailed one about her impressive and far-busier-than-mine life, haha), and am totally jumping on the bandwagon. I always find these kinds of things fascinating, and thought that at least one of you might be interested in what a typical day is like for me these days (especially now that I’ve factored gym-time into the equation). Admittedly, I’m not that great at following an extremely rigid schedule. Things always tend to shift in one direction or the other. Still, there are definitely a few basic things that tend to stay the same day-in and day-out for me, so here’s a glimpse of what the average day might be like!

6:15 AM: My alarm goes off, blaring the cheerful Parks & Recreation theme song through my room. I unfortunately have to be at work extra early today, so it’s going off earlier than normal. I immediately silence it, and proceed to take a nine-minute nap (the length of the iPhone’s snooze feature).


6:24 AM: With an audible groan, I extricate myself from the two schnauzer-shaped lumps on either side of my legs and peel myself out of bed. It’s straight to the bathroom where I turn on the shower, pop in my contacts, and brush my teeth.


6:30 AM: I realize that I forgot to weigh myself yesterday, so I quickly hop on the scale before popping into the now-warm shower. It’s a non-hair-washing day, plus I’m heading the gym later, so I just quickly scrub down and rinse off. I am a master of the speed-shower, so I’m out in less than 5 minutes. Boom.


6:35 AM: I deliberate in front of my closet for a couple of minutes before inevitably slipping a dress over damp-around-the-edges hair (blow drying is just time wasted, after all!).


The thought of having to pair together a respectable looking outfit that consists of more than one continuous piece of clothing is simply too challenging before 7 AM. Success!


6:38 AM: I throw some makeup on (on weekday mornings it’s usually just eyes: shadow, liner, mascara) and part my hair with my fingers in an attempt to look presentable.


My last act before leaving the sanctity of my bedroom is to rouse the hibernating beasts still curled up on the bed. Lucky mutts.


6:40 AM: To the kitchen! I let the dogs out back and scrounge around the kitchen for potential breakfast items. The fridge yields one last pineapple Chobani and a frozen waffle, which I throw in the toaster. I also pull out my dinner leftovers from the night before to bring for lunch.


6:45 AM: I let the dogs back in, feed them breakfast, and hightail it out the door with the waffle between my teeth.


6:50 AM: Hi ho, hi ho, it’s off to work we go! Traffic is surprisingly heavy considering how early it is, but these months spent commuting into the city have turned me into a douchebag, so I jut in and out of the merge lanes and make it to the office in pretty good time.


7:15 AM: Since I’m one of two people that are actually in the office at this outrageously early hour, it’s pretty dark inside. I flip on all the lights and head back to the kitchen to fill up my water bottle. Once I’m back at my desk, I break open the yogurt I had hastily tossed into my purse. I look around only to realize that despite having JUST been in the kitchen, I did not bring a spoon back with me. I have a fork at my desk though, and I know from past-precedence that it will work juuuuust fine. This is not the first time this has happened. Laziness wins again!

The next few hours are full of work-related boringness, so let’s skip ahead, shall we?

11:30 AM: I don’t normally eat lunch yet, but since my schedule has been skewed to the early side, I’m already starving. I eat my lunch at my desk and get a few more things done. More work-related boringness ensues. It is a loooooong day.

4:15 PM: Quitting time! Time to hit the road and pray that traffic isn’t bad.

4:16 PM: Traffic sucks. My normal exit is backed up to high heaven thanks to an accident, so I get off at an earlier one. Because it’s already HOV time on 66 though, I’m forced to take a detour through Arlington. I’m mildly freaking out because I’m not that familiar with driving through this area, but I guess it beats sitting in gridlock.


4:55 PM: I had a few errands to run today, but unfortunately my detour threw me off schedule. Since I most needed to stop off at the dermatologist’s office to pick up an itemized receipt to submit for my Flex Spending Account, that’s what I went with. Luckily, it’s only a few blocks away from…


5:00 PM: … the gym! Normally I would have gone straight here from work. I’ve been putting in about an hour here most trips, but my legs are still really sore from my last session on Wednesday (sad, I know) though, so I only make it 40 minutes. I do get to try out the arm exercise from the Hunger Games workout though!)

5:45 PM: I arrive at home. I am greeted by loud and excited schnauzers, give them a few snuggles, and spend a few minutes chatting with my roommate Erin. Then it’s time to head upstairs to shower (again). I am of the unfortunate breed that must shower after working out — that’s how much I sweat (TMI? What’s that?). At least this time I wash my hair? Ahahaha.


6:30 PM: Squeaky clean yet again, I head back downstairs to give the dogs their dinner, then root around in the fridge myself. I desperately need to go grocery shopping (what else is new?), so it’s a quick game of pantry roulette that results in salad and eggs. It makes me feel like I’m in college again, haha.


7:00 PM – 11:00 PM: The rest of the night is spent editing the photos for this very post, pre-writing it, watching Netflix, and greedily pawing through my new issue Glamour that just arrived.


Not only does it feature my new girlcrush Jennifer Lawrence, but it has an extra special bonus inside too!


Ahhhh, Ian Somerholder, my not-so-secret Vampire Diaries love! Best issue ever.


11:00 PM: Bedtime for me! We’re right back where we started. I crawl under the covers and pass out. It all starts again in the morning… but at least it’s Friday!

Have a great weekend!


  1. I love this post!! I was amazed by Cassie’s too- and wanted to do my own. I was thinking of taking a photo on the hour every hour… we’ll see if I follow through. 🙂 I love looking into people’s lives like this and being nosy (perhaps that’s why I love blogs so much). I’m using the word “love” a lot, but I love Harry and Daxter. 🙂

  2. YAY! I love ADMIL posts. It’s so funny, I’ve heard a few people say my day was busy, but it was actually NOT a busy day at all. I was pretty lazy that day. 😛 One of these days, I’ll show you real busy.


  3. I want to do one of these too! But I think my blog is too new for anyone to actually care about it yet. Maybe I’ll hold off.

  4. First, and most importantly, I have GOT to go purchase this months’ Glamour. Ow OW! Jennifer AND Ian?!

    Also, I loved this fun post and will be doing one soon. I’ve been meaning to do a picture an hour post for a while, but I always forget to start it off in the morning.

    Also also, your dress is cute and I love your dogs.


  5. PS I misplaced that apostrophe by slip of the key. I didn’t put it there thinking it belonged there. And now it’s killing me.

    • Bahahaha, I feel the same way every time I accidentally do that on Twitter or Facebook. WHY CAN’T WE EDIT OUR STATUSES FOR GRAMMATICAL ERRORS, ZUCKERBERG?!!?

  6. Jen Robinsonsays:

    It makes me nervous you took a photo of traffic while you were clearly DRIVING but anyway- cute post!

  7. I like your life 🙂

  8. Cute post 🙂

    Driving in northern va turns everyone into a douchbag 🙂 me included 🙂

    • Katesays:

      Driving in general makes me a douchebag. All it takes is one slow person and I am a raging psycho!

  9. Marceesays:

    Busy lady!

    Do the doggies go to daycare? Long day for them if not.

    Work is always a toughie …. the gettin up each mornin. {{sigh}} Our alarms shock our brains out of a sound sleep @ 4:45. Up by 5:00 a.m. Ick. Very often I want to totally crawl back into the warm covers. Only allowed to do that on weekends.

    Our poochies go outside first …. they are very quick. Then …. coffeetime!

    Lucky for me I work from home. Even so, it is always a very-very hard and long day. The poochies always want to go in the yard and play. Often 10 times before dinner! Yep. Makes me exhausted.

    Have a restful weekend Gretchen!

    • Wowww, your days start EARLY! I’m very fortunate because I live with my brother and a couple of roommates who have very different work schedules. Ben is a music teacher, so his day starts later than mine, and my roommate Erin is a professor. Thankfully, they’re usually in and out of the house all day while I’m gone so the pups never get lonely, and I don’t have to spend a fortune on doggy daycare (which I probably would succumb to if I lived alone!)

      • Marcee .... ILLINOISsays:

        Ohhh ….. fantastic for Daxter & Harry!!! Very happy to know they are not alone all day. Love those adorable poochies!!

        Who is Harry named after? No. Let me guess. THE Harry! Yeah, I know (the answer) Gretchen!

        Was about to grab myself lunch when I spotted your reply. Yep, a very-very early day here. We are all in bed by 8 p.m. Boring. Pays the bills though.

        Tomorrow our plan is to visit a shelter in Deerfield. Possibly adopt a cocker spaniel we saw online. It’s time. We lost our Sophie last year.

        I love your blog Gretchen! You have so many fans. I love how you write (talented!) about everything + your goals.

        Having that absolutely gorgeous smile makes for marvelous looking posts ….. all great! The poochies help too. Ha!

        …. now, for that lunch.

  10. What a fun post! Ooh, I cannot wait for THG movie! Can’t wait. Team Peeta ♥!

  11. Danisays:

    I am so INSANELY jealous that 6:15 is getting up super early for you, since I’m halfway to work at that point of the morning.

  12. I love your dogs. Too cute. I’m a little jealous of your office hours, but I agree it’d be hard to dress in more than one continuous article of clothing at that time of day!

  13. I love “Day in the Life” posts too! I don’t know why – I guess I just like to know how other people live their lives. Or I’m a bit of a voyeur. Haha.

    I’d like to do one by my schedule is so inconsistent, and a lot of days I essentially sit on the computer all day and maybe read and stir up enough motivation to put together a bowl of cereal.

    • Bahaha, well lest we forget, between the hours of 7:15 and 4:15 on this day I was basically parked behind my computer, hahaha.

  14. So… back to this hair thing again. If you’re going to the gym… are you then washing daily, or just doing the cowash? Look, I really hate the time it takes me to deal with my long hair (I used to have even shorter hair than you did when it was that blonde color – and while I loved it… I enjoy my longer hair more). Just wanting to perfect a system here!

    • When I shower after the gym I’m either co-washing for the second time that day, or just rinsing my hair. I’m totally fine with answering your questions though! I have still been washing my hair with regular shampoo about 1x a week though, just ’cause… I still have shampoo to use up, mostly.

      • I appreciate the reply 🙂 One of my friends told me that her stylist informed her that even when we wash, we should only be washing the scalp and not the ends. Additionally, the conditioning should only happen on the ends and not the scalp (there were seemingly legit reasons for this, but I forget what they were!). She also swears by baby powder as a “dry shampooing” method as opposed to dry shampoo. I’ve tried this technique and still felt like a grease-ball.. but I’m sure I didn’t wait long enough.

  15. How would you feel if I brought my stuffed duck recipe with me in July?

  16. robinsays:

    Youre lookin good these days, and dinner looked good also.

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