Playing some catch up…
What does a day in the life of Miss Brunette Koala look like? Well it depends on the day…here’s a wee taster of two regular examples…
6.46 a.m. – alarm goes off usually about an hour after I’ve finally got back to sleep and I hit the snooze button or I don’t physically have the ability move to reach for my phone to do so and the song continues playing for a good 5 full minutes…
7.15 a.m. – usually getting my lunch and snacks together. This involves heating up soup or chilli on the hob and decanted into a thermos flask. Packed in my bag with be the flask, a packet of crisps, some nuts, dried fruit, an Innocent kids smoothie and some kind of sweet treat I’ve made in a batch, frozen and defrosted.
7.45 a.m. – frantically run for the bus
8.11 a.m. – arrive at station and pray there’s not a big queue for tickets, obtain ticket from machine then make mad dash to train platform.
8.20 a.m. – I’m on a train to Glasgow…(Hopefully!)
9.10 a.m. – Go straight to subway, buy ticket (from often grouchy subway staff). If I have time and I’m feeling a bit rubbish and my classes aren’t at the Education building, I may stop in a great wee shop on Great Western Road to get a peppermint tea to take away and have some chatty banter with the owner.
9.45 a.m. – We start to gather, share stuff we’re stressing over/panicking about/don’t understand/can’t find before class begins.
12 p.m. – We’re off to lunch and see if we can get our booth at the Postgraduate Club!
2 p.m. – Return for our afternoon class
4 p.m. – Schools out, and I’ll either go to pub with classmates, or I’ll be in the library searching for things, printing papers to read for next week’s classes or picking up books I’ve requested. Sometimes I’ll stay to work on an assignment.
5.30-8.30 p.m. - At some point during these hours I’ll get a train back to Edinburgh doing the subway-train-bus in reverse.
6.45-8 p.m. – If I’m not feeling ill and have got back in time, I’ll jump in car to head to Soul Surfer’s weekly food and bible study or I’ll be heading to work for a meeting with counselling team or trustees.
9.30-11.30 p.m. – Arrive back home. Collapse in heap, get into pyjamas and watch QI/Big Bang Theory to help switch my brain off before falling asleep around 1.30 a.m.
OR my day will look like this:
8.30 a.m. – alarm sings at me and I realise I can’t ignore if it’s a hair washing day…
9.45-10.15 a.m. - leave the house to get bus into town
10.30-11 a.m. – Start work day
sometime before 1 p.m. (hopefully) – dash to the bagel café, have chatty banter with whichever members of staff are on that day, dash back and hope that no clients call in a crisis while I’m eating my lunch.
4 p.m. – will text my Mum to see if she has car with her…
5.30-6 p.m. – if Mum is at work, she’ll usually drive by on her way home and pick me up from my work (which isn’t too far from mine). If she’s not, I’ll leave to get the bus…
6.30/6.50 p.m. – arrive home and switch on TV so How I Met Your Mother is on while I cook and eat my tea, gather stuff for Guides, throw on my Girlguiding leader hoodie over whatever I’m wearing and head to church hall
7.15 p.m. – Arrive at church hall and get ready for meeting
7.30 p.m. – Hall is filled with hyper chatty pre-teen/teen girls. Inevitably several will realise that they forgot they needed to bring something for what they had planned in their group to do this week.
9.00 p.m. – Ask what feels like a million times ‘Now you definitely know what you’ve planned next week, and what you need to bring to do that?‘ and they’ll say ‘Yes‘ or have frantic discussion as they’ve already forgotten their conversation with fellow guides from 10 minutes previously.
9.15 p.m. – Inevitable leaders chat about concerns, plans, things we need to do or situations to keep an eye on, stuff going on at home/work while we lock everything up, which will be continued in the car park despite the fact we’re all freezing cold.
9.30-9.45 p.m. – Arrive home – get bag ready for next day as much as I can, pyjamas, social media catch up…
Midnight – Attempt to sleep, discover brain is still too buzzed and awake so watch QI/Big Bang Theory until falling asleep!
And there we go…that’s the usual days in the life of me!