Day 804: Everyday Life (Past and Now)

Rachel, Day by Day


Here is everyday life in the mornings with this cutie.

When you look back on your day, it rarely seems exciting or memorable. During your everyday routine, how do you feel most days? Stressed? Worried? Happy? Relaxed? When you look back on a few weeks or a month instead of just a day, you tend to remember the more defining moments in your life (e.g., fun things you did or places you went, a promotion at a job). I thought I’d analyze the basics of what I do day by day now compared to college and my 20s. Since I’m now in my 30s, life is a little different. It’s crazy to think about how your little day-to-day activities can drastically change even over five years.


  • Woke up early (that meant 8 or 9 a.m.).
  • Put some random clothes on (or nice clothes to impress a guy in a class).
  • Went to class.
  • Had lunch with friends in the dining hall.
  • Went to a few more classes.
  • Took a nap between those classes.
  • Went to dinner with friends.
  • Played on the laptop for a while.
  • Talked to boys and friends on AIM (AOL instant messenger).
  • Did a little homework.
  • Stayed up late with roommates watching TV or playing games.
  • Took a shower.
  • Went to bed late.
  • On weekends during the day: Shopped, walked around campus, hung out with friends, did a little homework, binge-watched Dawson’s Creek or Friends, got smoothies, etc.
  • On weekends at night: Pre-drank at our apartment, went to a bar or party around 10 or 11 p.m., stayed out until 2 or 3 a.m., slept in the next day until around 2 or 3 p.m.


Single in my 20s

  • Woke up around 6 a.m.
  • Got ready really fast and then relaxed.
  • Went to work.
  • Ate lunch with friends in the cafeteria or brought my own lunch.
  • Played tennis or worked out on my lunch hour.
  • Ran errands after work.
  • Went home and watched TV for a while.
  • Went for a walk.
  • Made dinner.
  • Watched more TV.
  • Played on my laptop and phone.
  • Took a shower.
  • Went to bed.
  • On weekends during the day: Went for a walk, shopped, did chores around my apartment, cooked something more elaborate, spent time with friends, played games and watched TV, went swimming, etc.
  • On weekends at night: Went to happy hours with friends, played games with family and friends, went dancing, sang karaoke, went to dinner and bars.


Relationship/Married in my Mid to Late 20s

  • Woke up around 5:30 a.m.
  • Got ready really fast.
  • Sang in the car and drank coffee on my way to work.
  • Got to work way too early.
  • Ate lunch with friends in the cafeteria or brought my own lunch.
  • Worked out on my lunch hour.
  • Drove an hour home.
  • Made dinner.
  • Watched TV.
  • Paid bills, watched TV, ran errands, etc.
  • Went to the grocery store to get wine and cookies.
  • Played on my laptop and phone.
  • Took a shower.
  • Went to bed.
  • On weekends during the day: Ran errands or cleaned the house, shopped, cooked something more elaborate, spent time with family or friends, walked around downtown.
  • On weekends at night: Went to a restaurant or bar with the hubby, drank wine and watched a movie, went out with friends or family.


My 30s (Now)

  • Wake up at 6 a.m.
  • Get ready really fast.
  • Wake my kid up.
  • Give him breakfast.
  • Change his clothes.
  • Gather his things.
  • Drive kid to day care.
  • Go to work.
  • Eat lunch at my desk or in the kitchen.
  • Drive home and sing in the car.
  • Play with kid.
  • Make dinner.
  • Watch my kid occasionally not eat what I make, so make something else.
  • Clean up.
  • Take a shower.
  • Play with kid.
  • Give him a bath and put on his pajamas.
  • Do our bedtime routine.
  • Pay bills, watch TV, do computer errands, play on phone.
  • Go to bed.
  • On weekends during the day: Visit family or friends, play with the kid around the house, clean the house, go on toddler outings.
  • On weekends at night: Watch TV, pay bills, drink wine, eat cookies, go out with the husband and friends if we have a babysitter.

So, what are my conclusions from this? Here is a stream of consciousness for you.

Conclusion 1. There are things we do every single day but never take the time to really think about them on a deeper level. Sleep is part of our everyday routine, which is really weird when you think about it. We are supposed to be unconscious at night for eight hours. We eat two or three meals a day. We work. We go to school. We usually have leisure time at some point every day. We take showers, put clothes on, and brush our teeth (hopefully). We do these things automatically without really thinking about it. Next time I brush my teeth, I’m going to analyze the way I do it. Which hand do I use? Do I start at the bottom or the top? (I’ll probably forget to do this.)

Conclusion 2. My 20s don’t really feel that long ago, but when I stop to think about when I graduated college, that was 11 years ago. Wow. One of my cousins, who is currently single, recently said to me, “You’ve never dated, so you don’t know what it’s like.” Umm, yes I did. I went through some weirdos in my 20s. And I was probably a weirdo myself. I did things I regret, like many people do in their early 20s. I’m just in a different phase in life now. Now she only sees me as a married woman. But I can look back at my 20s and laugh, smile, and grimace at certain things!

Conclusion 3. Speaking of different phases, being in your 30s is definitely different. Now that I made it, sometimes I feel like I’m supposed to have everything together. That I’m supposed to be a real adult now. Even having a kid, I don’t feel that way most of the time! Maybe I sometimes feel like that young, silly girl trapped in a 30-something woman’s body. And that’s not always a bad thing. We just learn how to act more mature socially and in public. I think in your 30s, you’re kind of in the middle. The crazy 20s aren’t that far away, but you’re not an older adult yet. Sports players are getting to be younger than you, which is strange.

Conclusion 4. I think being in your 30s means you have to try a little harder. If you want to move up your career, you have to work more. If you want your kid to learn things, you have to teach them. If you have been married for a little while, you have to work harder at it since the newlywed phase is over. If you are single, it might not be as easy to meet someone. You don’t get to see friends as often, so you have to work hard to maintain those friendships. I need to work on that and hope I can.

As you can see, things change over time! My 20s were fun and lively, and my 30s are great and full of surprises with a husband and toddler. Let’s see what the 40s and 50s bring!


Day 800: 2018 Year in Review

Rachel, Day by Day


My little family.

Well, folks. It’s been a while since I’ve written in this thing! I have a new goal for 2019: Write in my blog once a month. So here is the January post for you… my year in review of 2018.

2018 ended up being an incredible year for me. There are always ups and downs, but when I look back overall, it’s been unreal. I got to watch Baby N grow, spend lots of time with family and friends, go on an amazing trip to Cuba with family and friends and see where my father grew up, and go on amazing trip to Gulf Shores with family. I have a great job, awesome friends I hope to see more often next year, a loving family, a wonderful husband, and a kind and adorable kid. I’m so thankful for everything that has happened this year, and I’m blessed to have wonderful people in my life. Here are the highlights for you:

  • New Year’s Party with friends
  • Melissa’s baby shower
  • Many visits to Normal for birthdays, celebrations, etc.
  • Super Bowl Party at our house
  • Scott’s grandparent’s 70th anniversary
  • Meeting Baby Aidan
  • Playing at the library with Baby N
  • Visits with John, Ray, and Mom
  • Elmhurst St. Patrick’s Day Parade and party with friends
  • Celebrating Baby N’s second birthday with many parties!
  • Easter egg hunts and brunch
  • Visit to Dupage Children’s Museum
  • Scott meeting Natalie Morales
  • Mickey visited for the weekend
Day 800: 2018 Year in Review

Mickey visiting.

  • Cubs game in April, they won!
Day 800: 2018 Year in Review

Me and Baby N running around before the Cubs game.

  • Cinco de Mayo Party at our house with Mom, Ray, and John
  • Visit to Normal for Ashley’s graduation
  • I received my Poynter ACES Certificate in Editing
  • Went to Minneapolis for our Annual Meeting
  • Went to Cosley Zoo with Scott’s family
  • My amazing trip to Cuba for 12 days and we found my dad’s childhood home
Day 800: 2018 Year in Review

Our group in Cuba.

Day 800: 2018 Year in Review

In front of my dad’s house.

  • Pinstripes for Scott’s birthday
  • James’ birthday party
  • Had a BBQ at Renee’s house
  • Family picnic over the summer
  • Fourth of July Party with friends
  • Gulf Shores, Alabama, with Scott’s family
Day 800: 2018 Year in Review

The group in Gulf Shores.

  • Hung out at Christina’s house for a BBQ with friends
  • Outdoor concerts in Hillside
  • Arlington Race Track with friends
  • My college friends and their kids visited us
Day 800: 2018 Year in Review


  • Cubs/Cardinals Legends Game
  • Elmhurst Kite Fest
  • Saw Vertigo at Ravinia
  • Oak Park Beer Fest
  • Wisconsin Dells trip with family
Day 800: 2018 Year in Review

Out to dinner at Wisconsin Dells.

  • Dave and Buster’s with Scott’s family
  • Gilmore Girls trivia with my mom
  • York High School Celebration
  • Bar Crawl with friends
  • Sonny Acres visit
  • SIU vs. ISU football game and tailgate
  • Wyatt’s first birthday party
  • Brittany’s housewarming party
  • Boo at the Zoo
  • Halloween (Baby N was a firefighter)
  • Thanksgiving with my family
  • We took Baby N to the ER and he ended up with croup 😦
  • Christkindlemarket with Scott’s family
Day 800: 2018 Year in Review

Christkindlemarket with family.

  • Breakfast with Santa
  • Spa day with my college friends
  • Had a cousin gathering at Main Event
  • The holidays with family
  • New Years Eve party at our house and John’s birthday

It’s amazing to see all you can do in 365 days. Here’s to a great 2019!

Day 775: Light

Rachel, Day by Day

February 2015 Photo a Day: Day 26

Day 775: Light

You might have to look away… it’s the bright sun!

I can’t believe it, but the sun was out for most of the day! I decided to take a crazy photo showing direct sunlight. I like how purplish blobs show up in the photo around the sun. It gives it a cool effect. Too bad the sun wasn’t bringing much warmth today, though. I think my eyes are still adjusting to the sun after having many dark and dreary days in the winter. I was squinting a lot today! Or maybe I should find my sunglasses… that would help. Anyway, there’s some light for you.

For you Blackhawks fans, did you hear Patrick Kane is injured and out for possibly 12 weeks? I will miss him. But, I think the Blackhawks can do it! I have faith in them.

Did anyone watch Amazing Race? If not, this season has 6 teams of dating couples and 5 teams of blind dates. I didn’t think I’d like it very much, but it was pretty interesting to see! I’m excited for this season. They went to Japan for the first episode; it would be cool to go there, but it would be difficult not knowing the language. It looks so busy, modern, and cultured. There are so many cool places outside the U.S.!

Enjoy your Thursday night.

Day 774: Cut

Rachel, Day by Day

February 2015 Photo a Day: Day 25

Day 774: Cut

A tiny cut on my finger.

I’m glad I didn’t get a major cut on my finger, but here’s an extremely tiny one for you. I noticed it on my drive to work this morning and I have no clue where it came from. Can you even see it? It’s on my middle finger. I probably ran my hand into something. This happens to my hands a lot… I get random cuts and scrapes and I don’t know how they got there. I wonder if most of them are paper cuts. Eek. I should brag about my fingernails, though. This is the longest they’ve been in about 2 years! I’m not biting them for a change. Maybe I’m growing up a bit!

Who watches Amazing Race? I didn’t know until last night, but the season premiere is on tonight! And then the show will continue to be on Fridays. I’m excited! I guess this seasons will have a dating twist… we’ll see how that goes.

I’m going to visit my grandpa tonight! It’s always a great time seeing him. 🙂

Enjoy your Wednesday evening.

Day 772: This Is Where I Relax!

Rachel, Day by Day

February 2015 Photo a Day: Day 23

Day 772: This Is Where I Relax!

My bed and my lovely stuffed animals.

So, this is where I relax: my bed. I tend to sit on my bed when listening to music, reading on my kindle, or doing things on my laptop. I feel relaxed and calm in this location. Plus, my stuffed animals keep me company! Maybe it’s more relaxing because I don’t have a TV in my room, either. I can just listen to music and type away. And then I go to sleep. Good times.

So, who watched the Oscars last night? I thought it was a good show overall and I enjoy watching it every year. Here are the worst and best moments of the Oscars, in my opinion!

1. Sean Penn presenting. He said: “Who gave this son of a bitch his green card?” I think he was hoping it would be a joke, but it wasn’t funny.
2. Matthew McConnaughey taking forever to announce the best actress Oscar (Julianne Moore won). I wonder if he did it on purpose.
3. Neil Patrick Harris’ Oscar predictions in the briefcase bit. It got old after a while.
4. John Travolta touching Idina Menzel’s face. I feel bad for her.
5. Some speeches were way too long, which is why the whole show went over 30 minutes.

1. Neil Patrick Harris’ opening song. I thought he was good host overall, too!
2. J.K. Simmon’s best supporting actor speech. Here’s part of it: “Call your mom, call your dad. If you’re lucky enough to have a parent or two alive on this planet, call them. Don’t text; don’t email. Call them on the phone and tell them you love them. And thank them and listen to them for as long as they want to talk to you.” Click here for the whole speech.
3. Lady Gaga singing a medley of Sound of Music songs for its 50th anniversary. It was AMAZING and brought me to tears. Here’s a video I found of it:

4. Graham Moore’s (Imitation Game screenwriter) speech. Here is most of it: “When I was 16 years old, I tried to kill myself because I felt weird. And I felt different. And I felt like I did not belong. And now I’m standing here, and so I would like for this moment to be for that kid out there who feels like she’s weird or she’s different or she doesn’t fit in anywhere. Yes, you do. I promise you do. You do. Stay weird; stay different. And then when it’s your turn, and you are standing on this stage, please pass the same message.” Click here for his whole speech.
5. Eddie Redmayne winning best actor for The Theory of Everything. I like him!

So, those are my thoughts on the Oscars. And now I want to watch Sound of Music. Maybe I will sometime this week!

Day 771: An Act of Kindness

Rachel, Day by Day

February 2015 Photo a Day: Day 22

Day 771: An Act of Kindness

Scott cleaning.

I thought this was pretty kind of Scott; he is dusting our coffee table. How nice! I hate dusting and it annoys my allergies, so he dusted all of the tables this morning. What a good guy. And he’s even smiling while cleaning… maybe because I’m taking a photo of him. Thank you for dusting!

So, who’s going to watch the Oscars tonight? I’m currently watching the Red Carpet and I love it! So far I like Felicity Jones’ dress the most, but there’s more Red Carpet to come! I only saw one nominated movie (American Sniper), but I’m still interested to see who wins. We shall see!

Have a good evening!

Day 769: Peace

Rachel, Day by Day

February 2015 Photo a Day: Day 20

Day 769: Peace

Beautiful ocean sand.

I think this is pretty peaceful… sand from the ocean. I thought about holding up my fingers and taking a photo of the peace sign, but that was pretty boring. This would be more exciting if I was at the actual ocean! Sorry about that. I didn’t want to hop on an airplane just for this post. I’m not that dedicated. Anyway, I love sand and the ocean, so that counts as peaceful today!

It’s been a good Friday evening! I spent time with my husband’s family and now I’m at home drinking wine with the hubby. I like relaxing Friday nights! Good times.

Enjoy the weekend!

Day 768: Feet

Rachel, Day by Day

February 2015 Photo a Day: Day 19

Day 768: Feet

Hopefully they aren’t smelly.

Well, here are my feet. This is not the most exciting photo in the world, but how do you make a photo of feet exciting? I could have gotten a pedicure and painted my nails awesome colors. But, that would take too long. I actually have a problem with my feet; I think they have poor circulation. They are pretty much cold all through winter, except when I’m taking a hot shower. Even when I wear heavy socks and shoes they are still very cold. This started a few years ago… I remember walking around my apartment barefoot; all of a sudden my feet got extremely cold. I looked down and they were purple. They still sometimes turn slightly purple, but then I just put more socks on. I miss walking around barefoot. Maybe I’ll be able to do that again in June. So, that’s the story of my cold feet.

New topic! I’ve been wanting to post this video for a while now related to the Chicago Cubs. It gets me pumped for the 2015 season.

Doesn’t that give you goosebumps? I’m more excited for this season than usual, but I’m still the concerned Cubs fan. I hope I can go to a few games this year!

Have a good evening!

Day 766: Vegetable

Rachel, Day by Day

February 2015 Photo a Day: Day 17

Day 766: Vegetable

Here are some petite peas for you.

Well, here’s another somewhat boring photo for you. Today’s picture had to be of a vegetable. What did I learn from this photo? I should probably buy and eat more vegetables. Here are some petite peas for you. I’m not a big fan of peas; they taste boring to me. But, I would eat them if they were on my plate. My favorite vegetable is probably a carrot. My least favorite is definitely corn. Yuck. I’m one of the few people I know who dislikes corn, but I don’t know how you all can handle that taste! Ugh.

I had lunch with Soleman today! We met up at Jason’s Deli; I like that place. Their menu is very big, full of salads, wraps, sandwiches, soups, and more. I had a half Santa Fe chicken sandwich with a cup of French Onion soup. Yum. OK, I’ll stop talking about food and vegetables now.

Now I’m going to talk about movies. Here’s a list of movies I don’t really like that other people seem to love. I provided a few explanations for you, too. I thought it would be interesting to share to all of you, even though two people will probably read this.

Eleven Movies I Don’t Like That Other People Love (Not in any Particular Order)

  1. Ghostbusters: I saw this movie when I was younger and the monsters and ghosts terrified me. So, now I really don’t like the movie.
  2. The Godfather: I’ve seen this movie only once, so I’d be willing to give it another chance. I think you need to be in the right mood to watch a mob movie, and maybe I wasn’t at the time. Plus, it was extremely hyped up for me.
  3. Pulp Fiction: Disturbing. Enough said.
  4. Lord of the Rings: Maybe it’s not fair to add this one to the list. I generally liked it, but I’d probably be fine if I didn’t see it again. Does that count?
  5. Se7en: Horribly disturbing. Enough Said.
  6. It’s a Wonderful Life: I really want to give this one another chance since I’ve only seen it once. It was just so sad most of the time, though, and the title is cheery! It confused me.
  7. Star Wars: I think my review for this is the same as Lord of the Rings, so see above.
  8. The Graduate: I hope I’m not the only one out there who thinks the plot is bothersome. He sleeps with the mother then tries to have a relationship with the daughter… what mother and daughter would be OK with that?! Ugh.
  9. Jurassic Park: I watched this again recently and thought it was corny and annoying. Who the hell would try to bring back dinosaurs now? Bad idea.
  10. Blues Brothers: I watched this again recently… I feel bad saying this since I like the actors, but I just didn’t think it was that funny. Sorry. Please don’t judge me.
  11. Winter’s Bone: Horribly horribly disturbing. Enough said.

There you go! If you’d like to have a movie discussion on any of these above, or if you’d like to discuss vegetables from the first paragraph, leave a comment!

Day 765: Create

Rachel, Day by Day

February 2015 Photo a Day: Day 16

Day 765: Create

I did some orgami tonight and they turned out well!

For today’s photo, I had to create something or take a picture of something I already created. I used to be fascinated by orgami after learning about it in middle school. So, I thought I’d bring it back for this post! Maybe I should explain what’s in the photo. On the left, you have a dog with floppy ears. In the middle bottom is a heart. In the upper right is a butterfly. Can you tell? I hope so! The dog was pretty easy to make, so I had more fun with the heart and butterfly. They were more challenging. I’m proud of myself right now! Maybe I’ll go try making other things.

So, who watched the SNL 40 show last night? I thought it was pretty awesome. There are only two things I really didn’t like… Kanye West’s performance and the little jokes about Brian Williams. But, I loved Celebrity Jeopardy with Will Ferrell; the awesome celebrity appearances by Melissa McCarthy, Louis C.K., Bradley Cooper, Tom Hanks, etc.; Weekend Update; the Q&A by Jerry Seinfeld; seeing the SNL alumni including Steve Martin, Martin Short, Chevy Chase, etc.; seeing auditions; and more! It was a night full of laughter.

This cold Monday is almost over! Brrr.