99 Things I Did Yesterday

I’ve written before about how we don’t have a “typical” homeschool day. That said, I thought it could be interesting to log a day here at home while D is recovering from surgery.

Here’s 99 things I did yesterday.

I realize this is probably interesting to nobody except me, so you will not hurt my feelings in the least by skipping this completely!  I just thought it would be fun to log once.

It should be noted that Victoria is up visiting friends in the Cities for the next week and a half, so I’m a mother of four for the time being instead of five.

This is not everything I did yesterday, just a random 99. I obviously changed Fiona more than once, and some things just don’t need to be logged.  It’s not necessarily in order, either.

  1. Made coffee.
  2. Fed the pets (even though it’s Jack’s job).
  3. Got dressed and used two lint rolling sheets getting all the dog and cat hair off of my sweater.
  4. Dressed Fiona.
  5. Changed Fiona.
  6. Brought breakfast to Daryl (still on bed rest from surgery).
  7. Set Fiona up with breakfast in her high chair.  (Jack took care of breakfast for himself and Alex, and Anna takes care of herself.)
  8. Checked email.
  9. Took pictures of some delightful creations Jack and Alex made with clementines, blueberries and bananas (and ate one). 
  10. Gathered compost.
  11. Hugged kids.
  12. Blogged 10 Ways to Make Today Magical.
  13. Taught Jack how to add and subtract fractions.
  14. Browsed Pinterest and pinned some of my articles to various boards.
  15. Went to the grocery store to pick up four dozen cartons of local farm eggs.
  16. Made corned beef hash and eggs for Daryl, myself and the boys.  We are a mostly vegetarian family (Anna is always vegetarian).  Mostly does not include hash in the case of most of us.
  17. Did four loads of laundry.
  18. Turned off the TV and told the boys to do something educational.
  19. Answered questions on email lists about surveys for money, homeschooling high school and various other topics.
  20. Posted about a friend’s missing dog on Facebook.  Also shared a meme about having an awesome husband, a missing teen notice, an article about organic gardening and probably at least one cartoon about wine.
  21. Answered questions about multiplication, money, spelling, erosion and spiritual beliefs.
  22. Set Fiona up with a bunch of boxes and cupboard items she could stack and play with rather than the jars of lentils she was trying to stack.
  23. Went to the post office.
  24. Played with our new foam clock to work on telling time with Alex.
  25. Helped Fiona draw with markers.
  26. Cleaned markers off of Fiona’s hands, arms and face.
  27. Sent a message to Victoria telling her about homeschool days at an indoor climbing place in the Cities tomorrow.
  28. Followed through to be sure that my four winners for my NuNaturals giveaway would be getting their goodies this week.
  29. Talked to Daryl while snuggling Fiona.
  30. Folded laundry.
  31. Called out words for Jack to spell while I folded laundry.
  32. Trimmed Daryl’s surgical tape.
  33. Nursed Fiona.
  34. Caught up with Anna, who was up late helping Daryl out and sleeps late right now to balance out the night shift.
  35. Fixed the couch and cushions after Alex made pillow forts.
  36. Had Alex fix the couch and cushions after Alex made pillow forts (it should be noted that this could count as ten entries throughout the day).
  37. Sent Jack outside with Layla and a ham bone I picked up for her at the grocery store.  Got a very happy dog.
  38. Checked my Examiner earnings, pinned and shared articles in columns that were low earners yesterday.
  39. Read anti-HSLDA sites, the NYT article about the baby who was allegedly cured of HIV, a blog by a mom with stage IV breast cancer, federal financial aid information and learned various other topics.
  40. Sent ice packs, mail, seconds of meals, ice cream and assorted other necessities with various children up to Daryl.
  41. Pawned Fiona off on various family members to watch.
  42. Looked for colored tissue paper and baggie of tiny pretties (dyed feathers, metallic shapes, etc.) to do a contact paper craft with Alex.  Couldn’t find them, got out oil pastels instead.
  43. Did altered book pages with Alex and Fiona.  
  44. Changed Fiona into a new outfit that wasn’t covered in marker and banana.
  45. Doled out vitamins and supplements.
  46. Treated and bandaged a wound on Alex’s foot.
  47. Taught Jack the nines finger trick for figuring out multiples of nines.
  48. Dropped off folded laundry in Victoria’s room, chased the giant dog off of her bed.
  49. Rescued various items from the trash and recycling bins (courtesy of a one year-old girl who likes to toss things).
  50. Talked to Anna about country music lyrics, scrapbooking, Westboro Baptist Church, friends, childhood memories and so on.
  51. Gave various assignments to Anna (do Khan Academy, gather dirty laundry from her room and bring it to the basement, help with Fiona…).
  52. Posted a picture of Jack’s awesome philosophical drawing on Facebook via Instagram.  It’s called “The Spirit of Peace.” He said “It’s fire and water coming together to form life and peace because life is not possible without harmony.” Deep, huh? 😉 He even made up a song to go with it. 
  53. Responded to an email asking me to review KIND snack products.
  54. Showed Jack and Alex how to use my exercise band and helped them do lifts and stretches with it.
  55. Gave Anna a fancy new box for her new scrapbooking hobby, letter stickers and some colorful cardstock pieces.
  56. Listed the A-C bulk spice list on the Plum Creek Food Co-op’s Facebook page.
  57. Read books to Alex and Fiona.
  58. Talked about reasons for poverty and world hunger with Alex as Jack was doing Free Rice to earn rice to donate to the hungry.
  59. Helped Jack with vocabulary and multiplication on Free Rice.
  60. Tidied the living room.
  61. Made supper (stir fried veggies with rice, crazy fattening mini sweet pepper poppers).
  62. Ate way too many poppers.  And stir fry, but mostly poppers.
  63. Settled squabbles.
  64. Drank a very nice, very large glass of wine.
  65. Watched Bones with the kids.
  66. Ate chocolate.
  67. Talked to Jack about his moral dilemma of wanting to donate all of his savings in the bank (nearly $100) to feed the hungry, but he also had been saving up for things he really wanted.  He finally decided it was okay to keep his money but he’d set a personal goal of donating 1,000 grains of rice per day to help make a difference.
  68. Replied to comments and questions that had come in on Facebook.
  69. Snuggled with Alex on the couch.
  70. Got Fiona to sleep.
  71. Got Fiona to sleep again.  And again.  And so forth.
  72. Checked D’s incision.
  73. Started cleaning the table, had Jack take over.
  74. Set up two experiments on the Electronic Playground with Jack, as promised all day (morse code and blinking LED lights). 
  75. Put together the first half of my (way too large) order from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds.
  76. Gave kids rock candy swizzle sticks for a special treat for dessert (ingredient: sugar, note: make these for science class).
  77. Unpacked new mini donut maker, looked for the cookbook that had the GF mini donut recipe that spurned the impulse buy.  No luck.
  78. Loved on the dog.
  79. Helped Alex and Jack pick out their classes for the upcoming science conference.
  80. Emailed Victoria.
  81. Talked to Anna about her new goal to write a musical about her life.
  82. Loved on the cat.
  83. Officially applied for a PIN from the federal government for financial aid forms once the kids are ready to start applying to colleges.
  84. Fixed my necklace after Fiona broke it.  Twice.
  85. Debated about ordering stir fry rice noodles, sorgum flour, organic (non-GMO) corn starch,  organic GF corn flakes,  tapioca flour and potato starch straight up or through Subscribe and Save on Amazon.com.  Dilemma — if you order five or more items that will be delivered at the same time, you get 15% off now (and only 5% off through subscribe and save) and it’s a better deal on gluten free items I use a lot.  On the other hand, it stings to drop that kind of money on bulk flours and such. Hemmed and hawed and left it all to think about tomorrow.
  86. Watched MythBusters on Netflix with Jack and Alex.
  87. Snuggled with Alex until he fell asleep.
  88. Planned my garden out on paper.
  89. Planned our menus for the week.
  90. Ate more chocolate.
  91. Made sure kids did nightly chores (take dog out, put leftovers away, etc.).
  92. Got out frozen pumpkin to thaw in the fridge for GF mix and match quick bread tomorrow.
  93. Shared chocolate with hubby.
  94. Gave Anna the new Discover Magazine and asked her to read it and talk to me tomorrow about some of the stories she found most interesting.
  95. Swept cobwebs from the ceilings upstairs.  Note:  Especially cold winters really do seem to mean many more spiders!  Good grief.  Every two weeks we seem ready for haunted house status.
  96. Helped Anna find chocolate chips to make trail mix (raw almonds, cranberries, dark chocolate chips) for a midnight snack.  Yes, there is a chocolate theme at our house.
  97. Posted a couple of nifties to the Magical Homeschool page on Facebook.
  98. Watched CNN.
  99. Logged this.  😉

There were a lot of things that I didn’t do that I usually do.  I didn’t bake anything, didn’t get any of the littles into real baths, didn’t have long talks with Toria, didn’t do much one-on-one with Anna or homeschool with Alex, didn’t write any articles… I didn’t even do the dishes.

I can’t imagine why I don’t get more done…

It was fun to log, though, and I highly recommend it for those days when you’re sure you never get anything accomplished!



6 thoughts on “99 Things I Did Yesterday

  1. I’m tired just reading this! I’m know I don’t do nearly as much but then , although my 4 all still live at home, two are in tertiary studies, and the youngest is 12. Definitely less work for me.


    • Funny, I felt like it was so little that I was a little embarrassed. 🙂 I guess that’s just human nature! Yes, when they’re little they are so much work, aren’t they? I am so happy to have the work though. You know Fiona and Alex were both big surprises (especially Fiona!) when we thought we were going to be so practical and stop at three. It’s a happy exhaustion. LOL


  2. I love these kinds of posts. 🙂 It’s validating to make lists of what you actually get done in a day, rather than add up all the things you didn’t do (my tendency). I’m always glad to see new posts here; I walk away from the computer feeling peaceful and inspired by our own messy, wonderful lives here. Also–I’ve really enjoyed pouring through your archives lately (partly why I bought a huge box of rice to dye and several cans of shaving cream for the kids to play with). Thanks for your posts. Love them!


    • Oh, I might have forgotten to say! She’s spending a week and a half with friends up in the Twin Cities. From what I hear she never wants to come home, but it’s like that every time she spends a week at Carmela’s. 🙂


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