March 12 09

well, the good news is that Josh doesn’t have meningitis. oh yes, it’s been quite the adventure. Josh – my child who ONLY complains when his DS privileges are revoked – started with a headache.  then he didn’t drink pop at dinner. then he fell asleep at the dinner table. then he was dizzy. then a neck ache. then an emergency call to Dr. Jack. then a meningitis scare. then an emergency visit. then a false alarm. strep + too much DS = meningitis symptoms. awesome. (also? ali really wants to punch dr. google in the nards…because you know as soon as the word meningitis slipped out of a doctor’s mouth, i’m going to be on a googling frenzy. what did our moms do before the internet??) (also, this little adventure this morning cost us our spots in swimming since this morning was the sign up. grumble. waitlisted. grumble) (wonder if Josh did this on purpose to get out of swimming…)

anyway, my post today wasn’t going to be about Josh’s NONmeningitis. it also wasn’t going to be about the fact that my bestie Ilana is taking me to the Leafs game tonight (viva la golds, baby) it was going to be a day in the life of ali, if you will. i get questions all the time ranging from “how in the sam hell do you get everything done? you must be superwoman!” (ps. i love people who say this) to “you must never sleep” to “what do you DO exactly?” so, i thought we could take a journey together…


6-6:30am – I hit the alarm clock at least 3 times. i get up. i shower. while in the shower i get visited by the three bunnies, who all have something superimportant to say.

6:30-7:30 – I break up the fights over the tv in my bedroom. I get dressed. and undressed. and dressed again. I take my pictures for The Working Closet.


I make myself breakfast and lunch. I give “KISSESNADHUGS!” to the three bunnies. I approve of Emily’s outfit and occasionally send her back up to change. I leave my lunch on the kitchen counter. I come back inside the house to grab said lunch.

7:30-8 – BLISS. drive to work. listen to the Edge. wonder who i might have to harrass to get an interview with the morning guys. get at coffee at Tim Horton’s.

8-10 – finish up blog post. read email. holy EMAIL!

10-11:30 – development meeting with the team of editors. I present the advertising piece I have been struggling with working on for the past 6 weeks. am disheartenened. want to cry. call the wahmbulence.

11:30-12:30 – search for a photo of the enviropig for a piece we are doing. find many, many lo-res images. email 25 people to see if anyone has a hi-res. argue with someone over the piece. decide to go with image of a regular pig instead.

12:30-1:00 – lunch + advertising research + reading possible forensic science read aloud. decide the book is useless. too much sex for grade 7 classrooms. also, the word shit is SO not okay. the toronto catholic school board told me so.

1:00-2:00 – meet with advertising team to discuss other options for the entire ad unit. decide that we NEED professionals. email advertising schools in Toronto to see if any students want to help us.

2:00-3:00 – design meeting with the team to discuss some more. we do a lot of discussing. and a lot of going around in circles.

3:00-3:15 – meet with my advertising team AND the designers to discuss images and format for a piece that is finally in design! yay! something goes right today! woohoo! i’m a woo girl all of a sudden!


3:15 – leave work (just as an aside. i only leave at 3:15 TWICE a week to drive carpool. other days i’m there until 4, 4:15, 4:30…). race over to the school. sit in carpool lane. check email on my itouch (huzzah! the school has free wifi!) read possible book for read aloud for my forensic science unit. gather the kids in the car. give them each a cookie. fight over what to watch in the car. force them to watch Annie. drop off all the kids. race over to gym to meet with Olga.

4:30-5:30 – train with Olga the scary trainer. sweat. feel like i want to die. Swear through 847 lunges. (wonder if that’s how lunge is spelled) (know i won’t be able to walk tomorrow no matter how the word is spelled)


5:30-7:30  – dinner and homework. and more homework.  and then some more homework. talk about our days. hear emily’s play by play of every single minute of her day. hear josh’s “i can’t remember” what he did that day. hear Isabella’s “i painted” answer that she gives EVERY. SINGLE. DAY.

7:30 – 8:30 – Isabella goes to bed. Isabella needs two stories. and chocolate milk. and her teeth brushed. and the she needs to pee. and then she needs a dolly. and then she needs some water. and then she needs to poo. and then she needs someone to wipe her bum. and then she can’t get her blankets right. and then she needs a different dolly. and then she needs to pee. and then she can’t get her blankets right.

8:30 – Ali loses her shit.

8:35 – bedtime for Josh and Emily. They – thankfully – put themselves to bed. They are allowed to read in their beds until 9:30.

8:40 – Emily needs to tell me something important

8:43 – Josh needs to tell me something important

8:44 – Emily is singing too loudly. Josh is annoyed.

8:47 – Josh can’t find his blanket. we search the entire house. then we find it in his room

8:49 – Emily is singing too loudly again. Josh is annoyed again.

8:51 – Emily needs to give me the picture she drew in class that day

8:54 – Josh needs to know what Emily just came in to give me.

8:57 – Ali loses her shit.

9:00 – Ali FINALLY relaxes in bed. watch tv. write a post for Juice. write a post for Canada Moms Blog. (please go over and leave me a comment! i’m a bit nervous about it) gchat with the usuals. phone talk with my mother.

10:00 – (the thing we don’t talk about on the internet) (maybe more of the thing we don’t talk about on the internet)

10:45 – work on blanket orders while watching more tv. right now i’m making two. a girl one and a boy one.

11:30 -realize i haven’t had enough water to drink today. start drinking water. half a liter.

11:45 – pee. drink more water. another half a liter.

12:00 – pee again. go to sleep.

lather, rinse, repeat.

  1. You need a vacation. And more 10pm time. Just saying.

    I love how kids always try to delay bed time as much as possible. I think they believe they are missing something.

    Comment by WickedStepMom on March 12, 2009
  2. i love the “ali loses her shit”. for me its been three times this morning, and its only 9:07 am.

    Comment by obabe on March 12, 2009
  3. Love the Working Closet outfit!

    It sounds much like my days, only somehow more interesting. Still – exhausting.

    Amy @ Milk Breath &s last blog post..Blissdom 09: Nashville Shopping

    Comment by Amy @ Milk Breath & on March 12, 2009
  4. WTF? I didn’t think you were writing Juice anymore… the feed I had wasn’t updating! I just resubscribed.

    Comment by SciFi Dad on March 12, 2009
  5. 1st – I just love today’s outfit!
    My little one is like that at bed time too…why does he ALWAYS need to poo when he goes to bed?!
    No wonder you get so much done…you don’t go to sleep before midnight, yet still wake up at 6?! You are superwoman! I am zonked by 10pm! Of course, you leave work at 3:15, lucky you!

    Comment by Maria on March 12, 2009
  6. okay Ali now i know for sure that you have ALI clones to do that much….hahaha ali loses her sh*t.i know about that….

    Comment by LAVENDULA on March 12, 2009
  7. I’m tired just reading’s confirmed–you are superwoman.

    Comment by Amanda on March 12, 2009
  8. Ok, what I want to know is how you finagle working 7.25 hours a day! Is that a Canadian thing?
    BTW, super cute outfit today – love the boots!

    Comment by Sarah on March 12, 2009
  9. WHOA that is a day and a half and you do it every day. WOW.

    Comment by Chantal on March 12, 2009
  10. I’m tired just reading that.

    And I’ve recently realized I, too, am a Sometimes Woo Girl…

    Comment by Camels & Chocolate on March 12, 2009
  11. 1. “Wahmbulance” made my day.

    2. Graham’s school has free wifi too! I also use my itouch to read emails.

    3. We live identical bedtime lives.

    4. How do I get in on the chat party?

    5. Canada Moms Blog won;t load for me the past few days. I promise I’ll comment when I’m back up. Excited to be working over there with you!


    Angellas last blog post..Mad At Dad?

    Comment by Angella on March 12, 2009
  12. i think i need a job. because the 30 minutes of bliss on your way to work sounds wonderful as does 1/2 day away from the kids. i think my time has come. just have to figure out what i want to do when i grow up. heh.

    Comment by OHmommy on March 12, 2009
  13. You are a freaking rockstar.

    Comment by Kimberly on March 12, 2009
  14. It takes you 45 minutes to fold laundry?

    kgirls last blog post..Because I Am a Woman of Many Dimensions

    Comment by kgirl on March 12, 2009
  15. Your schedule makes me dizzy, girlfriend!
    I think I lost 2 pounds just reading how busy you are!

    So awesome to work with you at Canada Moms Blog!!! Totally chuffed. 🙂

    Comment by Nenette on March 12, 2009
  16. Dude. That’s all I can say.

    Also, how come I wasn’t in on the gchat party on Tuesday night?

    Finally, you look hot in that photo! Super skinny! And well, you’re always super skinny, but you look especially HAWT in that outfit!

    Kristabellas last blog post..Still Tired. And Confused. Now, with Whine!

    Comment by Kristabella on March 12, 2009
  17. I’m glad to see that while there is no time in there for vacuuming or cleaning the bathroom, sex is of the highest priority. THAT’s how you stay sane.
    PS-Sorry your hockey team sucks. At least you’re playing an even worse team, so it should be a good game.

    Comment by MonsteRawr on March 12, 2009
  18. hmmm am i the only one thinking that “KISSESNADHUGS” are really only appropriate in the 10pm time slot? Who hugs nads anyway? ;0P

    Comment by AJ on March 12, 2009
  19. hahaha. i totally didn’t realize i’d written that! hahaha!

    Comment by ali on March 12, 2009
  20. I’m too worn out from reading to comment coherently.

    Comment by Jennifer, Playgroups are no place for children on March 12, 2009
  21. What?! There’s something we’re not supposed to talk about on the Internet?

    Oh, I know…I don’t talk about where I’ve hidden the body and all, so shhhh… 🙂

    Some days, I live for bedtime, and yet that is the most exhausting point in the day. Seriously, the blanket thing? Every night.

    fadkogs last blog post..the shortest post i’ve ever given you. in bed!

    Comment by fadkog on March 12, 2009
  22. Also, that is a fabulous bio you have on that Canada Moms blog!

    Kristabellas last blog post..Still Tired. And Confused. Now, with Whine!

    Comment by Kristabella on March 12, 2009
  23. So glad my days of nighttime water chugging are done. HOORAY FOR ME AND YOU BLOGHER ROOMIE!

    Comment by slynnro on March 12, 2009
  24. wow. that’s amazing. you must drink a lot of coffee. I’d like to borrow your energy for a day if you don’t mind. 🙂

    Katies last blog post..Things I Should Be Doing…

    Comment by Katie on March 12, 2009
  25. I blogged about my Tuesday night today. It was much different than yours. 😉

    Your outfit is fabulous – I love that shade of green.

    Comment by mamatulip on March 12, 2009
  26. When my daughter was young we went through the meningitis scares frequently. Whenever she got a fever? It all settled right into her little neck and she froze up right there. Pain and she just couldn’t turn it or anything. Terrifying. It still happens on occasion when she gets a good fever. It’s freaky.

    That outfit? Adorable on you. I had one child going through this nighttime ritual stuff and it exhausted me. I can’t imagine three. You must have a coffee IV during the day while you’re at work.

    Comment by Keri on March 12, 2009
  27. heheheh I love it!!! between 7.30 and 8.57pm had me in hysterics!

    I don’t have children, but from my babysitting days I remember the up & downs of bedtime – seriously painful!

    Comment by Bronnie on March 12, 2009
  28. I love how you lose your shit at 8:30pm. I lose my shit at 8:30AM. I guess that’s one reason to go BACK TO WORK! 😉

    Thank God Josh was fine…. So sorry you went through that panic. Wow. (hugs)

    Comment by Haley-O on March 12, 2009
  29. Glad to hear Josh is OK.
    Are you really bare legged up there this time of year? yikes – thats cold. I wear nylons just to keep warm in my skirts.
    Cute outfit tho!

    monstergirlees last blog post..Lucky 300 Baby!

    Comment by monstergirlee on March 13, 2009
  30. You can’t talk about your laundry on the internet? Good Lord, I’m shameless about my laundry jabber. (GASP!) What does that make me?

    Comment by Margaret (Nanny Goats) on March 13, 2009
  31. Man, I apparently need to do more. I feel so… lazy now. 🙂

    Comment by Courtney on March 14, 2009
  32. Canadian Lawyerista would have lot her shit more than twice. I have a little Isabella type too. What is with the high-maintenance night time poopers?

    Comment by Canadian Lawyerista on March 15, 2009
  33. You and your husband are machines.

    Comment by regan on March 15, 2009
  34. Totally stealing this post.

    Comment by Chantal on March 16, 2009
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