Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be someone else for a day, specifically what it would be like to be a food blogger? Or a mom (if you aren’t already one)? Well pull up a chair and find out what goes into making this here blog, and I bet by the end you’ll understand why I’m called The Weary Chef!
What the Weary Chef Blogger Does First Thing in the Morning
I’ve told you lots of times that my boys wake up ridiculously early. On this particular day, I was up well before dawn at 5:33 am. We have special clocks and posted rules to try to keep the kids in bed longer. They don’t work.
I dragged myself up to get breakfast for the boys and, more importantly, coffee started. I couldn’t manage to get a picture of the arguing and screaming and crying that took place in that first hour of the day, so you’ll just have to use your imagination. I have usually broken up about five arguments and shushed them approximately 25 times by 7 am, around the time Matt usually gets up.
The Weary Chef Blogger’s Social Duties
Once another adult is around to make sure they don’t hurt themselves, each other, or our home, I try to sneak away to check my email and schedule social media stuff. If you haven’t heard, blogging is about 25% creating content and 75% promoting it. That means A LOT of time working on social media. Not only do I need to promote my own content, but I also want to share posts from other fabulous bloggers. I want to give my followers a good variety of recipes and also support my talented blogging friends.
After about a half-hour of trying to work while the kids constantly ask me to help put on clothes, wipe bottoms, sign homework, untie and tie shoes, and lots of other glamorous requests, I realize it’s crunch time. We need to leave in about a half-hour, and I am wearing pajamas and have two lunches to pack. Why I didn’t pack those lunches during the wee hours of the morning is a question I ask myself every day. Maybe tomorrow I will! It’s not my favorite job, so I guess I just put it off until the last minute.
Preparing Lunch Boxes for My Kids
OK, lunches are packed. Kids are dressed and actually have said lunches. Even I’m dressed in something besides PJs (though I didn’t really have time to look in the mirror), and it’s time to go! I’m very lucky that I’m able to walk both boys to school, so we head out on foot, checking out some Halloween decorations on the way. I drop them both off and usually make it back by 9:00 as long as I don’t need to do any PTA business at school. Fortunately, this morning I didn’t have any PTA stuff to do at school, so I’ll leave that part out (because it’s super boring).
Ordinarily, I would get right to work when I get home, either in the kitchen cooking, at the table taking photos, or on my computer writing, editing photos, responding to comments, answering emails, or scheduling social shares. Since my husband hurt himself, I have been dividing my time between work, the kids, and taking him to doctor’s appointments. This morning I needed to take him in for an MRI of his hand, so work will have to wait while I spend some quality time in the waiting room. On the way home, I stop at the grocery store for a few missing ingredients for today’s recipes.
The Weary Chef Blogger in the Kitchen
And, I’m back! It’s now after 11 am, and I have to pick up my youngest by 1 pm. I don’t actually have a recipe ready for today. Like, I haven’t even made it yet except the thought of the idea and purchased the ingredients. That gives me under two hours to cook, photograph, and write a post. Not likely to happen, but I’ll get as much as I can do.
First, I get busy in the kitchen, starting the Kale Artichoke Dip to post today and also some lentils and kale in the slow cooker for dinner. (I’m not actually a kale fanatic, but I wanted to use the whole bag.) I illegibly scrawl the recipes in my trusty notebook as I go. While the dip cooks, I browse my meager collection of linens for photos and get set up. Please note the mess behind the picture area.
Once I see that the photos look OK, I can sit down to start editing my favorites and write the post while eating the dip for lunch!
Picking My Kids Up from School
It’s 1:00, and I just picked up this cutie. To be honest, I’m torn between thinking about being happy to see him and thinking about all the work I haven’t finished yet. I’ve got an hour and a half before I pick up his big brother, and I really need that time. After I get this guy home and settled, I let him play iPad next to me while I get my post published, send it out to my subscribers, and post it on social media.
Now it’s 2:40, and I have collected cutie #2. I’m pretty much caught up on work at this point, so I can try to focus on my boys. Because I can’t get enough doctor’s appointments, we have one in the afternoon for my oldest. I’m not sure if I ever told you that he has ADHD, so we go in pretty regularly for checkups related to that. The appointments are totally fine, but it’s one more thing to do!
Preparing Dinner like a Weary Chef Pro!
We’re home again at almost 5:30 pm, and it’s time to think about dinner for these boys. They get to watch a TV show while I get something ready for them. Tonight it’s very glamorous quesadillas with broccoli. Now I will tell my kids a couple of dozen times to sit down and eat, use their napkins, and stop smacking. We have rules for this too. They don’t work much better than the morning rules.
Final Mom Duties
Now onto bath time, books, and bedtime! Little brother is in bed before 7 pm, and big brother is tucked in by 7:30. Ordinarily, it would be time to cook dinner for Matt and me at this point, but I’m happy that I have dinner ready to go in the slow cooker this time! Three things typically happen when dinner is ready. I hurry to take photos before we eat, dig in if there will be leftovers to photograph later or forget the photos altogether because the recipe flops or isn’t blogworthy. In this case, there is a TON of lentil soup, so I sit down to dinner without having to worry about photos. I didn’t even remember to take a photo for this post (sorry)!
Now it’s time to sit in my favorite chair and work, in this case, write this super long post! I have stayed up too late working on it because it’s almost 11 pm. I didn’t leave out the part of my day where I showered, which means I still need to do that now. (I didn’t skip the part where I relax either because that doesn’t usually happen!) I’ll hit the sack by 11:15 or so and then be ready to do it all again tomorrow!
I hope you had fun following me along in my day today. If you want to see more behind-the-scenes photos of my life, you should follow me on Instagram. That’s where I share the most candid photos and lots of funny stuff I see along the way.
Do you want to see how some of my blogging friends live? Check out their Day-in-the-Life posts too! (They are almost certainly more interesting than mine.)