the unemployed schedule
A lot of people (ast least three) have been asking me, “What do you do all day?” Since I’m unemployed (until I start work at least), people seem to wonder how I fill my day. They assume I sleep until noon and watch lots of television.
Well, they’re wrong. I slept until 11:30am today. And I don’t watch a lot of television because I’ve got a Wii, internet access, and a needy dog. I’m much too busy for television.
So here’s a breakdown of my typical day:
10:30am – Wake up. Roll around. Try to guess what time it is since my alarm clock still hasn’t been set. Wonder why I got to sleep in without Prandtl waking me up and therefore I begin worrying that Dan left the closet open and Prandtl got a hold of my shoes.
11:00am – Get out of bed. Usually Prandtl has behaved herself so I feel relieved. But, since this is a summary of all of my days so far, sometimes I’m yelling at Prandtl for destroying a toy or harassing the cat (Lucy).
11:15am – I’m on the internet by now. I’ll check my email/browse the internet. Prandtl is especially energetic in the morning, so I usually throw her toys all over the room to try to preoccupy her from chasing Lucy. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t. If it doesn’t, there is more yelling at Prandtl. If it does, I’m usually giggling at Prandtl’s wookie noises and throwing a ball across the apartment for her to fetch while I web surf.
11:30 – I take a shower. Since the water gets cold kind of fast, it is only about 10 minutes.
12:00 – Done with my shower and getting ready. My hair needs to dry though, so I just do whatever until that’s done. It takes about two hours. Usually I will take Prandtl out once while I wait.
After my hair dries, my day has consisted of anything from unpacking to cleaning to shopping to exploring Saint Paul. Dan gets home at a different time every day (ranges from noon to 9pm) and we’ll usually do something together if he doesn’t get home too late. Since we live in lowertown, we’re surrounded by skyscrapers and busy city life, and we have walked around to explore it all a few times. We’ve even had time to look through the Saint Paul skyway (which we live a block from).
Now that I’m unemployed with a job lined up, I really don’t have a lot going on since I can literally do whatever I want. When I didn’t have a job yet, I spent a good 2 – 3 hours looking for jobs and writing cover letters and refining my resume. But now, on the days that we don’t go out or he doesn’t come home until very late, playing Zelda on the Wii almost always makes a presence in my day. I also spend some time watching Prandtl because she does stupid things a lot and they make me laugh. She also does very smart things that impress me. On the days that she does neither of those things, we’ll go to the dog park. I have found it’s hard to fill up my day when I don’t have anything to do.
Now that I’ve downloaded a trial version of Adobe Photoshop CS4, I will be spending a lot of time learning that. I’m actually really excited for it! I learned to change my hair color and eye color last night, and I kept yelling for Dan to come look at what I could do. He wasn’t interested at one o clock in the morning, so he never looked. His loss. Speaking of which, I usually don’t get to bed until at least 1am.
So, there you have it! For the most part, that’s my “unemployed” day! Keep in mind I have only been here about 2 weeks, so it is (hopefully) subject to change as the weeks go on.