As I recover from food poisoning and a cold, busy Nutschell graces my blog with her packed Day in the Life (cat lovers will rejoice at her photos)!
A Day in the Life: Nutschell Anne Windsor
Nutschell (pronounced new-shell and not nut-shell) is a middle grade/ young adult fantasy writer who hails from the Philippines and now lives in sunny Los Angeles. She is an SCBWI-LA Board member, and the founder of CBW-LA (Children’s Book Writers of Los Angeles). A Jane-of-all-Trades, Nutschell’s interests include photography and travel. She enjoys sketching, playing the guitar and drums, playing basketball, badminton, billiards, and singing in the shower. She also practices the Filipino martial art of Escrima, and bakes yummy desserts.
My alarm goes off and I automatically snooze. Muffin, alerted by the sound now knows I’m awake. She hops on my chest and headbutts me, demanding scratches. Still sticky with sleep, I oblige.
Muffin all stretched out
My alarm goes off for the second time. I have no choice but to get up. Muffin refuses to leave her warm spot.
I finally get Muffin of my chest. Millie sees me get up and starts demanding food. She knows I’m about to stagger downstairs and tries to hurry me onward.
Millie waiting for food
I switch on the TV and listen to the news while I wait for my brain to function.
The latest news feature gives me a story idea. I jot it down on a post-it I find nearby. Millie, hungry and annoyed, decides to chew on the paper.
7:05 – 7:30 AM
I finally head downstairs, much to Millie's delight. I cram a breakfast bar into my mouth and down it with warm water. I'm making a mental checklist of all the things I have to do for day.
While I try to prepare today’s lunch, Millie stalks me. After tripping over her for the tenth time, I give in and refill the cats’ bowls. I finish packing lunch and do some quick chores. I head outside to water the plants, or clean the litterbox, or put away dishes. Sometimes I do all three.
7:30– 7:40 AM
I shower, dress and iron my shirt for the day. I go downstairs, pick up my lunch bag, lock the house and get in the car.
As I’m driving out the garage, I begin to doubt whether I’ve unplugged the iron. I inch out the driveway, trying to convince myself that the iron is unplugged.
The overwhelming need to check if I’ve unplugged the iron builds to a crescendo when I'm halfway to the freeway entrance.
I turn the car around and make a mad dash back to the house. I run upstairs and, for the 3rd time, check that the iron is standing and unplugged. I run back downstairs, lock all the doors and leave. For real.
7:45 AM – 8:45 AM
I commute to work on the 405. To keep from going insane, I listen to an audiobook.
I'm not back! It's admissions and SAT season so I've been working 7 days a week and am pretty stressed out. But I wanted to wrap up So You Think You Can Dance Summer and bring you your Sophia Hangs with a Celebrity photo of the month.
I was very pleased that Team Ballet won 2012 SYTYCD!
But here in L.A. animation stole the show. Dragon House, home of finalist Cyrus, was in town for their SYTYCD performance and I got to dance with Brian "Chibi" Gaynor.
Chibi tears it up at a Hollywood club
Then the same day Chibi performed on the SYTYCD finale, my buddy's band Monsters Calling Home played the Jimmy Kimmel show! It was a friendly night on TV last month.
More Day in the Life to come, plus an account of the 2012 Los Angeles Pie Tour I've been hosting. To keep up to date, find me on facebook where the latest controversy is my Am I A Hipster? photo album. (Friends say yes.)