Hourly Breakdown of Valentine’s Day

This may be my most elaborate undertaking for the site yet. After feeling I spent way too much damn time with my computer, I decided to spent the day with no laptop, and no social media. I then documented how I spend the day when cut off from my computer. I took notes and photos every hour to my phone to create a “Day in the Life” sort of thing. You know, just in case you were curious.

8:00am-9:00am
Since it’s not uncommon for us to pass out in the living room and not even make it to bed, I woke up on the love seat. My fiancé, Karen,  was wishing me a happy Valentine’s Day. She walked me into the kitchen where she showed me a three plates of chocolate covered strawberries and bananas! She really is the best.
Just after Karen left for work, I noticed my cat, Max,  spazzing out at the window, and was alerted to a flock of deer passing by just outside. I shot what I could with my telephoto lens, but they didn’t stick around too long. After that, I was going to go work out, but then Max commandeered my lap.

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9:00am-10:00am
Breakfast, shower, general day prep.

10:00am-11:00am
Read Secret Six with Max. She loves graphic novels.

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11:00am-12:00pm
Baked Spanish cheese cake from an old recipie for Karen.

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12:00pm-1:00pm
Of course, no cheesecake would be complete without a proper topping. And, just so you know, making strawberry sauce with nothing but a fork is a total pain. I must have spent 20 minutes attacking those berries to get the right consistency.

I meant to head out after that for more errands, but ran into technical difficulties. Long story short, I had to clear a bunch of room on my phone to keep shooting pictures throughout the day, which meant first uploading them to a cloud service. However; the thing won’t work unless the phone is in use. Sounds like a totally valid excuse to watch some old school Pokemon episodes on my new app, right?

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1:00pm-2:00pm
Time to actually go out and run some errands! First stop is my grandparents’ place to return the giant pile of dishes that carried many meal’s worth of leftovers back to the apartment. My grandmother, being the super awesome lady that she is, slipped me some cash, but then was aghast at the dismal state of my wallet. Not that surprising, given that I’ve been using that wallet  since about the 7th grade. My grandfather happened to have a few wallets that he had no use for laying around that he let me choose a new one from.

Then, it was a quick stop to my mom’s to get my mail. I got a Thank You note from Mrs. DeMattia for my help with the Robert Wood presentation! It was a really sweet gesture, and something she didn’t have to do. I got my diploma in the mail too. I’d show it, but I lost that frame with “I.O.U. 1 diploma” bit in it that I got a graduation, so I deemed it best to keep it in the mailer until I remember where I stashed it.

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2:00pm-3:00pm
Out shopping for Valentine’s gifts and groceries. I know money is tight, but I can’t resist getting Karen some of the fancy chocolate she likes, a baguette, and some Camembert cheese.

3:00pm-4:00pm
Only on the way home do I realize that all my gifts are food, and worry that I may have overbought. Also took the time to organize the new wallet.  The left photo is my old wallet. What you cannot see is that years of keeping it in my back pocket has worn the texture away to the point it is nearly frictionless.  On the right is the stuff that I cleaned out of it.

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4:00pm-5:00pm
Took Karen out to dinner at our favorite restaurant,  The French Coffee shop. To pass the time before our food arrived, we nibbled on Valentine’s chocolate and counted all the Eiffel Towers in the shop. There are 16. That is the definitive number!

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5:00pm-6:00pm
Karen loved the cheesecake with strawberry sauce! Afterwards though, we both went into miniature food comas, and passed out.

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6:00pm-7:00pm
Still passed out in cuddle position from food coma.

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7:00pm-8:00pm
Wake up from French food comas. We couldn’t be bothered to do much other than talk about how the various geeky bits I have decorating the room. Like, Transformers used to pretty much be elaborate bricks with little arms coming out,  and that the only reason we got a Catman action figure is because he’s pretty much just Batman painted orange. That’s one of the amazing things about Karen; even if she’s not into some of my more geeky hobbies, she still makes an effort to at least understand.

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8:00pm-9:00pm
Just decided to watch more cartoons. I proved that I am totally better at “Who’s That Pokemon?!”

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10:00pm-11:00pm
Dragged ourselves out of bed for a friend’s birthday at a local bar. Try as I might, I couldn’t get any bar photos on my phone that didn’t look like something akin to a napkin smudge at a low class buffet.  The juke box was bereft of Great Big Sea and Reel Big Fish, and I felt my inner hipster is showing. It was made up for by a large selection of classic rock.

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11:00pm-12:00am
Left the party and headed over to hang out with our neighbors for tea. They have a gorgeous cat, but he’s kind of a complete turd. His favorite hobby is to beg for attention, then turn into a trap of claws and teeth after being pet for about 10 seconds. Then he attacks your coat for no discernible reason.

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12:00am –

Listening to my Ska mix while putting together the whole thing on my laptop after roughly 27 hours away from the thing. The break was nice, but down time was not nearly the level I was hoping. I’d just chalk it up to being a busy day, but then I realize, this is how most of my days go, Well, minus the cake. It’s funny, even after more than a full day of being away from all the internet junk I do, I didn’t really miss it. The only reason I was tempted to get my computer out was to play around some more with some of the art ideas I had.

I definitely had a lot of fun with this format, and hope to try it again.

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