You know, every day some one asks me "Carly, how on earth do you take care of three kids, teach writing, and still have time to blog and look so pretty?" I usually try to act coy when such questions are posed to me, but I have finally decided to unleash my secret. It's not so hard to do all I do and still look so good and write so well, and if you follow my routine, maybe some day you can be as "together" as I am.
I wake up at around 7:00 am, when my baby cries. I lie there for a few minutes, then go get her and bring her back to bed with me to eat. This part of the routine is crucial: I never, never, never get out of bed for good until about 7:45. This ensures plenty of beauty rest.
After I get out of bed, I go straight to the kitchen for my power breakfast: some sort of sweet pastry and a healthy dose of what I like to call "brown juice," which consists of a special blend of carbonated water, caramel color, aspartame, phosphoric acid, potassium benzoate (to protect taste), natural flavors, citric acid, and just a dash of caffeine. Everyone in my household swears by my power breakfast, and I even have my three-year-old hooked on the goodness of the juice. I never cook breakfast for my loved ones on a week day. As part of my strict self-reliance regimen, my children learned early on how to get their own poptarts.
After, or while I am, eating, I do a cursory check of last night's blogs and see if anyone has commented on my latest post. During nap and "structured movie time," I take my half hour shower, and spend my usual hour in front of the mirror. A blemish is unacceptable, so it takes me a while to cover each one up. It takes several products to make me look this good. One of my favorite products is Spackle, found in the paint and dry wall sections of most hardware stores.
By 11:00 am, I'm out the door, list in hand, two girls in tow, on my way to my downtown office (Walmart).
Sometimes I vary the routine a little bit, like with a trip to McDonalds for breakfast, but this is pretty much how I start the day. Health and discipline are of the utmost importance to me.