Originally Posted by NorthernMama
And when do you eat, sleep, do grocery shopping, post on the forum, keep in touch with family, do laundry, clean house...?
Wow... I feel like such an underachiever
Well, I cheat a little of course!
Dishes: I load the dishwasher as dishes get dirty and run the dishwasher before going to bed. I unload in the morning before work.
Laundry: I can schedule my machine to run as far as 11 hours out. I usually load it at night and set it to run a couple of hours before I get up. By the time I get up, I just move the load from the washing machine to the dryer. Neither one of us wears clothes that needs ironing. If I have more than one load of laundry, I load it again and set it to run about 2 hours before I will be home that day.
Clean house: I constantly pick things up as I move from one place to another whenever possible, and instead of dong major 4 hour cleanings, I will focus on one small area at a time. The house is never immaculate (well we have 2 dogs and 3 cats living with us so it wouldn't ever really be), but I keep it as close to "guest ready" as possible at all times. It's easier to maintain that way.
Grocery shopping: Once a week or once every two weeks, usually on a weekend day in the late evening (not crowded that way). I keep a running list of things I need as we run low or out and I try to meal plan. One of the supermarkets I go to is conveniently down the road from where I work (I actually have to pass it to get to work and go back home) and the other one is right by the entrance to the highway (which I have to get on to go almost anywhere). We live in old fashioned housing (built in the 40's) so I can't do a month's worth of groceries at once. I do have a giant chest freezer in the basement though for when frozen meats and things go on super sale.
Cooking: I keep lots of quick things on hand - sandwich/wrap items, frozen pizza, noodles, etc. My husband can often come home for lunch and when he does I always make sure that he has something that he can eat fast. On the weekends I usually make at least 1 super giant item. It might be an extra large batch of stew in a crockpot, or an extra large stock pot's worth of soup, or a giant baked spaghetti. These become default "fall to" meals during the week. Leftovers are stuck in baggies and they freeze and reheat super well. I also try to use one of the other items to pre-pare ingredients. For example, if I'm making a big soup that week, I'll make shredded chicken in the crockpot which I can then turn into wraps, soup, sandwiches, add to noodles or whatever else during the week. Works well with shredded pork as well. I try to reuse ingredients as much as possible so I might make spaghetti with meat sauce one day but I'll brown extra ground beef and portion some off to turn into chili another day. At least one meal a day is always cooked that day, I strive for 2.
Posting on the forum: I have maybe 3 hours of actual work to do in a given workday but I have to look busy for all 8. I can crank out a lot of my online aspects of homework that way and post on the forums. I can do a decent amount of posting from home too but I admittedly don't stay on top of piles of threads.
Family: Talking on the phone is an excellent time to do other things like sweep, chop up ingredients for cooking, clean the bathroom, etc. Gotta love that bluetooth. I can't just sit on the couch and talk on the phone - I feel better moving around and doing stuff. I'm a very visually oriented person so in doing other things I'm not just staring at a wall while on the phone.
Sleep: Um I sleep 6-8 hours a day. Usually around 6-7. Always have.
Feel free to ask about anything I might have missed :)