a day in the life.

It's been a while.  But here I am back to the daily grind.  What does that entail you ask?  Well, how about a little glimpse into a typical day at Quiet Home Paints?  I get asked a lot about what my days look like.  As you know, I work the majority of my days from home which has both wonderful advantages (pajamas!) and distinct disadvantages (pajamas!).  Every day is different depending on what we have going on.  Sometimes I am up in Portsmouth meeting with Lisa and sometimes I am on the road visiting customers and retailers, but most days I am here and on those days my time looks a little like this:

6:00: Boy's alarm goes off, I rejoice that I still have the time it takes him to walk the dog, shower, and get ready to lay in bed under the covers.

7:00: If I'm not already up, now is the time I need to get out of bed and drive the boy to the train station.  I usually do this in my pajamas.  Sometimes barefoot.  On more than one occasion I've wondered what might happen if I broke down and had to face public society in what I am wearing.

7:30: Blog Posting and tea (or more frequently if I'm being honest, hot chocolate).

I also use this quiet morning time to plan out and schedule all social media posts for the day, read relevant (and sometimes not so relevant) articles and snuggle with the puppy.

9:00 - noon: Now it's time for me to get serious.  I spend the morning preparing sample orders, processing paint orders and answering emails.  

Prepping and sending samples takes longer than you'd think.  I often come up with brilliant ideas on how to make this process more efficient, but at the end of the day there isn't much you can do about stuffing envelopes.  It is what it is.  Ours are very pretty if I do say so myself. 

noon - 1:00:  Walk the puppy and eat lunch

I love this part of the day for two reasons. 1. I love the puppy.  2. I love eating.  Lunches range from leftovers to pb&j sandwiches but most often consist of soup and good bread. 

1:00 - 5:00:  Paint something or many things

I will often need to re-stock a few colors for samples.  After that I have a long list of projects at any given time that need painting, mostly for blog posts. Today the list consists of things like: bedroom ceiling, bathroom ceiling, legs of kitchen chair, nightstands, and it goes on and on.  In the past it has consisted of things like chairs:





and even knife blocks:

Nothing is off limits in my home/office.

5:00 - 5:50: After washing my brushes and cleaning up I spend some time catching up on afternoon emails and prepping for the next day before heading out to pick up the boy.  Somewhere in there I find time to shower and put on real clothes...  I promise. 

and there you have it...  my day in a nutshell.  And now I better go get to it.