7 a.m. — My alarm wakes me up, but I snooze twice, per usual. I get up, stretch for a bit, and start getting ready for work. I picked up homemade dark and white chocolate chip cookies from a friend’s house last night. Naturally, I eat one for breakfast. I would normally have a fried egg on top of avocado toast with Trader Joe’s Everything But The Bagel seasoning, but I honestly haven’t been super hungry lately.
8:30 a.m. — Get into my office. I check and respond to emails while I wait for coffee to finish brewing. I often browse a couple of my favorite blogs in the mornings, too, which includes Money Diaries. I’ve only been working here for five months, and was promoted two months ago, but things still seem slow. My boss told me summer is a slow time for nonprofits and to enjoy it now. Luckily, today is a bit busier and I’m looking forward to the work.
9:30 a.m. — Team meeting with more coffee. I learn that I’m being given a donor education event for our professional advisors. I am SO happy to have more things to do!
10:45 a.m. — Our meeting wraps up quickly so that two colleagues and I can hit the road to go to board meeting in King City, about an hour’s drive south. We quickly go from 65 to 100-degree weather. I’m glad I wore a blouse and skirt today.
12 p.m. — We arrive at the board meeting with tacos in hand. Living in California, especially near the “Salad Capital,” Salinas Valley, is great. Everything is fresh and the food is so good! The smell of taco meat and salsa gets my appetite going. I promptly eat four tacos during our meeting.
1:30 p.m. — Things wrap up and we make the trek back to Monterey. I feel like I’ve spent most of my time in this new job meeting people. These boards only meet once every few months, though, so I lose a sense of who everyone is by the time the next meeting comes around. Today, I meet my car insurance agent, who happens to be this board’s chair.
3 p.m. — The drive back was great. I’m getting to know my boss and our VP really well. Back in the office briefly to get a few things done. I have to process grant requests from some of my donors this week. Turns out they’ll go out later than usual because our CEO is out of town for the rest of the week and won’t be able to sign the grant checks. Huge oversight on my part. I should have submitted them sooner. In my old role, I oversaw his calendar and always knew where he was, but that’s changed. I need start checking in with him on a regular basis in my new role.
5 p.m. — Leave work and head to the gym, which is right down the street from my office. Do a couple rounds of a HIIT workout and lift weights.
6:45 p.m. — I get home from the gym and make a smoothie with chocolate protein powder, peanut butter, a banana, and water because I’m out of milk. It doesn’t taste nearly as good without milk and I tell myself to grab more when I’m at Trader Joe’s tomorrow. I hop in the shower and get ready to meet friends for trivia.
7:30 p.m. — Walk down to a pub on the wharf. Our group tries to come every Tuesday night, and we do okay-ish. I’m only good for pop culture and Sports. I get a cup of clam chowder and a Fresh Squeezed IPA. $16.59 including tip
9:30 p.m. — Team Teenage Riot did good, but not great. I hang out for a little bit and walk home.
10:15 p.m. — I get home and pack my gym bag for tomorrow. Get in bed and read my book, The Devil’s Teeth by Susan Casey, a true story about sharks and the Farallon Islands near San Francisco. I read for about 45 minutes before hitting the hay.
Daily Total: $16.59