American Time Use Survey – measures the amount of time people spend doing various activities, such as paid work, childcare, volunteering, and socializing.
Not much fascinates me more than what you’re doing in your house right now. I know that sounds weird, but I just want to know how you spend your time. When I walk the dogs at night I “accidentally” see people walking past windows. I see people on couches with magazines. I see people cleaning up dinner’s mess.
Yes, I look in your windows, but I assure you it’s passive voyeurism. I don’t stop to gawk. That would be different.
Most people sit around watching TV in the evenings. Tell me what you’re watching. If I walk by and I can see your television, in those few seconds, I’m trying to see if I recognize anything. I know right away if you’re watching rugby, cricket or football. (I’m in England so when I say football I mean soccer and if you’re in the USA, you’re probably not watching rugby or cricket, and probably not soccer.) Sometimes I see the Netflix home screen, waiting for the next selection. (Where’d you go? Are you asleep on the couch?)
So your task is to begin writing about how you spend your time as often as possible. It’s like a journal, but public and for my entertainment, not your self-improvement. I want to know the details of your activities and the thoughts you have during these activities. What did you eat today and why? Do you take long showers? What are you reading? Oh, you don’t read? Why not?
It won’t be fair if I don’t share. Here is my Monday morning up until noon.
Time awake: 4:30 a.m.
Time out of bed: 5:00 a.m.
I weighed myself and did 25 jumping jacks. I walked groggily down to the living room and meditated for 23 minutes. I couldn’t sit still and labeled the session a failure even though meditating at all is a success.
I washed some dishes by hand.
I fixed my “morning drink” which I can’t call coffee or tea because it’s weirdly both.
My Morning Drink: .25 teaspoons of matcha green tea powder, one scoop of decaffeinated instant coffee, and a scoop of Bambu coffee alternative, 200 ml of rice milk, and hot water to fill the rest of the mug.
I unrolled my wife’s yoga mat in the living room, set down my drink, turned on Netflix and started to watch the first episode of the first season of American Horror Story. I didn’t do yoga, but what I call deep stretching. Seven minutes later, I switched to a Hungarian film called “White God.” Some minutes later all stretched and limber I turned it off and went into the kitchen.
For months I’ve been eating a bizarre combination of foods mixed together like a thick stew because 1) I’m in a “health nut” phase of my life 2) I actually enjoy the taste and consistency 3) I always have food in my bag when I get hungry on my bicycle or out walking 4) I wanted to get down to my optimal weight.
Some of the ingredients are always the same and others are substituted in and out, especially the foods listed below in grams.
This was Monday’s Green Slop Superman Food:
One tablespoon each of hemp powder, hemp seeds, cacao powder, carob powder, nutritional yeast flakes, raw amaranth, chia seeds, oat bran, wheat germ, maca powder, cacao nibs, raw buckwheat groats, dried unsweetened coconut, pea protein, and bee pollen.
One teaspoon each of lucuma powder, spirulina powder, and wheat grass powder.
Two teaspoons of cinnamon.
Three teaspoons of stevia powder.
In grams: rolled oats (37), dried cherries ( 18), plain soy yogurt (100), mashed tofu (50), raisins (30), mashed banana (82), pumpkin seeds (9), peanut butter (24), blueberries (150), spinach (79), matcha powder (3), and brazil nuts (18)
I add enough water to soak up all the powders and then I divide it into equal portions in small plastic food containers with lids.
As I whipped this up I listened to Tara Brach’s Buddhism/psychology podcast.
I fixed my daughters’ school lunches.
I walked the dogs and picked up two piles of dog doo.
I walked Ainsley to school.
I wrote for two hours.
I went to WH Smith and bought a cover for Ainsley’s history workbook.
I cycled 3.8 miles back to Twickenham.
Okay, now you go.