Cora’s Day in the Life

Hey guyz. It’s Cora, obviously the best looking one of this family.

I’m taking over mom’s blog today because, well, I wanna and I’m sick of chewing on this yellow bone thingy for right now.

Ever wonder what it’s like to be a golden retriever puppy? It’s hard work, ya know! P.S you follow me on Insta, right? Of course you do… you’d be silly not to.

Cora the Golden Explorer Day in the Life
3 AM: WHOA SOMEONE’S UP … oh, she’s just going to the bathroom. Back to sleep.

5 AM: HOLY H*CKIN’ BOB, I HEAR SOMEONE OMG THIS IS THE BEST TIME OF DAY EVER LET ME OUT OF THIS CAGEEEE

5:05 AM: Okay, for real Dad… what the h*ck you doing LET ME OUT

5:06 AM: OMGHIDADIMISSEDYOUOMGOMGOMGOMGOMG I have to pee

5:30 AM: TIME TO EAT OMGOMGOMGOMGOOMG HURRY UP

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Cora the Golden Explorer Day in the Life
6:30 AM: HOLY H*ECK MOM IS UP OMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMG LEMME SHOW YOU THIS TOY!

Cora the Golden Explorer Day in the Life
7:30 AM: Why are you putting me in this crate… no… no… NO I DON’T WANNA (insert puppy eyes here)

7:31 AM: Oh wait, you’re giving me treats OKAY BAI

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Cora the Golden Explorer Day in the Life
10 AM: OMGOMGOMGOMGOMG SOMEONE IS COMING UP THE STAIRS HOLY H*ECK IT’S DAD OMGOMGOMGOMGOMG I MISSED YOU SO MUCH LET ME OUT

10-11 AM: Dad wrestles with me and throws my ball down the hall with me for awhile. I follow him everywhere (for some reason he won’t let me in this one room with the drinking bowl – something about a toilet) and then …

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Cora the Golden Explorer Day in the Life
12:30 PM: Dad says the “H” word (editor’s note: hungry) and OMGOMGOMGOMGOMG PLZ GIMME FOODS OKAY I’LL WAIT HERE OMGOMGOMG.

1 PM: Dad says the “O” word (editor’s note: outside) HOLY H*CK LOOK AT ALL THESE STICKS AND WHOA ANOTHER DOG THAT LOOKS LIKE ME… what is it… NOPE I’M AFRAID … Okay, I’m good … NOPE I’M AFRAID … Okay … TOO AFRAID MUST GO

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4 PM: Walk timeeeeee …. MOAR STICKS

Cora the Golden Explorer Day in the Life
4:15 PM: Ughhhh why do you always leave me (Insert puppy eyes here) … dangit, those don’t work as well with Dad.

4:45 PM: SOMEONE IS COMING UP THE STAIRS OMG I’VE BEEN ALONE SO LONG

MOM OMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMG LET ME OUT LET ME SHOW YOU THIS TOY OMGOMGOMG I MUST SIT IN YOUR LAP SO YOU DO NOT LEAVE

Cora the Golden Explorer Day in the LifeNAP

6 PM: “H” word again!!!! This is the BEST.

NAP (on top of mom – can’t be too careful or she’ll leave me AGAIN)

Cora the Golden Explorer Day in the Life7:30 PM: Whoa, Mom’s getting up! NO DO NOT LEAVE ME AGA… oh, you’re just going in the toilet bowl room. Mom lets me go in the toilet bowl room with her and sometimes I help her in the big scary waterfall thing, but then my head gets all wet.

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8:30 PM: HOLY H*CKIN’ BOB, SOMEONE IS COMING UP THE STAIRS OMGOMGOMGOMGOMG WHO COULD IT BE

IT’S DAD OMGOMGOMGOMGOMG

8:30-9 PM: Must help Dad wif all the things …

Cora the Golden Explorer Day in the Life9 PM: OH, Mom and Dad are on the couch, hmm… I’ll just squeeze myself in there … purfect.

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10:30 PM: Whaatttt is happening? Dad’s picking me up? In the crate time? Oh, sleeps… my nice warm bed is in here… Okay, night. Turn off dat light plz.


Must be hard being a beautiful little pup, huh? 🙂 

 

A Social Media Manager + Dog Mom’s Monday

Hey friends! I thought it might be fun to show you how my days have changed in the last month! Plus, I absolutely love reading these types of posts. So, here we go!

5:30 am: Cora wakes up … waking both Benjamin and myself up. He (thankfully) gets up with her and takes her out to go to the bathroom. He plays with her a bit, puts her back in her crate by me and takes off for his early AM clients.

6:30 am: First alarm goes off. Hell-to-the-no. Who needs to do their hair anyway? I snooze it for 15 more minutes.

6:50 am: Get out of bed, let Cora out and feed her. I get ready while she picks at her food / runs into the bathroom to watch me. Thankfully my job is an extremely casual environment, so leggings/sweater/tank top + flip flops + hoops + minimal makeup (and undone hair) works.

7:15 am: I play with Cora for awhile (AKA she plops in my lap because she’s super tired this AM, so I scroll my company’s Facebook Group) and finally put her back in her crate.

Social Media Manager Day in the LifeI grab my workout bag (because I WILL WORKOUT TODAY, DAMMIT) and head out the door. I’m currently listening to Jen Sincero’s “You Are A Badass At Making Money” so I listen to that while I walk the ~40-minutes to work. I stop at Dunkin Donuts for a quick coffee (which I haven’t had in over a month) and run into work.

Social Media Manager Day in the Life8 am: Say hi to my boss and hit the ground running at work. Besides a few random check-ins, I haven’t been “online” in a couple days. I start out in Hootsuite, seeing if there’s anything I need to act on (thankful for the Support team that’s in there over the weekend). My next stop is the Facebook group, which is rapidly growing so I have to check each request in our platform to:

  1. Make sure they don’t have a Support ticket open (AKA a lot of people will try to jump on social media and attack every platform to get their question answered. I try to give Support some time to answer questions)
  2. Make sure they’re not a BOT or someone that just wants to sell their services to my group
  3. Make sure they’re a user of the platform since this is currently a users-only group

8:45 am: This is the time the 10 of us in marketing stand around a high-top table and discuss what we’re doing. It’s a pretty quick meeting since most of us have a case of the Mondays.

9 – 11:15 am: I spend this time on Slack, updating my content calendar, emailing new social media management platforms I’d like to work with (AKA Sprout Social), looking up / scheduling new content on all our platforms, reading blog posts, catching up on Twitter, etc.

11:30 am – 12 pm: Ben texts me saying Cora is doing well, which is GREAT. His schedule is early mornings > break during the day > evenings so Cora’s not in her crate all day (which is a big reason we felt it was okay to get a dog).

I head into our conference room to take a picture of our new hires (the biggest group so far!) for social media while they’re in orientation. Spend some time looking up hashtags, playing around in Instagram and posting the pic to different platforms. This honestly takes me like, 5 minutes, but I flip back and forth between Twitter/Facebook/Instagram to see if people are liking it. HA!

12 – 1 pm: Break into an *early* Diet Mountain Dew because yo girl is GROGGY. Break into this article and do research on how to convince everyone at my job that I need to start using Sprout Social instead of Hootsuite. The biggest reason is HS is way cheaper than SS, but it’s so inefficient for me. Keep your fingers crossed!

Social Media Manager Day in the LifeIn between that, I work on checking on the FB group (I get post requests all day long that I have to moderate), the forum, slack, Hootsuite, etc. I also get a Slack message from a coworker asking how he can learn more about social media in general, so I give him a few outlets to follow. I also find a conference I’d like to go to and pitch it to my boss. It’s local.

1 – 1:30 pm: Lunch comes! We are offered free lunch every.single.day (woo!) at work, which is super helpful and cool. It’s catered in from random restaurants in the city, so it’s never the same. Some days I still sneak out to Chipotle, but today I had some rice, meatballs and falafel and it was spectacular. I stand in the lunch room with some colleagues while we eat and then back to work.

1:30 – 5 pm: Basically spend the afternoon IMing with my Support partner about a Facebook Group post that’s going rogue. When I’m not doing that:

  • I continue to manage the Facebook group. Unfortunately we have someone in there complaining, so I’m monitoring it as best as I can.
  • Convince the conference to let me in free-of-charge since my colleague is speaking
  • Reply to a few things on Hootsuite
  • Text Ben to convince him to come to my work party in July (free food + yacht = he agreed)
  • Try to keep up on Slack – we have a few channels that I’m on – one of them is #general and it’s just random stuff people put up. Hard not to get distracted sometimes!
  • Create JIRA ticket for a social media image design for 4th of July
  • Start trying to talk myself out of working out
  • Grab a quick snack and water from our way-too-accessible snack cabinets (btw dumbest snack choice ever – those cookies were gone in a minute)

Social Media Manager Day in the Life

  • Starts to get noisy around 3:15 – headphones in. One of the problems with a completely open floor plan … hopefully I’ll be able to work remotely in the future occasionally. I get way too distracted!
  • Decide on user meetup Hashtag with events manager
  • Grab another DMD because I have a horrible habit, it’s free and I have a serious case of the Mondays.

5 pm: Work day done! Technically we’re done at 4:30, but, of course, there was a social media issue at 4:30. It’s definitely impossible to stick to a strict schedule when you’re a SMM.

5 – 5:45 pm: Walk right past the gym because I’m already done late from work and I’m not going to leave Cora any longer. Guess I have to start going to the gym in the AM again – boo. Took the train home and got to my boo!

6 – 6:45 pm: Take Cora for a walk, feed her and feed myself. She had dog food (heh), I had leftover hamburger and fries.

6:45 – 9 pm: Play with Cora, try to keep her corralled (thankfully she falls asleep) and I get some of my client work done. I also get to editing this here blog post!

Social Media Manager Day in the LifeI also spend some time trying to figure out Coschedule. I’ve heard great things about it and, since it’s not too expensive, I’m thinking of using it for my blog and business. I’ll write a blog post about it once I’ve used it a bit more (literally my first day).

I spend the rest of the time bouncing between Cora + blogging + watching YouTube.

Social Media Manager Day in the Life9:30 pm: Ben comes over after his clients and eating at his place. Can’t wait until we’re in the same apartment at the beginning of September! It sucks (especially now with a puppy) during the week for him to basically have to live between two places. But we’ll manage – at least we live really close to each other!

Social Media Manager Day in the LifeAnyways he takes over puppy-duty while I shower, clean up a bit and then hang out with him before we go to bed. Puppy = early mornings, so we’re going to bed much earlier!

And that’s what a normal-ish day has been looking like for me! What are some of your favorite parts of your day?

Day in the Life: Work Day

Since I’ve been in Chicago for over a month now, I’ll take you along on a normal day for me! So I’ll take you back to Monday (even though no one wants to do that on a Friday!)

5:35 a.m.: Ben’s first alarm goes off, I pretend it’s lying

5:45 a.m.: Ben tells me it’s 5:45 and I need to get up. I look at him like he’s the devil, then remember I love him and it’s not his fault it’s Monday

5:55 a.m.: Throw on workout clothes, leave Ben’s apartment (I packed a bag) and walk the few blocks to my car

6:45 a.m.: Arrive at work, walk to the gym across the campus (it’s a HUGE company)

7:30 a.m.: Finish first day of Ben’s program, foam roll quads that are still beaten up from squats on Saturday, get ready for work, pick up a diet Mountain Dew (don’t judge me) from the convenience store

8 – 10 a.m.: Get to my desk, make food, log on, check emails, do work, talk to co-workers, bang head against desk, accidentally type in the wrong blog URL for my blog into Chrome and get a security notification that I was blocked from a porn site. Commence panic attack and fear of losing job for typo. Text boyfriend who (as always) puts life into perspective and basically tells me to calm the eff down. Roll eyes at self.

10:30 -11:30 a.m.: Leave work for early lunch (I have a noon meeting). Head to Target to pick up prescriptions, then to Chipotle for lunch

12 -12:30 p.m.: Meeting with partner and creative team on mailer project, write up recap notes, cancel meeting for 3 p.m.

12:30-3 p.m.: Back and forth with partner on questions for content calendar. Watch more training videos while waiting for feedback (I swear, this company has over a million training courses I’m supposed to listen to) This current one? Basically a video game about compliance. Like … why. Emailed back and forth with partner who thought I overheard her talking crap about one of our projects (no offense taken even if I had heard because I agreed with her lollll), noticed that I had three meetings in the afternoon that were all canceled …

3 p.m.: Get an email from our mail room that I received flowers, so my coworker and I walked down to get them. The card wasn’t signed, so I texted everyone I knew that could be the mastermind behind it (AKA my mother or Ben). Mom says no … Ben doesn’t respond … so I make up stories about a random secret admirerrrrrrr…

… and then Ben texts me that it was him. 🙂

4 p.m.: Bang head against desk

5 p.m.: Leave work, drive to Whole Foods to pick up a gift card for Teressa, drive back to the city

6:30 p.m.: Start making dinner and meal prepping before I’m assaulted

Cookie Butter Assault

7:30 p.m.: Thankfully Teressa brought me over some ice, then Ben came to make sure I was okay. The huge egg on my forehead was spectacular, but thankfully no blood!

8 – Midnight: I had all of these intentions to go work on blog stuff at Starbucks, but the almost cookie butter concussion made that impossible. I mostly sat on the couch, icing my forehead all night and hanging out with Ben.

And that’s a typical day in the life with me … including the injury. 😉

What’s a day in the life look like for you?