Category Archives: day in the life

(Part of) My Day in Pictures

I snapped a few pictures at work today and then after work when I took the dog for a short walk.

Out behind the kennels at work we have this gorgeous tree (click on the pictures to see them bigger).  It was difficult to get a good shot of it because of all the other trees around it.  It’s a big tree, with spreading branches.


A few close-ups of the flowers:



After work, The Collie and I went out for a quick walk.  On our way down the stairs, we saw this lovely view out the window:


Once we got outside, we saw a few deer (not one of my better pictures):


The sunset tonight was gorgeous:


I love “trees against sky” pictures:


We continued on our walk.  I know this next one is a little blurry, but I still think it looks sort of neat.  Kind of “artsy”, like I did one of those fancy edits to it:



Some Aspen/Poplar leaves:


When we were almost back home, I decided it would be nice to get a shot of the grass.  At the same time, The Collie decided to sniff the exact grass I wanted to photograph.  This happens a lot with things I’m photographing.  Many of my pictures have a Collie nose, ears, or other body parts in them.


I moved the Collie and tried again:


Those are the only parts of my day I have in pictures.  I didn’t take pictures of feeding dogs, checking dogs in and out, cleaning up after dogs, my scheduling meeting, the baby giraffe I saw, or doing an interview with a high school student (Which was quite fun!  She had to interview me about my job, the qualifications and training required, etc.).


Happy Sunday!

choirI hope you’re having a great Sunday and getting some time to relax. My Sunday has gone quite well, thus far. Today was my first day singing with the choir at this church (I started attending this church less than two months ago). Everyone was quite happy to see that I had joined choir. The people at this church are so friendly and welcoming – they’re a great example of how members of a church should act. They’ve been just fantastic. One person in particular has made it her mission to see that I get introduced to as many people as possible. I now recognize lots of faces at church. If only I could remember the names that went with them.

After church was Sunday school, where we eat some super-tasty food and discuss whatever passage we’re focusing on at the time.   I wonder if there’s a connection between the weekly snacks at Sunday school and my pants shrinking?

Following Sunday School there was a business meeting to provide a good excuse to have a potluck to update everyone on the status of the search for a permanent pastor and to go over the 2008 and 2009 budgets. While we all ate yummy food and desserts, various people gave, you guessed it, updates on the pastoral search and went over (as in discussed, not overspent) the budget.

I to the store after church, then came home and took the dog out to play some fetch (and so I could take pictures of her).  Once I edit a few pictures, I’ll post them.

Now I’ve downloaded a trial of Adobe Lightroom program and am trying to figure out how it works.  There are lots of buttons, sliders, arrows, and tools to use there.  I’m hoping to have some more time to play with it and learn how it all works over break.

Tonight, Weatherman and I are going to put up our tree and decorate for Christmas, only two weeks later than I wanted to.  I’ve decorated at work, but haven’t done any here at home yet (that tells you where I’ve been spending all my time, doesn’t it?).

I’m off to edit some pictures.  How was your Sunday?

Photo from: Scott Schram

A Look at the Life of the Frugal Vet Tech Student: Work Day

Here’s what a typical non-school day looks like for this girl:

6:00 AM – Get up, get ready for work (some days I sleep a bit later).

6:30 – 7:00 AM – Pack up the dog and leave for work. The dog usually comes to work with me. What time I leave depends on how much I have to do at work before I open.

7:00 – 7:30 AM – Arrive at work. Let the dogs out. Feed and water them. Clean up any messes. Administer any necessary medications. Make sure the kitties have food and water.

8:00 – 11:00 AM – Check pets in and out, take reservations, answer questions, assist the groomer, etc. Other tasks I may work on include making the schedule for the next month, doing some book keeping, updating records, or write notes to my staff.

11:00 AM – Depending on my work load, I may or may not punch out around 11. If I have a lot to do, I will often work a few extra hours. If I don’t have a lot of extra work, I’ll punch out and either stay here and work on my own stuff (like this blog) or go elsewhere. Every once in a while, I will go home and have a nap. Other times I’ll run errands. Now that school’s in session again, I will often head to my favorite study spot – Caribou Coffee – get a yummy drink, and settle in to one of their comfy chairs for a few hours of studying. Some days I bring my laptop so I can do online classwork, other days I leave it behind, lest I spend my time reading blogs instead of doing homework.

1:00 PM – Time to head back to work and let the dogs out again. If we don’t have a lot of dogs and I have some walks to do, I may do one or two during this time. Sometimes I clean kennels or do other cleaning, too.

2:00 PM – Office is open again. Afternoon tasks are very similar to the morning tasks – answer phones, check pets in and out, give tours, help the groomer, do book work. Sometimes I do some more homework. Other times, if I’m not expecting any pets to arrive or leave, I’ll spend some time cleaning kennels.

5:00 PM – Dinner time for the dogs. This can be a five- or 25-minute project – the time it takes is determined by how many dogs we have.

5:30 PM – The evening person comes in. The evening person closes up the office, does some cleaning, checks the cats again, and lets the dogs out one more time before bed. Some nights I’m the evening person. On nights I’m not the evening person, I usually try get out of here between 5:30 and 6:00 so I can spend at least a little bit of time with my husband before he has to work.

6:00 or 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM – Arrive at home, have dinner with my husband, and see him off to work. After he leaves for work I do assorted things around the apartment.

10:00 PM – Bedtime, so I can rest up and before I do it all over again the next day!

Wondering what a school day is like? Stay tuned – that post is coming up soon!