I'm a woman, a mother, a chemical tankers operator, a wife, a student of botany, a beginner blogger and I'm a COMMUTER. Basically my life happens at both ends of the commute. My daily train trips are a suspension of my life.
And in the 1 hour and 10 min journey each way I exist in a parallel dimension, which belongs to me and me only. I avoid making commute friendships because in the early mornings I'm too sleepy to be conversation material and in the afternoons I'm too grumpy and tired to be bothered to chat with people. Occasionally it's intriguing and interesting to get to know new people on the train, but I'm not in the mood to be constantly friendly to my usual co-travellers. Besides I always have something to do and the commute time is as precious as gold to get on with my studies or to finish an interesting book or to take a well deserved nap.
My day start at 5:40, when it's always mostly dark and quiet outside. Just me and the foxes, that is.
I am very practical, I tend to prepare all in the evenings so when I wake up I'm basically ready to go, a quick wash, getting dressed, accessorised and perfumed.
At 6:20 I am out.
I don't have time to prepare breakfast and unfortunately I cannot spend any time with my kids, who are fast asleep.I start my journey out in a dark station, all to myself and with few other early birds. I get a nice soy latte: regular, half a shot, one sugar, not too hot from the usual kiosk where the lady knows me and my tastes and I don't have to explain all over again how fussy I am with my order. The moment she sees me she prepares it, I don't even need to ask.
The latte keeps me warm while I wait for my fast service train on the platform. I have a 4 year experience now and I know exactly where to stand in order to enter in the right carriage and be sure to find a free seat.
With mathematical precision the train stops with the doors in front of me and 98% of the times I manage to sit down. I can then read a little or fall asleep. All of this only after having made up my face. This is my train ritual.
At 7:30 I arrive at Waterloo Station and I'm always tempted to stop at Boots, M&S or the bookstore for a quick look. It's never too early for some shopping... I'm as bad as that!
I have then some extra 15 mins on the tube, when I listen to the music and secretly try my concealed dance steps, I hardly read because people are too distracting and I really like to look around in the carriages and study the other passengers. I love "people watching" and I couldn't think of a better place than London Underground.
I finally emerge from my commute at Tower Hill, where I breathe some fresh air and I'm welcomed by the beautiful sight of the Tower of London on one side and by the Shard on the other.
I ritually stop at Pod for my ''solid'' breakfast: avocado and chilli toast, or berry porridge or eggs, salmon and spinach. Ready for the office.
Work & positive thoughts, work & breakfast,
work & vitamins
I stop for a tea break and I am starting to starve! But I work another hour waiting for the break.
At noon I always push myself to the gym. I'm a lazy Daisy for real when it comes to sport, but I have to do something about it, so I choose classes that make the workout fun. The best is Zumba, it's intense but the music and the choreography help a lot. I also do yoga, cycling and body sculpt, one each day, in rotation. Occasionally I swim and use the steam room.
By the time I've finished my classes I'm ready to eat a whole cow, but I try to be good and disciplined so I go for something healthy and filling. Sometimes I skip the gym and I treat myself to a walk to Leadenhall Market.
I work till 4, when the commute starts again in reverse.
Tube, train, pick up and the car and....
...and finally by 5-ish I pick up my boys from school and the second and most fulfilling part of my day starts. We cuddle a little,
I clean the house and cook dinner, prepare packed lunches, do the laundry, help them with their homework, watch a little TV and then times flies and it's bed time. I always love reading them stories, I like to change my voice and capture their imagination!
Then it's time for my reading or planning, after forcing myself to remove my make up. I finally go to sleep and sleep deeply. Till 5:40 strikes again....