8:31: Snooze button is pressed
Repeat until 9.
9: Scurry out of bed. Take 5 minute shower. Run to make breakfast for the road. Smush two pieces of bread together with banana slices and peanut butter. Easy and somewhat tasteful.
9:25: Walk to work at the Green Garage.
9:27: Arrive at work at the Green Garage. That two-minute commute is always a great way to get started to the day, especially considering some have to bike 30 minutes. #blessed. I then proceed to make a coffee to ride the caffeine wave into productivity. I am particularly proud of my coffee making abilities. Green Garage provides brewed coffee but that’s a bit too intense for me. I’m more of a latte guy. So, starting last week I went to the grocery store next door and purchased a gallon of 2% milk. I will now pour it in my cup halfway, then microwave it to warm it up. I will then pour the brewed coffee on top for a little half and half situation. It is very pleasant.
9:30: Feeling particularly prideful after the coffee creation, I will start work. What I love about working for Small Batch is the autonomy and responsibility we are given. It took a while for us to understand everything that was going on, but once we had a grasp of the layout of things Margo and Jake (our bosses) have been supportive of what we feel needs to be done. This ranges from helping out with the marketing campaign to helping create a lot tracking system to making consumer feedback surveys. It feels good being in a smaller organization where our voices are heard and where we feel we can make an impact. We are now helping create a summer training curriculum for some of the student leaders, building a platform for others to learn as we learn some things ourselves.
12: Lunch time. This is another adventure. While sometimes I will go down the basic route and purchase my own lunch at a number of different delicious locations, sometimes I am feeling a little more adventurous. One of the other companies involved with Detroit Food Academy is a place called Fresh Corner, aiming to provide affordable, tasty, and healthy food to the Detroit community. They have a bunch of good food, and it doesn’t get sold all the time :). When it reaches its expiration date, it is put in the refrigerator at Green Garage, up for grabs for anyone willing to take the risk. I fancy myself pretty crazy during lunch and will sometimes go for it. Always delicious.
12:30: Back to work.
5: Finish up with work. Walk back to the apartment.
5:02: Sit down on the couch and decompress. This usually involves some form of social media, which leads to some dissatisfaction and mild entertainment.
5:30: Head to the gym. I’ll either do yoga or lift weights or play basketball. Playing basketball is always a spectacle. There are a variety of characters that come to play, some kind and some not so kind. The other day as we were playing someone called a foul. It seemed like a reasonable call. The person guarding said person, aka the person who allegedly fouled him, felt differently. He proceeded to scream in his face ‘YOU’RE SOFT!! YOU’RE A SOFT MAN! YOU ARE WEAK AS A HUMAN BEING’. It escalated fairly quickly. As out there as it was, it seemed pretty normal for Wayne State pick-up games.
7: Return to the apartment. Make dinner. As someone who isn’t quite a chef, this always turns out pretty interesting. I have a drawer of spices in which I will experiment with liberally. Sometimes it turns out well. Sometimes it’s a learning experience.
9: Free time. This sometimes ends up being Settlers of Catan time, a game that is fun but where friendships go to die. It’s hard to not take things personally in it. Joe always gets angry. But he also almost always wins. I guess it might be part of his strategy.
11: More free time. We have a lot of free time. This will sometimes be spent reading, sometimes watching TV, whatever I am feeling in the moment. It usually is time to decompress.
12: Bed time. What a day! On to the next one.