DriveShop provided me with use of the 2016 Mazda CX-3. All opinions are mine.
I do a lot of things. I am one eclectic, hard-working, diverse momma.
I get quite a few people asking me how I handle all my business, and I figured when Drive Shop dropped off a 2016 Mazda CX-3 for me, I would figure out how many things I could get done in one day with this zippy little ride and record it all for you.
It was a Saturday in February, so brace yourself. Saturdays are always a little crazier than weekdays!
6am – bolt awake in a panic that I’ve forgotten something. Roll over and grab my BuJo (Bullet Journal) from my bedside table in my half-awake state and realize that I wrote ZERO things on my to-do list for today. Ponder whether this is a mistake. It probably is. Try to go back to sleep.
6:15am – surrender to the fact that I cannot fall back asleep. Stumble to kitchen to make coffee. Start coffee maker with no coffee grounds. Then run it with no mug to catch coffee. Third time is the charm.
I am out of coconut cream. I need a hug.
6:30am – sit down with BuJo and try to sketch out my day. Realize I have to squeeze in a trip to Seattle for an event in the afternoon to cover for the blog. Thank God that the Mazda CX-3 got dropped off a bit early, so this can actually happen. Feel overwhelming need to lie down again.
7:15am – have spent 30 minutes scheduling content for various gigs for the social media job, plus 15 solid minutes of screwing around on Facebook. Working on not arguing on the internet – but it is proving harder than one would think.
7:30am – Shoot about 30 photographs of the inside and the outside of the Mazda CX-3. Realize this car would totally work with our lifestyle, because it’s not uber expensive, it’s easy to park, it’s got enough head room for my giant melon and enough room for all the kids’ various and sundry items we seem to need to haul all over God’s green Earth.
7:45 – Realize I left my coffee somewhere, un-drunk. Go hunting for it.
7:50 – Cold coffee is freaking terrible. We do not own a microwave. Briefly mourn the cold coffee as I dump it down the drain, then make a fresh cup. With the mug actually in the coffee maker so the precious life-giving liquid doesn’t go all over the floor.
My floor does not need any more caffeination today, thanks.
8am – Kid #1 wakes up. Makes their own breakfast (thank the good Lord for autonomous children, for real). I double check my to-do list as I take my first sip of coffee and realize we need to head out to pick up our Girl Scout cookies for the selling season.
8:45am – Run out the door to pick up a literal carload of cookies. Leave coffee at home.
9am – Made excellent time to Operation Shove All the Cookies In The Car. Manage to fit 28 cases with only half of the backseat laid flat in this speedy little car. That’s a ton of trunk space in a subcompact SUV! (Plus, it’s super easy to park because the footprint is so small.)
9:15am – Necessary coffee stop at our local shop. I might actually drink this one.
9:45am – all cookies unloaded and semi-organized in our dining room. (This will be my life for the next 3 weeks….all cookies all the time).
10:15am – all children loaded in the car, everyone has something to entertain themselves (or entertain me) and off we go the 90 miles south to Seattle.
12:00pm – roll up in front of the Hotel 1000 in downtown Seattle for our event. There is valet parking. And chocolate. As I take a bite from a mocha truffle, I realize I left my coffee from 3 hours ago in the car.
I am still without coffee. (Or just the one sip, 5 hours ago.)
1:30pm – My kids behaved like CHAMPIONS at this event (I am so proud) and I only kicked one person (on total accident, of course) and knocked over one entire tray of hors d’oeuvres. I also tried to get into someone else’s car at the valet pickup, so yeah.
This is pretty much how it goes. My kids are aces and I am a disaster area. It’s cool.
The event ended early, so we hit Pike Place Market for some dinner stuffs before heading home. Manage to, despite my UTTER OBSESSION with the market, only spend $50 and 30 minutes. It’s a miracle. Also helps that I only brought cash and left my debit cards at home.
2pm – It dawns on me as we are loading the market haul into the car that I left my debit cards at home, and so I cannot buy gas.
Thank God for the Mazda CX-3 and the gas mileage (29/35 mpg (FWD), 27/32 mpg (AWD)). Only took about 1/3 of a tank to get from Bellingham to Seattle. YAAAASSSS.
2:10pm – stop in a coffee shop on the way home. Get some much needed caffeine and A much-needed relationship insight from a quote written on the shop’s counter. Actually FINISH the drink on the way home.
Since the CX-3 comes standard with the Mazda Connect infotainment system, I got to use features like Bluetooth connect, a USB port, and a 7-inch touch screen. Made 4 phone calls I had been putting off through the Bluetooth system built into the car. Rocked out to my custom Pandora station, horrifying my children as I sang along with allllll the 80s songs.
Best mini-road trip ever.
3:45pm – Arrive home. Need a nap. Realize I haven’t checked my email today as I walk in the door, immediately regret checking email. Two with a subject line that starts “URGENT” and one that just says “OOPS”.
Give kids a (very short) list of chores that need to get done, as delegation is the key and I set out to extinguish the 8 fires I have burning in my email.
4:15pm – The kids have completely decimated that chore list with minimal input from me and are famished. I emerge from my email inboxes, battle-weary.
Time to start dinner. Making salmon fillets, a massaged kale salad and apple slices. (Yes, my kids eat like this. Yes, I am aware I am hella lucky.)
4:30pm – Checked email while I was standing at and nearly burn the salmon.
5:15pm – sit to dinner with the kids. One day left in the weekend and we are all exhausted.
6pm – Dinner is over and I finished the dishes. It’s family movie night! I shut down my phone and laptop and put them in my office and only think about them two or three times while we watch Wreck it Ralph.
8pm – baths and pajamas and bedtime for the kids. Only takes 45 minutes.
8:02pm – contemplate a glass of wine. Come to the conclusion that there are too many children in my house for wine, have a root beer and get back to my email.
8:30pm – finish wrestling email for this evening, draft out a post about the event and slap a couple of photos in there. Proud I am doing this, as sometimes I write these posts at the last minute. (Now to schedule time to flesh out the post….)
10:45pm – Take a shower and fall into bed, still wrapped in my towel.
Somewhere around 11pm – fall asleep thinking “tomorrow I’ll put that Mazda’s 4 wheel drive to good use and take the kids up the mountain.”
Disclaimer: This is not a typical weekend day for us. Sometimes one kid forgets to tell me about some event they have to attend and I end up making mad faces and having to punt half of my to do list. Other Saturdays, we sit around and color in coloring books and watch Veggie Tales and don’t go anywhere.
We are fun, but sometimes we need a rest day.