Day in the Life


6 a.m.: Alarm goes off, and my wife, Julie, hits the snooze button. It’s on her side of the bed, as she always has been the official alarm keeper.

6:10 a.m.: Check work email and Facebook on iPad. I’m loving a new app called JumpDesktop that allows me to access everything on my work computer from my iPad. The bad part is that I now can access work from my iPad.

6:15 a.m.: Julie and I go for a walk/run. I argue with my Nike Run app because there is no way we only walked a half-mile as it reports.

6:30 a.m.: Back home, shower and get ready for work.

6:50 a.m.: Grab a banana, brew coffee in my Keurig (one of the best purchases I’ve ever made), and head out the door. On Fridays, I treat myself to a Starbucks Mocha with cinnamon. Wait a minute … it is Friday. Where did this week go?

6:53 a.m.: Give my boys a hug and tell them to have a great day at school. With three boys, a wrestling match can break out at any time, but in the morning, everyone is quiet and in a great mood.

6:55 a.m.: Leave Norman and hit I-35 northbound traffic into OKC. Is there any greater punishment than I-35 at that time in the morning? Yes, the traffic heading south on I-35 at 5:30 p.m.

7:25 a.m.: Arrive at work.

7:27 a.m.: Check email and look at the pile on my desk. A rep brings in pastries from Prairie Thunder Baking Company – love the cranberry scones. I guess I’ve gained back what I lost on the walk this morning.

7:30 a.m.: Begin meeting with each of my project architects and managers.

8:30 a.m.: Meet with my team to finalize new designs on the Taft and Speegle Stadium projects for Oklahoma City Public Schools. These icons in Oklahoma City since the 1940s are about to become exciting venues again for a new generation of Oklahoma athletes.

10:15 a.m.: Draft a new speech for the Lawton Retired Teachers Association. I’ll be addressing the renovation of their iconic Lawton High School and the different aspects of reusing and revitalizing existing buildings.

12:05 p.m.: Head to Café 501 for lunch with my business partner to discuss marketing efforts. It will be the firm’s 45th anniversary in July, and we want to promote it. Café 501 is one of my favorite places to eat. I cheat and order the Coyote Chicken sandwich. So much for a salad and eating healthy.

1:20 p.m.: Respond to a harried email from one of my architects about the late delivery of materials for a project. She’s learning “time waits for no one.” I think I have a call to make.

2:10 p.m.: Just received my official Certified Educational Facility Planner certification in the mail. I have become one of only 28 people in the world who holds that designation. This will allow me to continue to be a top-quality education designer in our state.

2:30 p.m.: Prepare for a client presentation on Friday for a new building in Chickasha for Canadian Valley Technology Center. So much information to squeeze into such a short time frame. Everyone is excited, however, since it is the first new building on campus in almost 20 years.

4:20 p.m.: On-site inspection of a new elementary school project in Mustang to make sure it is on schedule. This project will be built in one year in order for it to open in time for school in 2013 – no time for schedule delays.

5:30 p.m.: Leave work and head back in traffic for Norman. It’s a nice day, so open the sunroof and crank Van Halen. “Panama” is a great stress reliever.

6:10 p.m.: Arrive home, and am immediately greeted by our Border Terrier, Joey. He is always the one that greets me at the door and gives me a welcome home. Julie and the kids do as well, but Joey is always first – man’s best friend.

6:15 p.m.: Change clothes quickly, get Julie and head back to my Leadership Oklahoma Christmas party at Sue Ann Hamm’s home, followed by a Thunder/Lakers watch party at the home of fellow Leadership classmate Karen Cunningham. Go Thunder!

11 p.m.: Head home and have an uninterrupted talk with Julie. With three boys, you don’t get much quiet time together, so this 30-minute drive is nice. Like all families, it’s refreshing to have that time to discuss things other than what we are having for dinner.

11:30 p.m.: Arrive home, and the boys want to watch TV with me. It’s Friday, so we can all stay up late. We catch up on a recorded episode of The Middle and play a game of foosball. I love it when the boys want to do things with me.

12:45 a.m.: Finish packing for our backpacking trip tomorrow. My oldest son and I are heading out with my friend Heath to hike and camp in the back country. The Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge is a beautiful part of Oklahoma.

1:10 a.m.: Grab my iPad, and read a couple of chapters of the book Y Size Your Business: How Gen Y Employees Can Save You Money and Grow Your Business. I’m not from Gen Y, but a lot of my employees are, so I’m interested in how they think. Try to go to sleep, because the next day begins in about six hours.

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