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Jill Brown DeLozier
Downtown Oklahoma City Inc.
May 15, 2012
5:55 a.m.: First alarm goes off. I hit snooze, but husband Josh is disciplined and gets out of bed. My excuse for sleeping in is that I stayed up later than normal to watch the Thunder thrash the Lakers last night.
6:25 a.m.: Josh’s aerosol deodorant spray in the adjacent bathroom jolts me awake, and I scurry down the hallway to wake up our 15-month-old, Emily, pretending like I’ve been up this whole time.
6:45 a.m.: Check Weather Channel app, Facebook and Twitter while watching local TV news. Dentist office calls to cancel my 8 a.m. appointment. Yessssss!
7:15 a.m.: Feed the dog, shower, dress, and head out the door … with wet hair. But hey, every day can’t be a good hair day.
7:29 a.m.: Listen to NPR for a few minutes before I switch and sing along with Peter Cetera, Dan Fogelberg and Janet Jackson … er, I mean, I listened to Bon Iver, Arcade Fire and something else really cool.
7:45 a.m.: Park the car in Devon garage and put makeup on in the vanity mirror. Walk up to the Downtown OKC Inc. office in Leadership Square.
7:58 a.m.: Check to see if there are any urgent emails and look over the gigantic todo list I have built for myself to determine what really has to be done today.
8:15 a.m.: Our morning ritual: DOKC staffers and I go downstairs to Ground Floor Cafe for sodas and breakfast.
8:25 a.m.: Answer some emails about Mayor’s Roundtable, send photos to the event organizers and to Devon Energy’s community relations department.
8:48 a.m.: Check DOKC Facebook and Twitter to make sure that haters aren’t hatin’.
9:30 a.m.: Meet with DOKC President Jane Jenkins and Controller Kathy Ford-Wallis to prepare for our next board meeting. We go over financials, the agenda, tomorrow night’s Dean A. McGee awards ... and talk about how cute Jane’s shoes are.
11:02 a.m.: Head over to the Norick Downtown Library to see the new Spokies rack and prepare to greet City Council members when the meeting is adjourned.
11:30 a.m.: Take promotional photos of the bikes, kiosks, racks, and convince some friends to ride around the block with me. I later learned that there is a city ordinance against riding bicycles on the sidewalks. New Project 180 bike lanes, here I come!
11:50 a.m.: Hot and sweaty from my ride, KFOR asks me to say a few words on camera. Totally wishing I had painted my nails, fixed my hair and/or put on lip gloss today. I don’t want to look like a scrub on TV!
12:50 p.m.: City Council meeting lasted much longer than anticipated.
1:06 p.m.: Gather up my office buddies and go to Kaiser’s. I order a buffalo chicken sandwich and green beans.
2:59 p.m.: Start work on a press release announcing the opening of the Downtown community basketball court.
3:15 p.m.: Zach Nash from the city calls to get the Spokies logo, and I note how nice it is that he says, “Thanks for all you do,” before hanging up. Now back to writing.
3:18 p.m.: Is it just me, or is this basketball court press release totally hot?!? Perhaps I have been reading too much Fifty Shades of Grey.
4:33 p.m.: Check Facebook and Twitter again. Glad to know that my dad likes my photos. A lot of them.
5:35 p.m.: Arrive home to see that Josh has already fed Emily dinner.
6 p.m.: Our new babysitter arrives and gets the tour of our house, which takes about two minutes.
6:30 p.m.: Eat a quick dinner with Josh while Emily torments the dog and dumps water on the couch.
7:30 p.m.: Change out of work clothes, flop down on the couch, and watch a documentary about President Clinton. Newt Gingrich’s neckties were awful.
8:17 p.m.: Decide I can’t lay on the couch for the rest of the evening like normal, so I play “Let’s Dance” on the Wii and tell myself that it replaces today’s lack of gym time.
8:48 p.m.: I remember that I have two events for which I need to dress fancy tomorrow. Walk to the closet, glance around, and pout before picking out business attire and a formal dress for the McGee awards in the evening.
10:22 p.m.: Check on the baby, brush my teeth, wash my face, go to sleep. No snooze button tomorrow! I mean it!