I don’t typically do posts like this, but I thought doing a bit of a “week in life” post was the perfect way to show you all the stuff that has been going on behind-the-scenes here at Living Lou. Last week was particularly crazy, but without further ado, join me with a steaming cup of coffee and let’s get going.
8am. The first thing I do is check my email and Instagram from my phone in bed (I know, awful habit). I make a cup of coffee and ease into the week with email and social media.
By 9:30, I’m in the kitchen working on the second test of a new muffin recipe. I rush off class which finishes early so I’m home by 3. The rest of the afternoon is spent on blog things: social media and recipe testing (delicious, but ugly, stuffed chicken breast – back to the drawing board).
My day ends with another cup of coffee (I think my body is 75% coffee) followed by hours of reading research reports for my thesis paper.
7:30am. Coffee and a couple of muffins from yesterday. I get to the office at 9:30 where my day is non-stop action. I rush home by 5:45 and am out the door again by 6pm to head to the menu tasting at NAO Steakhouse. The steak tartar with squid ink chips was my favourite dish!
This is one of my favourite parts of blogging. Over wonderful conversations, I sample the delicious spring menu. I get home around 10 where I finish off my day with some writing.
7:30am, another day at work. After a jam packed day, I grab a cup of coffee to-go and head to my ballet class. I’ve been off for almost six weeks, so I take things a little easy and am not able to do my usual pointe class. I also receive a copy of the marketing book the Living Lou redesign is a part of!
7am. An exciting day as the new Kitchen Apprentice program I’m part of at Chatelaine launches! Be sure to check out my blog, video and a fun rapid-fire Q&A I did with Chatelaine – I’ll be working there for the next year, which has been amazing so far and I’ve learned a ton. It’s a dream come true to pursue my passion for food.
I make my way downstairs to my kitchen to get a recipe going in the slow cooker. I want to photograph it that afternoon, so it needs to be done by 3pm. My class runs at 12pm today so I head to my favourite coffee shop to get a bit of writing done. I’m back from class by 3pm, so I photograph my slow cooker dish and prepare for my meeting at 5.
By 6pm, I’m focused on preparing for my appearance on Jr. ECTV that night. I get to the studio at 7:45 and we tape until 9:30. I have a blast participating in the spirited discussion about food! The episode will be airing in a couple of weeks so be sure to tune in. I’m home by 10 and head to bed early; I’ll be up at 5am to do Breakfast Television and need some sleep.
5am. A vat of coffee in hand. We tape Breakfast Television (watch one of the segments here) from 6-9am, and it is so much fun! I am zapped by the time it is over, and I quickly jet off to school to get my photo taken for our end of year screening and then rush back downtown to the Shangri-La hotel where I’m moderating the food panel at the RCWIB Conference. There was lots of great advice shared at the panel, and I think the attendees had lots of takeaways – I know I did. It’s always wonderful to learn from successful, hardworking women.
I’m home by 5:30 where I take a much-needed nap before catching up on a backlog of email and social media. I do a quick check-in with my editorial calendar and plan posts and grocery lists for the weekend and the coming week. I plan my recipes two months in advance, and break them down by week so I always know what I need to get done. I’ll be working on anywhere from 8-20 recipes at any given time depending on what is going on!
My Friday night ends with a night out with some good friends, and it may or may not have included a touch of karaoke.
I’ll be back with a delicious recipe on Sunday so stay tuned, but in the meantime, don’t forget to vote in my poll. I hope you enjoyed that little look behind the scenes.