Wednesday, September 12, 2012

A Day in the Life of Nikolas P. Robinson (+ International Giveaway)

Hello and welcome to "A Day in the Life of..."©, a featured guest post exclusive to my blog that's published on Mondays and sometimes, on Thursdays. On these two days, a spotlight guest will share a normal day in their lives, giving us insight on their thoughts, projects, interests, obsessions and more. Occasionally, and if we're lucky, they'll even throw in a giveaway.

And now on with the show...

About Nikolas P. Robinson
Nikolas P. Robinson (1978-Present) was born in Saint Paul, MN but spent most of his life in and around Rapid City, SD where he still resides with his children, a beagle, a cat, and two ferrets.
A former musician, some of Nikolas' non-literary artistry can be found with the relatively unknown musical project Alter Noctvm...Alter Idem (roughly translated from Latin into English as Another Night...Another Identity) where he provided vocals, bass, percussion, and some synth/programming.
"A Wreck In Progress: Assorted Poetry" was his first published work, a collection of poetry that he compiled from years of material that he had previously accumulated.
In addition to poetry, he has written a couple of novels (all but one of them, Unspoken, at this time unpublished) and is currently in the process of further writing as well as again working on music (with an as yet untitled project).

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A Day in the Life of 
Nikolas P. Robinson

*This is detailed under the assumption that I am actually at home the night before rather than having stayed the night at my fiancé’s house like I do Wednesday and Thursday nights.

6:00 – My alarm on the cell phone goes off. I routinely hit snooze once or twice, allowing me to sleep for another 20 minutes.
I get out of bed and usually pour myself a bowl of cereal and sit down at the desk in my bedroom to eat it. After finishing my breakfast I throw on a pair of gym shorts or track pants, slip on a pair of socks, put my pair of Skechers on my feet, and typically put on a t-shirt or wife beater. Depending on the day I either begin lifting weights or power on the Xbox 360 in my bedroom and start up YourShape: Fitness Evolved 2012 or UFC Personal Trainer to complete my first workout routine of the day.

7:30 – I collect the kids together and make sure that they are ready for school. We go outside and get into the car. I drop my two oldest children off at the high school they attend first and then drop my younger daughter off at the elementary school she attends.

8:00 – I return home, shower, and get dressed for the day. I usually check out what’s going on online, perusing newsgroups and Facebook.

8:40 – I drive to work along the same route that I always take.

8:55 – I log in to my computer at work and begin getting the respective systems that I will need during my shift up and running.

9:00 – My shift begins and I start taking technical support calls from DirecTV customers. During the interval between calls I jot down ideas or story segments in the notebook that I’ve brought with me.

11:30 – I take a 15-minute break, during which time I check text messages, emails, and all that jazz on my phone.

11:45 – I return to work and continue taking technical support calls and writing wherever I can squeeze it in.

13:00 – My first shift of work is complete and I drive home again. I often put on a television show that aired during the week, something that I missed during broadcast. Sometimes I heat up a Lean Cuisine or Healthy Choice meal of some kind to enjoy while I’m watching whatever the television show happens to be. I swallow my vitamins and supplements for the day.

14:00 – I begin my second workout routine of the day. The second workout consists of either weightlifting or additional video game-oriented exercises. Depending on my mood at the time; the routine might be P90X, Insanity, or something of the sort.

14:50 – I leave the house to pick my daughter up from elementary school.

15:10 – My daughter and I drive across town to the high school where we wait for the next 20 minutes or so to pick up my older two children.

16:00 – I typically relax for a little while, watching something on television or reading a book.

16:40 – I leave for work.

16:55 – I log in to my computer and work-related applications again.

17:00 – My shift begins. Just like before, I squeeze writing in wherever I am able, between technical support calls.

19:30 – I take a 15-minute break and make phone calls, check text messages, emails, and whatnot.

19:45 – I return to work and everything continues as before.

21:00 – My shift (and work day) is over. I return home.

21:30 – Depending on how my energy levels are I will sometimes squeeze in another workout routine, eat something, and wind down.

22:00 – Depending on the day of week I either get into bed with my notebook and begin writing again or get in my car and drive out to my fiancé’s house to spend the night with her (where I also sometimes do some writing). There is occasionally a movie that I feel inclined to watch or a book that I want to read.

00:00 – 1:00 – I finally decide that it’s time to go to sleep and consider doing so.

Throughout the course of the day I am on and off my computer, sometimes incorporating the playing of a video game or another into my routine, and fiddling around on my phone for one reason or another. The routine fluctuates here and there depending on the day of the week, especially during my Thursdays and Fridays because I don’t work on those two days. On Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays I don’t have to take the kids to school and will typically have an alarm set for 6:45 instead of 6:00. During the break between shifts on Saturdays I usually drive slightly out of town to the bar where my fiancé is working and visit with her for an hour or so.

That’s really about it. My life, broken down into a simple itinerary, is a terribly boring thing.

Thank you, Nikolas, for sharing your day with us and thank you, readers for taking the time to stop by. I hope that you've enjoyed today's 
"A Day in the Life of..."


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  1. Your life may be looking boring, but this about those moments when you see your kids or watch something really important for you... this is not boring is beautiful!

    Loving your daugther's smile!

  2. Beautiful children. They grow up way to fast!

    1. That is for sure. They're all growing up too quickly.

  3. Thank you for the brief glimpse into your life and thanks for yet another great give away.

    1. It was my pleasure, Shona. I can't say that I have too many occasions where I'm forced to actually look at a snapshot of my everyday life.

  4. Thanks for the guest post and this giveaway. <3

  5. It is super contest! Luck to all!

  6. beautiful family! your life doesn't seen boring at all! it's just a beautiful routine, you manage to do all those great things.

  7. Thank you for the post and the giveaway!

  8. Lovely post!