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February 2009



Monday Brain Dump: My Daily Routine

Inspired by the Daily Routines blog. Unfortunately, mine is pretty boring hehe.

~8:15am – alarm goes off
~8:30am – get up, shower, and leave for work
~9:30am – arrive at work. circle around the parking lot a few times looking for a parking spot.
~9:45am – start up my computer and open any applications i might use that day
~9:50am – make some instant oatmeal and hot tea. consume.
~10am – usually i have a meeting. if not, i catch up on the day’s news.
~11am – start coordinating lunch with coworkers.
~12pm – go to lunch
~1pm – return from lunch
~2pm – everybody in my bay takes a break for “stretch time”. we have someone lead us in doing stretches for different parts of the body so we don’t get carpal tunnel syndrome and sue the company.
~3pm – sometimes we have “story time” in the afternoons. yes, we really call it story time and it just means we sit around and gossip.
~4pm – attend more meetings, try to do some work
~5pm – go climb stairs at the tallest building on campus. this is my daily form of exercise!
~6pm – start snacking. my bay is like a 7/11. we have a ton of food and it’s all free.
~7:30pm – leave work.
~8:30pm – eat dinner. play with boyrobot’s nephews who are the cutest!
~10pm – finally come home. read up on my rss feeds. blog for tomorrow.
~1am – sleep.

sometimes these things fill up my evenings on an otherwise typical day:
– usually on wednesdays or thursdays, we go to our friend Andy’s house and catch up on our weekly tv shows (Lost and 24). sometimes we’ll even play a boardgame
– mondays i go watch boyrobot play flag football. tuesdays i go watch him play basketball.
– every once in awhile I’ll go to Target or Trader Joe’s, my two favorite stores in the whole world.
– sometimes we meet up with friends for dinner
– if a good movie is out on DVD, we’ll rent a redbox movie for free


Comment from Hakushaku
Posted: February 23, 2009 at 10:36 am

8:15: Alarm goes off

8:45: Actually get up.

8:55: Walk to work, holding lunchbox like I’m 11 years old because my wife insists on me not putting it in my brief case.

9:00: Arrive at work, turn on computer, read news, surf web.

10:00: Sigh, crack my knuckles and say, “we’ll its about time I got to work around here!”
Continue web browsing.

10:45: Actually get to work, picking the easiest thing to do off my list.

10:55: complete easiest thing to do on my list (“replace printer ink cartridge” or “oil squeaky desk drawer”).

11:00: Eat delicious Japanese Lunch

11:30: Read NY Times while “digesting”

11:45: Realize I have nothing to drink, go to the bakery across the street, to buy $1.00 can of diet coke. Walk slowly

11:55: Return to office to drink coke languidly

12:03: Angry Chinese client calls me on the phone to yell at me in Cantonese.

12:05: Put Angry Cantonese yelling on speaker phone, go to the bathroom.

12:08: Return to office, if client still yelling, hang up.

12:35: Go through to-do list, figure out what can be pawned off on the paralegals to do.

12:45: Actually forced to begin to do some substantive case work.

12:55: Take much needed break, go online to Girlrobot’s blog. Begin writing pithy comment, sardonic jibe, or much-too-long parody imitation post.

3:00: Finish spellchecking, stylistic review, and organization of comment.

3:10 Complain on G-Chat about how hard my job is, and how all the Partners do is go on Facebook.

3:15 Realize the day is almost gone, and that my motion to compel discovery is due in court by 4:00.

3:16: Furiously search through our legal archives for similar type of motion that I can copy for current assignment.

3:45: Find an old motion, change the heading, case number, and client name, and file it verbatim.

3:46: Realize I forgot to change clients name on pages 7, 18, and 21, where it refers to her as “Horatio.” Also forgot to take out paragraph 4 of page 3, where it references a robbery/homicide, despite the case I’m actually working on being a small claims court contract breach for the sale of dental equipment. Also note that I spelled my own name “Robreto” and mentioned the Superior Court of “Caliofrania.”

3:48: Realize neither the Judge nor any party will ever actually read my motion, because our legal system is retarded and broken, and everyone is lazy.

3:50: Eat some crackers.

4:30: Write out my to-do list for the next day, which includes nearly everything on today’s list.

4:55: Convince myself that I’ll do most of the work I was supposed to do today at home tonight, “after I unwind a bit.”

5:00: Bill clients for a total of 47 hours today.

5:20: Go home.

5:25: Complain to the wife how hard my job is, how I’m the only one who does any work around that place, and that “they don’t pay me enough to put up with those people!”

5:30: Drink beer, play video games, watch Lost or Battlestar Galactica, eat dinner, avoid work emails and phone calls, question why I went to law school, ask my wife whether she ever regrets coming to America, wait for response of “not as much as I regret marrying you” Nervous laughter.

1:30: Go to sleep, rinse, repeat.

Comment from girlrobot
Posted: February 23, 2009 at 10:49 am


Comment from Louise
Posted: February 23, 2009 at 11:28 am

When do you actually do work at work? LOL.

Comment from RiSE
Posted: February 23, 2009 at 1:30 pm

so you dont do any work until 4:00? GOD real just are so awesome!

Comment from Lori
Posted: February 24, 2009 at 6:24 pm

how do you get free redbox dvds??

Comment from girlrobot
Posted: February 24, 2009 at 7:53 pm

check out my old post about it: