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A Day in the Life: Rachel Bly ’93, Director of Conference Operations

Photograph by Joanna Silverman.

5:15 a.m.—Alarm goes off, I hit snooze—it is too darn dark.
5:45 a.m.—Alarm goes off again—must go to the gym. Get up and head to the hospital fitness center.
6:30 a.m.—Get home, shower, and wake up Davis (age 8). Explain that yes, he really does have to go to school today.
7:30 a.m.—Davis and Bob out the door and I am actually ready early. Get on Facebook and G-mail to update some campaign stuff.
7:58 a.m.—Hop on the bike and head to work.
9:00 a.m.—Still checking e-mail. Time to prep for the next meeting.
10:00 a.m.—Mother-in-law calls and explains that now she doesn’t want to come for a visit and she doesn’t want her apartment remodeled. I am sure this will change tomorrow. Have to hang up on her so I can get to my meeting.
10:15 a.m.—Only about half the group shows up for the meeting – we move forward anyway.
11:15 a.m.—My Grinnell classmate and friend Jay ’93 shows up from DC. He is in Iowa to give some speeches and raise money for the arts. He had to ask what the JRC was, as he has not been on campus in many years. He cannot believe all the changes. We reminisce about tutorial with Bob Grey and Tuesday tutorial lunch in Cowles.
Noon—On the bike again. Late for lunch with the Magoun ladies!
1:30 p.m.—E-mailed agent for Second City—the Public Events committee wants to bring them to campus next fall. They are available and have a special election show. Booked!
2:00 p.m.—Chatted with Austin [Frerick ’12] about a drag comedy troupe that might be a great fit for ACE programming. Met them once and they’re hysterical.
2:30 p.m.—Staff meeting.
3:30 p.m.—Another committee.
5:20 p.m.—Head home for a quick dinner—Boy Scout Space Derby tonight. Not exactly how I want to spend my evening…
6:09 p.m.—Check my phone. According to an S&B reporter, I have another opponent in the House race. Do I want to comment? Hmmm—will have to write it in the morning. Off to the Space Derby!
7:45 p.m.—Still at the Space Derby. Really, isn’t one Boy Scout Derby enough per year? Love my kid, but this may never end. Good thing I brought some knitting…
8:15 p.m. —Homework time with Davis. We must create 3 models from his book and write a book report by Friday.
8:24 p.m. —Model 1—dinosaur bones made of hangers and a toilet paper tube. Check.
8:48 p.m. —Model 2—a handmade book (like Tilly [Woodward] taught us to make). Check.
8:54 p.m.—Model 3—a clay model of PaleoJoe. Maybe tomorrow night….
9:00 p.m. —Spelling words over ice cream
9:30p.m.—Head to Davis’s room so we can debrief the day and he can fall asleep.
11:00 p.m.—Wake up in Davis’s room—must have fallen asleep myself!

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