Everything is Awesome! A Day in the Life of this Entrepreneur

Wednesday, October 8th, 2014

3:30am My alarms goes off

Hurried out of bed. Poked my husband and said, “Let’s go! You don’t want to miss it.” We had discussed the plans for my birthday the night before. I was uber excited about the lunar eclipse, and we spoke in length about the best place to see the eclipse in full. Initially, we discussed camping on Mt. Diablo, but it wasn’t possible, since I had to be back in San Francisco for an 8:30a doctor appt. Finally, we decided, the best plan was to sneak up on our apartment’s rooftop and watch the eclipse from there. Then at 6:00a, walk to the top of Twin Peaks and have a morning picnic as we watched the sunrise and moonset simultaneously.

What ended up happening was: we opened the blinds, threw some pillows and blankets on the floor, and watched the eclipse from the warmth of our house, inside. By 5:00am, we had already drifted back to sleep, and knew that Twin Peaks was not happening.

Lunar Eclipse Seen From Our House

Lunar Eclipse Seen From Our House

6:00am – 7:00am  Husband’s alarm goes off every 10 minutes from him hitting the snooze. Seriously, he needs to stop that. 

7:10am Husband’s alarm goes off again and I finally wake up in a rage ready to throw his phone out the window.

I walk into the kitchen with a pissy mood, ready to calmly discuss with my husband about his fucking alarm. Oh, pancakes and freshly made bread made for me. My husband, “I had packed a bag to bring the camping stove, I was going to make you pancakes on Twin Peaks, but you looked too comfortable in bed, so I was going to bring it in to you.” Black girl blushing.

8:15am Crowded Bus ride to the doctor’s office.

8:45am – 9:30am Doctor Visit

Found out good news at today’s doctor visit. For the past two, weeks I’ve had a daily doctor’s appointment in the morning. Basically, the result of today’s doctor appointment releases me from having to go every day. Awesome sauce! Sidenote: Nothing serious here, just time consuming.

9:30am Bus ride back home for my 10am

10:00am-11:00am Pair programming

Troubleshooted a problem I was having with on one of my test specs for a client project. I used a service called Airpair in order to pair with another developer.

11:00am – 12:30p Lunch and prepare for 12:30p Customer Development Call

I had the chance to sneak in three personal calls. I caught up with an old friend from Philadelphia, and also spoke to my sister. The inlaws (from Denmark) called to wish me a Happy Birthday. I was successfully able to show off my new Danish skills, thanks to my Monday night Danish classes. All of these calls and another call (later in the day from another sister), were the highlights of my day. I also didn’t realize until much later that I never actually ate lunch.

12:30p – 1:15p Customer Development Call

Interviewed a potential customer to better understand how her company currently does customer support. We are working on a customer support tool at Playpen Labs, so customer interviews are crucial.

1:30p – 1:45p Budget and Scope Call with Client

1:30p Received voicemail from doctor. Change in meds, need to pick up new meds to start tonight. Specialty pharmacy is an hour drive away.

2:00p – 2:30p Catchup with Husband/Cofounder

My husband also had a customer development interview today. We quickly caught up and compared notes on our learnings from the calls. We also decided to strip out some of the features in our prototype, based on today’s learnings.

2:30p Picking up Zipcar with husband for drive to Pharmacist when I realized that I hadn’t eaten since 7am.

2:45p Picking up Zipcar with husband after grabbing a burger.

3:45p Arrive at pharmacy. Prescription order is not ready. Wait around until order is ready

5:00p Start drive back to San Francisco, traffic and all.

My sister called during the drive, which made the traffic manageable.

6:30p Arrive home after dropping off Zipcar

6:30p – 7:30p Procrastinated or Was Lazy (maybe both)

Sat on the couch and complained about being tired. Then debated with myself on whether to start some work now or start fresh tomorrow morning.

7:30p Dinner

8:00p Wrote a list of all the things I did not do today, and will have to do tomorrow and most likely over the weekend.

The list went something like this:

  • Prepare and send a client contract
  • Prepare and send a client proposal
  • CODE on client project
  • CODE Update prototype based on today’s learnings
  • CODE Catch up on ios class

After, I wrote the list, I decided that Everything Was Awesome! And I was going to write a blog post about it. Happy Birthday to Me!

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About Hadiyah

Software Engineer, Entrepreneur, and Startup Aficionado. I co-founded a student venture firm for students at historically black colleges, HBCUvc, software development agency, Playpen Labs, and Black Founders nonprofit.