When I meet with students--but even occasionally with adults--I'm sometimes asked what my days look like during the session. During the week of January 26-February 3, I tried to track my activities a little more closely than usual, and thought that I'd share an overview of my week with you.
A couple of notes: My husband and kids are great. They put up with barely seeing me some days, and they chip in to keep the house in at least reasonable condition most of the time. Likewise, as will be clear from the schedule, I sometimes miss out on things in our communities because of the obligations of being present for committee hearings into the evening. I regret that, and wish that I could be at more Chamber dinners, or other events in the district during the January-April time frame. I do try to bounce around the district as much as I can on recess days, and on weekends when there are no other obligations--but sometimes it's just not possible for me to be in two places on the same day.
So, here's an outline of my week's schedule. Want to know what I do during the week? This is a pretty typical week, although they vary somewhat.
A week in the life….Sunday, January 28-Saturday, February 3.
Sunday—a Day of rest?
- Clean the house, wash laundry, go to church (the annual congregational meeting).
- Meet with campaign staff from 2-6.
- Spend a little time in the evening watching a movie with my husband and kids.
Monday—a “recess day” (no session):
- Leave house in for Geneva (daughter in tow) @ 8:30 a.m.
- Arrive in Geneva, 9:30. Visit with constituents, set up some campaign events. Talk with other constituents, shoot some campaign photos.
- Leave for Hebron @1:15 (daughter still with me). Arrive in Hebron 1:50. Visit with constituents, arrange a campaign event. Show daughter the World’s Largest Porch Swing
- Leave for Fairbury, 2:30. Arrive @3. Visit constituents. Take a few photos. Deliver campaign paperwork to my treasurer.
- Leave for Wilber @3:45—arrive about 4:25. Brief stopover.
- Leave Wilber for Lincoln with daughter about 4:40. Get hair cuts and run a few quick errands. Return home in Crete about 7:30.
- 7:30-11--answer emails, review the plan for Tuesday
Tuesday—back in session
- Leave house @6:30 a.m.
- Meeting/Breakfast with Nebraska LEAD folks @7:30 a.m.
- Meet w/interest group @8:30
- 9 a.m.—on the floor, in session, until 11:40 a.m.
- 11:40-1—attend a fundraiser for a colleague who is also running for re-election.
- 1-1:15—walk back to the Capitol
- 1:30 p.m.-6:15 p.m.—Education Committee hearings
- 6:30-8:30 p.m.—Attend Nebraska Rural Electric Association Dinner (multiple constituents present).
- 8:30-9:15—Return home to Crete
- 9:30-11:30—Answer emails sent during the day, review the next day’s agenda
- Leave house @6:30 a.m.
- Meeting/Breakfast downtown @7:30
- Committee Chairs Meeting with Speaker @ 8:15 (I was a few minutes late)
- 9 a.m.-11:50—on the floor, in session most of the time
- o 9:30-10—went to office to meet with Cancer Advocacy Group about bill they’re interested in this year
- o 11:30—meeting about a bill that will be in my committee this afternoon
- 12-1:15 p.m.—Independent Insurance Agents of Nebraska Luncheon at Governor’s Mansion (I’m the guest of a constituent)
- 1:30-7 p.m.—Chair Judiciary Committee hearings
- 7-7:45—Drive back to Crete
- 8-11:30—Answer emails, prepare for Thursday’s committee hearings.
- Leave house @ 7 a.m.
- 8 a.m. call-in report on KUTT/KGMT
- 8:30-9—Meeting with ESU 6 Administrators
- 9-11:45—On the floor, in session
- 12-1:30—a few drop in meetings, catching up with staff, working on letter that will be sent to papers on Friday, preparing for hearings
- 1:30-6 p.m.—Chairing Judiciary Committee Hearings
- 6:15-7—drive home to Crete
- 7-8 p.m.—catch up with family, throw a load of laundry in the washer
- 8 p.m.-10:30—respond to emails, review hearing schedule and floor agenda items for Friday (and go to bed “early).
- Leave house @ 7 a.m. (drop son off at the high school)
- 7:30-8:45—multiple breakfasts at the Capitol with different groups—I swing by a few for a cup of coffee and to say “hi”
- 9-11:50 a.m.—On floor, in session
- 11:50-12:25—quick bowl of soup warmed up in my office, preparation for Judiciary Committee business.
- 12:30-1:25 p.m.—Judiciary Committee Executive Session (where we discuss bills we’ve hear the last week or so, and decide if there are any to advance to the floor for debate).
- 1:30 p.m.-7 p.m.—Chair Judiciary Committee
- 7 p.m.-7:30 p.m.—gather up things that will be needed for the WEEKEND to take home to work on.
- 7:30-8:15—drive home
- 8:15-10:00—family time, late dinner.
- 7:30-11 a.m.—get up (I slept in)—check emails, make breakfast, plan the day with my daughter (we have some errands to run), get ready to run said errands.
- 11 a.m.—3:30—drop daughter off for a lunch appointment she’s got, pick up some things at a local department store, drop by Barnes and Noble, head back home.
- 3:30-4:15—(guilty admission—I needed a power nap)
- 4:15-5:15—grocery store—we were out of milk, bread, and a number of things (we usually try to do a big grocery trip on the weekends, but my husband picks up the things we’ve forgotten, or run out of, during the week)
- 5:30-6:30—email, dinner, dishes, another load of laundry
- 6:30-8:15—watched a movie on Netflix with my daughter (my son was at the Crete Speech Meet, and my husband was doing some of HIS work).
- 8:30-10:30—work on emails, eNewsletter….