Everyone has a daily routine, but do we know how what’s under our street keeps our routine running smoothly? Our newest interactive application “What’s Under My Street” shows what goes on below the surface, so let’s take a look at how those systems work together to provide a day in the life. Match the colors in the article to the system in the application to see how the two work together!
6:30 am – 7:30 am
My alarm goes off, and my eyes flutter open. I reach over to my cell phone to turn off my alarm and get out of bed. I saunter to the bathroom and turn the shower on. After the last bit of the soap and water concoction goes down the drain, I get dressed and head to the kitchen to eat some breakfast and feed my dog. I take a seat by the window with my cereal and coffee and notice it’s raining pretty hard outside. Thankfully I got my sump pump replaced last week, otherwise this could get messy!
I finish my breakfast and put the rest of my coffee into a to-go cup. Back to the bathroom I go to brush my teeth. I get the pesky toothpaste down the sink and gather my things for work.
7:30 am – 8:00 am
I get situated in my car and pull out of my garage onto my driveway. The dog is staring at me through the rain-covered window that looks like it belongs in a romance movie and I tell him I’ll see him at lunch… like he can hear me. I pull my car out onto the street and head off to work.
8:00 am – 12:00 pm
I work in an office, so I spend a lot of time on my computer. Thankful that my company has high-speed internet, I’m able to crank out a lot in four hours before lunch. Meetings, phone calls, and frantic typing take up a good chunk of my morning.
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Time to go home for lunch. The rain is slowing down, so I walk (not sprint like I did this morning... hopefully no one saw that) across the parking lot to my car and get back on the highway. Construction season is in full swing, and I swear they have every layer of the road torn up for a stretch of my drive. My dog greets me with tail wags and kisses and I heat up some leftovers in the microwave. Before I know it, it’s time to go back to work again.
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
More work on my computer, more meetings, more typing.
5:00 pm – 5:30 pm
As I drive home from the office, I notice the rainwater running along the curb and gutter. The weather-person said we were only supposed to get one to two inches today, but it looks like more than that has come down!
5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
The rain has stopped, so I decided to take the dog for a walk. We have our own route, so it always feels like he’s walking me down the sidewalk. He takes some time to sniff around the boulevard, hitting up every fire hydrant that he comes across.
6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
I get back home, feed the dog, and feel my stomach rumble. I throw some water in a pot, add some noodles, sieve the water out, top it with sauce, and voila – spaghetti a-la-me.
7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Realizing I have no clean clothes, I decide to put a load in the washer. While that’s going, I check my emails and watch a little TV. After the washer finishes its cycle, I switch the clothes over to the dryer. Then I fold my clean laundry while watching the latest episode of Games of Thrones with the dog next to me on the couch. Once I pick my jaw up off the ground at the end of the episode, I call it quits and decide to hit the hay.
9:30 pm – 10:00 pm
I head into the bathroom to get ready for bed. After a dentist-approved tooth brushing (with some mouthwash for good measure) and washing my face to get all the dirt and grime down the drain, it’s time to get into bed.
I curl up in blankets, turn on my reading lamp, and open my book. After half an hour of reading, it’s time to turn out the light.