The ‘Favorites’ Of Jenni L. Walsh’s Day

This week we’re talking about our favorite things. That’s so ambiguous that I literally had a moment where I thought, I don’t know. 

So for some structure — I like structure — I figured I’d break down my day to figure out what I like best (besides structure).

My favorite way to start the day: When I wake up, refreshed, and realize both my children are still sleeping. This rarely happens. Normally I wake up to my 1yo babbling to himself in his room. He coaxes me in, most days, and he’ll play for a few minutes before he tires of being in his crib. On other days, I’m a zombie and sleep through his chatter. Then, my day starts to the gleeful sound of wailing.

My favorite way to take my coffee: Hot. You’d think this would be a given, but sometimes the ‘ol mug goes into the microwave a few times because of a crazy morning.

My favorite book to read with my kiddos: Room on the Broom. It’s a picture book that’s simply fun and clever. I enjoy reading it and my 3yo loves hearing it. Around Halloween, there was even a 30-minute film on Netflix to correspond with the book. Better believe my daughter insisted on having the film on while I read.

My favorite lunch: My go-to is normally a green smoothie, along with a few bites of left overs. It’s a good day when the leftovers consist of the Bolis (short for strombolis) my husband makes. As far as my smoothie, I normally make the same one daily because I love it so much: Spinach, banana, strawberries, blueberries, and a splash of Vanilla-flavored protein. It’s delicious!

My favorite guilty pleasure: I try to do authorly stuff during nap time. But, I’ll admit, there are days I see my bed and, before I know it, it’s nap time for me too. Naps are sacred. My dog, Zoey, normally beats me there.

My favorite time suck: HGTV. Really, any of the shows, except for Flea Market Flip. I can’t help groaning when that’s on.

My favorite authorly moment: When I hit my daily word count. Let’s just say some days are better than others, but I love the feeling of accomplishment when I can hit ‘save’ knowing I did what I needed to do. Who’s with me?

My favorite time of the day: I’ve got two. The first is when my husband gets home from work. I like knowing we’re all safely under the same roof again. The second is when I finally crawl into bed. No matter how late I write or how late I’m up, I always read for a few minutes to clear my brain and blurry my eyes. It’s normally a crash landing of my kindle onto my bedside table as I fall asleep. Tonight I’m reading THE ORPHAN’S TALE by Pam Jenoff!

I have other favorites from my day I could sprinkle in, but babes and book babes account for so much of my day that this break-down seems to do my day justice. And I’ll take it 🙂

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Jenni L. Walsh spent her early years ​chasing around cats, dogs, and chickens in Philadelphia's countryside, before dividing time between a soccer field and a classroom at Villanova University. She put her marketing degree to good use as an advertising copywriter, zip-code hopping with her husband to DC, NYC, NJ, and not surprisingly, back to Philly. There, Jenni's passion for words continued, adding author to her resume. She now balances her laptop with a kid on each hip, and a four-legged child at her feet. BECOMING BONNIE (Tor Forge/Macmillan, 5/9/2017) is her debut novel that tells the untold story of how church-going Bonnelyn Parker becomes half of the infamous Bonnie and Clyde duo during the 1920s. SIDE BY SIDE, telling Bonnie and Clyde's crime spree story, will be released in the summer of 2018. Please learn more about Jenni's books at jennilwalsh.com.