Quotidian…An Unremarkable Word

 I’m often asked, why I get up so early everyday, when I don’t have to?

It’s my quotidian routine…the daily, typical details of my life, we all have.

Mine just begins at 4.

It’s what we’re used to, those buoys in the water…comforting, reassuring.  Mine never change unless because of work, weather, or there’s a fella in my bed (well, stranger things have happened you know.)

Quotidian, an adjective and somewhat of an oxymoron since, it’s a fancy term for the mundane, ordinary, common and conventional occurrences that take us from A to B, conducted blindfolded if necessary, we’re so acquainted with their rhymes and rhythms…our personal pattern of unremarkable, run-of-the-mill, day-to-day activity.

It’s also the name of a very successful cafe chain in Manhattan…Le Pain Quotidian, suggesting, to frequent there often.

I embrace my routine.  Going to Starbucks at 5, running at 6, saying good night to the moon at sunup.  I see raccoons scampering home and cardinals in the snow.  Talk about looking good in white, all replenishing, refilling my engine with Mother Nature’s quotidian, since with the exception of weather, she’s pretty constant in what she does.

How many women can you say that about?

I say hear hear to the mainstream, average, standard and unexceptional, since peace, though not featured, usually comes along for the ride.

A snow storm, a surprise commute to Brooklyn, or that fella in your bed, are all very exciting, but…how bout those cardinals?       





About Susannah Bianchi

I'm just a girl who likes to write slightly on slant. I've had a career in fashion, dabbled in film and to be honest, I don't like talking about myself. Now my posts are another matter so I will let them speak for themselves. My eBooks, A New York Diary, Model Behavior: Friends For Life and Notes From A Working Cat can be found on Amazon.com. Thanks.
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28 Responses to Quotidian…An Unremarkable Word

  1. skinnyuz2b says:

    Susannah, I get up at 5:00 regardless of work or no work. Days of no work, like today, are lazily nice because I don’t have to rush getting dressed and made up. Early rising is especially enjoyable in the summer months.
    My dog and cat know our morning routine which includes petting, food, and fresh water. God forbid I deviate from their portion of my morning quotidian. A new word for me. Thank you!

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  2. I love my daily routine. It’s comforting and when coming off a vacation, it’s as wonderful as a mama’s hug. I don’t bore easily (unless we’re talking people here!) so I keep doing what makes me happy especially in the early morning.

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  3. Arthur says:

    My GF had gotten breakfast at an LPQ over New Year’s and she asked me what “quotidien” means, and with my profound knowledge of French I replied “you know, like quotidian – normal, routine” and she said “oh, so it’s Daily Bread” – mais oui!

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  4. I love your routine, probably because I’m a morning person. There was one period when I got up at 4:45 to exercise a replaced knee, walk, and go to work. Most years it was 5 or 5:30. I’ve slipped to a later time now, but morning is still the best time to get things done. Your morning observations are delightful.

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  5. gmg says:

    I’m so jealous of you morning people. When I do get up early, I find that I can accomplish so much. Unfortunately just thinking about getting up early depresses the hell out of me. I feel like I am being pulled out of the womb (my bed).:)

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  6. I admire you for getting up so early. I aspire to it but it’s not in my nature. At least I’m slowly acquiring the habit of working out before noon.

    Incidentally, quotidian is a great word. I learned it in English after I learned it in French and it was a surprise to know that it was an English word too. It’s one of those words I would never use, but love hearing and love knowing exists.

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    • I agree. You never use it in conversation. It sounds familiar to me because there are Le Pain Quotidians on every corner it seems, so it bleats big in my consciousness. Fancy words are like party shoes you rarely wear but like to gaze at in the closet. Thanks.

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  7. micklively says:

    I’m jealous of your cardinals: we don’t get those here. We get lots of gold finch though, so I shouldn’t moan. Good to hear your circadian rhythms are alive and kicking. 😉

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  8. I love my early bird routing too, and so does Peanut. We enjoy our quotidian routine of me drinking coffee while catching up on the internet as he licks my feet. It’s our thing … lol!

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  9. Ah, Dad loved his Cardinals, both the birds and the baseball team. His common routine was work, write his book, watch his games. In the nursing home, I watched them, too, though I really didn’t care who won. Female in my bed, huh? Sounds nice. Right now, it’s go to Cracker Barrel for lunch about 6:30P (breakfast was about 1p), sit and do Words With Friends for 1.5 hrs there, then home, Netflix, email, whatever, sometimes a Ted Talk in the morning (afternoon), and bed about 2-3a…you know, about when you are getting up. I would change that schedule for the female, but since she isn’t, I won’t.


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