A Day in the Life of Miki Farris

Miki Farris

Featured in the Septmeber issue of OKC Biz

Executive Director Infant Crisis Services Inc.

June 23, 2011

5:15 a.m.: It can’t be time to get up for our walk. It seems like I just fell asleep. My husband, Jim, and I are up and out — a beautiful start to our day — chatting about what our day holds and looking forward to meeting our children at dinner to celebrate Father’s Day.

6:30 a.m.: Return home, feed our German Shorthair and give him his morning pills hidden in a piece of bread. He is getting old and needs the extra medications to remain feeling chipper. Sometimes he suspects there is something hidden in the bread and promptly spits it out. Today I have tricked him, so it goes right down.

6:45 a.m.: I prepare breakfast for myself and Jim. Eggs, turkey bacon and yogurt for me. Turkey bacon only for Jim. Depends on what diet I am currently following as to exactly what food will be consumed. A constant, however, is several cups of hazelnut-flavored coffee.

7:15 a.m.: Look through emails, texts and Facebook on iPhone, and read the paper — the real one printed on paper.

7:30 a.m.: Hop in the shower to begin the hour-long process of becoming presentable.

8:45 a.m.: Arrive at work. Greet everyone in my wing of the building and begin a walk around the remaining offices to say “hello” to my co-workers and volunteers. I love these people.

10:30 a.m.: Walk through the playroom and admire babies and toddlers — favorite time of the day. Babies are fast asleep in their carriers. Toddlers are dumping toys into the playhouse. We have been very busy with clients the first six months of the year, serving over 6,100 little ones in need.

10:45 a.m.: Chat with our volunteers. The summer teen volunteers are here, too, and are playing with the babies in the playroom and working diligently in the warehouse.

10:50 a.m.: Open mail. It makes me smile to see how generous Oklahomans are, especially during the summer months when donations tend to be down and client numbers are up.

11:30 a.m.: Meet Paul from Stewart Abstract & Title for lunch at Deep Fork to discuss their annual golf tournament, which helps raise funds for Infant Crisis Services.

1:30 p.m.: Give a tour to folks from Chesapeake Energy who are utilizing our boardroom.

3 p.m.: Staff meeting. Have a discussion regarding our core values of love, respect, kindness and compassion. We agree that it is important to practice these values in all ways, and we hope to always be the same when others are watching and when they are not watching.

4:30 p.m.: Make reservations for our family at Musashi’s. We are celebrating Father’s Day a few days late, and looking forward to seeing our four children and their significant others.

5 p.m.: Tidy up my office and leave for the mall to pick up a gift for a wedding shower. Sure wish I had chosen another pair of shoes instead of the leather pumps I put on at 8 a.m. To be honest, I wonder why I tortured my tootsies with these shoes for the last eight hours.

6:30 p.m.: Arrive at Musashi’s for a wonderful evening of food and catching up with our four very active adult children and their significant others.

8 p.m.: Arrive home and tidy up around the house because housecleaners are coming the next day. I don’t want them to think I am messy. Jim still doesn’t understand this concept.

9 p.m.: Grind coffee for the next morning, as I am only awake early enough in the morning to push the button to start the coffee brewing.

9:15 p.m.: Watch a little TV and play “Words with Friends” with several of my opponents.

10 p.m.: Place head on pillow and fall fast asleep within minutes. Looking forward to waking up tomorrow to see what the day will bring and to helping little ones in need.