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A Sunday in the Life of Jessica Bachman

March 28, 2018
By: Kayla Johnson '18

Dr. Jessica Bachman is an assistant professor of exercise science and sport. Prior to joining the University, she taught at Marywood. She is a registered dietitian and received her bachelor’s degree in nutritional sciences from The Pennsylvania State University and a master of public health degree in community education and a master of science degree in nutrition from the University of Tennessee. She also earned a doctorate in nutrition science from the University of Tennessee. We know what she does during the week, but we asked her what her Sundays look like. Here is what she had to say.

Starting off the day:

I typically start my Sunday with getting a bit of grading or prepping for the week done while my family sleeps in. I am the only early riser in my house so I enjoy a bit of quite time with my cup of coffee in the morning. The rest of Sunday is all about my family. While our weekends are busy, we ensure that we spend it together. My immediate family is made up of my husband, Ben (married 10 years this August), and our two children Kaelyn (5 years old) and Zack (3 years old). My husband and I both work full-time jobs and are both active (he plays hockey 3-4 nights per week; I go to CrossFit 4-5 times per week) so weekends we spend having fun but also prepping for the week’s survival.

Planning and Preparation:
Sundays typically involve mundane tasks like laundry and meal planning for the week. We plan out what we will have for dinner every night Monday – Friday that week and plaster that on our fridge. I’ll then take the kids grocery shopping with me while my husband does work around the house. I am not much of a shopper BUT as a dietitian, I LOVE to shop for food! I truly enjoy my time walking through the grocery store.

After food shopping, we’ll cook a more involved meal for Sunday evening and prep some food for the week. With as busy as we are, we don’t get home until after 6:00 p.m. most nights during the week and with my children’s 8:30 p.m. bedtime, we prep as much as possible on the weekends to get dinner on the table quickly during the week. We like to be active as a family together as well and when Spring eventually decides to come to Scranton, we will be spending time outside on Sunday at parks, hiking or playing around in the yard. During the winter we do a lot of indoor soccer, dance parties and hide and seek playing at home.

Family time: 

Sunday evening, we all enjoy a meal together and then relax watching a movie or reading together. Some Sundays, like last week, my husband has an early enough hockey game and we’ll all go watch him play. Before bedtime, we lay out all the kids clothes for the week, read some books and give big kisses and hugs good night. My Sundays are a day for me to get in as many snuggles with my babies as much as possible while they still allow me to do it.

This article is part of Campus Corner, a blog about campus written by student correspondents. Read the blog here.

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