Day in the Life: The Spatsizi Report

I was thinking maybe it’s about time I got myself organized and gave a more cohesive picture of what exactly I’m doing up here in the Middle of Nowhere. The last couple posts haven’t exactly been explanatory.

So if you’re one of those wondering what exactly it is I am doing up here, and where exactly this Tatziki  Spatsizi place is anyways, I apologize for any previous vagueness.

This summer I’m working as the housekeeper/server at a fly-in fishing lodge called Spatsizi Wilderness Vacations. They do hunting and wildlife viewing trips in other seasons as well. Each week, 8 clients come and stay and fly or boat out to various places on the Stikine River or one of the other creeks or lakes nearby. My life up here, however, revolves not around fish and not around pretty wilderness, but mealtimes and making beds.

A Typical Day:

5:30 a.m.

Alarm goes off. Roll over and pretend it didn’t.

5:33 a.m.

Get up and face the day.


5:45 a.m.

Be in Lodge. Start brewing coffees, set table for breakfast, and make a fruit plate.

6:30 a.m.

Make Some Sammiches. Eat a muffin to prevent the low-blo0d-sugar shakes.

Fill Thermoses for lunch and start on pre-dishes.

8:00 a.m.

Serve Breakfast.

8:10 a.m.

Remember that people like ketchup with hashbrowns and some should probably be put out.

Set out ketchup.

8:30 a.m.

Clear Breakfast, start on clean up and dishes.

(Please excuse the grubbiness. I had just returned from Conquering the Mighty Stikine.)


Clients leave to fish for the day.

10:00ish a.m.

Clean Lodge.

 Sweep & Mop & Dust & Shine!

10:30ish a.m.

Commence bed making, shower scrubbing and vacuum hauling!

(Clean cabins (4), bathrooms [3 ensuites, 3 ‘flush’ toilets], and sometimes also the yurt.)

12:20ish a.m.*

Eat a sammich.

12:30ish a.m.

Keep Cleaning.

Replace water glasses, water flowers, sweep porches, check on laundry status, help wash baking dishes.

2:00ish p.m.


Sleep, shower, email, read Moby Dick, or go for a walk. Maybe write a letter. Eat a cookie. Or seven.

Big fan of mail, I am indeed.

4:00 p.m.

Sleep for sure. I need my naps.

5:15 p.m.

Change into my serving blacks (black pants, black shoes, black serving shirt, you get the idea) and head to the lodge.

Set dinner table.

Start pre-dishes. Chill and set out wine & ice.

Set out appetizers.

Check Laundry. Fold stuff. Spend quality time in the linen room.

I love linen rooms.

8:00 p.m.

Serve Salads.

And Dinner.

And Dessert. And Coffee. And Tea.

The Best Creme Brulee I have ever eaten.

Spend some Uncle Tim Quality Time doing dishes. (He’s an excellent dryer.)

Wash. Dry. Put away. Repeat and repeat.

9:30 or 10:30 p.m.

(or whenever all the work is done):

Brush teeth, Adjust mosquito net, and


Beautiful, beautiful, blissful sleep.



 *I always confuse myself with the a.m. or p.m. with the 12 ocClocks. Did I get it right?


4 Comments Add yours

  1. Long days! I remember it as am is after midnight & pm is past mid-day(noon). Keep counting down. 🙂

    1. Anna says:

      Awesome : ) I usually figure that 12 comes after 11 so it’s still the same…so 12:30p.m. is night and a.m. is lunch. I think 😉

  2. jayfrz says:

    12 am is midnight. 12 pm is high noon.

    1. Anna says:

      Well that IS confusing.
      Thanks for the comment, J.

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