My alarm goes off at 6:30, and whether I wake up depends on what side I’m sleeping on. I’m deaf in my right ear, so very often it’s Nicolaj, my husband, getting pissed because I can’t hear my own alarm clock.
After that, I have a coffee, and I’m always thinking about when I’m going to sleep again. I’m always tired, I never wake up fully fresh – maybe it’s because I have three kids. If we’re lucky, they get up later than us, but now the big ones are starting school so they need to be up around 7:00, latest. Sometimes you’re lucky and they’re already up and have started their breakfast, but other days you’re struggling to get them up.
So I go down and have my coffee, and start to make the kids lunchboxes. We have this really good machine, an old La Pavoni Cellini. We’re very picky. There’s this ritual around having our coffee, it means so much. It’s such a good start. At the office there’s also a big, barista-style coffee machine from Victoria Arduino, and it’s a smaller version of the one we have at home.
If I’m at my parent’s place, and they have this really bad coffee machine, I don’t get as good a start to the day. It’s a treat, and it’s a ritual that I really enjoy.
In Denmark, in all schools you have to pack a lunchbox, there’s no food provided. It’s a very Danish routine to make lunchboxes for your kids.
On a runway day, the kids are still there, you know, so it’s actually pretty much the same. Of course you’re super nervous, but you need to do the lunchboxes, you need to get them to school, they need to brush their teeth. So that kind of takes off the pressure.