I should take a walk. I should go outside. It’s so sunny, the sky is so blue, and I really need a few minor grocery items. But now that it’s actually turned into winter and there’s snow on the ground, I am reluctant to go out…
…because of shoes.
I don’t have any good shoes to wear in the snow. I have some that are, at most, acceptable for a short walk, assuming I can get back inside and take them off when they inevitably become soaked with gross, salty snow (I live in the city so the snow gets gross very quickly). In fact, in every sense, preparing my legs to go out in winter weather is always the worst part, especially if I want to wear a dress. Socks won’t do because I’ll still be cold, but tights are not warm enough. And I’ve worn multiple layers of socks before and I have to say, I don’t enjoy it.
Also, as I’m still waiting on some income that has been delayed, it’s better to stay in. If I do go to the store to buy my bread and half and half, I’ll be tempted to get something else as well, and it won’t be something I really need, but it would be tasty and hard to turn down. So to avoid the inevitable extra expense of something I shouldn’t buy, I should stay at home.
But if I don’t buy bread, what am I going to do with all this jam?
On the bus, as I’m waiting for blood to circulate back to my numbed ears, I look out the window and I see people carrying iced coffees. Large ones. Perhaps I should rethink my theory that I’m insane. But, you know, maybe these people are made of volcanoes.
Ok, maybe I’m still insane…
But at least I’m not crazy enough to drink iced coffee when it’s this cold out.
This morning was day 1 of my new project: being able to wake up like a normal person. Yesterday, after sleeping way too late yet again, I searched for articles about how to wake up more easily. Some of the tips were stupid, but some were helpful, and the most helpful-sounding ones were repeated over and over again.
- Go to bed and wake up at the same time every day.
- Take some time to “wind down” before bed (I’m giving it at least half an hour). That means turn off electronics, don’t eat anything heavy, maybe meditate.
- Turn lights on/open blinds right when you wake up. I’ve always noticed this definitely does help, but now that the internet has confirmed my observation, it’s officially true.
The articles actually suggest setting your alarm every single day, including weekends… I’m not going to do that this weekend (at least, not both days), and not on Christmas, but I will probably start to do it soon. My winter-induced urge to hibernate does not match up with my daily life. Supposedly, if you stick to the routine, after a little while you’ll fall asleep and wake up naturally at those times.
I’m also going to try, for a little while, to reduce my caffeine intake after 2 or 3 pm. I’ve been known to drink coffee right up until sometimes 9pm, although usually I stop closer to 6 or 7. However, I think that until I get used to falling asleep earlier, having unnecessary caffeine in my system probably won’t be helpful.
I’m not a decaf person. I’ve rarely ever had it in my life. Does it taste different? Is it worth even getting it? Because I feel like it would change the flavor. Maybe it’s just the idea of it–if I didn’t know it was decaf, it would taste exactly the same. I want to do this experiment. Someone, please give me decaf coffee, tell me it’s regular, and we’ll see if I can tell the difference.
Probably not. But I do like to think I would.
That also means less black tea in the evenings. I have no idea what I’m going to drink now. Probably water and green or herbal teas.
However, as I might have mentioned, my policy is not to deprive myself of foods (apparently, this is the European way?) or drinks, so if I really want chai or coffee after work, I’ll get it. I just might hold off for this week, to try to get myself used to actually falling asleep.
If you’re like me, and you’re not a morning person at all in terms of energy, you might like to hear how this project goes. I’ll update occasionally as my sleep patterns change or don’t change, so pop back in next Monday or so.
In the meantime, avoid iced coffee if you live in New England (or Canada, or somewhere else where it’s almost winter). For me.
It’s about that time again. I really feel like “Madness” is accurate, although not limited to Monday. My life makes me feel crazy. 😛 I can’t really explain what I mean without going into super-backstory, so I guess you’ll just have to take my word for it. Don’t worry, I’m a functional crazy.
1) I am SO incredibly tired today. I got a pretty substantial amount of sleep this weekend, so you’d think I would be ok, but I really just wanted to hide in bed and sleep for the bulk of the day instead of getting up and going to work.
2) Leisurely breakfasts are the only way to actually have a good morning. (Perhaps, don’t take this so literally. There may be other ways, but I mean that most mornings I have that are good involve a leisurely breakfast, or at least leisurely coffee.) That did not happen today.
3) Isn’t it fucking spring? Why did my hands freeze while waiting for the bus this morning? Why does it have to be so damn windy? Wind is pretty much always guaranteed to ruin my mood. Wind is the enemy of hairdos, scarves, umbrellas, stacks of paper, and anything you happen to set down on the ground. Also of certain types of skirts. Just one more advantage to the pencil skirt, really…
I’m trying to determine what it is that I want so badly right now. I am not hungry, as I had a snack of a Kind bar and then a plastic container full of vegetables. But I keep craving something, like… a caramel latte, maybe. If you’ve never had one, they’re basically dessert dressing up as coffee. You know it’s not really coffee, but you go along pretending it is for the time that you’re drinking it.
Side note: Kind apricot-almond bars with yogurt are really good. I need to get some more of them for those times when I need a snack, but I’m lazy.
In the future I do want to try to make Monday Madness posts a little bit more coherent, focused on one thing, but like I said, my life makes me crazy and my brain is all over the place (and not a place that’s useful, like in my head. I don’t know where it went). So we’ll just have to try again next time.
Much sanity to you.
I’m going to tell you something. …I sometimes blog when I’m at work.
I really shouldn’t be, because (unfortunately) this is not what I’m getting paid for. However, like just about everyone I need to take breaks from staring at my editing work sometimes, and when all I can think about is writing a blog post, it’s better to just do it than to be distracted by thinking about it all day. I try to make sure I’m actually getting my work done as well.
As I was going through my corrections on a manuscript, my mind kept wandering to what I’m going to make for dinner. I was stumped for a while. My chicken is frozen, pasta is too plain, I piled on veggies for lunch and I don’t want breakfast food, because I’m planning to have that for breakfast. I remembered then that I have a can of chicken noodle soup I bought, and it is the winning option for tonight. It has a good mix of flavors, only requires about a minute of prep, and might inspire this cold to hurry up and go away.
I’ve been suffering through my worst cold for a very long time, as anyone who’s friends with me on facebook has seen. All my status updates last week were about how much my cold sucked… mostly was a horrible cough that kept keeping me from falling asleep. It has now mostly gone away, but it’s sort of hanging on by its fingernails. I hate it when my colds have fingernails.
I also remembered that I still have most of the kale chips I made still waiting to be eaten, at least four days later. It was my first attempt at them, and I think they came out pretty well, although they might have been cooked a little too much. Lower temp next time, and hopefully they won’t get so brown. And maybe I’ll use my run-of-the-mill olive oil instead of the good stuff next time. I don’t think that really makes a difference.
This basically means that dinner is soup and kale chips. I know I’ve had worse dinners before. Maybe I’ll have some toast with peanut or almond butter and an apple for dessert. Most of the apples I got are tiny, but that’s ok.