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April 06, 2007

Up early

SunshineWhen I visited with two long-time friends recently, we talked about rising early.

Not for me, I opined. I need my sleep, and the thought of being up even a little earlier than just-enough-time-to-get-out-the-door-to-drop-the-kids-at-school seemed a little ridiculous.

Sheri and Kathy shrugged and told me what they do early -- take time for the newspaper, straighten things, walk the dogs. I decided to myself that I'd try it for a month to see what happened.

Well, lots has happened in the past month (don't get me started), but the net is that I'm now up by 6:30 or 7 at the latest, and sometimes much earlier. This morning my eyes popped open at 5:45 and I decided what the heck and got up.

The most amazing part is that there's time on my hands. Time to de-clutter a little (whooo boy, how much fun is that?), time to bake muffins for my children (they are in shock, and wonder why this is happening to them), time to take the clothes out of the dryer and put them in the drawers instead of dressing my family from a laundry basket (and looking like it).

Here's the weird thing: I also gave up my caffeine addiction in the past six weeks. It wasn't all by choice, but my intake is down from a couple of lattes and um, eight to 12 Diet Cokes a day to an occasional glass of iced tea and my morning pot of tea.

I have time in the morning for a pot of tea. Go figure.

Here are some things I've done in the past few weeks that I have wanted to get to: started an adorable quilt for a baby my niece will have any minute now, organized some kindergarten paperwork from my daughter (who is now in third grade), put a photo of my son's 2000 Little League team in a frame, on the wall, instead of leaving it hanging out in a drawer.  It's 9:30 now and I've already dropped two bags of clothes at Goodwill, had the oil changed in my car, left off the dry cleaning and visited with my buds at the coffee shop. Oh yeah, and I'm not dreading the day of work, either. I'm a little more centered than I used to be, I think.

I keep wanting to take my temperature. I'm not sick, but I'm not acting like myself. And I like it.

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