5 Things I Have to Do Every Day

This Friday could not have come early enough. Daylight Savings has been killing me this week; I’m tired and cranky and am so happy this week has come to an end. I haven’t been able to fall sleep until late, late at night (really, early morning), and I can’t scrape myself out of bed in the morning.  I hate the dark mornings of Daylight Savings about as much as I love the light evenings. DST is kicking my ass so hard, I haven’t gone running since Monday!

So when I learned that this week’s Friday 5 (the linkup hosted by the DC Trifecta, i.e., Courtney at Eat, Pray, Run DC, Mar at Mar on the Run, and Cynthia at You Signed up for What?!) theme was going to be “things about my day,” I balked a little. Would I be up to the challenge in light of my diminished capacity?

You be the judge.  Here are 5 things I have to do every day:

1. My makeup

Some women don’t need or desire to wear cosmetics, and I admire those women. I am not one of those women. I think it started when I was a teen, insecure about the dark circles under my eyes (thanks, allergies!). Well, here I am, 20-something years later, still loving makeup.

2. Have a breakfast smoothie or shake

I bought a Vitamix last spring and it was one of the best purchases I made all year. I stopped going to Starbucks as often (yay!) and lost a little weight. I fell out of the habit of my smoothie-making toward the end of the year, but have resumed my daily breakfast habit this winter. Smoothies and shakes taste delicious, are full of nutrients, are quick to fix, and keep me satisfied until after noon.

3. Exercise

I don’t run every day (especially currently, as I’m rebuilding my mileage base), but I try to exercise every single day. If I’m don’t run, I’ll take a Pilates group equipment class or a yoga class. On the days I don’t run or do Pilates or yoga, I’ll do my hip exercises: clamshells, side leg lifts, donkey kicks, and more.

4. Do something fun with my kids

Right now we’re working on a 1,200-piece puzzle of Washington, DC

I work full-time, and I don’t get that much time to spend with my kids at the end of the work-day. We always try to do something fun together at the end of the day, though, whether it’s reading a chapter book together (we just finished Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH), playing a game, doing a puzzle, or even watching a silly sitcom.

5. Play media catch-up

After the kids go to bed, I’ll lay in bed and read a magazine or book. I’ll check in on my blog and reply to comments, or I’ll write a post. And, as lame as it sounds, my night usually ends with a TV show viewing on Netflix, HBO Go, or Amazon.  Since finishing the excellent first season of “Togetherness” on HBO, I’ve been getting into “Broad City” (a Comedy Central show airing on Amazon). It’s offbeat, vulgar, and hilarious.

Other than the obvious (eat, sleep, go to the bathroom, and work), what do you have to do every day? Do you carve out daily “me-time,” and, if so, what do you like to do?

28 thoughts on “5 Things I Have to Do Every Day

    • DST killed me this week too. Today I hit snooze for an hour! I used to love doing puzzles but I spend most of my down time on social media.

      • I spend a lot of downtime on social media, too, and I’m not proud of it. 😦 I want to install one of those apps on my phone that tracks how much time I spend on it.

    • Well, that’s sort of what’s happening with the puzzle now. We’ve hit a really hard stage where every piece looks the same, so my husband is doing it right now. This puzzle has three layers, so once this layer is done, the kids and I will resume helping solve it.

  1. I am very curious to hear more about your smoothies! They actually keep you full?! I usually have a bowl of cereal and I am ready for second breakfast by 9am…

  2. NIMH! Oh, my gosh! This brings back such great memories; I’d totally forgotten about those books! I’m so glad y’all are enjoying them. I do usually carve out some “me” time each day; unfortunately, I was rudely interrupted by my poor husband this morning who heard about it from me, immediately. I’m sure he wishes he’d stayed in bed – ha! 😉 Thanks so much, Molly, and I hope you have a fantastic weekend!

  3. Love that you play with your kids everyday and try to do something fun! I don’t have children but I can’t imagine adding something else into my day! You rock. Smoothies are a must, especially since Spring is nearly here 🙂

    • Thank you! I don’t play with them as much as I would like to. Right now my husband’s taken on the book-reading with them, so we’ve been spending more time watching “Parks and Recreation.”

  4. I used to love doing puzzles. It’s great to something with your kids every day because they don’t stay young very long. I have to wear foundation because of my dark circles no matter what. Have a great weekend!

  5. Tricia Johnson says:

    I’m totally with you on the makeup everyday. I’m getting better about going without it, but YIKES! haha!

    As for smoothies, what’s your favorite combo? I’m trying to get back into these again, but I found when I was making them before that they were ending up being kind of high calorie, even though they were full of all healthy stuff.

    Hope you had a great weekend!

    • I love my green smoothies (spinach, pineapple, banana, green grapes, and ice) and my banana peanut butter shake/smoothie (Shakeology, coconut milk, banana, peanut butter, and ice).

      I hope you had a great weekend, too! I can’t to read your update.

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