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.
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
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?