Up before the sun. To run?

Sure, getting up before the sun is not really that hard in the dead of winter. But there is something poetic about being up early –  before the sun for most of the year, and before most other people, for that matter.

I’ve written before about waking up early to write. But now that I am starting a new job, with regular starting hours (i.e 8:30 am instead of 10 am), I will now HAVE to wake up early. Plus, I am still going to try hard to keep my workouts in the morning.

I experimented today. I had a 9 am appointment, and needed to be out of the house by 8:30. I woke up at 6 am – no snooze button! – and hauled myself to the gym (waking up today wasn’t that hard actually – I think I woke up around a quarter ’til 6 and just waited for the alarm). After my workout (a 4 mile run), I stopped into Marc’s to pick up some cauliflower for tonight’s meal and some lotion. I was home by 7:30 am. A workout and an errand before 7:30? Sign me up! (I also made it safely to my appointment on time.)

Seriously, I love accomplishing a lot in the morning. It’s definitely my productive time.

So in order to be out the door between 7:45 and 8 am every morning, I am looking at a 5:15 am wake up to go straight to the gym. Because, you see, I also need to build in time to have breakfast and coffee while reading the paper before going to work.

I am looking forward to this, actually. I like the idea of feeling like a crazy person for being awake at 5:15 am, only to get to the gym to be around other crazies 🙂 I am also a little nervous! Hopefully, posting my plan on the blog will hold me accountable, and that after a week or so it will feel like second-nature (also known as a routine).

I claim to be a morning person and someone who likes to be “up before the sun” – I guess we’ll see if that’s true, starting Monday!

What’s your morning routine?


January 4, 2013 at 7:00 pm Leave a comment

New Year, New Hustle.

First: a confession. The title of this blog post comes from a Tweet by A Practical Wedding (@PracticalWed), a great site for sane weddings, but also a site for life. I saw the Tweet yesterday, and instantly knew I had to adopt it for myself as this new year gets fully underway.

I am not big on resolutions. I suppose I am much more a fan of constantly reflecting and reevaluating, which means that, for me, waiting until a new year seems silly. Plus I think small changes are much more meaningful than big, bold declarations. (And, I can’t stand how busy the gym gets the first few weeks of January!)

However, I am prepared to realign priorities, come up with and implement new plans, and reenergize  my hustle.  Seems like the right time, not just because it’s a new year, but for some other reasons as well.

I’ve been reading some great books that are ultimately about the need to hustle. Kate White’s I Shouldn’t Be Telling You This: Success Secrets Every Gutsy Girl Should Know is a great example. Her insight and advice are very inspiring and, important to me, actionable. I feel like I can implement much of what she says, which makes me feel excited. I’m also part way through Peggy Klaus’ Brag!: The Art of Tooting Your Own Horn without Blowing Itand I am really enjoying it. Again, I think much of her advice will be actionable, which is a huge thing for me. ?

So, reading these books is part of my new hustle in the new year. What are you doing to kickoff 2013 the right way?


January 3, 2013 at 3:57 pm Leave a comment

Back at it.

happy 2013

I hope you all had a great holiday season and wish you a healthy, happy New Year.

Phew. After a week and a half off from work, it’s back to the grind today. And I’m feeling it 🙂

Our Christmas was wonderful. We spent lots of time with family and each other – that’s pretty much all I ask for Christmas.

In between Christmas and New Year’s Eve I did – well, not much. Which I am OK with. I rested and recharged those batteries to prepare for the first part of this year. We also spent some time with friends we hadn’t seen in awhile, which is always a blast.

On New Year’s Eve, we were out shopping when it started to snow kind of hard (again, UGH), which stole away all our enthusiasm for going out to dinner. We ended up hiding away at home, and enjoying homemade tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwiches  I was not sad about this because I love tomato soup and we used our Tillamook cheese. So we definitely came out ahead 🙂 On New Year’s Day, we went to my aunt’s house for our traditional pork dinner and then relaxed at home for the evening, mentally preparing for getting back into the work groove (or at least the latter part was true for me; M didn’t have the last week and a half off…).

Despite my slight sadness that the holidays are over, I will say that I had a great few weeks (starting with  our first family party on Dec. 15!) so there is a lot of joy to focus on. What’s more, there is something lovely about getting back into a routine. Isn’t it funny how breaking routine and getting back into routine are equally refreshing? 

I forced myself to get up earlier than normal to hit the gym – I guess you could say I tried to shock my body back into routine! All in all, I am ready to take on 2013, and hope you are, too!

January 2, 2013 at 7:37 pm Leave a comment

Countdown to Christmas

This is absolutely my favorite Christmas song this year. Disclaimer: I’ve never actually seen Glee, but I think they do a good job with this song.

Merry Christmas, if that’s your thing!

December 23, 2012 at 3:48 pm Leave a comment

Happy first day of Winter!

Well, as expected, we’re getting hit pretttttty good right now with some snow. Luckily, we don’t have anywhere we have to be for the rest of the day or tomorrow. Basically, we’re hiding 🙂

It’s an appropriate start to the Winter though, right?!

Speaking of the first day of Winter, I have to say I am glad it’s here. Why? Because it’s also the shortest day of the year. That’s right, today is the longest it will be dark. Which means we’ve made it into the depths, and the only way to go is up.

I am all about the sun. I crave it, I yearn for it, I bask in it when it is here.

And, I miss it.

From here on out though, the days get longer and longer and longer and looooooooonger.

I know we have a ways to go, trust me. But I feel heartened that I’ve made it to the brink without losing my mind. 🙂

Related: Does anyone know why Christmas lights on houses are a thing? Is it because Christmas comes during the darkest part of the year, and the lights help offset that? I reasoned that as a possibility in my head, but I have zero proof.

Anyway, I am glad it’s the shortest day of the year. And if you’re somewhere getting hit hard, too, be safe and warm and dry 🙂

December 21, 2012 at 9:09 pm Leave a comment

Preparing for snow.

By all accounts, Cleveland is about to get hit with the first snowstorm of the season. Yay! ?

We will have snow coming down, it will still be windy and thanks to the wet roads and (now) cold temperatures, there will be some slick spots.  Thanks to the wind, wind chills will be in the 20s and teens!  The heavier snow will pick up late morning and the EVENING commute will be considerably worse.  3″-5″ could accumulate..

Friday night the lake effect continues and we could see some good accumulation in the snowbelts.  This is why there is a WINTERSTORM WATCH for Cuyahoga, Lake, Geauga and Ashtabula counties from Thursday night THROUGH Saturday evening.

Side Note: What does it mean when meteorologists admit that their forecast is “complicated”?

SO anyway. Yeah, here it comes, I guess. I think secretly we’ve all been hoping for a mild winter on par with last year, since we haven’t gotten any snow to really speak of yet this year. But I feel we may be in for a wake up call tomorrow. Well, Cleveland winter: bring it on (I guess).

So to prepare for the snow, I went on a 6 mile run this morning, before the rain started. Gotta get in all the running I can before the sidewalks get covered in snow and ice. It was pretty cold though, not going to lie. And the wind. Oh the wind.

I’m also planning to make a big ol’ pot of Quinoa Chicken Soup tonight. I basically used this recipe from Iowa Girl Eats, except with only regular potatoes and no sweet potatoes because no matter what I do, I can’t get myself to like sweet potatoes, which makes me sad, but it’s just reality I guess. (It’s the sweetness, I think. I am not interested in sweet-ish main dishes.) I think I used rosemary instead of thyme, too, since that what we’ve got.

Poor M is sick, so this soup also serves as a Get Well dish.

I better admit, too, that there is part of me that hopes it snows enough, and that it sticks, so the snow is here for………Christmas!

If you’re in an area getting snow tomorrow, are you doing anything to “prepare”?

December 20, 2012 at 7:44 pm 1 comment

Good comedy.

I am not a big TV or movie person. However, if I am going to watch something, eight or nine times out of ten, I’d rather watch a TV show or a movie that will make me laugh rather than something in the drama or action genre.

Here is the thing though: good comedy is hard to find sometimes, especially in mainstream comedy. And mainstream is where I’m at – so this post will probably offend those of you who are comedy buffs or whatever. I’m just a casual comedy fan who craves smart comedy that makes me laugh and that is also not offensive. Trust me, it’s possible.

For example:

Wanda Sykes makes a good, funny rape joke (via this post by Kate Harding with tons of actually funny rape jokes).

SO good.

But so much mainstream comedy is just annoying. My classic example is The Hangover, which I refuse to see or even link to.

This is my dilemma. I, of course, loved Bridesmaids and I went through a Modern Family phase. But, I am always on the lookout for good comedy. Which is why I am very glad I started watching The Mindy Project.

I had been meaning to read Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?  for awhile, and finally started it on Monday. It made me laugh a lot – and I started that night, too, to watch some episodes of the TV show.

Seriously, the book and the show are both examples of smart, genuine, actually funny comedy. I admit: I’m obsessed (related: I’m obsessed with adding videos to blog posts, too!).



December 19, 2012 at 2:37 pm Leave a comment

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