Starting the morning just right

standard October 11, 2011 1 response

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My alarm always chirps too early for my tastes. 6:15am to be specific. The kid has to be at school by 8:30, which means we have to be out the door just before 8, which means they get up at 7, which in turn means that if I’m not up by 6:15 I don’t have time to shower, primp, and have breakfast before having to be on.

And if I don’t have breakfast, I get cranky. Really, really cranky.

Seriously, just ask the kids.

And yes, I do need the full 45 minutes to get ready. 5 minutes for breakfast and 40 minutes for my morning routine. 

You know, the morning primping routine? Come on. You know you have one too.

Mine starts with a shower. Probably a longer shower than necessary, complete with shampoo, conditioner, face cleaning, some shaving, and endless standing under the water, waiting for my brain to engage.

In the fall that usually takes longer than in the summer. The thought of getting out of the warm shower and stepping into the cold and dark bathroom is so rarely appealing.

But then I finally do and I start the rest of the routine. Lotion for my legs, lotion for my arms, cream for my face. Anything to keep my skin soft and smooth. The colder months have a tendency to dehydrate my legs, rendering them scaly and decidedly un-sexy. Lotion… in obsessive quantities if you ask my husband… is the only solution to the issue.

So I indulge.

Then I have a micro-trantrum because once my hands are nice and greasy it’s virtually impossible to turn the thingy on my deodorant. (What? I mentioned that I got cranky before breakfast!)

It’s not a stellar routine. I don’t use products that cost a zillion dollars. I don’t even always use the same products from month to month. But the routine is what keeps me grounded. When I get up in the morning, I’m groggy, sleepy, and wishing I could spend the day in bed. By the time I emerge from the bathroom my brain has engaged, I know what’s expected of me, and I’m ready to face it all… usually with a smile.

So, yes, I could sleep until 7 every day, and it’s tempting, especially in Autumn when it starts to still be dark at 6am, but I’ll trade feeling grounded for a little sleep any day. 

My hair hasn’t been this short since 2009, but my smile is still as big.

Thank you to Walgreens for sponsoring this blog post. I was selected for this sponsorship by the Clever Girls Collective. All opinions are my own.

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  • Wow! You get up early enough to be fully ready by the time your kids wake up!?!?! That is impressive!
    Meanwhile, your hair looks super cute!


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