I have never been a morning person. If you told me a few years ago that one day I’d be living on the west coast and working on an Eastern time zone schedule I would have laughed in your face! But, I suppose you gotta do what you gotta do! Doug, on the other hand, goes into work quite late so I am up early in the morning by myself while the apartment complex is still quiet. My co-workers have been really great in trying not to schedule any super early 6:00am meetings, so I try to take a few minutes every day while booting up my computer to have a little “me time” in the morning.
Coffee is my #1 necessity in the morning, especially since I still struggle to wake up super early. I get up every day and either put on my Le Creuset Kettle to make a carafe of French Press (we have a Bodum press), or if I need to prep for a meeting I’ll turn on the Keurig for a quick cup. Today I wanted to go for a walk around the marina, so I turned on the Keurig and headed out for my walk.
When I came back after 15 mins (it was chilly out!) my coffee was already ready to go and I treated myself to some whole grain waffles with strawberries. Zinnie, who usually has strawberries in the morning, didn’t seem to mind trading his breakfast with me for a piece of banana!
If I’m short I’m time I’ll just have some yogurt, but typically after a weekend (when I’ve just visited the farmer’s markets) I’ll make a green juice with some of my market goodies! One of my favorite green juice recipes is by Emily of Cupcakes and Cashmere — I just omit the parsley because I don’t like the taste. Depending on what fruit I have handy I may also throw in a few berries just to sweeten it up a bit!
I also try to spend a few minutes every morning playing with Zinnie — sometimes he will sit on my shoulder while I make breakfast, other times he’ll fly back to his cage to start eating. Some mornings he will decide he needs to take a shower while I’m rinsing his fruit in the sink, and he’ll crawl down my arm and sit under the water. Its hilarious to watch! I don’t have a video, but you can see a picture here.
When I’m finished with breakfast I head into my “office” to start my day. It’s really just a desk in our guest bedroom, but it gets decent natural light and is away from any other distractions in the apartment. My desk is an antique that I found back in Massachusetts, but its matching chair sadly broke during the move. Luckily, I was able to find an almost identical match to replace it with!
From this point in the day I’m pretty much a busy bee with work — answering emails, joining conference calls, and getting started on my ever-growing to do list. But I’m always thankful for the time I spent on myself in the morning, especially when its 4pm and I’m still sitting at my desk!
How do you spend your mornings? Do you have a must-do morning ritual? Are you an early bird or a late riser? Let me know! Send me a tweet at @tinewatson!
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