Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Thanksgiving and All It's Trimmings

This is the one time of year I will be sentimental, so soak it up to last for the next 365 days! I really do love Thanksgiving and for the past 5 years I have had to work and have not been able to spend it with my family, and while my parents will be in Colorado, I will be able to spend it with my sister and some extended family and I am very excited. So in the spirit of giving all thanks here is a small list of things that I am truly grateful for this year.
1. My family...they give me so much support and strength.

2. My friends...they keep me laughing and keep me grounded.

3. My sister....(I know she's techniqually family AND friend, but I'm so incredibly thankful that she is in my life)

4. Books....weird maybe...but they bring such happiness to my on that note...being able to read as well!

5. My job....I have a great job and a stable job.

6. My health....something I think many of us take for granted.

7. Football! (And the Colts beating the Patriots and being 10-0 so far)

8. The snow....though I haven't seen any yet....ahh the little things.

9. My education...I'm grateful I have the opportunity and drive.

10. Music...especially lately The much much much art.

And so, as we eat too much turkey and too much pie and watch and hopefully play a little football, may we always be reminded of the blessings that daily grace our lives.
Happy Thanksgiving!

Monday, November 9, 2009

Catching some Zzzzz's.....

Is exactly what I am NOT doing. About 6 weeks ago I started working nights. I was quite apprehensive because if you know me at all you know I am absolutely NOT a night person. I get up at 5am every day and go to bed at 10, it's how I've always been, I believe it's how I will always be. So it was no surprise to me when I began to work nights that my already disastrous sleeping habits took a turn for the worse. To my surprise staying awake all night was not the difficult part of the equation, it was the sleeping at 7am part that threw me for a loop, and now the sleeping during normal hours is proving to be problematic as well. If you can do simple math you just calculated that there isn't another option....yes....I have apparently (please excuse the "Twilight" reference) become a vampire and do not need to sleep, at least that is what I am currently experiencing. On average I'm getting about 3-4 hours of sleep in any given 24 hour period, sometimes in 48. I am struggling to sleep during the day, my mind and body just will not let me, and now I'm finding it difficult to sleep during the night because that same body and mind now believe they are supposed to be awake during those hours. So what's a girl to do? I have no ideas on how to improve the sleep, I have however found several things to do at 3am when NOT sleeping.
  1. Read....classic
  2. Watch the A&E version of Pride and Prejudice
  3. Watch the extended versions of Lord of the Rings
  4. Go to Wal-mart
  5. Update my Facebook status....every hour....
  6. Personal Skip-It challenge
  7. Catch up on episodes of HOUSE and NCIS that I missed that week
  8. Resist the temptation to text those who are normal and actually sleeping
  9. Beat brick-breaker on my Blackberry
  10. Plan my wardrobe for the next 7 days