Wordful Wednesday: What I Did Before I Went To Bed

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Yesterday I woke up at 6:40 AM without the sound of the alarm. Isn’t that impressive? Oh wait, I remember why I woke up. Chaucer came bounding into my bedroom crying and singing Barney and begging me to let him wash the dishes.

It was a nice little ice bucket dunk into the morning thingamajig that I spoke of earlier (as in a week ago). And I must say, I was quite the pistol yesterday. I worked out, I did laundry, I changed sheets, I washed an incredible amount of dishes leftover from our labor day celebrations. What else? Oh, here’s the clincher, I took BOTH kids to the store BY MY SELF. This is always a huge deal round here.

In a word, yesterday was a success. And if I’m being honest with ya’ll (which apparently I am) it was the first *ahem* success since I posted about my morning person metamorphosis. Yep, there’s a reason I hadn’t given you an “update.” It’s called sleeping in.

I’ve figured out what I have to do the night before in order to get up like I’m supposed to. Money Saving Mom talks about making a list of Evening Must Do’s. Here’s my list of priorities (they’ll obviously vary from night to night, but there are definitely a few constants):

Last Night’s 5 Must Do’s

1.) Make coffee the night before. This is huge, folks. One of these days when we’re rich and famous I’m gonna go to the Walmart and buy me a fancy machine with an alarm on it. That way, my coffee will wake up before me!

2.) Clean my kitchen. This has always been a no-brainer but sometimes I skip it. And when I do I want to hide under the covers til my fairy godmother, or better yet my mother-in-law shows up and cleans it for me.

3.) The other thing that makes mornings more tolerable is folded laundry. I hate laundry. I hate it with every fiber of my being. It’s about the most demotivating thing in the world to wake up and still need to fold laundry.

4.) Pick up the kids room. In a perfect world, they would be doing this every night before they go to bed. And sometimes the stars aline and everything happens like it should. But even then it doesn’t look as nice as when I do it.

5.) Try to wear a turban. Now, I can’t say if this will be a nightly priority. We’ll see. But I happened to receive a prize in the mail today! I won a sarong from a giveaway on themommymess.com. Naturally I had to see if it would also function as a turban. And whadya know? It did!

FYI sarongs are sexy. I don’t know if I’ll have the guts to wear it out because I look like a goddess in it and I don’t know how comfortable I am with people worshipping me. I think the turban might be a safer option, ya know, to keep folks from idolatry. We all have our burdens.

This is my laundry bag. You should have seen the look of disapproval on my hubs face. He thinks I’m so weird.

Welp, I must say, my five priorities DID in fact help me get up again today. What helps you get up in the morning? And don’t say it’s waking up at 4:30 to work out. That’s NOT going to happen over here. ????

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18 thoughts on “Wordful Wednesday: What I Did Before I Went To Bed

  1. Three Wagons: Sleep, Exercise, and Diet

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  2. hilljean

    On second thought though, I would die before donning a turban like you. You are ever cute!

  3. hilljean

    Alarm clocks should come with a gentle purring sound or something. I hate the brash “brrrring brrrrring!” sound that jars me out of my sweet sleep ????

  4. hilljean

    I really like the turban – kind of brings back memories of “I Love Lucy”:)

  5. hilljean

    She had so much more class than I could ever hope to gain. Sigh.

  6. hilljean

    Could you come move in with me, then? I have a penchant for hiding my dirty clothes. It could be like a treasure hunt and then the reward would be getting to do all my laundry! Yay!

  7. hilljean

    Thanks ???? The mug is the most important part.

  8. hilljean

    Hilarious! Love the coffee timer idea. I’m traumatized every morning by my alarm clock. I have the same priorities as you (minus the turban), I just wish someone else can get them done.

  9. hilljean

    I’ll fold the laundry and make the coffee if you get the baby’s toys off every square inch of the living room and remind me to set my alarm.
    P.S. For this to work, we might have to move in together. I hope that isn’t too forward.

  10. Christian at Point Counter-Point Point Point

    The only problem I see with this plan working for me is that I would have to wake up super early just so that I would have enough time to accomplish all those things on your list before I went to bed. I’m slow and very unmotivated.

  11. hilljean

    Hey, I’m putting the goods to use! But seriously, I wish I could pull off a turban. That would really take care of the bad hair/no shower days.

  12. hilljean

    Karee, your coffee maker inspired me. I want one so bad. Sigh. Someday. And I’m glad to hear you think your friends are crazy too!

  13. hilljean

    I could never get up without my programmable coffee maker. The grinder works as my alarm clock. And, I have some friends that get up at 4:30a to workout. I think they are crazy! No way in the world would I ever do that. I, like you, make sure everything is picked up the night before. Otherwise, I get grumpy pretty quickly after waking and seeing it all. Sheesh. You’d think we are related or something!


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