It's a Good Morning

>> Tuesday, October 23, 2012

I woke up at 7 AM today, which is earlier than normal (I try to sleep as long as Ada will allow me to!), but I used that time wisely and got a good chunk of my work done -- uninterrupted. I also got in a bit of early breakfast (I guess you could call it part 1), some eggs and detox tea.

Yes. Detox tea. Though this plan isn't a detox, I imagine tea can't hurt anything.

When Ada woke up, it was immediately clear that she's teething. She's being very clingy and unhappy. Drooling like crazy. So, despite my attempts to play with her, I decided the best thing to do was swoop her up and take a walk around the neighborhood.

It's chilly and rainy, but a short mile was just what she and I needed.

I'll round out breakfast after I post with oatmeal or a grain of some sort mixed with unsweetened applesauce and some strawberries. I'm also planning to "snack" on a green smoothie before lunch to get in greens.

Speaking of mid-day meals, I'll be eating this hefty bowl of leftover miso stew from last night's dinner. And definitely a few more Chocolate-PB Energy Balls.

I loosely followed this recipe, but made the following modifications.

  • Low sodium vegetable stock in place of water
  • Peas in place of broccoli
  • Juice of half a lemon versus ginger (I didn't have any)
  • Added 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper for heat
  • Omitted cilantro
  • Omitted rice vinegar
  • Increased the volume of everything a bit to yield more stew

GOAL #2: I'd like to experiment with new structure(s) for my day. Getting some work done before Ada woke up was a huge help. (I didn't think I could because much of what I do is posted in a time frame that works better for the west coast.) I don't feel as rushed or split with my attention for any of my responsibilities today.

This meant time for taking a short morning walk outdoors. I take lots of walks, but starting the morning off this way is the best. Fresh air is going to become increasingly more important as we head into the winter months. Also, I think one reason I've been eating poorly and feeling stressed has to do with feeling overstretched. I need to reevaluate the way I'm spending my time.

Right now, Ada's napping and I'm not furiously trying to finish up anything with a deadline. I get a breather or some time to actually cook, clean, pay bills, etc. That sounds rather old-fashioned, but part of staying home is keeping the house running smoothly. I'm not ashamed or embarrassed of that. After years of chaos, it's a nice change.

In short: I've always prided myself on my ability to multitask, but there's a calm in being able to focus on single things, even if it's only from time to time.

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