Sunday, June 20, 2010
Last night was cutting it close, but I actually crawled into bed at 12:36am instead of by 12:30am. Not too late, but not on time either. However, when my alarm went off at 8:30am, I quickly turned it off but did not go back to sleep. Not long after, the kitties jumped up on the bed and started ripping around and pouncing on any toe or finger movement under the covers. They have so much energy, that Hubby and I couldn't help but to wake up with smiles (and nibbled toes). I call this a success!
I'm feeling a bit less tired today. I'm not sure exactly why, but I'm happy nonetheless. I'm looking forward to this week. Have a great one!!!
Saturday, June 19, 2010
The goal: to be in bed at or before 12:30am, then wake up at 8:30am.
The reality: in bed by 12:25am, but asleep by a few minutes after 1am, then woke up at 9:20am (after turning off the alarm when it went off at 8:30am, because "I didn't want it to wake up Hubby." MmmHmm.).
I'm pleased. I'm making some progress. And I've been very fatigued lately. I am actually a little concerned that I may be a tad allergic to the new kitties. I am very congested, sneezing constantly, have itchy eyes, and feel overwhelming bouts of sleepiness. I'm hoping that I'm just getting used to the new babies and will be feeling myself again very soon. In the meantime, I will be kind to myself.
On a side note, I met a lady today who is also looking for an attormey job. She suggested we help each other out by keeping our eyes out for job opporutnities for each other and reading each others cover letters, etc. I'm excited about the prospect of a new friend. I'm highly agitated, though, after learning that she's having as much trouble finding a position as I am and she has over a decade of experience. How can the evening news keep saying that the economy is getting so much better? I'm just not seeing it.
Friday, June 18, 2010
Last night was the first night I was supposed to go to sleep at or before 12:30am. How hard is that? It shouldn't be, but at 12:30am I got up to go to bed and just had to pet the kitties goodnight. Too bad for me that the kitties are so adorable and wanting lots of pets and scratches. I just couldn't leave them, so I was in bed, ahem, at 12:40am, which is 10 minutes late. Not a very auspicious start.
This morning, my alarm goes of at 8:30am, just as scheduled. So what does my sleep-addled mind reason? I can snooze for 10 minutes because I went to bed 10 minutes late. What the??? Which means I got up at 8:40am, which is 10 minutes late.
This is clearly not going to be as easy as I thought. It just goes to show that if this was really easy for me, then I would already be doing it. On a sad note, even with a full 8 hours sleep I was still fatigued all day. On the positive, I got to sleep and woke up earlier than I have in I can't remember how long.
One day at a time...
Thursday, June 17, 2010
A few days ago I wrote a blog about my "Trouble Goal," which is my sleep non-schedule and how it negatively affects my life. Several people offered very good suggestions (thank you Leah, Nan, and Lynne). I also just read in "The Four Day Win," by Martha Beck, that it is a good idea to do something for four days, because it is not a huge commitment, which makes it seem more do-able, but it is long enough to establish the beginnings of a habit. Beck also suggests that the goal set for the four days should be something SO easy that it is laughable how easy it would be to achieve the four-day goal.
At first I thought I should go to bed at 11pm, but that didn't make me comfortable, because now I'm up from between 1am and 3am depending on how hard it is for me to fall asleep. So, as Beck recommends, I kept cutting that goal in half and then in half until I thought it was an easily achievable goal. So I've settled on going to sleep for the next four nights at or before 12:30am. Following the suggestions of the ladies, I'm going to set my alarm for an 8-hour sleep, which means getting up for the next four days at 8:30am. I think this is do-able. Once I have done this successfully for four days, I'll set earlier sleep times in four-day increments until I'm going to sleep at a reasonable time and waking up early enough and well-rested enough to get a good start on my day. So that's the plan. Wish me luck!
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Hubby and I adopted two Persian kittens on Saturday. The kittens are more than we could have hoped for. They are little love bugs, jumping up into my lap and purring like crazy. They love to be pet and scratched, which is great because their fur is so soft that they feel like little angora bunnies. They are so sweet, but with tons of curiousity and energy, which would get them into trouble if we didn't keep an eye out for them. We are very fortunate to have them in our lives and sharing our home.
Here's a peak at my new life's joy. The brown tabby female is named "Emmy"; the red tabby male is still officially unnamed, but we're thinking "Cody" now, because it is masculine, but soft, and yet a little Wild West crazy.
The kitties playing with Dad:
The kitties all tuckered out:
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