Monday FAIL

Didn’t do it.

Didn’t get up early today. AT. ALL.

Didn’t get up REALLY early (5 am) or early(5:30 am) or even really when I should have gotten up.

And I blame the government. You know, Daily Savings and all. And Monday.


Just like Scarlet, I’ll worry about that tomorrow. When I plan on getting up EARLY. Maybe REALLY early. Who knows.


I’m not The Doctor

Not a lot of complex thoughts today, but an interesting truth I’ve realized…

Some notes from Early to Rise:

“You want more, and the only time you are going to get it is at 5am.”

Ok. I’ll give. He’s right. I don’t have more time. I can’t make more time. And unless The Doctor shows up in this:

The TardisI’m probably not tearing through the fabric of all time and space. ***sits waiting for David Tennant or Matt Smith, either one will do*** Nope. Gotta get up earlier if I want more time in my day. (PS–If you haven’t seen Doctor Who, you like sci-fi  & British TV, then you need to find Doctor Who on Netflix–you are welcome.)

You need to equip yourself for success, and house slippers are part of your arsenal.

Yes, sir, you are correct. Slippers required. I have a variety. I’m all about “being dressed to your shoes” when it’s time to go out and about, but I LOVE some comfy slippers.

I think I have come to the conclusion that if I want to take advantage of getting up early by actually doing something in this time before others get up that I’m going to have to get up before 5:30 am. Realizing that your “new early” isn’t early enough really isn’t the best feeling.

SHUT UP! says the voice in my head. Are you kidding?? You don’t want to get up early to begin with! Seriously? You haven’t even been getting up at 5:30 each morning. I have been AWAKE at 5:30 for the past week. Proof:

time screenshot

The problem is that the mornings that I got up at 5:30 (go me!) I felt like I actually needed more time.  If the whole idea is to get up early enough to actually be doing something productive, then 5:30 isn’t going to cut it.  So, I’m thinking that I’m getting up even earlier next week. Or at least setting the alarm earlier. Gracious. Monday morning is going to be interesting. I think it will be a fuzzy black slipper day.


Early to Rise, Part 2: When Did Buying Real Estate Become Entertainment?

Ok. Yesterday I set my alarm for 5:30 a.m. My alarm is on my phone and my phone takes the pictures & it’s an Android and I don’t know how to take a screen shot, so…no picture to prove that I was awake then. Guess I’ll need to take a picture of another clock. 5:30 is not a time I enjoy being up at. For the record, I didn’t get out of bed immediately. But I was awake, I did NOT hit snooze and roll over and go back to sleep. So, progress.

I’ve been reading Early to Rise by Andy Traub and I’ve got some notes:

1. Andy says it’s ok to ease into the early morning thing. So I don’t feel so bad about not hopping right out of bed.

2. He also says I have to go to bed earlier. Sigh.

3.Everyone is motivated, even lazy people. Hmmm. This really stuck out to me. You know when your parents told you that you could do whatever you wanted to when you were grown up and left their house? True, but not all that productive. Maybe with more sleep I’ll be able to squash the “don’t-want-tos” that I get more often than I’d like to admit.

4.Why don’t we get up? We would rather be asleep than thinking. NAIL. ON. THE. HEAD. I know people who say they are worried and can’t sleep. I cannot relate at all. Not a bit. For me sleep is a wonderful retreat. The ultimate place to go when I don’t want to think about it. Odd enough, I also enjoy it when I actually am the first person up and it’s nice and quiet. Go figure.


5. Seriously?? I’ve got to go to bed earlier, get up earlier, and now he’s attacking TV. And my TIVO. Hmph. 😛 Andy


5a. Ok. I’ve got a few shows that I watch each week. Sometimes, but not always, I’ll end up watching other people buy expensive real estate in a foreign country for entertainment. Yep. That sounds even worse when you write it out. I watch people buy real estate for entertainment. Maybe I should go to bed earlier.



6. Andy is now suggesting that in the wee hours of the morning I can shut out the world so I can create, read, and write. Now we’re talking.

Ok. Those are just the notes from the intro. I’m further along than that, but more later.

PS. Today I didn’t wake up at 5:30. I had the day off, so hey–one day up at 5:30, one day with no alarm. The hubs was up for work, though, so I was awake when his alarm went off. Just wanted to keep it honest!

PSS. I looked up screen shot for Android on YouTube, and after a few minutes found that it was SO easy even a caveman could do it. On my phone (Droid Incredible 2) you just press the power button and the picture of the house and BAM. Screen shot in your picture file.

Early to rise…

So, it’s been over a year since I wrote anything on here. And the point of some of my posts was FINISHING. Good grief. FAIL!

I mean, come on. I wrote this about making an apron for Ginny out of a cute seasonal towel. I have all the materials to make 3 different aprons. And NO aprons are made. Zero. No finishing.

In my defense, I did finish a few of my quilt blocks mentioned in this post. I still have more to go, but hey–there was finishing involved. Blocks were delivered. I’ll take any kind of success I can get!

To follow up on the rest of the list (as seen here):

1. Quilt squares–addressed above.

2. Decluttering: I did some. We had a garage sale at church and I shuttled several vans full of stuff over there without a second thought. However, the house doesn’t seem lighter. Lots more to go. LOTS.

3. Bible study…NOPE. I read several worthy books, but not a daily/weekly Bible study.

4. Yarn and graphics…NADA. My daughter has recently shown an interest in the yarn, so maybe. We’ll see.

5. Sewing machine projects. Sometime before the end of the year I used the sewing machine to sew something. I remember getting it out. I don’t remember what it was. Whatever :\

6. Paint the kids bathroom: The kids bathroom currently has the following on the walls: the original contractor paint, primer, a test wall of a cold seafoamy green color that I didn’t like, two test spots of a weird yellowish color I liked at the time, but I’m not sure about, and an abstract mural done in the medium of Irish Spring deodorant gel stick (done by my 8 year old…yep EIGHT.) Forget Sharpies–if you want it to last forever, use some deodorant.

7. Financial Peace…bills got paid. That’s about it.

8. Bible reading plan. I read some more, but no finishing here either.

“Let’s do all the things!” GREAT GOODNESS. That list is HUGE. What was I thinking! I have a husband 3 kids, and a job outside the house. If my husband didn’t do laundry then we’d be naked.

I am such an imaginary overachiever.


There’s obviously some things I need to get done that aren’t getting done. It’s March now and most people have moved on from Level One goals of New Year Resolutions to Level Two goals of Lent. Cause most people can do anything for 40 days.

This past week I saw a post that, when I saw it, shouted to me: this is a good way to start!

Get up early. The early bird gets the worm. Early to bed and early to rise…

You get the picture. Crystal at is doing the Early to Rise Challenge using the book Early to Rise by Andy Traub.

What do you do? Get the book (I grabbed it for $5) and pick a time you are going to get up each weekday for March. The get up then (I’m pretty sure this is the critical step. Each day there is a post at with a challenge for the day.

I think that if I can get this down, then I might be able to think about some of the other stuff on the last list! Or at least get my kid to school earlier.