Saturday, February 20, 2010

Day 'Bout Over? Good!

I have trouble with days when I feel that I haven't accomplished much. Like today. Today started off badly when I went to bed last night. Huh?

Well, it was like this. Got into bed around 11 PM but wasn't sleepy. Tossed and turned and contemplated getting up to read or do something constructive but knew if I did, I wouldn't come back to bed for a couple of hours and then I'd have to sleep late this morning in order to get my (much needed) beauty sleep and feel good today.

So what did I do instead? Laid in bed until close to 2 AM tossing, turning, trying to keep my mind from wandering to worrisome topics. Then when I finally drifted off to sleep, I had one bad dream after another. And what time did I wake this morning? Right before 9. I'd say I slept late anyway.

Because I'm a morning person, this immediately signaled a bad start to the day for me. I felt behind before my feet hit the floor. I've read that the hours you sleep before midnight are the most beneficial, and for me, I know that's true. So last night was not a good one. Between my frustration of not being able to fall asleep and the monsters chasing me in my dreams when I finally did, I've spent the day feeling very tired and lacking enthusiasm for . . . anything.

I think it would have helped if it had been another sunny day, but that wasn't in the cards either. After lunch I thought if I took a walk out to get the mail the fresh air would do me good. I returned with tensed muscles counting myself lucky to have made it back in one undamaged piece. Our half mile driveway is not only still covered in ice, but now has a film of water on top of the ice. I could have made it more safely if I'd laced on my ice skates.

Remarkable as it seems, I did manage to cook up a big pot of black beans this morning with the intent of making chili. (Hubby does not care for kidney beans so I make black bean chili most of the time.) Then I realized that I had no green pepper, and in my book, chili isn't chili without some green pepper.

Nor did we have any fresh greens with which to make a salad to accompany our spaghetti for dinner tonight. For the spaghetti sauce, I planned on using a jar of commercial sauce, something I rarely do, but desperate times call for desperate measures, and I knew I had seen a jar of it on a back shelf of the pantry. Yeah, right. Do you think I could find it? Apparently, the dog must have eaten it one night when we were out.

I did think about a trip to town to purchase the needed items, but that just seemed to require too much effort.

Oh, woe is me. What did our (dubious) heroine Scarlett always say? Tomorrow is another day? (Actually, I think she said, "I'll think about that tomorrow.") Fortunately, our whole foods co-op in town is open on Sundays so if I can get my head on straight yet tonight, I'll make my list and be in there to shop when they open in the morning. I've even already pulled out the recipe for hubby's favorite Cranberry Coffee Cake to make tonight (uh-oh, better check the ingredients) so we have a special treat to start the day off with tomorrow.

I've positioned a baseball bat by the side of the bed with instructions for my bed partner to kindly conk me over the noggin with it if I'm not asleep within ten minutes of crawling into bed tonight.

Who knows, maybe the sun will shine again tomorrow. Even if it doesn't, I know I'll have a better day.


  1. you have a whole foods co-op there? I'm impressed! I bet the dog was disappointed too that he had to use the commercial sauce, lol! I love green pepper too, but never seem to have it around. I am the same way if I sleep late, I am in a foul mood the rest of the day. Last night I stayed up knitting way too late and then woke up at 5:30 but since I didn't get enough sleep I felt like all I did was yell at the kids all day. I just put them to bed and apologized, and if I can spare the funds I may take them to see a movie tomorrow (even though I HATE movie theatres)... now that's remorse!

  2. Our co-op is not the chain Whole Foods but rather a locally owned, independent organic foods co-op. But, yes, we are very fortunate to have an organic foods grocery store that rivals the other two "regular" grocery stores in town.

    Don't beat yourself up so much . . . you're a good mommy! (Enjoy the movie!)

  3. well, here's hoping you're sleeping RIGHT NOW, And that you have a much better day tomorrow...The sun'll come up, la, la...tomorrow, tomorrow, I love you tomorrow, you're only a day away!!! Can you hear me singing all the way up there in Minnesota? I'm trying to sing nice and loud for you!

  4. Well, Beth, you sang so loud you woke me up!! ;o)

    Thanks for the good wishes, m'dear. I'm sitting up knitting and watching the Olympics. (I'll hate myself in the morning, but you have to enjoy them when you can. Besides, you know I slept until 9 this morning!)

  5. HA! The part about the baseball bat made me laugh out loud!

    We had a very rough night last night (thanks to kids) so now I'm feeling a little dubious about the dawning day. Maybe I ought to take your advice and at least go plan the meals so at the very least we get something nutritious in our bellies (we're still recuperating from all those pancakes). (Only problem is, I have a hankering for biscuits, and I don't think that's much improved from pancakes...)

  6. Hi, JJ - Glad to report from this end that the bat apparently worked last night. Great night's sleep and ready to whip my weight in wildcats this morning. Hopefully your kiddlies will feel fine this morning and make the day easier on ol' mom and dad. Have a happy Sunday!

  7. Hi Msms Pea,
    I hope your Sunday ended up to be a better day. You must have been horrified waking up and seeing 9 AM on that clock! (I know I would have been)

  8. Hi, Ruthie - I did have a much, much better day today. ('Course, I didn't sleep until half the day was over either which made a much better start to my day!) Now if I could just start making myself go to bed a little earlier at night . . . :o)

  9. Nights like those are the worst - I've had a few of them myself recently, only didn't have the luxury to sleep in the next morning so I was just crabby. But I still prefer a glass of wine to a baseball bat as a remedy :)

  10. Hey, Jen - Yep, wine is my first choice usually, too, but I seem to be going through periods when booze just doesn't sit well with me. Even the first sip makes me feel yucky . . . and unfortunately, I'm in one of those periods now. :o(