NaBloPoMo

NaBloPoMo January 2013- Day 5: What is your favourite song that gives you energy?

I love music and I am especially enjoying myself now that I have Sirius XM Satelite Radio in my car to help take the edge off the hour plus commute each way that I have every day.  I usually enjoy 80’s on 8, 90’s on 9, the Broadway Channel and I will listen to Mike & Mike in the morning to keep me up to date on sports.

As a child of the 80’s I favor the bubbly electronic pop of the period.  Madonna, Duran Duran, The Police, Billy Joel, Bon Jovi, Van Halen, and the other MTV regulars (back when music videos was the order of the day) all give me a little pep.

I am also waiting for data on the amount of calories you can burn while car dancing.

My two favorite pep songs are Toni Basil’s “Mickey” and the 90’s Classic, Right Said Fred’s “I’m Too Sexy”, and Ru Paul’s “You Better Work”.

I especially like to listed to the latter two prior to a job interview to give me some pep and perk.

So now I dare you to watch the videos and not bop around in your seat a little.

 

Mickey-Scroll ahead to 0:33

I’m too Sexy- I dare you not to dance!

Supermodel “You Better Work” -Love Ru Paul

 

Happy Monday Everyone!

NaBloPoMo January 2013- Day 4: At what time of day do you feel the most energetic and productive?

I have to admit, I am one of THOSE people.  A morning person.  I get up, grab that shower and I am ready to face the day and my to-do list.  I don’t need coffee or caffeine, just a nice shampoo and conditioner, (note to self, buy more shampoo) and I am good to go.Lush Happy Hippy Shower Gel Review 001

Heck 3 mornings a week I get up and am at the gym by 5am.  This does not make me awesome or fit, it’s just that If I am going to work out, it happens first thing in the morning or its not happening.

exercise

My brain wakes up almost as fast as I do, which makes those middle of the night bathroom runs challenging as I need to get out of bed, pee, wash hands and get back into bed before my brain fully engages.  If it does, I am screwed, because instead of falling back to sleep, I begin to think of all the things I need to do.  (note to self, update to-do list)

 

I am also a breakfast person.  Breakfast is a little more challenging now that I am trying to stay Paleo, but I am weaning myself onto the meat and veggie breakfast concept.  I have been eating roast chicken and fruit for breakfast a few days this week, and even tried some sashmi, so I am sure that I will be having pot roast in the am any day now.

breakfsat

However, the downside of being a morning person means that once I get to the drive home at 5pm, I am dragging and the day only goes from there.  I am trying to break my Coke Zero habit and I am down to one a day or less, but that one usually comes at 6:00pm when I have one with dinner, so I can stay awake long enough to get the kids through the evening and into bed, and then give my sweet husband some undivided attention.

But I always try to remember the following:

dreams

NaBloPoMo January 2013- Day 3: What is your favourite way to recharge when you feel drained of energy?

Today is about recharging.   For me I can feel myself getting tired so I usually try to grab a nap or go to bed.

However, apparently it is not great to go to bed at 7pm.  Its impossible since the kids don’t go to bed until at least 8:30 and I know if I go to bed at 7pm, chances are I will be wide awake at 3am, and get into an insomnia/sleep deprivation cycle.

I adore naps.  Sadly, naps are verboten at work, but sometimes I get tempted into a closed door ‘webinar’, where I lock my door and may or may not listen too.  (Don’t rest your face on the keyboard.  The oils from your fingers will make you break out).Woman Sleeping on Computer Keyboard

If a nap is not forthcoming, I grab some caffeine.  Since I’m not a coffee drinker-its Coke Zero time.  However, I am trying to cut back on my processed and artificial sugar, so I only use that when I am really dragging.

caffeine mom

 

I can usually tell I am running low on energy because I get cranky.  Things that usually do not bother me, begin to really get on my nerves.

crabby mom

Sadly as the mom, grabbing that nap is not as easy as it was when I was three.  In fact, when I am sitting around doing absolutely nothing my husband and kids circle me and look at me like they can’t believe that I am just sitting there.   Thankfully though, I do not have that total energy drain too often.

If only recharging was this easy.recharge

 

NaBloPoMo January 2013- Day 2: Which daily tasks take up the most of your energy?

Every day there is a lot to do.  Getting the kids up and out, commuting to work, working, commuting home, making dinner, supervising homework, showers, stories and bedtime.

Now I am fortunate that my husband shares in a bunch of the work with me, so I am not in charge of everything, but there is still a lot to be done.

The commute each day is pretty draining because I get sick of driving, but the most draining part of the day is the evening tasks.  Supervising my daughter’s bath and dealing with stories and bedtime is the biggest energy suck.  This is probably because it is the end of the day, and I want to go to bed myself, but I know that bedtime is still an hour or two away.

However, I know as my daughter gets older she will need less supervision at bedtime and I will get more relaxing time in the evening.

For those of you wondering what’s entailed here is a nice little video.

2012 in review

I did not know WordPress did this and it is fabulous.  My blog has been in existence for less than a year, and with a blog-o-versary coming up and the end of the year, it is time to reflect.  Upon reflection it seems I need to blog more and get better about sharing the blog so people actually see it.

I am taking advantage of a quiet New Year’s Eve at home to get ahead on writing and scheduling some posts, including more recipes.  I figure I can post the recipes now, and then after I make the food, take some pictures and insert and then post.

I am also going to participate in the BlogHer NaBloPoMo prompts for January.  The theme is energy.

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 4,800 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 8 years to get that many views.

Click here to see the complete report.

So, Happy New Year to my family and friends old and new.  I hope that 2013 finds you full of joy and peace.