My Morning Routine

Like all people who categorize themselves as “type A “, I enjoy routines. I find comfort in their predictability and order. I like know what to expect and when to expect it. So, it is no surprise to find out that I have a morning routine.

6:20 – Alarm goes off, get up. I never snooze.
6: 22 – Brush teeth.
6:23 – Put contacts in. AHHHH! I can see at last!
6:25 – Shower
6:27 – Put on outfit that I picked out last night
6:29 – On a good day, blowdry hair. On most days, put hair in a pony tail.
6:33 – Carefully apply mascara
6:35 – Wipe off smudged mascara. I blame my low-maintenance mother and old sister for my lacking make up skills.
6:37 – Eat breakfast while watching The Today Show
6:50 – Pack lunch
6:55 – Spritz with perfume
7:00 – Wake Matt up with a “have a good day” kiss
7:05 – Walk out the door & call my mom :)

That is how the first 45 minutes of my day goes. Every Monday – Friday. If I am really tired, I might prolong getting dressed by eating breakfast in my bathrobe first. I know, I am crazy! And after reading my Gossip Girl post, you all thought I had such a glamorous lifestyle.

Once I get to work, my routine continues:

7:45 – Arrive at work
7:47 – Put lunch in refrigerator
7:48 – Turn on lights. Turn on computer. Sigh as a come to terms with the fact that I have to get through another day at work.
7:50 – Check work email
7:54 – Check personal email and see if any0ne is online yet
7:58 – Gchat Abby
8:03 – Gchat Noelle
8:05 – Scan through various news sites to see what is going on it the world outside of my bubble
8:15 – Read the blogs that I follow religiously: Once Wed, Snippet & Ink, Green Wedding Shoes and Jaded Inspiration.
8:30 – Email my mom cool wedding ideas I find on the various blogs
8:35 – Receive daily phone call from Matt as he walks to work
8:40 – Check voicemail
8:45 – Make a “To Do List” for the day
9:00 – Do basically everything on my “To Do List”
9:01 – Sigh again. Drink the last drops of my delicious Dunkin Donuts coffee and face the day.

Before I started blogging, I never visited blogs. I didn’t understand their purpose or even know how to find them. Boy, was I missing out. There are a lot of blogs I will check up on every now and then, but the four I mentioned above have become part of my every day. Sometimes I even visit them twice a day. I LOVE it when I am pleasantly surprised with a double posting.

I am curious to hear about the sites that you visit each and everyday. Please post a comment with the websites that are part of your daily routine. And let’s here from some new blog readers – while I love hearing from my VIPs (Abby, Matt, Noelle, Aunt Claudia, and Mom) let’s mix things up!

Let’s Be Frank

Sometimes life moves at a pace that is difficult to keep up with. I often find myself coming home later than intended because I found some errand to run or friends to meet up with. I hit the gym later than usual and the next thing I know it is 9 p.m. and I haven’t showered or eaten dinner. Typically, Matt works late during the week and doesn’t make it home for dinner. But then, sometimes he will call to say he is coming home and asks “what’s for dinner?” In times like these I turn to Lean Cuisine. I have started to keep a few of these frozen (and low-calorie) meals in our freezer for times like these. And while Matt doesn’t love the idea of eating Lean Cuisines, he will do it.

On the nights when Matt comes home for dinner and gives me more than a 5 minute notice I try to cook delicious home cooked meals for us to make up for the Lean Cuisines. While I am a good baker, my cooking skills are still “developing.” As a resulting, sometimes these dishes turn out great and other times, not so much. But Matt, the good fiance that he is, always clears his plate.

We owe this all to Frank.

Frank’s hot sauce makes everything better. It can spice up a dull frozen dinner or cover up the mistakes made by a beginner cook. Throw some on eggs and suddenly you have a spicy and fiery brunch that nearly makes up for the fact that you aren’t out at a trendy restaurant like the rest of the city. You don’t like vegetables (Kinsella…)? Throw some Franks on those veggies to cover up the taste that you claim to hate.

So thank you Franks hot sauce. Not only are you spicing up my food, but you are probably one of the reasons Matt loves my cooking :)