Tuesday, January 23, 2018

12 Hours of Sleep

This (grainy, happy) photo was from our trip to Austin a couple months back- I love all of their little faces here.

I've spent the last four nights getting at least 12 hours of sleep plus long naps, which means in the past handful of days I've gotten more sleep than I typically do in an entire week. I'll spare you more details of what happened Friday (my IG share covered the gist of it) but know I am feeling a little better and look forward to improving with more rest. Our bodies have a way of telling us to slow down and I'm listening now, for sure.

Anyway. I spent a lot of time in bed this past weekend, and with that a lot of reading, and a lot of browsing HBO, Netflix and iTunes. I couldn't pick anything to watch, so in the end I probably watched 50 previews. The one show that interested me the most though was Westworld, so I might start that tonight. Have you seen it? It was so weird though to be told to stay in bed and do nothing. I don't even remember the last time I did that, and even in the hospital on Friday I remember waking up from a little rest and telling Hank and the nurse how glorious it was to just LAY there.  Like most adults/parents/etc I don't typically just get to "lay there," so even though I just had my face stitched up and was feeling terrible, it was a treat to know my kids were well taken care of my family and friends (thank you), I had no work deadlines I was missing, and all was well and okay for me to just be for a bit, injured and all.

While spending that time in the hospital I thought a lot about my Dad. A day there (even a bad one!) was relaxing, but at the end I was feeling more than ready to go home. Over the past years my Dad has spent over a MONTH in the hospital at times, in the same bed, feeling too weak to do much else than turn the channel on the television. I also thought a lot about my everyday great health, how I am able to workout regularly and have the means to choose to eat healthy foods. It's hard to write this all out without hitting on so many cliches but point is, in this very tiny situation I have found myself in, I've found a lot of perspective.

Sunday was a good day spent at home. It was a snow day, and Hank let me sleep in again so I woke up to the kids' laughter and them playing in the backyard. I LOVED snow days when I was a little girl. I have very vivid memories of my Mom making hot chocolate when we got inside, and warming up by the fireplace downstairs. I try to make special memories for the kids when it comes to things like this too- but I often think of all the things my Mom probably did, and then the things I remember. When I think about food I recall English muffin pizzas, Kraft macaroni and cheese, Herr's potato chips...not the many nights I'm sure she created elaborate meals. Isn't that funny? It'll be interesting to see what my kids choose to remember when they're grown ups.

But again- 12 hours of sleep in ONE night- this was the most rejuvenating and healing thing I could have asked for. It made me realize how little I prioritize sleep and how I need to be better about it. It's something I know I need to work on, but then I'm here typing this at 9pm instead of shutting down my computer and picking up a book. I am going to wrap this up and get into bed though in just a minute, I swear. But on the topic of books, I've chosen a book we can all read together for our very slow and casual book club I mentioned last month. I'm considering calling it just that too. But yes- I'll share the book later this week and we can get to reading! I started it to make sure I would want to read it (because what is worse than feeling obligated to read something-  I refuse and just won't do it, which wouldn't have been good for the first go-round of the club!). But I hope we all like it. It's a lighter read, which is also good and much-needed.

A couple other things- one, with the sick season upon us I have been using my oils so much more and I think I'm going to add a little tab up there where you can follow along/sign up. My friend Jess has been telling me forever that I should share more, and at first I felt pretty apprehensive, but I don't think it's much different than any other type of affiliate marketing, or taking on a sponsored post that includes things I use and love. What do you guys think? So if you're one of the people who has been asking for more info, I'll share soon! Second, have you seen this poem, shared by singer Halsey at the women's march this past weekend? It's INCREDIBLE. And so sad...but please, watch it. I found myself crying while listening- it's very powerful.

Gotta love the random updates. I'm going to stay true to my early bedtime and sign off now, but I hope you have a great day tomorrow.



  1. Oh my goodness! Watch Westworld! As a writer and reader, you will fall in love with the world they've built. It's so fascinating.

    It reminded me a lot of Dollhouse, the old Joss Whedon show that only made it two seasons, sadly. How they manage to "develop" the characters each episode was really neat.

    I'm glad you're doing even a little bit better. :)

  2. Yes to Westworld! And also, yes to book club suggestions!