Wednesday, March 31, 2010

I hate hate hate it when my schedule is thrown off. I am a control freak. I like to control certain things in my life with a rigidity that would make Howard Hughes’ jaw drop. Okay, I exaggerate. But I do like to do things a certain way, at a certain time, in a certain order. I fully admit that I get all kerfuffled* when I am thrown off my path of comfort. If I detect a change of routine in my future, I like to introduce it slowly, delicately, as to not upset my fragile disposition too much.

The past few weeks have been utterly chaotic for me. I have had to work overtime, which throws a big fat pickle into my daily routine. I have not been able to exercise at all, plan the family meals adequately or do my laundry rotation (yes, I have a laundry rotation, shut up). Perhaps, most upsetting of all is I have missed the last two episodes of America’s Next Top Model. Oh, and the children, yeah, they are getting the short end of the stick as well.

The one good thing about all this is I have discovered something awesome. It’s called sleep. Have you tried it? I used to make a half-ass effort at sleep, staying up way past my bedtime and then waking up with the birds. But because the past couple of weeks have been so crazy for me I have been going to bed at 9:30-10:00, and waking up feeling rested and energized. I like sleep. And while the world continues without me while I’m sleeping, not much is happening, well, at least nothing that I can’t get caught up on when I wake up all perky and stuff in the morning.

And so, the glass is half-full, while I am not enjoying the little hell that is work right now, I am enjoying my new discovery of sleep.

How much sleep do you get a night? I was getting by on about 6 hrs (usually interrupted by a call for water/nightmare/random questions in the middle of the night) and I am discovering that 8-9 hours sleep feels like happy pills.

*growing up word, unique to my family?

5 comments:

XUP said...

I, too like to know where my day is going. I have things well-planned so everything gets done every week and when there's a change in the routine I like to have plenty of advance notice so I can make the necessary adjustments. My sleep time is scheduled just as rigidly. I sleep 8 hours every night.

Lynn said...

My mom says kerfluffle, but not often. I think there's a whole Ontario dialect growing here - we need to document it!

I like to get 8 hours of sleep, or I am a B-I-T-C-A in the morning. Unfortunately for my kids, I only get the 8 hours about half the time!

The Mindful Merchant said...

I feel great when I get 9 hours sleep. I can't seem to get that so I feel crappy most of the time and rely on caffeine to keep me going. I figure when the kids are a few years older I can catch up. (?)

Nat said...

I am laid back go with the flow things will get done when they get done kind of person. I'd rather be spontaneous and like changes to my routine. Laundry rotation was "sometime over the weekend I will wash enough clothing to make sure we have clean stuff for Monday." I must admit that it's better now.

Hence, when I was working I'd get about 7 hours of sleep per night, now that I'm not working, I think it's probably closer to 7.5 or 8 but it's better sleep because I'm not stressed out.

ed said...

i am a control person as well but as i have heard before. we plan and god laughs.