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365 Challenge: Day 108 – Early Riser

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Early Riser: a person who gets up early in the morning

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I concede that today’s word might actually be considered two separate words; however, it represents a concept that we are all familiar with and is something I have become as I grow older. So that’s why I feel it’s OK to use this in the 365 Daily Challenge. I believe there’s a ‘next’ button you can hit if you feel I’ve cheated today and can’t bring yourself to read this post. I can accept that and will see you tomorrow.

Early riser. Does that mean you are awake before the sun rises? Or does it mean you’re up by 7am? Does the time change based on work day or non-workday, during the week or weekend? Or are you consistent in that you get up at the same day all the time? For me, although it’s changed over the years, I’ve been in the same pattern for the last decade. I’m generally awake between 6:30 am and 7:00 am. I consider myself an early riser, although by many standards, that might be considered a bit late.

Ignoring sleepless nights or if you’ve gone to bed much later than usual. Forget those with babies or very young toddlers who haven’t adjusted to sleeping through the night. Strictly speaking on a normal day, where’s that line between rising early and rising at a normal time? I ask for a few reasons…

Alarms

  • I rarely set an alarm clock anymore. If I had a very important meeting before 9am, I might set the alarm as a back-up. But for the most part, I don’t need one to ensure I’m awake and out of bed in the morning. My body has attuned to the time of day, the amount of sleep I get and the sunrise. It’s good because I don’t have to be jolted by some strange noise telling me to wake up. I’m also the first one awake in the morning, so I become the alarm clock for anyone else in the house. And I’m generally quiet when I do wake up the other half to get ready for work.
  • Do you use them? If so, is it your phone or an actual clock? What kind of noise does it make?

First Thing

  • When I wake up, I usually reach for my mobile phone to check the time. I can often guess within a few minutes, but I like knowing the exact time. If it’s still on the early side, I’ll try to stay in bed and think about what needs to get done that day… try to ease into my schedule and objectives. If I happen to wake up on the later end of my normal window, I’ll get out of bed and start the mini-routine… bathroom, send the dog outside, switch on the coffee pot, put out Ryder’s pills, food and fresh water, and then begin scrolling through my phone to see if I’ve missed anything overnight. Takes about 10 to 15 minutes but then I’m on the couch with my coffee and laptop to begin the day.
  • Do you jump up out of bed? Do you head right for the shower? Check on other people in the house? Or find some quiet time for yourself before anyone else gets up?

Morning Person

  • My head needs at least 15 minutes before I function properly in the morning. I can go thru that routine I mentioned above, but that’s about it. And then I can’t talk to anyone for about an hour. I need that hour to pull myself together, but then I’m good for the whole day. Not really a nap person. Naps just make me more tired or a bit cranky when I wake up, as that 1 hour period starts all over again. So I just run full steam ahead until the end of the day. I’d say I’m best between 10 am and 4 pm most days. And on vacations, it’s the same way. Just because I’m in a hotel and only in a city for a few days to a few weeks, and might not return again, doesn’t mean I have to maximize my time and throw off a perfectly good routine.
  • Are you bright-eyed and bushy-tailed when you wake up? Do you need some sort of jolt to push you through that first portion of the day?

So what am I really trying to say here?  I don’t like when I have a busy day ahead and I’m forced to write my 365 Daily Challenge post this early. My mind’s not quite awake. But I have a project plan to draft starting at 10am, and I need to head to the gym first, so unless I get this done now and head to the gym within the next 2 minutes, I’ll be behind. Tell me something fun about your morning routine!

 

About Me & the “365 Daily Challenge”

I’m Jay and I live in NYC. By profession, I work in technology. By passion, I work in writing. I’ve always been a reader. And now I’m a daily blogger. I decided to start my own version of the “365 Daily Challenge” where since March 13, 2017, I’ve posted a characteristic either I currently embody or one I’d like to embody in the future. 365 days of reflection to discover who I am and what I want out of life.

The goal: Knowledge. Acceptance. Understanding. Optimization. Happiness. Help. For myself. For others. And if all else fails, humor. When I’m finished in one year, I hope to have more answers about the future and what I will do with the remainder of my life. All aspects to be considered. It’s not just about a career, hobbies, residence, activities, efforts, et al. It’s meant to be a comprehensive study and reflection from an ordinary man. Not a doctor. Not a therapist. Not a friend. Not an encyclopedia full of prior research. Just pure thought, a blogged journal with true honesty.

Join the fun and read a new post each day, or check out my book reviews, TV/Film reviews or favorite vacation spots. And feel free to like, rate, comment or take the poll for each post. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators.

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365 Challenge: Day 62 – Soporific

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Soporific: tending to induce drowsiness or sleep

For several weeks, the word “sleepy” has been on my mind, when conjuring up the choice for the day’s 365 challenge; however, it never felt quite right. I wasn’t sure what I wanted to convey, and the image of Sleepy, one of the Seven Dwarfs, kept popping up in my head. That wasn’t exactly right…

I woke up early this morning, around 5:30 AM, which for a Saturday, despite what some may think, is early. As I made way thru the bedroom, to the hallway and into the kitchen, I switched on the coffee pot, let Ryder out the door and noticed it was raining again. Ryder was back inside in less than a minute, then I took the first cup of coffee and meandered my way to the couch. Light on. Laptop out. And… I was still sleepy. It wasn’t a matter of not having woken up yet; I needed more sleep, but the snore monster affected my other half again… and the sleep deities would not be kind to me.

I googled the word “sleepy,” which is when “soporific” showed up in the returned results. What a beautiful word! I’d heard it before, might have even used it once or twice, but never really knew the exact meaning. Now I do. And how does that apply to the 365 Daily Challenge, the astute are likely thinking as they read this randomness… am I a soporific person I asked myself… am I so boring that I induce sleep in others? Ha… given I am not a big talker, often find comfort in silence and am usually not the first in line to try some crazy new fad/activity/thing, perhaps I am a tad bit of a boring individual. Yet I don’t believe I cause others to fall asleep around me. I do have some interesting things about me that keep people focused and alert, wanting to know me better! Eh, that’s not the point. The point today… is…

What are your sleeping habits and how do they affect your day? Not scientifically. Not medically. But just generally… do you find yourself sleepy during the day? Do you need a nap to get thru the roughly 16 waking hours? Are you always on high alert until the energy wears out when you go to sleep? Does it take you a long time to fall asleep or wake up? Do you sleep all through the night? So many questions!

I am a creature of habit, so unless I’m going out particularly late or need to be somewhere extremely early… I tend to send myself to the bedroom around 10 PM. I go through all the apps on my phone to check out any notifications or messages, then grab a book (often Kindle on the iPad, but sometimes a physical one) and read for about 45 minutes or until my eyes are too weak to stay open. And I’m asleep between 11 and 11:30. I do not fall asleep easily. My mind runs through everything that occurred that day, what needs to happen the next day or any lists of things I need to do/get/buy. Sometimes the dog cannot get comfortable and circles the bed, throwing himself against my leg, jolting me out of the first level of sleep where I’m still sort of awake but not fully aware of what’s happening. Or the snoring from the other side of the bed mimics a lumberjack sawing wood, and I am throwing pillows or jostling the culprit in hopes it’ll whimper down to a low background noise. (RARELY HAPPENS)

But by 7 AM, I am usually awake and ready to start the next day, regardless of what creature or sound kept me awake. I’m not able to nap during the day either, unless I am so tired I can barely stand up.  And then it’s only 20 to 30 minutes. Be it the noises of the daytime, the dog licking me or my phone chirping… I never get to rest. On a funny note, Ryder does not like when I nap. He can nap all he wants… and gets upset if I make too much noise… getting up and putting himself in another room to avoid me. But if I nap, he walks up to me, licks my nose, barks at me, paws at me…  I can’t sleep in planes, trains or automobiles. It’s a conspiracy to prevent me from sleeping, I know it.

Now that I’ve bored you to tears, was it a soporific experience? Are you ready to fall asleep? That was entirely my point today… to randomly discuss my sleeping habits, gently lulling you to an induced temporary state where you could catch a 5 or 10 minute nap. All while I sit here and finish this 365 post. Always fun! Hope you laughed a bit. With the rain coming down, the coffee not being strong enough and my lack of sleep last night, that’s the best we’re gonna get today! So yes, perhaps I can be soporific. But rather than end on that note… here are a few things that do make me sleepy:

  1. Watching TV after 9 PM
  2. Watching plays at night if I’ve had a long work day
  3. Drinking too much wine after 9 PM
  4. People speaking at length on topics I am not interested in
  5. Reading non-fiction after 9 PM

Maybe 9 PM is just a thing with me? What’s your go-to, sure-fire way to fall asleep?

About Me & the “365 Daily Challenge”

I’m Jay and I live in NYC. By profession, I work in technology. By passion, I work in writing. I’ve always been a reader. And now I’m a daily blogger. I decided to start my own version of the “365 Daily Challenge” where since March 13, 2017, I’ve posted a characteristic either I currently embody or one I’d like to embody in the future. 365 days of reflection to discover who I am and what I want out of life.

The goal: Knowledge. Acceptance. Understanding. Optimization. Happiness. Help. For myself. For others. And if all else fails, humor. When I’m finished in one year, I hope to have more answers about the future and what I will do with the remainder of my life. All aspects to be considered. It’s not just about a career, hobbies, residence, activities, efforts, et al. It’s meant to be a comprehensive study and reflection from an ordinary man. Not a doctor. Not a therapist. Not a friend. Not an encyclopedia full of prior research. Just pure thought, a blogged journal with true honesty.

Join the fun and read a new post each day, or check out my book reviews, TV/Film reviews or favorite vacation spots. And feel free to like, rate, comment or take the poll for each post. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators.

Review: Peter Pan

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Peter Pan
Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie   My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Before I get into the review… it took me forever to go through all the editions of Peter Pan listed on Goodreads. While I suppose it’s not too important to get the right version, I was shocked at how many there were, as well as that this was a longer series with multiple books. I guess I always knew that, but when I read it, it was just the Peter Pan book, which I believe was the third in the series. I could be wrong… nonetheless… wow… and it’s review time and let’s do some soaring…

There is so much I could say about this book. I could write a formal review. I could compare the story to the TV and film adaptions. I could cover the cartoons. BTW, the most interesting one for me was “Once Upon a Time’s” portrayal of Peter. So dark… LOVED IT. But that said, to me, it’s a children’s tale with a huge primary lesson: We never want to grow up, but we have to…

And that’s what I’ll focus on. This book must be read to children a few times over the years. I’d start first when they are about 4 or 5, and then show the cartoon versions. Let them absorb it and think about it. And then again when they are 7 or 8, helping them understand what it means to grow up. And then again when they are about 12 or 13… and make them do a book report on it, even outside of school. It’s a lesson that must be taught young.

Growing up is scary. But so is not growing up. There’s a fine balance between finding the time to be free and open, enjoying life and staying away from one’s fears. But you must also learn what is necessary to become a good, solid and functioning citizen of the society.

What I love about this story is the amount of interpretations you can absorb from the story, the characters, the setting and the action. Just when you think you’ve got them all down, another view point comes into play — and you have to re-think what the moral purpose of the book is about.

Or did Barrie intend it to just be a fun trip for kids… I’m not so sure we’ll ever know!

About Me
For those new to me or my reviews… here’s the scoop: I read A LOT. I write A LOT. And now I blog A LOT. First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at https://thisismytruthnow.com, where you’ll also find TV & Film reviews, the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge and lots of blogging about places I’ve visited all over the world. And you can find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who/what/when/where and my pictures. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Vote in the poll and ratings. Thanks for stopping by.


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