Lark or Owl?

I eat immediately on rising.
Do you wake up early ready to go with plans for the day or do you use an alarm clock to nudge you into reluctant activity? Being one of the former group, I wake about 5:00 a.m. each day but I stay in bed until 6:00. I read my favourite blogs, the online New York Times daily briefing and look at Instagram and Facebook. Sometimes, I pay bills online.

I wake up hungry. I eat my evening meal early and I do not snack after dinner. I have some sleep apnea so I like to leave 5 hours of fasting between dinner and bedtime. I am following the Lose It app
and recording all my meals. In order to eat more protein and less fat, I often make myself an egg white omelette. I use a little mango lime salsa and drink a cup of café crême (frothed, warmed skim milk).

Early morning (before Monsieur and Tilde get up) is my time for personal goal-setting. I took a quiz
to confirm my circadian rhythms. I was not surprised by the result.
I like to talk with friends in the morning. I'm a nuisance to Monsieur and some travel companions (a little space is a good thing) but I often spend time talking to another lark whose life is very busy with family responsibilities.

One of my personal goals is to learn to take better pictures with my iPhone. Every day, I take a few photos of common household objects.

my new crossbody bag
I bought a new crossbody bag in Steveston Village. It's very soft leather and I'll wear it  in Paris with my beige, rose and khaki linen. I'm changing the knobs in the apartment so I purchased these fleurs-de-lys knobs in one of my favourite shops. I had leftover materials from my French student's lesson so I used them in my photo.

I'm fortunate to have friends and family who are also larks. Yesterday, my brother and I walked 5.5 km. before 9:00 a.m. I returned to do 2 loads of laundry, iron, vacuum and make a pot of turkey chilli
before noon. Unfortunately, larks start to crash about 2:00 p.m. Afternoons can seem very long.

Tonight, I'm going to listen to Music at the Cannery which fortunately begins at 6:30 p.m. Many of the attendees are older adults. Monsieur is playing at a café but it's too late for me. With setup and takedown of musical and sound equipment, gigs are very long and very late for this band wife. I'll
be sound asleep long before Monsieur is home.






Comments

  1. You are definitely a lark! I'm somewhere in between. I get up around 6:30 or 7:00, but I don't like eating immediately. Most of my productive work is done in the morning and I like using the afternoons for reading, sewing, or visiting. Bedtime is 10 or 11. This morning I had two loads of laundry hanging outside (only in the summer) by 8:30.

    Do you nap in the afternoons?

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    1. I don't usually nap but I always have a quiet time in the afternoon if I'm home. I read and if I feel inclined, I close my eyes for a few minutes and listen to a podcast. It's a satisfied feeling (for a lark) to have completed the household chores in the morning.

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  2. I'm a lark, and/but I often have a nap in the afternoon so that I can extend my day a bit beyond sundown ;-)

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    1. Yes, sundown in the winter would be a bit early although I notice the days getting shorter already.

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  3. This has been interesting and I took the quiz and am not surprised to be moderately a lark. I have to eat breakfast first thing and have found I do best and last longest with an egg on top of one piece of 100% whole wheat toast. And I would love to spend an hour or two after that with writing projects but also know that's my best time for house cleaning chores so usually get that out of the way first. What would drive me crazy and drain my energy would be having to talk on the phone or in person with anyone in the morning!

    I love your new bag and know it will be perfectly elegant for days in Paris!

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    1. I can understand why some people write early in the morning before the household wakes. My mind is at its most fresh and enthusiastic. I like to start laundry early though as we share a facility. The earlier I start, the earlier I'll be finished. My upbringing was that we work first, play later. I've been talking to my mother early since my dad took sick and died but I find that I lose patience a bit and that's not a good way to start the morning. My friend cooks breakfast for her elderly father so our chats are a bright spot in the day.

      My trip to Paris is just a month away! I'm getting excited.

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  4. I am neither a lark nor an owl...I fall somewhere in the middle...not sure what bird that might be?
    That cross body bag is very much like the one I took to Paris...I frequently wore mine under my jacket especially on the Metro and when walking by myself.
    I buy that same coffee and have a cafe creme every morning but I take a thyroid pill upon waking and I cannot eat anything until an hour after taking the pill.

    Will you share how much weight that you have lost when you finish your Los It program?
    I need to get back on my healthy eating regime...as we are at the cottage there have been chips to tempt me and ice cream cones!

    I never nap in the afternoon but I do sit and read for an hour before making dinner.

    Enjoy your concert.

    Leslie

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    1. I sometimes wish that I could modify my sleeping habits. It's important in Paris to always be aware of one's belongings. I'm careful wherever I travel because it would be so unpleasant to lose documents.

      I discovered the Lavazza coffee in France and I buy it all the time for my mornings. My husband uses pods and more expensive coffee but I'm very happy with my blend of coffee and warmed, frothed milk.

      I'm on day 25 and I have a doctor's appointment in August. I had my best blood pressure reading ever my last visit so I'm working to get off medication. I'd be pleased to be 66 and pill free. Though it's fortunate that medication is there when we need it.

      My husband is the "chip king of the world". He eats some every day but I'm not tempted by them. For me, it's social lunches with the 9 ounces of Pinot Grigio that must be recorded. With a lengthy walk, it can work but the process is much slower.

      Reading in the afternoon is such a lovely treat! Those summer days when it was school
      vacation, I used to love that time.

      Enjoy the rest of your vacation!

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  5. I am definitely an owl. Late afternoons and evenings are when I feel most productive. Unfortunately my spouse does not like it when I vacuum while he is relaxing after dinner. :)

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  6. I’m a lark sometimes waking before 5:00 and will not leave my bed before this time as my dog will expect his breakfast.
    Due to my early rising which I will not try to alter, I crash by 9:00. No important conversations or decisions can be discussed at this time of day. I can’t tell you the number of times I have slept through live performances that are performed in the evening. (Opera, ballet, symphony, jazz concerts)

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