Kick it up a notch

I’ve gotten a little too lazy in this retirement gig. All those years of rolling out of bed at 5 a.m. and hustling through my morning routine so I could head out the door at 7 a.m.  I had it down to a science, that morning routine, so that I knew exactly what I should be doing each minute of those two hours.

Now, I languish in bed until 6:30 on most mornings. Terry and I slowly wake up instead of jumping out of bed and dashing into our day. I spend a huge amount of time catching up on social media from the previous evening and night. While I peacefully doze, the world continues to spin. Terry has his routine with the dishwasher, cat food, and coffee making. On Saturdays he makes pancakes. I try to stay away from the kitchen until he is finished and the iPhone and laptop keep me occupied.

We usually sit together at the dining room table, eating our breakfasts, drinking coffee and reading the local newspaper on our computers. I like our online subscription in that we can each be reading the comics at the same time, not keeping the other from their favorite funnies.

This is the point where it falls apart. I just continue to sit at the dining room table, or I meander out to the family room to jot in my journal. I’m not under the gun to get things done and get out of the house. So, I linger. Too long.

I’ve decided to change this and I must be up and moving by 8 a.m., doing my exercises, putting on my face, getting dressed. Some days, if I’ve no reason to leave the house, I will leave off the makeup. I think it’s getting to be a bad habit, though. Even if I’m staying home, I should look good as people may stop by and for my husband who has to look at me most of the day.

This morning, Terry had to leave early for a meeting so I dilly-dallied, staying out of his way. Then I sprang into action, after 9 a.m. Unfortunately, the door bell rang before I had gotten dressed. At least I had my face on and my hair combed. I quickly grabbed some clothes and threw them on in time to catch the city inspector who had come to sign off on the new roof. Ten o’clock in the morning and I wasn’t dressed. I can just see my mother shaking her head. Fortunately, the house was pretty tidy so I didn’t feel guilty about allowing the inspector in to check the smoke alarms and carbon monoxide monitor which have to be installed now if you have any remodeling work done that requires a permit.

Photo on 3-11-14 at 10.03 AM #2

I’m here to say that I’m going to try to be better about my morning routine so that should any of you come calling some morning, you won’t find me in my pajamas, hair askew, and sans makeup. I’ll look a bit more like I do in this photo.

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11 responses to “Kick it up a notch

  1. You reminded me of what I was working and never went anywhere without putting on my “face.” I don’t wear any makeup at all any more, and it sure does make it easier to splash some water on my face, brush my teeth, and move into my day. You do look pretty good, though, I have to admit. 🙂

  2. I’m still at that point in my life with a precise morning routine. On the rare days I don’t have anywhere to be I either exercise and shower afterwards or do it immediately upon getting out of bed. My hair may be a mess and I don’t have makeup on, but at least I’ll have clothes on.

  3. No more morning routine here either! 9 months into retirement I’m still relishing the unhurried schedule. Like you, I try to be presentable by 10 AM. You never know who is going to come knocking at the door!

  4. you languish in bed until 6.30am! Delaine…you are an early riser to say the least!

    • Thanks, Dianne. I did pretty well today. Of course, I got up at 6 a.m. which I’m sure helped. I was out the door a few minutes after 8 to do my grocery shopping.

  5. Yep! Me too! The mail carrier caught me in PJs the other day at 10:00 when she delivered a package that had to be signed for. I gave up makeup in my second year of retirement. I still do a little freelance work, but I don’t bother with the makeup. It has simplified my life to let it go.

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