Filed under: Relaxation
My book club is reading The Great Gatsby for our May meeting. Afterwards, we plan on seeing the movie together.
I read The Great Gatsby when I was in high school, so it has been fun to pick it up again and reread the novel. It was always one of my favorites!
What was the last book you read, and when? With this great weather, consider picking up a classic, or any book you think you’d enjoy, and schedule some fun reading time into your week.
May 16, 2013
My daughter, Amanda, and I had fun dying Easter eggs last night. It has been a special treat for my husband and I having her home this week–she’s on spring break. Each day, we’ve done something special to make this Easter break memorable. Nothing expensive or elaborate…just activities like playing at the park, going bike riding, going to the movies, visiting the zoo, seeing a friend’s new baby chicks, picking up some new reads at the local library, and having a gelato at a favorite cafe’.
What’s on the agenda tonight? Maybe bowling or maybe we’ll just go feed the ducks. Tomorrow, we’re thinking of driving to a nearby town and just walking, browsing the stores, and seeing the sights.
For Easter, after church services, we’re having a family celebration at The Pfister in downtown Milwaukee. They have an enormous, lovely brunch every year and it’s become an annual tradition for us. Of course, the Easter bunny will be there. Afterwards, we’ll go to the Mitchell Park Conservatory where a colorful tulip show is in progress.
Her last day off from school will be on Monday, and we’ll cap her time off with another activity.
Yes, I’m still working this week. But the 1-2 hours of activities we’ve been enjoying with our daughter, has brought many giggles, smiles, and happiness. The time away from work has been worth the world to all of us.
Enjoy every moment with your loved ones, whenever you can. On a final note, happy Easter, happy spring, and happy life!
April 6, 2012
I’m feeling just a bit tired today. Generally, I try to get around 7 1/2 to 8 hours of sleep each night…a bit more on the weekends. Last night, I ended up going to bed about a half hour later than usual. I’ve had a fairly productive morning, but I’ve been catching some yawns in between projects.
One thing I recently learned is that it’s not a great idea to surf the Internet, text, or watch TV right before bedtime. Apparantly, according to the National Sleep Foundation, the artificial light from these devices disrupts circadian rhythms and suppresses the release of melatonin (sleep promoting hormone). This, in turn, can result in you having trouble falling asleep.
Interesting. I usually don’t have my computer on that late at night, but I have been known to catch a late-night TV program before bed or even respond to a text message or two at that time. Next time, I’ll think twice before engaging in either of these directly before bedtime.
So, what can you do to relax yourself before bed? Many sleep specialists recommend relaxation techniques, such as a warm bath, meditation or soothing music 30 to 60 minutes before you to to sleep.
Just for fun, comment on this blog post and tell us how many hours of shut eye you’re getting each night.
Wishing you a (yawn!) productive day and restful evening!
February 17, 2012