wretched mornings

I hate mornings. I felt the potency of my dislike this morning as my feet hit the cold hardwood flooring. Aside from the obvious (such as going to work), there are only a few reasons I manage to get out of the bed in the morning:

1)      I’m hungry and ready for breakfast. I’m a big breakfast fan and sometimes I think it’s the only reason I get up in the morning.

2)      My hubby’s cat is meowing. “That Cat” seems to pick random mornings during which she will make incessant noises until you come out the bedroom (our bedroom is a no-go zone for her).

3)      The smoke alarm. This happened when we were first married and my hubby wanted to surprise me with breakfast in bed.

4)      When I can smell a hot, delicious breakfast cooking. (see number 3, it was actually a very good breakfast). Who can resist bacon, eggs and hashbrowns?

The part of the morning that involves abandoning a perfectly warm bed has always been my least favorite, even as a kid. Of course, if I didn’t wake myself up, I would often by unceremoniously waken by one of my three sisters. The only two people I would choose to let wake me up would be my mom or my husband. Even though my mom is a morning person, she seemed to understand the difficulties of not being one, and would wake me up with a quiet “good morning” and a kiss on the cheek. Hubby is pretty good at doing something similar, and he knows better than to wake me up at all. 🙂

One really great thing about “growing up” is that in the mornings, I decide when to wake up. And, I decide what to eat for breakfast. I’ve also found that a little cappuccino drink mix goes a long way. I’ve given up on the lofty accomplishments of Morning People, such as:

1)      Going for a run in the early morning. Seriously, that’s one of the most unpleasant times to work out. My muscles are achey because they haven’t warmed up yet, the cold air is biting my nose, and there is no one out but the garbage man, which basically just reminds me that all the sensible people are still in their warm beds.

2)      Doing devotions in the early morning. I just cannot. I am at my grumpiest in the morning. I read something once that suggested you do your devotions when you are at your best, so that God gets you best. I like that system.

3)      I feel like there should be a third, but I really don’t know what Morning People do, since I am a Night Owl.

 

Are you a Morning Person or a Night Owl?

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

Having been cooped up in the house all week drinking sprite and sucking on throat lozenges, I decided to try my hand at pumpkin bread. Unfortunately, I always forget that I don’t own a loaf pan. Thus….muffins. I tried this recipe from AllRecipes.com, tweaked it a tad, and definitely would make these again.

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

3/4 cup white sugar
1/4 cup vegetable oil
2 eggs
1 cup canned pumpkin
1/4 cup water
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Either grease a muffin pan, or, I like to use paper liners. Mix sugar, oil, eggs. Add pumpkin and water. In separate bowl mix together the baking flour, baking soda, baking powder, spices and salt.. Add wet mixture and stir in chocolate chips. Fill muffin cups 2/3 full with batter. Bake in preheated oven for 20 to 25 minutes.
What I really liked about these muffins is that they were easy to make and cooked very evenly. I didn’t even have a 1/2 cup of chocolate chips–I just threw in what I had. My muffins cooked in exactly 20 minutes. These are very light and fluffy–overall, I’m very happy with how these turned out.

you’ve got a friend…

in the diamond business!

Sorry, it’s not me.

But look me up in a few years. 🙂

Seriously though, who is that guy in the Shane Co. ad? He sounds like a boring college professor at best and tells me that he’s my friend!

So….there’s my random thought of the day.

On another note, Carson and I watched “How to Train Your Dragon” last night. Super cute! We really enjoyed it and will now pet dragons rather than “kill on sight.” Save the dragons!

rest time

Despite my zealous consumption of Walborne (Walgreen’s version of Airborne), I have caught my husband’s cold. 😦 Very sad. I have the worst immune system ever. And I was actually patting myself on the back yesterday morning because he was getting better and I wasn’t sick yet. But alas, I spoke too soon. That in mind, I headed to Walgreens today to get some throat lozenges and they had the deal of all deals. Normally Ricola drops are over $2 a package, but these were only 50 cents a bag!

I was able to attend my first complete BSF (Bible Study Fellowship) session. It was great and a lot of fun meeting the sweet ladies in my group. I’m looking forward to getting to know them. Bonus: my group leader brought a biscotti for everyone and best of all, they were chocolate coated. This probably isn’t what a doctor would recommend but it sure tasted good!

Oh Monday!

It’s Monday. I have a love/hate relationship with Mondays. When I was in school I didn’t like Mondays because it meant going back to class. Now though, my longest workday is on Sunday, so I actually really look forward to Mondays. Last night though, I had a terrible dream that it was Monday and everything went wrong. I was horribly late for work, got horribly lost (that seems to be a common theme for me–be it life or a nightmare). Then I woke up. And I was so relieved that it wasn’t all screwed up like in my dream.

So….here’s to Monday! (and Dutch Brothers coffee)

On a side note, I had some delicious bread pudding at the Old Spaghetti Factory on Saturday. I’ve noticed that bread pudding is one of those things that people absolutely wouldn’t touch or absolutely love. What do you think of bread pudding? I’ve also decided that since I love it so much, I would like to learn to make it. Anyone have any good recipes?