Thursday, September 28, 2006

Morning Routine Meme

You KNOW a blogger is too busy when two memes show up within two weeks! But right now I barely have enough time so sleep - which of course only makes it all the more difficult to get my engine started in the morning.

Therefore, this meme I stole from Jennine seems ironically appropriate:

Morning Routine Meme

1. What do you typically have for breakfast? And what about on those mornings when you're being bad? I don't eat breakfast. For whatever reason, food doesn't appeal to me in the morning.

However, I do have one vice - I can be easily lured to the dark side by the evil smell of bacon. But as you know, my sweet darling wife *cough* food nazi won't allow it, which only leaves me wanting the delicious crunchy goodness even more. In fact, sometimes I feel just like that poor dog from the Beggin' Strips commercial...

I smell bacon! Bacon bacon bacon bacon bacon bacon bacon bacon! What's in the bag?! I can't read!!!

Don't laugh - I'd probably eat one of those if I found it on the floor.

2. What is your favorite cereal? My favorite cereal is another food I can't eat - Frosted Mini Wheats.

All American, sugar or cinnamon, Frosted Mini Wheats! (sorry, had a flashback there).

One cereal I am allowed to eat however are the Special K low carb 9 gram flakes. Mmmm.
Funny thing though is I've come to enjoy them. Much the same way a prisoner of war comes to enjoy a piece of bread.

3. Do you wait patiently for the cereal prize to tumble out of the box or do you start digging the moment the box is opened? Sorry. Flakes don't come with prizes.

4. What time is your alarm clock set for? When do you actually get out of bed?
My alarm beeps the first time at 5:45 AM. Then I hit it for two 10-minute snooze cycles until I finally flop out of bed at 6:05-ish for our morning walk.

5. Do you have any tips or tricks for saving time or preventing stress in the mornings?
Yes. For preventing stress - go for a one-hour walk alone with your spouse before the kids get up. It's a great way to start your day and a perfect time to "catch up" on the latest gossip and/or horror stories from the kids' teachers.

For saving time - Set all kids' clocks ahead 30 minutes when they're not looking. They'll get up early enough to be on time for breakfast and won't be alert enough to know the difference.

Just don't let them see this tip.


but Momma said...

I'm sneaking in John's room tonight. Now if I could only get the babies to tell time and then set theirs BACK!

I feel compelled to say I'm sorry about the bacon. It reminds me of the commercial where the guy says "Unlike my wife, Denny's thinks I deserve bacon AND sausage for breakfast!"

Ashley Lasbury said...

Oh, I am so going to change my kids clocks. Just for the joke. It will take them all of 5 minutes once they reach the kitchen and see the wall clock to realize that Mom has struck.

Jeff and Charli Lee said...

but momma - Thanks for the bacon condolences. Denny couldn't have said it any better.

Ashley - You're right, it would be one of those can of worms things. First you'd have to change the kitchen clock, then all the other clocks in the house, then the car - and THEN you'd have to go their schools and get them to change their clocks too. But in the end - see how much time that would save!!!

Anonymous said...

I think your wife should teach a seminar - I don't get the whole "not allowed" thing. I have been married for 23 years and have no influence over what my husband eats. Or anything else he does for that matter . . .

Have fun tonight, I know Bill and Lois are really looking forward to it!

Jenn said...

Hmm, bacon. I love bacon but I don't eat pork anymore. I still love the smell...

I don't know what kind of diet considerations you may have but Kashi puffs are my breakfast fare EVERY morning. I've lost 22 lbs this way. Not a bad thing at all.

That morning walk sounds so darn fabulous. wow. great idea.

Waya said...

Love the bacon too. Good for you wife for watching what you eat!! Someone got to. I know why I love reading blogs so much, you learn a lot of stuff about parenting!! Thanks for the "tip".

Jennine said...

You get an hour alone with your spouse every day? No wonder you're a happy blogger. Unfortunately, the only way I would get up out of my warm, cozy bed to go for a walk is if there was a promise of bacon waiting for me at home.

And it would have to be chocolate covered.

I double dog dare you to stay in your jammies all day Sunday.

Mooselet said...

I tried the clock thing with my teenager - it lasted a couple of days and then she'd look at the clock and say "Hey, that time's not right. I can go back to sleep." Of course she sleeps through two different alarms until I go in and throw on the lights to get her out of bed.

Not that I'm better. Takes me forever to get moving in the morning, which is tough as the Toddler is very much up with the sun and cheerful about it. Ugh.

yellojkt said...

Cranberry Almond Crisp from Trader Joe's. It's the only cereal I eat anymore.

Jeff and Charli Lee said...

linda - Wait a sec - it's not that my wife determines what I'm not allowed to eat. My "not allowed" sanction is self-imposed, for my own good. It's more that I choose to let her help guide my nutritional decisions. Whatever.

emma - My diet restrictions are simple - low fat and low(er) carb. Kashi Puffs aren't too bad, but Special K 9g are the lowest carb cereal on the market.

waya - I wish I could "watch" me eat some bacon :-(

jennine - I guess I could stay in my jammies, but I'm going to look pretty silly at church!

mooselet - I know, mornings. Ugh is right. I've never been a "morning person" either.

yello - Those sound really good. My favorite cereal of all time is the fully loaded Post Great Grains with Raisins, Dates & Pecans. I could eat a whole box in one sitting - although that's not recommended.