Thursday, August 6, 2009
When Andrew is trying to put his shoes on and he is not quite getting it I tell him, "keep trying!" and he replies, "I'm keeping trying!"
Well I keep trying to have a better attitude about summer and I'm still daily fighting irritability and crabbiness, but, as Andrew says, I'm keeping trying!
Yesterday I called an expert for advice. Firefly lives in California and in her area the temperature regularly exceeds 100. Not only that, she does not have an air conditioner. And yet, her complaints about summer are few and far between.
These were her tips:
1. Get up early. Get your stuff done in the morning and plan to do restful things during the heat of the day.
2. For a quick cool down, put cold water in your bathtub and soak your feet and hands in it for a few minutes.
3. Be hot. When you are feeling sweaty and gross, go with it. Pretend you are at the beach. Wear clothes that you don't mind getting sweaty. Get in sweaty mode.
Her first tip made the most sense as a starting place for me. Often I get irritable when I feel like I am not getting anything done. If I can get up early, get things done while it is not too hot and while everyone else is sleeping, that just might improve my whole day! Then, during quiet time, instead of doing a project, I'll rest and read to make up for getting up early. That's the idea anyway.
So, this morning I got myself out of bed at 5. I made some tea, did some baking and sewing. I put in almost 3 hours before the kids got up (they are delightfully late sleepers). When they got up, I was not bleary. I was jazzed and feeling productive and I was ready to meet their needs since so many of mine were already met!
I'm curious to see if I have a mid afternoon crash. And what time I'll need to go to bed tonight. And if I'll be able to swing this again tomorrow. But, I have to say, so far so AWESOME!!!
Posted by Dave at 9:14 AM