Randomness {cookies, earlier mornings, and winning}

That day:
– you make cookies with your two year old, but then accidentally on purpose end up eating cookies for dinner (you, not the child!).
– you get an email saying a post of yours will be Freshly Pressed sometime in the next week, but you force yourself to keep blogging as usual anyway.
– you mean to spend less than two hours of screentime, but still just keep scrolling.
– your baby sleeps past 8:15, but you kinda wanted to get up early to write.


That’s been my day.

It has been nice.

Here’s the expanded version: :)

I loved making cookies with Ranger. I hadn’t tried to make anything with his help until now. He loved helping me dump the measuring cups of dry ingredients in, but he especially loved licking the beater and putting handprints on the dough as I rolled it out.

This afternoon I was more than pleasantly surprised to discover an email from the WordPress team saying that a post of mine had gotten Freshly Pressed. Such a fun thing in the WordPress blogging world. It’s the editors’ picks of posts written that week and is a fun achievement. And a great surprise!

I also found out I won a book on another blog. The book is called Jesus Feminist by Sarah Bessey and I am glad to finally own a copy. I will most likely end up sharing more about it here as I work through it. I can’t wait!

Another fun surprise was that I’m currently second place in a contest among all the final kick ambassadors to see who can get their code used the most for the Shamrock Shuffle coming up in March. (If anyone wants to race with me the code is: erika ) I’m going to race my first 10k then, I’m only hoping not to be slow. I haven’t ventured to define what “slow” is for me at that distance yet though. We shall see :)

In the last couple weeks Ali has been waking up around 6:30 about half the time. So I’ve been toying with the idea of getting up around 6:30 everyday. Call me crazy. But I really would love to have that time to more purposefully write and read and start my day well. As long as I can go to bed by 11ish most nights it would be doable for me. I am a morning person, after all.

My screen-less challenge isn’t going so well. I find that it is really hard for me to remember to start a timer when I get on and turn it off when I’m done. It quickly becomes a very inaccurate measure. So I’m considering strictly limiting my internet to times when one or both of my babies are asleep and Israel is either working, asleep, or traveling. Getting up early would allow me time to write first thing and then live my life the rest of the day. I am really good at finding short term fixes for my screen overuse, but I really want to work a little harder and find a solution that will last a while. So I’ll write first and scroll less, interact with my babies more, take care of my home more, and read paper books more.

Maybe I’ll take more pictures, too!


What time do you get up in the morning?

When do you write or run?

Does when you get up or what you accomplish first make a difference in your productivity level and mood throughout the day?

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7 thoughts on “Randomness {cookies, earlier mornings, and winning}

  1. I am having the hardest time figuring out when to run and getting the want to, to get me up and out the door. :-/ I usually get up (work days) between 5:30 and 6 and weekends around 8.


    1. It is hard to get into a habit with running. I finally have a set time to run. It seems to help. And I have to just force myself on days I don’t want to. Thought I do give myself permission to turn around after 10 minutes if I’m still not feeling it. You have a very early schedule :P


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