Yep, it’s back. Random Five Friday. Why? It’s random – it’s easy – it’s fun. Here we go.
1. Portobello mushrooms. Why haven’t I tried these before now? Oh, they’ve been around, but I’d poo-poohed them as new age/hippie-dippy food. Not so, my friends. Sauteed with Bok Choy & other veggies + a splash of teriyaki sauce = a chewy, crunchy and tasty dinner. Yum.
2. Hair. When I get up every day, one side of my hair looks like it went to a party, partied too hard, and fell into bed. The other side looks like it stayed in, balanced the budget, and read books. And … the sides take turns. I’d like to know what this is all about.
3. Daylight. There’s more of it. We’ve turned the corner, peeps. When I leave the office at night, it’s not as dark as it was. Driving home in twilight feels like we’re emerging from winter’s tunnel. Ahh.
4. Permission. My regular readers know that I ventured off to my favorite bookstore last week and emerged with a bag of delights. I started reading a highly acclaimed book the next day and … meh.. I just couldn’t get into it. I either wasn’t in the mood or the story simply wasn’t that compelling. I put the book back in the bag and chose another. It was that easy and it’s taken me 50 years to be OK with doing so.
5. Something I’ve noticed lately is how much we talk about sleeping. It’s a safe topic, one you can reference at the water cooler, “Didn’t get my rest last night” or “Boy, I slept great last night.” There’s hardly ever an in-between.
Then I read this and thought … man, this is it. This, my friends, is truth:
I invite you to join me in something I’m calling the Adequate-Sleep Life-Enhancing Experimental Project (ASLEEP).
The requirements for membership are simple: we sleep until we aren’t tired, whenever possible. And I mean WHENEVER POSSIBLE, as in, if you show up at your best friend’s wedding tired, you take a pillow and sleep through the ceremony. Better yet, don’t show. Man up. Stay in bed. – Martha Beck
How about you? Discovered any delights lately? Does your hair travel to far-off adventures without you? Are you seeing more daylight in your days? What have you given yourself permission to do? When’s the last time you felt rested?