Wednesday, January 26, 2022
Tuesday, January 25, 2022
Monday, January 24, 2022
I love sleeping. I'm sure most people say that, but I like napping and I love my cozy bed. I've always been pretty good at sleeping, but occasionally I will wake up in the middle of the night and sometimes not be able to get back to sleep. My trick now for getting back to sleep is this: I won't let myself start thinking about what I need to do the next day, instead I try to focus on the last dream I remember having, so I can try to stay in "sleep mode". Aside from that, I have a few other things that help me sleep:
Pillow - We have these pillows. We got them after staying at an Airbnb in Halifax that had them and we loved them. They have a cooling side and a warm side. What I like is that they are heavy and they stay put during the night. We have been trying to find good pillows for years and we are glad we invested in these. They are expensive but are often two for one.
Blanket - We got a Hush weighted blanket for Christmas and I love it. We have the cozy cover to use in the winter, and then it is a cooling blanket as well for summer. It also stays put when sleeping and I have found that it's easier to fall back to sleep when I wake up at night.
Sleep Spray and Oil - I often use this spray from Saje, and sometimes the put this oil on my pillow (putting a few drops in my hand, rub them together and pat it over my pillow). I don't know if I sleep better when I use it or not, but I like the smell anyway.
Mindfulness - When I first lay down while I'm falling asleep, I will usually say some prayers, and then walk through what I need to do the next day, like what I'll make for breakfast, what I'm going to wear, etc. and then I usually fall asleep before I get too far into my day. (See I'm good as sleeping!)
Time - I try to get in bed by 11:00 and wake up around 6:30 most mornings. My kids are at an age where they aren't up all the time throughout the night, and if they do get up early, they can go downstairs by themselves. I'm definitely more of a morning person and I'm quick to wake up once I'm up, whereas I'm usually falling asleep on the couch at the end of the day.
Other - I wear my Apple watch to bed usually because I like to be able to look at the time there instead of on my phone that lights up too brightly. I wear a mouth guard that prevents me from grinding my teeth (I just grind the mouth guard instead). I always have water by my bed and Peppermint Halo in case I wake up with a headache. If I've feeling overly sore from a workout or if I am feeling restless, I will take Advil before bed as I find it calms my body.
(Our mattress is fine but nothing special, we are in the market for a new one. I thought about those ones that you can get in the mail but I think I may want a "real" mattress rather than a foam one. I also want to lay on it first. Any recommendations?)
Napping - A note about napping. I am a fan of a nap. I will set a timer for 10 to 20 minutes, depending on how much time I have, and I can fall asleep fairly quickly. Since I know I have an alarm set, then I know I will wake up before too long. I just relax my face and try to clear my head and that works for me. A blanket is a must :)
Friday, January 21, 2022
Thursday, January 20, 2022
Saturday - Turkey Dinner. We have turkey, gravy, and cranberry sauce leftover from Christmas (all in the freezer of course) so this is perfect for a winter weekend. Turkey dinner is one of my favourite meals.
Wednesday, January 19, 2022
I like to check in every few months to give an update on how the pandemic is where we live (Toronto, Ontario, Canada) since it seems to vary so widely depending on your jurisdiction. Can I just say again that who thought we would be "flattening the curve" within those three weeks in March 2020, and we are still here two years later with COVID remaining such a big part of our daily lives?!
Ontario is back in a "modified" Stage 2 which means no indoor dining, no gyms, indoor capacity limits, remote work, and no indoor sports/lessons (for us that means virtual piano and no swimming). School was also moved to virtual for the first two weeks in January. The kids were supposed to go back on Monday but we've had two snow days this week instead.
Before Christmas (and the arrival of Omicron), I was over Covid! I was ready to socialize, travel, and go back to normal (with masks inside if that's what it took). We had our Christmas party and my parents visited from Nova Scotia. We were even planning to go to Hawaii. Then case counts were skyrocketing and it required a bit more vigilance. Our trip was postponed for us, so we didn't have a choice of whether to go or not, but I still wanted to go. It seemed as though many other people were travelling so I was willing to take my chances.
Now that school is going back and the still have their weekly ski lessons, then I don't feel as though our lives are too disrupted by the current situation. I like to go out to eat at restaurants, but we don't do that too much in the winter anyway, so I'm not that bothered. I do wish we could go inside the ski chalet, but we manage. I know I am lucky because I don't work in a hospital or need to access health care on a regular basis so I don't really see the burnout that others are facing. With the case numbers not being reported anymore and being at home with the kids anyway, I feel very isolated to what is happening in other parts of the world.
For the first time since the pandemic began I know several people that have contracted Covid in the last month. We have remained healthy so far. I've heard different things, like we are all going to get Covid, we just need to make sure we don't get it all at once. And also that we don't all have to get it if we can implement the right health measures. We are all as vaccinated as you can get at our house and I don't know what else we can really do. We wear our masks and spend most of our time with people outside. I've been avoiding the subway but I'm going to go on it this week.