I Did More Before Breakfast Than Others Might Do All Day

by Katy on August 7, 2012 · 14 comments

I don’t mean to brag, but I have the teenage-like ability to sleep until noon, especially during the summer when I don’t have to coordinate getting my teenagers to school on time. However, I’m also a fan of waking early and as the army advertisement from the 1980’s put it, “Do more before breakfast than the rest of you do all day.”

Today is one of those days.

My older son is working to get his lifeguarding job back, (he’s been in Japan all summer, and is only now recovered from the jet lag) and he needed to be at the pool across town at 7:00 A.M. today. Not my favorite task, but I’ll do all I can to support his employment prospects. However, because I was up so early, I was able to:

  • Get first dibs from a rather wonderful free pile that included a big ol’ stack of frames, as well as four very nice cloth napkins. (I will spray paint the frames using black paint I already own!) The photo may be crappy, but the score is not.
  • Run into my friend Dave, who was walking to work. He and his wife Heather just welcomed twin boys into their family, and I’ve been meaning to get over to their house to see them since they came home from the hospital. Sure, he didn’t have the babies with him, but it was still great to see him.
  • Stop at the credit union, where I deposited a stack of checks that had somehow accumulated in my wallet. This included my younger son’s hard earned paycheck, so it would be bad to procrastinate this errand.
  • Dash into Walgreen’s to pick up a free 8 X 10″ print, which I will frame in one of my new frames! This was an expired internet deal that I used to print a cool London Olympics graphic that caught my eye. I already have an awesome vintage Union Jack metal tray on the wall in my kitchen, so it will now have a friend.
  • Be up and about when a neighbor knocked on the door asking if she could come into my backyard to retrieve her naughty indoor cat.
  • Start a load of laundry, which included my spanking new napkins.

It’s now 8:25 A.M., and I think I might be ready for breakfast. But I expect that my entire day will resemble the morning, as I have a national TV camera crew coming to do a story on us in two days. These filming sessions are always a catalyst to finish projects and clean the house like Martha Stewart on crack.

Oy to the vey.

Katy Wolk-Stanley

“Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without”

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{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }

Dave August 7, 2012 at 7:45 am

Great running into you on this super productive morning! 😉


Katy August 7, 2012 at 7:58 am

I apologize if that “crazy lady in the bird-poop crusted mini-van” scared you. 😉



Krystal August 7, 2012 at 8:19 am

These are the best mornings!


Katy August 7, 2012 at 8:35 am

So true. And since I wrote this post, I’ve hung laundry, did dishes, fed the neighbor’s cats and noodled around on the internet.



Dogs or Dollars August 7, 2012 at 9:09 am

Yay for productive mornings! I’m a big fan of morning time productivity. I can bang out blog post after blog post pre-10am. Ask me to do the same thing after 6pm? Not gonna happen.


Barb August 7, 2012 at 10:04 am

I am NOT a morning person in terms of productivity or anything else, but living in Texas, I force myself to get up while it’s cool. I salute your energy.


Another Rebecca August 7, 2012 at 12:52 pm

I am not a morning person by nature, but since my mother is taking our kids overnight tonight I think I may get up early and make hubby breakfast, which I NEVER do. Then I need to take a hack at the garden and flowerbeds and that is much better done in the morn than the hot after noon. That will free up my childless Wed afternoon for the thing I love most in this world: a NAP!


Liz August 7, 2012 at 2:13 pm

I am with Barb 100%. I live in Texas, too, and I try to do all the heat-producing chores early in the day. I am ahead if I can get everything out of the dryer before 9:30 AM. I do not heat-dry the dishes in the dishwasher, either.


Paula in the UP August 7, 2012 at 2:14 pm

I love when I can get up get productive right away. Especially on my day off when I don’t have to be anywhere.

I had one of those days a week ago Friday. Got up put a load of laundry in washer,went grocery shopping, ran a bunch of errands, hung the clothes up, got groceries put away, then right to work on cleaning house. It was like noon and I had my days work in, afternoon was spent doing what I wanted not what had to be done.


Diane August 7, 2012 at 3:14 pm

It’s 6 PM and I am on the down slide. I long for morning when I will wake up refreshed and ready to tackle anything. After about 3, I am no good what so ever. And, I, too, live in Texas and by late summer, the heat takes its toll even though I do swim every day.


Katy August 7, 2012 at 5:02 pm

It’s now 6 P.M., and I am now experiencing the downside of starting early and keeping a busy pace all day. Everyone is on their own for dinner and I will have driven my older son to work and back three times by tonight. That’s an hour and a half of sitting in the car!

I need a foot and calf massage.



Susan Wollenberg August 8, 2012 at 3:31 pm

I, too, live in Texas. I’m an Army retiree, but NOT a natural morning person. Nevertheless, I always say “I like BEING up early; but I don’t like GETTING up early.


liz August 9, 2012 at 2:40 pm

Katy I LOVE that print! Where can I ger one please? Lizzie


Penny in Australia August 16, 2012 at 1:52 am

I find it funny that there is still such a thing as an actual paycheck! Nobody in Australia has been paid by cheque for, well, nearly decades. I got my first part-time job, as a teenager, in 1994, and it was paid via direct deposit into my bank.

Is it common to be paid by cheque in the USA? Must be a bit frustrating to have to deposit them? And what happens if you lose one?

Still, I guess a possible upside is that you can save them and not have the cash sitting in your bank account, ready to spend at a moment’s notice…?


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