Friday, May 29, 2015

5 for Friday- Office Edition

Hooray for Friday! You know what this makes me think of... this guy.

Just kidding, I felt like I needed a dog picture to make Friday more exciting. Get it together, guys! Friday already is exciting... it is Friday. Man, that is deep.

Anyways, I'm particularly excited for this Friday because Monday means my new job starts. That is both thrilling and scary all at the same time. I'm really looking forward to starting something new and fully settling into our Houston life, but, at the same time, I've had basically no schedule for the last month. I could wake up late, watch West Wing endlessly, eat cereal for lunch, workout in the middle of the day (I should have tried water aerobics... it was always the most packed at the gym), or literally do nothing at all- all day every day. That was my life. And now I have to put on non-spandex pants (your welcome, world) and rejoin the working world.

In order to make the transition as easy as possible, I thought my Five for Friday should focus on reminding myself what I do to make work mornings as easy as possible.

1) Pre-Pack Breakfast and Lunch

Tone It Up - Recipe Profile - Overnight Oats
This may be the single easiest thing to make mornings easy. It is not that hard and basically requires 10 minutes the evening before. For breakfast, I really like to make Tone It Up's Overnight Oats (bonus points for frozen pineapple chunks from TJs). Lunches are usually leftovers or a salad.. exciting stuff. Making breakfasts and lunches might remind me of my mom packing me a perfectly portioned half sandwich, cucumbers, strawberries, and girl scout cookies for lunch until I was 18, but mostly it just makes the mornings so much easier. 

2) Getting the Blood Flowing

Yoga for runners
Not every morning, but most every GOOD morning I tried to get a short run in, a quick strength/circuit training in, or at least some yoga done before prepping for work. I rarely do a hard workout in the morning, but I have found that it makes me more alert if I get some sort of endorphins in the AM.

3) Watching the news 

And not local news... I pretty much hate local news... and the ridiculous outfits that all Southern California news anchors. I like to have the news going while I'm getting ready to feel prepared for the day.

4) Audiobooks

Alas, you have figured out the truth. I'm basically an 80 year old woman. I couldn't handle my commute in CA if I didn't have an audiobook to entertain me. And confession, sometimes I would sit in the parking lot at work to hear just a bit more of the story. My favorite audiobooks are mindless thrillers, which is exactly the opposite of what I read in real life. It's okay that you don't believe me- I double dog dare you to try it; audiobooks are game changers for commutes.

5) Cal

Okay, obviously this is a new one. And probably more than being a way to prep for a successful day, this will be a major pain in the butt. Between puppy accidents, puppy feedings, and puppy energy I have no earthly idea how this will fit into a morning routine. The good news, we are both amateurs at this act and will have to figure it out together. 

What do you do to make the mornings seamless? Or do you just embrace the madness?


  1. I can't focus on anything in this post because of how sweet that puppy face is!! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

  2. Your puppy is adorable! If you figure out the morning routine, pass it along my way. There have been quite a few mad rush mornings lately (including this morning...) and I need a little more organization over here! :) Happy Friday!

  3. Ahhh, he is so so cute! I'm with you-it's hard to have an organized morning routine!

  4. These are all great ways to figure out a morning routine! When we first got our puppy not too long ago she was always throwing off my mornings but working out is probably my favorite - it gets me awake and energized for the day!

  5. I have never tried an audio book but they totally intrigue me. How's the new job going??