Answers to questions about my morning ritual:
What time do you wake up? That all depends on whether or not my lovely 16 month old daughter has woken me up throughout the night. If she wakes up, then I'll usually allow myself to sleep until 6:15am-ish, but if she sleeps through the night, I wake up between 5:30 and 6am.
What do you sleep in? A well-worn and milk-stained sleeping bra and a knit slip. If it's really cold, which it can be in our bedroom since we have no heat upstairs, I'll sleep in wool socks, leggings and a sweater. I also wear a satin sleep mask and earplugs.
How many hours a night do you sleep? Again, this all depends on whether or not the little lass is cutting a molar (and consequently waking up 2 to 4 times a night). Ideally I like to sleep 8 to 9 hours, but I'm pleased at this point if I can get 5 hours of uninterrupted sleep.
Do you shower in the morning? Yes. Always. It wakes me up and generates ideas for projects.
What kind of shampoo do you use? Something in a blue bottle purchased at Whole Foods. Something without Sodium Lauryl Sulfate or Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate or Ammonium Laureth Sulfate or Ammonium Xylene Sulfonate or TEA Lauryl Sulfate or turtle blood.
Do you moisturize? Yes. I use coconut lotion and lavender oil below my neck and rose oil and carrot balm above my neck.
What brand of toothpaste do you use? JĀSÖN natural toothpaste, but I'm thinking of changing it up to something more synthetic, something that will whiten my teeth with every brush!
What's the first thing you do after waking up? I try to write for 10-15 minutes. Sometimes this is s character study of someone I used to know or random prose, but mostly I write my dreams. Then I do yoga for 45 to 60 minutes and meditate for 5 to 20 minutes. At least that's what I've been doing for the last few months. I do like to change things up a bit throughout the year. Keeps my brain juicy.
What's your warm beverage of choice? I change this up frequently as well depending on whether or not I have the stomach flu or have some sort of cleanse going on. Right now, I drink green tea in the morning. On the weekend, I'll drink a half regular and half decaf Americano.
What do you eat for breakfast? A few times a week I'll eat an over-easy egg with spelt toast and peanut butter. Sometimes I'll toss greens from the garden on my plate. Other times I'll eat cereal with walnuts and hemp seeds and almond milk. On weekends I'll make sweet potato hash or cardamom pancakes and a garden scramble.
What's the first thing you read? I've been reading poems by Samuel Beckett this week. But usually I read articles on the old interweb or a long list of mostly humdrum emails. I think it's time to change that up as well. Next week I'll read the phone book.
Who is usually the first person you talk to? My little miss or my main squeeze.