I usually get up at around 7:30 or 8am on weekdays and my boyfriend Joris who I live with is mostly getting up half an hour earlier than me. I used to be an early bird and get up at 5:30am, that was when I still had my analogue alarm clock, but now I’m setting my alarm on my phone and I just prefer to stay in bed a bit longer and snooze the alarm a couple of times! On weekends we sleep pretty long, until 10 or 11am.
It’s the standard alarm sound on my phone. It’s terrible!
I usually take a shower right after I get up and get dressed. Joris leaves for work an hour earlier than I do and he skips breakfast. That’s when I’m taking some time for myself. I make coffee and have breakfast and I really take my time.
Breakfast is very essential to me. I like to spend an hour every morning drinking my coffee and having breakfast while making plans for the day or just catching up with friends, reading news and checking emails. On weekends I like bread with cheese (!) for breakfast and sometimes we make soft boiled eggs. On weekdays it’s always varying. I mostly have phases where I love to have porridge with nuts and berries for two weeks and then I’ll have a phase where I’d have bread or bagels with cheese or peanut butter and jelly. In summer I also like having granola with fresh fruit. But the only constant is coffee really. I can’t get going without it!
I like to be productive in the mornings, which I mostly am, but I think it’s probably more in the afternoon. Because that’s when I push myself to get things done before the day is over.
Yes, I do. If I don’t get enough sleep I can’t really think straight and be productive. I believe if I get enough sleep the outcome is better.
Yes! I am a very quiet sleeper. I don’t move a lot while sleeping and also don’t wake up very often and therefore always get a good amount of sleep. My friends used to make fun of me when I slept over at their places, because I usually sleep on my back with my hands folded on my chest. And because I mostly wouldn’t move or make sounds I would look like a mummy, according to them. My grandma on the other hand was always worried when I slept over at her place. She always thought that I stopped breathing, because I was breathing so silently that she couldn’t hear it. Seems like I creep everyone out while I’m sleeping.
I can sleep pretty much everywhere. I think that I maybe sleep best at my parents place. They live in Austria on the countryside and it’s very very quiet there. But here in New York I sleep best in our bed when Joris is here. I can’t fall asleep at all every time he’s on a business trip or out with friends. I think it’s just because I’m always subconsciously worried.
I brush my teeth, put on my comfy pajamas and set my alarm. Sometimes I watch Netflix or read a magazine. But right before I fall asleep I try to summarize what I need to get done the next day.
Sometimes I remember my dreams very clearly but lately I don’t remember any of them. Hmm, there’s not really a specific dream I can think of. But I mostly dream about alternative lives, with the same people that surround me now, but with a complete different setting! I find that very amusing.
It has to be super comfy! I usually wear leggings and a wide t-shirt and in winter sometimes my pink pajamas. Joris always teases me for wearing them. They are pink and the fabric feels like a towel, so nice and comfy!
I usually keep a few selected items there: hand creme, as my skin tends to get very dry, sometimes a magazine or book, candles, my phone, because it serves as my alarm clock and a glass of water. Joris usually keeps his iPad there, which I secretly use to watch Netflix when he’s not here.
White fluffy clouds.
That one time we stayed at a cabin in the woods over the weekend. It was back in Austria and not too far from the city, but it was very quiet and dark. I slept like a baby.
Maybe we are actually living alternative lives, like in my dreams!
I gave up on that when I was little. I never really believed it would work and for me it never did! I rather like to create to-do lists in my head before I fall asleep. And it always works!
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