No-Snooze Wins!

Is it just me, or does it seem like every time you have something important to do the next day you simply CANNOT sleep! What’s up with that?! I had a big day at work planned, and I was actually done blogging almost an hour before my usual time. But, I just kept finding random things to keep me busy. Maybe now’s a good time to filter through my jam-packed email inbox. And hey, look at this awesome eye-make-up tutorial on Youtube. Wonder if anything interesting is happening on Facebook. Hmm…Funny how that works out. Then, my stomach decided it didn’t want to play nicely any more and then next thing you know, I’m standing in my kitchen at nearly 1am eating brown rice to try to calm an upset stomach. Oy vay! lol

My late night certainly put a kink in my plans to skip the snooze, but not too much. I only snoozed about 3 minutes. Not too shabby. But when I was running late for work and I had plans to meet a friend for coffee, you can bet I was wishing I had those 3 minutes back! Darn you snooze button! lol

How’s everyone else doing with their snooze button challenge?


Thanks to my crazy stomach, I tried eating something as bland as possible for breakfast. I made oatmeal with vanilla rick milk and simply added sliced banana on top.

The rest of the day was super busy!

  • Coffee with a friend
  • Follow up on about 100 emails
  • At one point I had 20 excel files open…and a database. Yes, I’m a geek.
  • Lunch with Megan!
  • Dinner at a local restaurant for a friend’s birthday (luckily they had $5 happy hour eat specials, so dinner only cost me $10! A steal considering their entrees averaged $30!)
  • Dance class
  • And now blogging


Look at our little cuddle-monkey. Aww.


Dinner was on the light side, so I decided on a snack when I got home. I was considering baking an Emergency Blondie on my drive home after dance class, but my loopy stomach was calling for more simple oats.

So I had more oatmeal cooked with vanilla rice milk and water with just a small spoonful of whipped cinnamon honey for a topping. It hit the spot!


Snooze Activity Responses

I wanted to recap some of the amazing answers you guys had for my snooze activity yesterday.

The activity was to list 5 productive things you could do with the time you waste getting sub-par quality sleep during snooze time.

Here are some of the responses:

  • Make dinner if we are having a crockpot meal
  • Pack lunch
  • Yoga
  • I could actually take a shower and do my hair. That would make me feel a lot better about myself. Project Get Glam anyone?
  • Start a craft project and do a little every morning.
  • Do My Hair
  • Watch trashy tv for an extra hour
  • Read blogs
  • Do a quick 20 minute ab-cardio-strength training routine
  • Homework
  • Read my bible and devotionals
  • Empty the dishwasher and straighten the rest of the house a bit

Wow! Think of all the cool things we could do if we didn’t use that snooze button! Reading everyone’s responses makes ME want to wake up earlier so I can do some of these fun and productive things! lol


Quote of the day:

We should be taught not to wait for inspiration to start a thing. Action always generates inspiration. Inspiration seldom generates action.

~Frank Tibolt


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Two Reader Questions:

1. What do you eat when your stomach is upset? I think I usually do plain toast (sans topping), rice, bread, chicken broth, brothy soups in general, Mom’s Get Well Soup especially!, hot tea (especially ginger and peppermint), and ginger ale.

2. Have you been skipping your snooze button? What are your wins / success stories? I got to work earlier than normal – something I’ve been hoping to do for awhile now.

Cheers! 🙂

23 thoughts on “No-Snooze Wins!”

  1. Yeah! I made the snooze list! I am again so happy you are doing a time management challenge because I will be needing ideas/help very soon with my life so I am taking notes. I am 100% with you I have been going to bed early but wake up at 3am thinking about work then when I finally fall back asleep it’s 5:30 and the alarm is set for 6. It’s just always the way.

    When I don’t feel good, I stick with: water, applesauce, plain crackers, and if I am up for it toast. Then I try and sleep if I can. I will be looking into trying the tea idea next time. Thanks!

  2. Just wanted to say hello from the middle east! I’ve been reading your blog for some time but never commented before.

    I use to snooze all the time- I would end up wasting like an hour. I have found though that it just makes me more tired than I already am- so now I put the alarm clock far away from the bed and it makes me get up to turn it off.

    When I dont feel good, homemade chicken noodle soup is one of the only things I can eat, besides hot tea of course!

  3. I’m with you on the simple food when my stomach is upset. usually whole grains or (depending on the type of ache) dairy can help settle the acidity in an upset tummy

  4. 100 e-mails? Damn girl. How much coffee do you drink? 🙂 As far as when my tummy’s upset, I always make pastina–it’s itty-bitty star-shaped pasta that my mom used to make for me when I was sick.

    And I did well with my snooze button…until today. Can’t win ’em all…

  5. I love that your husband is reading such a pretty copy of Sherlock Holmes 🙂 Total book nerd, haha… Love that pic. I am usually awake before my alarm, but my husband totally hampers my willpower to get out of the bed before a snooze — he’s just so cute and cuddly, ha! I am getting better at just getting up and starting the day — the sun being up even earlier definitely helps motivate me! 🙂

  6. I used to get an upset stomach every night. I usually ate some toast and drank water. My favorite thing to do when I’m not feeling well is take a bath. So relaxing for me.

    I pressed snooze today but that’s more because I didn’t have anywhere to be until 1:30 and last night I was freaking out about the fact that my period was late. Thank goodness it finally came this morning! That being said, Mon-Wed I did awesome! Thanks for the inspiration, I really needed this.

  7. When I’m a little queasy, I like cream of wheat with a little dark brown sugar or maple syrup, toast and jam, chicken soup, saltines, and ginger ale. Plain soothing sweet and salty food:)

  8. the snooze button isn’t my downfall but laying in bed half asleep for 10-15 minutes debating with my husband if we should get up and workout or just go in the afternoon after work is! we’ve gotten bad and have started doing that instead of just setting our alarm later and just going! i need to remedy that, stat.

  9. That snooze button has become this huge monster in my life. When I don’t use the snooze, I can eat breakfast at home (make oatmeal!), drink real coffee instead of work coffee, and actually watch the today show. I also might be able to fill up my car on the way to work, or perhaps get a little reading for work done before my 1st client.


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