feelin' like rip

14 Oct

Thanks so much for all the support about our decision to not run the half marathon.  It sounds like we’re all striving to avoid comparing ourselves to others and doing what’s best for ourselves.  Amen to that!

Today has been one loooooong day I tell ya.

I feel like Rip.  Van Winkle that is. (Ely – that’s for you:)  Yes, we’re on a first name basis.

Last night the husband and I stayed up well into the wee hours of the morning working and boy did I regret it this morning.  I am not a happy camper when I don’t get sleep.  I would absolutely love to get 8 hours a night, but inevitable I always (including tonight!) end up staying up working on stuff and only getting 6 or so hours.  Not cool. Probably might even help with my breakouts if I hit the sack at a decent time each night.

I don’t know whether it’s harder to have to go to the office when you’re exhausted and sleep deprived or work from home.  Working from home is tough because you have to motivate yourself and there’s no one around to through you an elbow when your head starts to droop at the computer.  However, at the office you have to exert extra energy being social and meetings others’ expectations.  Hmmmm…

Anyway!  When I got up this morning I felt so out of it…I almost felt kind of nauseous.  I actually did try to lay back down for a little bit after the husband left, but to no avail.  The day was just passing me by and I couldn’t handle just lying in bed.

Unfortunately my lack of sleep left me with little appetite, and I literally couldn’t stomach breakfast.  Finally about 11:30 the urge for a baked potato hit me like a ton of bricks.  Have no idea where that came from, but bring on the starch!

toppings included: salsa, a sprinkle of Daiya vegan cheese, sea salt, pepper and a smear of Earth Balance

With a side of my current favorite green.

I spent the day running errands, working on Outbox and trying convincing myself to not go curl up in bed. yay.

I did manage to do a little baking as well.  Last Sunday a friend of mine from Sunday School told me about this cookie recipe, and then I saw it on Tina’s blog yesterday.  Seeing as how I was looking for a dessert to take to a friend’s house for dinner tonight, I figured it was just meant to be.  Besides, it’s the easiest recipe ever known to man.  Perfect for a day like today.

1 can pumpkin puree
1 spice cake mix
1/2 bag of dark chocolate chips


  • Dump everything together and mix mix mix!
  • Drop spoonfuls onto a cookie sheet and bake at 350 for about 10-20 minutes.  The original recipe said 10 minutes, but I ended up having to bake mine for much longer to get them done in the center.

Next time I would probably make smaller cookies.  Also, you should know that these cookie are very unique.  They are kind of more like a cookie/muffin/bread.  I honestly think they taste a lot like pumpkin bread.

Either way these guys loved them!

Okay, so maybe this little guy didn’t really have one, but he sure looks like he had a few doesn’t he?!  Cutest little cheeks ever!!

The year before I taught I was Henry’s nanny from the time he was 3 months old to the time he was 14 months.  Now he’s such a little boy and I can’t even believe he’s gotten so big!  Here’s a picture from our time as full-time buddies.

I promise he really did like me!

Anyway, now he’s a big brother and little Sam looks just like him.  So cute.

The pumpkin cookies were definitely a hit though – you guys should try them!  They’re not the healthiest cookies out there, and there aren’t vegan – but they’re easy and delicious so score some points for that.

Well, peeps, I’m gonna get off here and stumble into bed so I’ll actually be able to do some planks and down dogs at PiYo in the morning.  It’s no good if the instructor can’t even function!

How many hours of sleep do you feel like you need each night?  How many hours do you actually get?  Also, do you and your significant other (if you have one!) go to bed at the same time or are you on different schedules? Jon and I have always been sticklers about going to bed together.  These last few weeks it has gotten really tough though because he stays up to work so late.  Sometimes he’ll just come lay down with me for awhile and then he’ll go back to work some more.  That way it still kind of feels like we’re going to bed together.  However, I never can truly fall asleep until he comes for real.


16 Responses to “feelin' like rip”

  1. Kristina @ spabettie October 15, 2010 at 1:02 am #

    oooh, CUTIES !! I just wanna Pinch Cheeks!!

    sorry you’re not sleeping well… that happens to me now and then – so not fun.

    hope it’s all back to normal soon

  2. Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun October 15, 2010 at 5:26 am #

    Glad you liked the cookies. They are so easy…and that’s what I needed this week too. Like for M’s party I’m making cake balls. Originally I intended to do the cake + icing to make them from scratch. That’s not happening. I hate it, but its not worth putting the extra stress on myself for food I’m passing out to a bunch of people who don’t give it a second thought anyways. LOL

  3. Holly @ couchpotatoathlete October 15, 2010 at 8:08 am #

    Those kids are so adorable!!! What sweeties.

    I have been sleeping very poorly. I’m either up too late watching tv (eek) or I go to bed early and toss/turn all night. I just can’t seem to rest lately. I think it will help that I can sleep in tomorrow morning.

    • candice October 17, 2010 at 10:11 pm #

      I hate when I go through phases like that – hope you got some rest over the weekend!

  4. Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg October 15, 2010 at 8:31 am #

    Awwww, I nannied for a little guy like that too a few years ago! I miss my days as a nanny!

    I’ve been seeing those cookies round blog world– must give them a try!

    • candice October 17, 2010 at 10:12 pm #

      Yeah, by the end of my nannying year I was ready to get out and do something else, but now I kind of miss it!

      Your should definitely make the cookies – they were a huge hit with my family this weekend too:)

  5. Heather (Where's the Beach) October 15, 2010 at 8:46 am #

    Cookies look yummy. I am really weird – I can function on no sleep or lots of sleep. Actually sometimes I think that 9 hours is too much and that makes me just want to keep on sleeping.

    • candice October 17, 2010 at 10:13 pm #

      I totally know what you mean. I think 8 is the magic number for me. I wish I could function well on little sleep!

  6. ely October 15, 2010 at 9:11 am #

    Oh, you and Rip. I almost fell off my chair laughing!

    I feel you on the sleep thing…I have a hard time managing, too, trying to fit in editing after a long day of work. What works for me is that I just decide on one day a week that is my “give up” day. And when I get home, I simply am at home. Cook a meal with Ryan, watch a little TV or go on a walk, and don’t let myself turn the computer on. It helps to have just one day when I’m not stressing or worrying, or feel like I have tons of responsibilities.

    • candice October 17, 2010 at 10:14 pm #

      haha, good times, good times:)

      Such a good idea to have a “give up” day. Jon and I actually decided to do something like that awhile back – we were going to take Tuesdays off for a date night each week. Ummm, yeah, still haven’t done it! Need to work on actually implementing that:)

  7. jen cheung October 15, 2010 at 10:53 pm #

    love the lovely pictures 🙂

    have a lovely weekend!
    jen @ http://www.passion4food.ca

  8. Joslyn @ missfitbliss.com October 17, 2010 at 8:38 pm #

    What adorable cuties! And that must be the easiest cookie recipe known to mankind. Sheesh! I don’t even need to print the page or jot down the ingredient list. For this alone, I love you:)

    • candice October 17, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

      Definitely the easiest recipe ever- and my family really loved them this weekend too! Unfortunately I think I’m going to have to hold off on making another batch for awhile b/c it seems I have zero self control around them. I mean, pumpkin and chocolate – can you blame me?!?

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  10. amber@SAHM's musings October 18, 2010 at 7:16 pm #

    Sleep? Ha! Actually I feel I need at least 8 hours but I usually get around 6. I like to go to sleep at the same time as my hubby. I’m like you I can’t truly fall asleep until he’s beside me. If he gets back up to work I end up waking up and waiting.


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