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Ten hours of Sunlight

Happy first day of spring!  This post is from a few years back but I love to repost it around daylight savings or the First of Spring just as a reminder to myself that longer days are coming.

I check the weather report every morning, as most people do I suppose; as I’m drinking my coffee and deciding what I’ll wear for the day. It has become part of my morning ritual – once the weather and traffic report are shown I turn the TV off and go about my day. One of the interesting things about our local weather guy is, in addition to weather and tidal information (very important this time of year in CA) he gives a little bit of extra information, sometimes to do with Astronomical events happening like a meteor shower or what planets are really visible, sometimes it’s a tidbit about Baseball – mostly little league because that’s what his kids play, and sometimes if you catch it at the right time he will tell you how many hours of sunlight are in the day. As a person with night blindness, I tell you, watching the number go down as we head into the deepest dark of winter makes me cringe. I start to think about all of the things that won’t get done because I’ll be rushing home just barely making it before full dark sets in, and many days I pray my way through the traffic disasters, wondering if today will be the day I get stuck behind one and have to white knuckle it all the way to the house. This morning though we hit a new high, a little more than 10 hours of daylight! 10 hours I decided I could work with. I’m noticing that the sky is pink toward the beginning of my drive to work and the morning star is harder and harder to find these days. And – I actually have at least an hour of light (not full mind you – but light just the same) after I get home, giving me time to move out to my garden and pull a few weeds or turn soil before I can’t see what I’m doing anymore. Even though we’re still bitterly cold, and spring is a long way off, for a few minutes each afternoon I have a small reprieve in my back yard and a feeling of wellbeing takes over – I have made it through another dark winter, sigh, I can breathe again when I drive back and forth to work, deeper sigh, and soon, I’ll be able to start working in all of the things I’ve missed out on during the long dark nights. 10 hours of sunlight – doesn’t seem like a lot but to me it is the tipping point to spring even more so than the mark on the calendar designating that day.


Week In Review – 9/19/16

Happy Monday, I thought I would start a new series akin to the week in pics, something easy something that helps you get to know me and something that will hopefully get you thinking about your own week in review. As always if you’re interested in following me on any of my social media platforms they are listed below:

IG – Fallingwithstyle.co, Sarahgetfit77, and SandSlovedisney

Twitter: Fallingwithstyle.co
Snapchat: Slkirkland

Man this week has been rough, I ended up with an eye infection, it’s been very yucky, Steve’s been down with a cold and Francesca’s dealing with Fall allergy symptoms – all in all we’ve been the house of pestilence this week.
With that here’s a few categories I thought you might be interested in:
What are you reading – I still haven’t picked up any new books, for the first half of the week it was all I could do to focus on my computer at work, once home we’ve been working in the garden and then passing out and going to bed so……maybe this next week I’ll have time to pick one up.
What are you listening to – I feel this might be a really boring post this week, I haven’t been listening to anything because my eyes are so hyper sensitive to anything my senses are too overwhelmed to take on any additional information.

What are you watching – All right if I dig in to last weekend, I did watch my traditional vast amounts of 9/11 coverage. I even found a few new shows and two that I haven’t seen in awhile so I felt very educated as the weekend came to a close.

What are you working on – this week aside from getting better, it’s been all garden all the time. We had dirt delivered earlier this week, we’re finishing up the walkway, I’ve ordered my winter crop and am waiting with bated breath for it to be delivered, and all in all I’m hoping to be fall/wintering down the yard within the next week or so – new post to come on that soon.
Weekly goals – as you can see these aren’t very different than last week – obviously things did not go well this week for me.
– again write one and update one post for each site

– Get the garden finished and planted

– walk the pups 3 times

– get the fall wardrobe out and start transitionining

food for the week/fitness goals -so I’m going to start a week late on my fit girls program – thank goodness it’s flexible. I have to clean out the fridge, plan what’s in there vs. what needs to be bought and get ready for next week to hit the ground running.

Beauty updates – so last week we went to the Sephora Holiday event and had a really good time, unfortunately I think that’s also where I got my eye infection. I do have to say I’m rather proud of myself, I didn’t pick up any makeup type products except for the new foundation, which I love and a few new eyelashes that I’m dying to try but for obvious reasons have not. Sigh – at least there’s next week.

Style update – this last week we’re going to call bummy chic – which meant I didn’t feel good, so I wore jeans and t-shirts to the office all week – I did receive a few comments from friends in the matter – one even alluded to a broken washer for the style dip. Needless to say I’ll be back on track next week – just in time for the last bits of Indian summer.

What did you really screw up this week – I guess the obvious response this week would be my eyes. I have been putting ointment below my lids 4 times a day for the last 5 days and have two more to go (sad face) I don’t really know that it was my mistake although I suppose I really should have checked the MUA’s brushes before she started diving into my makeover.

What did you do that was awesome – I the last week I have shoveled 4 cubic yards of dirt from my driveway to my planter boxes, and I am payin for it, man are we going to be tired. But I can see the finish line on the front yard and I’m truely excited that the finish line is in sight.

How’s the family – Steve update, his spider bite is clearing up nicely and shouldn’t leave a scar – it did scab over a few times and fall off but so far the new skin underneath looks ok. Francesca this week managed to pull a groin muscle during practice, so there’s been a lot of icing and stretching to get that back into shape, and just the other night she came home with a pretty decent black eye – she had taken a volleyball serve to the face – insert all the using your head puns here.

How are the dogs – pups are good, they’ve been hibernating with us all week long, and really loving the smells coming from the front yard. Organic compost/soil mixtures bring lots of lovely smells for all involved, I’m fairly certain that while the dog’s are loving it my neighbors probably hate me at the moment.

Until next week – XoXo – Sarah


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