Some mornings come easily. You know, the ones where you wake up a few minutes before your alarm, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed? Or even better, those lazy Sunday mornings where you turn off your alarm and just wake up when you feel like it, lolling about in bed until the idea of eggs and bacon or a hot cup of coffee pulls you out. I love those mornings, and my mornings are normally the former. Leaping out of bed at 4:30a so I can get to the YMCA when it opens at 5a? That was my standard ritual when I lived in Wisconsin. Of course, I tended to wind down earlier than most in their mid-twenties *cough*9p*cough*, but it's okay - the fiance's the same way.
But lately? Well, since I moved to Chapel Hill, I've been sleeping terribly. I try to get to bed around 10, but I've had nights where I wake up every single hour the whole night through. And that's assuming I can actually fall asleep! Last Sunday night, after an exhausting but incredibly fun whirlwind visit to Charleston, I actually sat in bed and read for four hours trying to fall asleep. By 1:30a, I finally fell asleep, but popped right back up at 6:30a. My body was ready to start the day!
Unfortunately, my body only thought it was ready to start the day. I spent all Monday wandering around, going "huh?" whenever someone talked to me. The amount of blank staring at walls, books or floors was a bit embarrassing. It's times like this that make me remember why coffee is such a wonderful thing. And breakfast. Because no matter how awful you feel, sitting down to a cup of coffee and a slice of toast or bowl of cereal is a wonderful ritual.
Even better though? When quick breads like this oatmeal breakfast bread are around. Maybe that's why I'm so zombie-like after that terrible night's sleep - no more oatmeal quick bread sitting around, studded with dried tart cherries, waiting for me. It just disappeared too quickly, despite the fiance's dislike of cherries - that had just meant there was more for me!
Last Week: Chocolate Ganache Ice Cream
Next Week: Crunchy and Custardy Peach Tart