Much Better Day Than Night

At least twice an hour…

That’s how many times I woke up during the night last night. UGHH! Between a runny nose, an overactive bladder, and inability to just get comfortable, it was one of the worst nights of sleep I’ve experienced in months. I tossed and turned all night long, and actually debated on just staying up at my 4am wake up.

I did get back to sleep for another hour before the alarm went off, and I, surprisingly, didn’t feel completely tired and out of it; in fact, I was actually awake and thankful to finally just have an excuse to get UP. Luckily, my day so far has gotten off to a MUCH better start than last night did!


Our BodyPump instructor informed us last week that she was going to be “test driving” some of the newest release this week in class, Release 79, even though it’s not set to launch until next weekend. We only did the first five tracks (Warm up, squats, chest, back, triceps) to the new release- which included music from Lady Gaga and Sean Kingston- and finished up with an old release. From looking at the full tracklist, I’m really excited to give the full release a try!

I followed up class with 20 minutes of intervals on the elliptical while jamming out to my new playlist, and then hightailed it home for some breakfast.


Oh, hello there, oats buckwheat in a jar. So awesome of you to join me this morning.


Today’s batch was awesome:


The simple switch from vanilla extract to almond extract made this batch incredibly delicious. I’m not sure I’ll ever be able to go back to the vanilla!


Well, unless I’m able to actually get my hands on some pumpkin…then I’ll go back to using the vanilla. But first, I have to find some cans of the stuff since it appears to be hiding from me. Anyone local out there know where I can get my hands on some pumpkin?!? I guess I’ll have to keep my eyes peeled while I’m out running a few errands this afternoon.

Hopefully, all of you are easing back into the week after a nice, long holiday weekend! Here’s what you may have missed around these parts:

Stay tuned this afternoon for a yummy recipe…it has fall written allll over it! Winking smile

Questions for the Morning:


  • Work 4 10-hour days each week with a day off –OR- 5 8-hour days each week?
  • Eat pumpkin –OR- pass on pumpkin?
  • Lose all of your old memories –OR- never be able to make new ones?


  1. says

    Ah, jinx! I had an AWFUL sleep last night. Bad dreams, murder plots, and a few issues with temperature. Rough. Hopefully tonight’ll even it out.

    Having tried both the work weeks, I think that if my job really kept me busy, 4 10 hrs. But if it was like “busy work” I’d stick with the 5 day week.

    I will ALWAYS eat pumpkin ANYTHING. Know that scene in Forrest Gump where Bubba’s talking about all you can do with shrimp? I’m of the mindset that his beliefs can be applied to pumpkin. You can barbecue it, boil it, broil it, bake it, saute it. Dey’s uh, pumpkin-kabobs, pumpkin gumbo (this actually sounds great). Pan fried, deep fried, stir-fried. There’s pumpkin oats, pumpkin pie, coconut pumpkin, pepper pumpkin, pumpkin soup, pumpkin stew, pumpkin salad, pumpkin cookies and….. That- that’s about it.

    If my life was like forgetful Lucy’s from 50 first dates, no new ones. If my life was (more likely) like a standard psychiatric ward patients…. well, no oldies. I could always cover my body in tattoos a la Memento.
    Jordan @ food, sweat, and beers recently posted..Six Pack Sunday: A Day Late for Labor Day

  2. Jennifer @ Somewhere In Between says

    The Fresh Market in Latham has lots of pumpkin!!

    On that note, I would eat pumpkin all day I’d I could. I was so excited at BJ’s yesterday to see they have their Pumpkin Cheesecake for sale again!!
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  3. Arimey says

    I made some OOIAJ last night too! Thanks for the recipe, btw. Yum :)

    Defintiely four 10-hour days and eat pumpkin (LOVE it!), but that last ones a toughie! I like Jordan’s response about forgetful Lucy, but I’m thinking no oldies. You can always be reminded of who you are by the people who love you, but I can’t imagine not being able to remember things about my life as they happen now.

  4. Jillian D. says

    I definitely would want to work 4 – 10 hr days. My friend has that option and I am BEYOND jealous of her on Fridays.
    Definitely PUMPKIN – I can’t wait to find it in stores either!
    This last one is tough – but I guess that’s the point! I think I would want to lose all my old so I can make new ones :) I still have a lot of good things coming – weddings, babies, etc. (hopefully!)
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  5. says

    What good questions! I work 10 hour shifts already but only 3 days, so I’ll keep that!
    Would definately eat pumpkin!
    That is such a hard question to answer…but I’m gonna look at it this way, the memories that mean the most, I keep in my head and my heart. Since life is short, I’d rather make new ones and enjoy what I have left!
    Melissa recently posted..Pizza & A Movie

  6. says

    I would rather work 4 ten hour days…I’m going to school to be a nurse, so I’ll probably end up working 3 twelve hour days. I’ll take it!
    I hate nights like that. I am pretty sure my bladder is the size of a peanut because there have been nights I’ve gotten up seven times to use the bathroom. TMI? Maybe.
    Angela @ MyPinkyToes recently posted..The Birth of My Pinky Friends

  7. says

    Aw, I’m so sorry you had a bad night of sleep! Hopefully tonight will be better :). Can’t wait for your fall recipe!! Hopefully it has something pumpkin in it ;).

    I’d rather work 4 10 hour days…3-day weekends would be awesome
    Totally eat pumpkin…it’s amazeballs
    Oh man…I guess I’d rather be able to make new memories, so lose all of my old ones
    Lindsay@ In Sweetness and In Health recently posted..Why I Chose OT

  8. says

    i need to find pumpkin too.
    i went to one place this weekend and they did not have it.
    probably need to explore around.. !

    longer days, but less days..
    and regarding memories it is kind of hard since i have not married yet, had children but have had some good childhood memories. i am again a little stuck on this…
    Hannah recently posted..Pain in Animals

  9. says

    Oh my gosh, what is it with pumpkin? I can’t find it either, I’m already going through withdrawals!

    I would definitely work 4-10hour days! I love long weekends! Well, I love any day that doesn’t involve this job!

    I obviously would not pass on pumpkin – show me the pumpkin!!!!

    This last one is tough, I have some great memories in my life, but the thought of never making anymore again kinda stinks! I guess I’d rather let go of the old in favor of new!
    Samantha @ Because I Can recently posted..Monday Love Labor Day Edition (Day 12)

  10. says

    -Definitely work 4-10 hour days
    -Eat pumpkin (Can’t wait for a nice fall pumpkin spice latte)
    -Never be ablet to make new memories…that’s tough though.

    Could you tell me a little about bodypump? My hubs and I just joined a gym and they have bodypump class. I really want to try it but I’m not sure what it’s all about.
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  11. says

    I keep praying that my company would switch to 4 10s! Labor day reminded me how much I love three day weekends! Good luck with the pumpkin quest! I’m glad to hear a good review of the new body pump. My instructor was complaining last week that there were a lot of remixes and she missed songs by the original artists.
    Lindsay @ biking before bed recently posted..Monday Memories: Big Bend Part 1

  12. says

    OMG, what is going on with the missing pumpkin? I went to three different grocery stores over the weekend and the third one finally had some in stock. I had to stock up!

    I would rather lose all of my old memories than not be able to make new ones. I just see the best memories of my life coming in my future (wedding anniversaries, babies, grandbabies, job opportunities) and I would hate to not be able to remember them.
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