This post has been a long time coming, but for my birthday, we decided to dispense with the traditional cake in favor of a trip to our local Sprinkles Cupcakes shop. So after a day at the spa, I picked up Manda and we were off to get some tiny, heavenly cakes. After taking the wrong freeway and getting lost twice, we finally made it to the little shop just 10 minutes before closing. The line out the door hinted that the fare was well worth the navigational mishaps we had endured.
So we picked up a dozen cupcakes in various flavors. The stand out favorite being the Red Velvet cupcake, with thick cream cheese frosting…oh yeah. 2nd place was the Strawberry, which tasted like actual fresh strawberries, no pink food coloring or Jolly Rancher, fake flavor here. 3rd was Peanut Butter Cup…I think it’s self explanitory. Everything else tied from there, the Chocolate was memorable and rich, Vanilla was simple but solid.
A word to the wise: these little puppies are delectable, but very rich. So cut them in quarters and start there.
So this is day 3 of my husband being “off the grid” so to speak. Funny thing is that all of his regular chatters are hitting me up. Some IM to ask if he is around, others are just striking up conversations. It is cracking me up actually. Take note, dear…people miss you.
So our little friend Manders subscribes to the Reader’s Digest. After I finished teasing her and assuring her that she was not yet in her 80’s, she told me that there was a really good article on how to get a good night’s sleep. So I hesitantly asked to borrow The Reader’s Digest. Low and behold, they made a suggestion that I had not heard before and I was eager to try. This tip has been great for me so I wanted to share it here.
The tip is to turn your digital clock away from you as you sleep, so that you cannot see the time. Their reasoning has to do with that little bit of light signaling your brain that light=awake time, but my reasons are a bit different. I find that if I cannot see the time when I roll over in the middle of the night or when I go to the bathroom, my brain is not activated into keeping me awake as I begin thinking about all I have to do in t-minus 4 hours and 23 minutes, etc. I also seem to fall asleep more quickly.
So here is my new philosophy: Set an alarm, go to bed and don’t look at any clock until your alarm goes off. Keep your mind in sleep mode until it is time to wake up and don’t worry about the time at all.
Try it. You will be surprised, I was. Go Reader’s Digest.