Jet lag is so frustrating! When I go home, I have to force myself to stay awake and then try to sleep in past 4:30 AM. When I come here, I can't fall asleep and then have to force myself to wake up long before my body wants to. Either way it's painful, but I have to say last night was so frustrating!
I know that it can be difficult to fall asleep, so I often will take Tylenol PM or a sleep aid for 2-3 nights so that I can fall asleep at a decent hour. They are pretty mild pills, so I am never concerned about getting addicted or anything like that. It just helps to actually fall asleep. Staying asleep is rarely a problem.
Well...except for last night. I took a pill at 10 PM and by 11 PM, I could barely function. I happily crawled in bed thinking I would get a full 9 hours of sleep. What I failed to remember is that I had woken up from a full nights sleep at 1:45 PM that day, so less than 12 hours later was trying to tell my body to sleep for another full night. It was a no go. At 1 AM, I woke up and was WIDE AWAKE! No matter how hard I tried or what I did, sleep was obviously not going to be an option. At 2 AM, I finally started watching a movie. That finished at 4. Still not showing any sign of sleepiness (my body thought it was only 8 PM), I played on Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter, and any other website I could find to pass time. My roommate woke up for the day at 5:30 and I was still awake. My other roommate woke up at 6:15 and I was still awake. They were both gone by 7:30 and I finally started getting sleepy (11:30 PM Minnesota time). I managed to fall asleep for 30 minutes when I was woken up by my alarm. Time to go to work.
First day back in the office. 2.5 hours of sleep. 2 cups of coffee. And a long to do list that requires my focus. To say I'm pretty ineffective today is an understatement. If it was socially acceptable, I think I'd crawl under my desk and take a nap. And actually...I probably could get away with it, but I'm not sure I want to face whatever photos may end up on Facebook as a result. :)
I really only had two goals when I came home for Christmas. Relax and enjoy being with family and friends. Well, as I'm sitting on my layover heading back, I can honestly say both happened...A LOT!
First, I got to live with this fabulous girl to the left. I don't think she and I have lived together since I was in high school (over 13 years ago if you were curious) so to get to be roommates was a blast. I'm fairly confident we enjoyed living together a lot more this time than we did 13+ years ago. :)
Second, I got quality time with all of my family (immediate and extended).
Actually, that's not 100% true. We missed having Laura home for Christmas, but thanks to an early Christmas present of better internet, we were able to Skype her into a few of the festivities. It doesn't match a quality hug, but beggars can't be choosers, right?
If you haven't caught this yet...I have a pretty amazing family. I mean, clearly (based on the photo to the right) we are a cool bunch. Cousin nights. Family Christmas'. New Years Day hangouts. Lots of games. Even more laughs. And PLENTY of food. The Hintermeyer and Johnson clans know how to have a good time!
Third, I didn't work much! It can be really easy to "just quick do ______" when I'm home. I start to believe the lie that everything will fall apart if I take time off, but I knew I was in need of a break from everything and that meant saying "no" or "not now" and truly resting. It was wonderful. I know there is a lot that I'm going back to, but I feel more ready for it because I took the time to rest.
I don't have many photos to prove my last point, but you'll just have to trust me.
I had some really great hangouts with friends. Limo rides. OC nights. Football parties. Breakfasts. Lunches. Dinners. Coffees. Holding babies. Phone chats. And everything in between. I am blessed to have amazing friends who love me so well.
Thank you to everyone who made my time home such a blessing!!
I love you all and look forward to the next time I see you.
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