Day 75: Rituals

Do you have any favorite rituals? Usually when I try to make something a ritual, I get bored and change it. Maybe change is my ritual. Although my favorite ritual is Jeff making me coffee in the morning. However, I’ve been getting up before him and really want coffee right away, so I’ve been making my own coffee.  See? There’s that change again. 

I’ve been thinking that I need a new morning ritual. My mom used to exercise, have dinner planned, sometimes prepared and cooked, and the house clean, and she was showered with her lipstick on before 10 am.  She was ready to go on with her day, whatever that looked like.  How did she do IT? I know how – she was and IS super organized and is not a procrastinator and doesn’t have ADD!  She also knows how to prioritize and doesn’t waste time on email or Facebook! I want to be like her when I grow up. 🙂

I was trying to think about what I actually want to do in the morning before the craziness of the day begins.  Of course, my list is a 100+ things long. So I started last night by actually going to bed before midnight so that I could get up comfortably and easily in the morning.  I decided that I’d get up at 6 am, do a few yoga stretches, drink a glass of water and then make my coffee – all before anyone else got up. And guess what? I did it this morning and it was a great start to the day. I’m going to try this one again tomorrow.  I’m also going to plan what to make for dinner first thing in the morning or the night before. (Want to know what’s for dinner tomorrow?  A baked pasta dish, as requested by my regular diners.  That was easy. And for exercise? A tennis lesson tomorrow.)  So simple, right?

Speaking of rituals, blogging has become a ritual. I have posted 200 posts – that means I’ve been writing every day for more than have a year. That’s crazy to me. I actually enjoy the process of writing at the end of the day. It’s sort of relaxing when I’m not trying to figure out what to share. But.. I’m considering changing this too. I don’t want my story to become stale, and I wonder if it’s starting to get boring, me talking every day. Maybe I’ll start counting my weeks or counting by 5’s. We’ll see. Thanks for following along with me on this crazy, journey. 

Tell me – what is your favorite [daily/Halloween/Thanksgiving/Christmas/Birthday] ritual?  I’m curious…


A Halloween Ritual from Last Year


9 thoughts on “Day 75: Rituals

  1. Hi Adriana,

    A few of us were talking, at our September meeting, about how much we enjoy your daily ‘hereiam’… is addicting for some of your followers! We are living abroad, vicariously, through you. I can imagine that it would be easier to write on a less than daily basis, but please know we enjoy it. It is never deleted by me before I read the entire entry. My husband and I (in our 60’s) both carve a pumpkin and have a contest, that ends in a tie, to see who makes the best pumpkin. The grandchildren are not close to enjoy it so the decorations and dog costumes are all for us..Keep your traditions even when your children have children.

    My 90 year old mother just left to return to Minnesota after being here for 2 weeks. I hope to have her energy when I grow up are some of the highlights of her stay: 21 hours spent at Stanford Mall and Valley Fair, a day in Half Moon Bay, a day watching the Blue Angels from Sausalito and then on to Muir Woods, An afternoon at Allied Arts and the Glass Pumpkin Patch, 2 days on the road traveling between here and Southern California to see Aimee etc., a day in Solvang, a day in Santa Barbara, attending a baseball game and volleyball series with the grandchildren, and a morning at their school and chapel, and a day shopping TO mall. So keep on moving like your mom and I will try to recuperate from my mother’s visit as we both use them as terrific role models. Hugs and we all will still love you if you do not write everyday!

    • Yvonne – I loved your comments, especially the story about your mom and the highlights of her trip. It’s cool how we both have family down in Thousand Oaks/Moorpark are and get to enjoy the whole state! 90 years old and still moving strong! Does she exercise daily? Drink a martini daily?? What is her secret? …. Thank you for reading and sharing my journey – I do find it amazing how friends seem to enjoy it and I love when you comment and share your life too! So thanks for that. xo Adriana

  2. Hi Adriana,

    Don’t you dare change a thing. Ever since I figured out what your blog was about, I too look forward to it every day. It is a nice break from the craziness. I feel that we are experiencing all this with you and your family, how brave you all are. I think it’s wonderful and would be truly disappointed if I didn’t have a daily “hereiam”.

    Keep typing!

    Love, Carina

    • You are so sweet, Carina. I do enjoy writing and connecting with you and others… I just don’t want it to be boring for you! I do enjoy this little ritual… I’ll still be writing, just maybe not everyday if it feels like a “boring” day. Although, I don’t believe in being bored… So there’s a little conundrum!! xo

  3. Hi Toots:
    Your mom has a special talent . I call her the “Tornado”. She zips around the house like a house fly cleaning and arranging things. I don’t know anyone that can clean up a mess and put together a fantastic meal in a short period of time. Yet she generally completes all her work by10 am. Then it is time to go “shopping”, which she does on a regular basis, but only buys if it is on sale. I am sure that she has saved our family at least $50,000 dollars during our time together.
    As for your blog: You must keep us all informed. I know that many of us look forward to reading whats happening with your family. I have saved almost all of them. I love the pictures that are related to your daily blog. Besides, writing your blog is like keeping your sanity, keeping everything in focus, moments to relax and relive the day.
    Mom and I are already fully packed and ready to go. The count down begins!!!. See you soon.

  4. Wow, I missed a few days of our blogs. I better go check my email. Adriana, I love reading your blogs and hope you continue with them. I have never once found them boring and maybe on those days when you don’t have much to share, just share some pictures you might have taken. You don’t always need to share with words. Like some others have said, we are living abroad through you and is so much fun.

  5. My weekdays definitely have a pattern. Steve gets up first and I get the whole bed to snuggle in all by myself. At 5:30 a.m. my mom calls to say it’s time to get up. We chat for a while and share what is planned for our days. When I get up, Steve has a cup of tea ready for me and our dogs go out and get the morning paper. We always read the funnies and horoscopes while having breakfast together. Then it’s time to get ready for work. Not a bad start for work day mornings!

    • I love your ritual, especially that your mom calls every morning! You are so loved and are so loveable!! xoxo love you.

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