There’s something about getting up early that I’ve always appreciated. Sure, some days I let the morning pass me by, waking when the sun is well established. But at least a few times a week I like to get up really early, before the sun has shifted, let alone risen. When you get up that early, the morning holds so much more potential. There are literal hours before work is due to start, and so much to do between now and then.
On some mornings, those hours look like a walk or a bike ride along the foreshore. On other mornings its stretching and some dawn yoga. Sometimes it’s just coffee and a bit of study while my brain is fresh. It really doesn’t matter what the morning looks like, it’s about the time that I get before life comes knocking. Life gets busy, and it’s easy to take time for yourself amongst that, which is why I love those mornings so much.
With Dean working shifts more often than not, those early mornings are time just for me. Sure, some days I’ll lie in as well, enjoying the air conditioning just a little bit longer. It’s impossible to sleep without it now. The nights and days blend together into one literal hot mess. It’s exhausting, and we’re both looking forward to a break in England. Still, even though I love an occasional sleep-in, I’m definitely more of an early riser. Plus, it provides ample opportunities to take sneaky photos of Dean catching his Zs.
I’m trying to make the most of those early mornings, as far as the sunlight goes anyway. Even though I’m definitely excited to head to England for Christmas, it’s winter over there. That means that as well as a 30 degree temperature drop we’re also going to be getting a few hours less of sunlight everyday. The sun rises here just after 6am and sets just after 7pm, giving us a sold 13 hours to enjoy the day, roasting thought it might be. In England, we’re expecting more like 8 hours of daylight, which is probably the only thing I’m not excited about. Still, add in the traditional cold (and maybe even white) Christmas, and it more than makes up for it!