Happy New Year, Dear!! – First Time I Write More Than a Paragraph in a While

Hey everyone!!

How can it be 2018 already? Can someone please explain? I mean, 2017 was not cool at all so I’m very glad it went by so fast and all but, at the same time, I feel like the years just come and go too fast, which is something old people used to say so, I guess I’m old now? I’m actually lying. I already knew that when I bought a big set of pots and pans and was very happy and excited.

I honestly don’t even know what to write so I’ll ask you:

What would you like to read?

  • A 2017 recap in a few categories?
  • Plans for the new year?
  • General life update?
  • A few resolutions?
  • Me going back to my daily posts and to-do lists?

Please share your opinion.

So, what have I been up to?

I’ve been very tired so I’ve been going to bed very early. Yesterday, Rui was home and I was done with work and some chores by 6 p.m and so I just went to bed. I fell asleep for a short nap and then decided I would listen to some podcasts. I’ve been obsessed with this podcast Thinking Sideways. It’s about unsolved mysteries and true crime, mostly, which is kind of my jam. I listen to a few more podcasts on the same topic, watch YouTube videos and documentaries about serial killers (I mean, Ed Kemper’s interview, I’m still digesting that one) and read books on the same subjects as well. I’ve been known to watch live autopsy videos.

I’m not a creep. I swear. At least not in that way. I’m just very interested in crime, criminology, psychology and psychiatry so it kind of makes sense to me. It feels like research. I learn so much and it’s pretty entertaining as well. No, I’m not scared of any of that. I can listen to the spookiest things and look at really traumatizing pictures while alone in my room, in the dark, having a snack lol

Rui thinks I’m nuts and wants nothing to do with it. He has a weak stomach for such things. Not me, though. I can see every kind of injury, disgusting or scary image or situation. Is that some kind of quality? Or something handy?

However, if someone runs over a dog or cat, I need to close my eyes. I would be unable to step out of the car if it happened to me. I’m pretty sure I would scream and cry my eyes out and never drive a car again.

Anyways, back to my sleeping routines.

I didn’t feel like having dinner so I got up for my pills and was in bed by 10 p.m. I must haven fallen asleep in just a few minutes. Then I woke up at 3.30 a.m (and went to the bathroom), 5.30 or 6.30 p.m, and was half asleep until I actually had to get up at 8 a.m. My goal is to be in bed around 8 or 9 p.m (I know, like a toddler).

I have chronic insomnia and must take my medication, which obviously makes me extremely sleepy. If I go to bed late, even around 11 p.m, I’m too sleepy the next morning and it’s very difficult to get up and go to work.

So, the plan is not going to bed at 8 and sleep for 12 hours, but going to bed at 8/9 p.m, which means taking my medication very early in the evening, which means waking up naturally, very early and having an easier morning. Today, I chose to go back to sleep at 6.30 a.m, but I was rested and would have been fine with getting up at that point. Even an hour earlier. Sounds like a good plan, doesn’t it?

Before going to sleep and usually before taking my pills and dropping dead, I read or listen to podcasts, audio-books and watch some videos on YouTube. It feels very cozy to get to bed early, with my space heater (Which I DON’T leave on during the night because it’s VERY DANGEROUS), my comfy bed and just do something relaxing.

Oh, it also cuts down on evening and late night snacking, which is a HUGE problem for me, as I tend to feel hungrier and need something sweet at night.

Well, my students will be here at 2.30 (in 45 minutes) and I want to go and get some coffee first, so I must say goodbye. (Yes, I still write my posts as they come and post them right way).

Please talk to me:

  • What’s you bedtime routine like?
  • What do you do before bed to relax?
  • Do you listen to podcasts? Which ones?
  • Tell me something weird about yourself. (please?)

16 thoughts on “Happy New Year, Dear!! – First Time I Write More Than a Paragraph in a While

  1. It’s been nice hearing from you on the blog the last few days 😀 Just like old times! It’s good you’ve got a regular sleeping habit going for you. That can really work wonders for your brain during the day 🙂

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    • Thank you, honey!! I’m happy to be back. I really want to be back to reading and commenting on all of the blogs. I know I cannot get to all of them every day so I’m picking a few each day and ready the last 10 posts or so. Will keep doing it like that. A few every day. Easier to keep up with everyone. I know. I’m loving it. And I don’t drag going to bed because I know I’ll be doing something I like and falling asleep soon, as well as feeling better and having no drama in the morning. One day I’ll be a morning person like you 😊

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  2. Happy new year Cheila – Glad you’re back! I’m super early to bed, like 8pm! I have to be up early for work which happens to be at a school so I literally say “I have to go to bed it’s a school night” – like such a child but if I don’t, I can’t function at all the next day! By the end of the week i’m totally shattered!! x


  3. Happy New Year Cheila! May 2018 exceed your expectations. One weird thing I like to do is roll neat balls at the corners of clothes or fabric. For some reason I find it relaxing since a toddler I’ve been doing it. Not as often but every once in awhile. Best wishes to you.


  4. Hi Cheila! I’d love to read your daily posts and to-do lists again! I can’t believe you can watch all that stuff all by yourself! And have a snack at the same time, wow lol. I would have nightmares.
    Before bed I don’t really have a routine but I always read on my phone to help me relax. Either a book on kindle or blog posts on here.
    I’ve never listened to podcasts before.
    Something weird about myself? Idk people always tell me I’m weird but I’m unaware of how lol.


  5. I have a weird thing about crime as well. Every now and again, I will get in the habit of watching the crime channel. I find unsolved mysteries interesting and then shocking at the same time.
    I struggle to sleep and at the minute I don’t have much of a routine. I’m slowly trying to go to bed earlier. 🙂


  6. Happy new year! I listen to tons of podcasts, and my favorites tend to be about American politics. (Right now it’s Pod Save America.) oh and I’ve been having a hard time falling asleep lately so I’ve resorted to rain sounds haha.


  7. My bed-time routine is kind of like this, get my daughters to bed at about 8:30 – 9 pm, my wife around 11:30 – midnight,and then around 1 to 2 in the morning I go ‘Oh Crap I need to get up in 3 to 4 hours for work I have to go to sleep even though I am not tired’. I race around prepping for the next morning (12 alarms, I DO NOT wake up easy…. just ask about the air horn) Pop on one of the audio dramas that I have heard a thousand times in my headphones and lay down on the sofa (I apparently keep my youngest daughter up who is still sleeping in our bedroom, so I sleep on the sofa many nights). Then anywhere from about 2.5 minutes to 25 minutes I am out, depends on whether I need to count sheep (haha just kidding).
    Happy New Year!

    Do you have any big plans for this year? I don’t so far since I just started a new job, we will see what this year has in store, but maybe a visit out to New York.


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