Hullo thur. I'm back from a bloody lovely week in Jamaica. I felt I really needed a week away to sort my head out and shake my habit of leaving college deadlines to the last minute and then disproportionately stressing myself out as a result. It was very satisfying to get into a good routine of bedtimes before midnight and then getting up for an early morning swim followed by a breakfast of ackee and saltfish and a day either exploring the St Elizabeth parish in the white Toyota we rented, or otherwise staying on the beach with Red Stripe and a book.
I crave for routine in my everyday life-a structure that is nicely disciplined but not consuming. But I always find it is something much easier said than done and difficult to stick to. It's probably why I'm always interested in other people's routines; at which time of the day do they find it easiest to work, what do they eat or breakfast and do coffee breaks feel quite so vital when you've had over 8 hours of sleep the previous night? Ah, there is nothing like a relaxing holiday to induce new-season healthy lifestyle assessments. But it's all about erring on the right side of realistic and not coming back from holiday with an unattainable romance. After all, there ain't no clear blue sea for swimming in Western Massachusetts.
Now I'm back in Amherst there are however a couple of resolutions that I've set myself. I'm sticking to the bed before midnight resolution (so far, so good) and also trying to limit my laptop usage. I'm even dabbling with implementing a laptop-free day, a suggestion my Mum made a while ago (do other blogger's Mothers dare voice such advice?) Still, as someone who is permanently within arms reach of my laptop I think it might be healthy to give it a go. All 3 of us away in Jamaica turned off our phones and stayed away from the internet for the week. Only a week, a week is nothing, but it felt significant. And that a week should feel significant doesn't seem quite right in the big scheme of things.
All food for thought. Are any of you lot having Spring lifestyle reassessments? I say this also with Ally's recent post in mind. She has cut sugar out of her diet and started a fantastic food blog chronicling all of the new meals she has been cooking. Ally's blog Through A Glass Darkly really is one of my favourites, it has been for ages, and she's constantly inspiring me both aesthetically and in terms of lifestyle philosophies. I will also have a lot of respect for people who cut sugar from their diets, it's a bloody tough one. Onwards and upwards, I hope you've all had a lovely week and I'd love to know what you've been doing/eating/watching/listening to/thinking (from the deep and profound to the premiere of Season 5 of Mad Men..)