Friday, June 1, 2018

You Just Might Be Exhausted If . . .

You've heard them all before, those fun sayings about sleep. You know the ones "sleep is overrated" or "I'll sleep when I die". Well, I'm here to call bullcr@p. Sleep is overrated? Turns out, not so much.

Full disclosure: there was a time when I thought, or at least behaved, as though sleep was an unnecessary party disruption. In high school, I'd be out half the night and spend the rest of the night on the phone. In college, pretty much everything came first, studying, partying (probably less the former and more the latter, but that's another story). Then (dammit) you have to grow up. Along came the working years when that 6am alarm clock was the bane of my existence.

There actually was a time, after marriage and before kids when I learned the glorious luxury of actually sleeping in on the weekends. Turns out that was just a cruel tease.

'Cause pregnancy is not a time of sleep, nor having infants, toddlers, teenagers, none of those are sleeping years. Once they leave the house there are those middle of the night phone calls, and after a few of those, there's the mind numbing stress of never knowing when there could be a middle of the night phone call . . .

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"I'll sleep when I die"? More like I think I'm going to die if I don't start getting enough sleep. 

What about you? Getting enough sleep? Check it out, here are my ten signs that you just might be exhausted:

~ You're already in the grocery store (the freezer section, to be exact) when you realize you forgot to put on your bra.

~ It isn't until you're taking the clothes out of the dryer that you realize that the soggy paper towel that you'd found in the wash, you'd thrown into the dryer with the clothes.

~ You lay down on the couch for a few minutes to read then suddenly jerk awake when the Kindle smacks into your nose.

~ You find yourself washing the dishes with the hand soap. But hey, it's cucumber scented, how bad can it be?

~ The coffee pot is empty and there you stand, holding a spoon and desperately contemplating eating the grounds.

~ You go out to the neighborhood cluster mailbox to get the mail and this time you remembered to grab the mailbox key. Walking back home, you proudly approach the front door and realize you've locked yourself out of the house.

Although it's perfectly acceptable to pray that Hubs replaced the battery in the garage door keypad, you do know that you're the one who said she'd pick up that battery . . .

~ You've been sitting in front of the TV for a good 10 minutes before your husband comes into the room, stands behind you for a few minutes and finally says "honey, you know you're watching Bob the Builder, right?"

Chocolate, caramel and strawberry flavors marry to form a special treat: Supreme S’mores. Grill, microwave or bake for a year round quick dessert. | Recipe developed by | #recipe #dessert #chocolate
Supreme S'mores
Chocolate, caramel and strawberry flavors marry to form a special treat: Supreme S’mores. Grill, microwave or bake for a year round quick dessert. | Recipe developed by | #recipe #dessert #chocolate

~ You make a batch of Supreme S'mores and when the marshmallow drips on the floor you just run your sock over the spot and call it good. 

~ You start to walk away but your sticky marshmallowy sock sticks to the floor and, in a wild attempt not to do a face plant, you do a Funky Chicken dance like it's the 1980s or something.

~ Your Funky Chicken dance throws your back out and you spend the rest of the afternoon standing in the kitchen doing a "I'm a little tea pot" impersonation.  

Not that any of that stuff has happened to me or anything, but there's a mighty good chance I'm exhausted.

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Supreme S'mores       

Printable Recipe

Ingredients (makes 10):
10 chocolate graham crackers
1 package Ghirardelli Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Caramel candies
10 strawberry flavored marshmallows
5 ripe strawberries, stem removed

NOTE: You can cook these in the oven year round (directions below) or you can toast the marshmallows over a fire, or you can microwave on high for about 10 - 20 seconds.
*Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
*Rinse and slice the strawberries.
*Break the chocolate graham crackers in half so you have 20 squares. Place half of them on a baking sheet.
*Top each chocolate graham cracker with a dark chocolate candy, then with a strawberry marshmallow. Place in the oven and bake for 5 minutes. The marshmallow will puff up.
*Remove from oven. Immediately top with 2 slices of strawberry. Cover with the remaining chocolate graham cracker pieces to form a sandwich.


  1. Bwahahahaha! And I'm quite sure none of this has happened to me, either . . .
    We're mentioning all of this for a friend, right?

  2. I spent two years severally sleep deprived, I'm still playing catch up 8 months later.
    Spatulas On Parade

    1. I hope you are finally having some more stress free nights. I know you had a bad time for a while there, I'm so glad that's behind you.

  3. Too funny! I don't know what it is about middle age but I'm exhausted all of the time, too. I think it's a buildup from years of chasing around toddlers and stressing out during their teen years. I was the type of person who only needed five hours of sleep to survive. Now that number is more like 8-9, and even then, I'm still yawning by noon. Right there with you on contemplating eating the coffee grounds for a quick caffeine fix!

    1. Yes, funny isn't it how just when you need more you get less.

  4. Then come the years when your bladder calls at 1am and you can't fall back asleep. Will I ever get a full night's sleep again? Of course, none of these other things have ever happened to me, or anyone I know (wink wink). That's when we need chocolate and strawberries. Its almost strawberry season here, too. Alana

    1. Yes, I'm just hitting that bladder calls at 1am stage too. Just what I need, more reasons I can't sleep.

  5. Nope never happened to me, maybe a friend or two or 20 but never me

  6. Love this post! And the recipe is wonderful I can't wait to try :)

    1. So glad you enjoyed the post, Andrea. I'm not sure the recipe fits with your lifestyle but nothing wrong with a cheat day now and then.

  7. Oh you made me laugh. A good friend of mine who was a Mother later in life said she told herself when her kids were grown and gone she could sleep and then came menopause! I almost thought I was going to have a new fav of your recipes and I still might but tops is still your Strawberry Nacho. I am about a week away from fresh strawberries in my yard, enough, if I stop eating them, to make the nacho!!

    1. I have a few more recipes coming up using strawberries too. Hoping to keep you busy all summer long!

  8. I literally do that face plant thing every single night. I'm surprised I even have a nose!


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