Nap Time is my Happy Hour

Napping isn’t just for kids anymore. Sometimes on my days off just curling up with my cats and a good book I’ll find myself just nodding off a bit…and it’s wonderful! Same goes for work, when I’m working a late shift and the afternoon yawns hit, I’ll curl under my desk on my 15-minute break and take a little shuteye. Turns out, there’s a scientific reason for nap time.

From Scientific American (11/18/15):

We reach peak daytime sleepiness in the afternoon, making 2-3pm the ideal time for a nap. If you are an early riser, you may need to shift that time slightly earlier.

Napping between 10 and 20 minutes is best, and no longer than 30 minutes. Longer naps can cause you to feel groggy, something researchers call sleep inertia.

Set an alarm so that you can rest easy without worrying whether or not you’ll wake up in time for your next meeting or class.

Create a nap-friendly environment. Dim the lights and perhaps add some white noise or some low level classical music, whatever works for you.

Some people swear by the coffee-and-nap combo. Since caffeine takes about 20 minutes to kick in, you can swig a cup of joe and then take a 15-20 minute power nap.

 

Here are a few nap inspired reads to get you started! Continue reading “Nap Time is my Happy Hour”

Cooking Wild

View from our cabin!

Every year around February or March my husband and I plan our first camping outing. We have a cabin that we love, so even if it’s cold outside we can be nice and cozy. Our cabin has the absolute basics though, no cooking inside, no kitchenette, just a bed and a table, so that means we have to find easy ways to cook our meals. The first time we came out I was all about the foil packets on the campfire, but rain sometimes doesn’t fit with that plan. We now have an electric skillet that we can use on the porch if need be and a cast iron skillet with a cover for those light rains, and a camping tote that holds utensils and towels and spices, just little things we have found over the years to make cooking a little easier.

Here are a few books in our collection…beautiful ones I might add…that can help with the planning of an outdoor cooking adventure away from home. Continue reading “Cooking Wild”

Nonfiction new book round up – May 2017

Looking for new nonfiction to read or a new cookbook to test out? Here is a selection of nonfiction being published in May 2017.

5/2: The Awkward Thoughts of W. Kamau Bell: Tales of a 6’ 4”, African American, Heterosexual, Cisgender, Left-Leaning, Asthmatic, Black and Proud Blerd, Mama’s Boy, Dad, and Stand-Up Comedian by W. Kamau Bell. A provocative look at contemporary America from the host of CNN’s United Shades of America.

5/2: Between Them: Remembering My Parents by Richard Ford. A memoir from the author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel Independence Day.

5/2: One Day We’ll All Be Dead and None of This Will Matter: Essays by Scaachi Koul. A collection of essays about growing up South Asian in the West from a BuzzFeed contributor. Continue reading “Nonfiction new book round up – May 2017”

Summer Fun and Washington Facts

WASummer is the best time to enjoy all Seattle and Washington has to offer! Check out this list of books to help you explore your recreation options. If you check out any of these (or other) great books, you are not alone. The Seattle Public Library system has the highest percentage of library card-holders per capita in the country. Way to go Seattle! Before you go on that hike/tour/bike ride/ or visit that ghost town here are a few interesting facts to get you ready! Continue reading “Summer Fun and Washington Facts”

Strength Training for the Everyday Person

With the arrival of summer, there is no better time to up our activity levels. Athletic training is just one of the ways to do this, and it can be a lot of fun and yield great results as well. You’ve probably encountered terms like strength and conditioning, strength training, circuit training, and plyometrics before. Even though they might sound intimidating (at least they do for me), there are some excellent books out there to demystify these concepts and help you apply the key principles to achieving your fitness goals. Continue reading “Strength Training for the Everyday Person”