good morning

I stumbled on the site and love it. Probably because I love the morning and it’s cool to see how other people start their day. For fun, I thought I’d answer the questions from their site. chemex

What is your morning routine?

On weekdays my iPhone alarm goes off at 5:30 and if it was a good night, I am awake in time to catch it before it sounds. I usually check Instagram, Facebook and the Weather Network app and then roll out of bed by 5:40. I throw on my running gear and am out the door by 5:50. Henry (dog) comes with me for a 2km loop and then I drop him off and continue running. Most runs are 5-8km on weekdays and I try and get 3-4 runs in during the week. (On the days I don’t run, we walk about 2km). Once I get home, I turn on the kettle and grind my coffee for the Chemex. When the coffee is made, I go upstairs to shower and get ready. This is around 7am when Mike and David are waking up. While I am getting ready, they eat breakfast and then David and I hang out until 8:30 – I’ll try and sneak in a bit of work or publish a post, pack David’s school snack and grab a bite to eat. At 8:30, David, Henry and I walk to school. I’m usually home by 9:05 to start my work day. My office is upstairs and I’m lucky to have a space I love working in.

How long have you stuck with this routine so far?

This routine has been going on since September when David started school. I would prefer to start work earlier but it is nice to take the time to walk to school together. With my ‘temporary office job’, I occasionally go straight to the office after the school drop-off but that means Henry doesn’t get to come with us.

How has your morning routine changed over recent years?

B.D. (before David), I still got up early but, I started my work day at 7:30. It was amazing to get a big head-start – especially because my Montreal office is an hour behind. 

What time do you go to sleep?

I usually go to bed at 10:00 and I always read before sleep. On weekends, it is more like 11:00 (party animal!)

Do you use an alarm to wake you up in the morning, and if so do you ever hit the snooze button?

I use my iPhone alarm. If the weather is bad or I am extra lazy, I’ll hit snooze… but only once! This winter, I’ve hit snooze more times than I can count. On weekends, I still get up early (Truth: I hate being the last person up and aim to be the first most days.) 

How soon after waking up do you have breakfast, and what do you typically have?

It depends on the day – if I get a chance, I will eat before I walk David to school but if things are hectic, I’ll eat breakfast in my office at 9:00. It is usually yogurt and granola but I am trying to eat more oatmeal. I will have eggs 2-3 times a week – a must on the weekend. Breakfast however, is never skipped – it’s my favourite meal of the day.

Do you have a morning workout routine?

Running. I love running first thing in the morning and am really bad at running any other time in the day. I always feel better when I get a run in. It’s like coffee, before the coffee.

Do you answer email first thing in the morning, or leave it until later in the day?

I’m really bad at ignoring email but I am trying to make it less of an instantaneous thing. I’ll check email as soon as I wake up but I do not reply until I start my work day.

Do you use any apps or products to enhance your sleep or morning routine?

I don’t have any sleep apps but I do check the Weather Network right away. I use the Nike+ running app for my morning run.

How soon do you check your phone in the morning?

Right away. I want to get a proper alarm clock and move the phone out of my bedroom. (Truth: I can not sleep in a room without a clock. I need to alway be able to know what time it is – day or night – which is why I wear a watch every day.) One thing I recently changes is turning my phone to ‘do not disturb’ from 10:00pm to 7:00am so I am not distracted by incoming notifications.

What are your most important tasks in the morning?

Getting David to school on time. 

What and when is your first drink in the morning?

I always put a glass of water on the front patio when I go for a run and drink it as soon as I get home. I will then have 2-3 cups of coffee in the morning and go back to water at lunch. I am terrible at keeping hydrated.

Do you also follow this routine on weekends, or do you change some steps?

On weekends, if it is my day to get up with David, it is usually around 7:00. When the weather is nice, I can convince him to take Henry to the park while Mike sleeps. It’s the best. On the day I “sleep-in”, I usually opt for a long run instead. I’ll be out the door by 7:30 and have breakfast (eggs) and coffee when I get home.

On days you’re not settled in your home, are you able to adapt your routine to fit in with a different environment?

Yes. I almost always pack my running gear and I hate sleeping in.

What do you do if you fail to follow your morning routine, and how does this influence the rest of your day?

I don’t deal well with disorder or unplanned events. I need my run, I need my coffee and I love routines so my day will be affected if things fall apart in the morning. 

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I really REALLY love the morning and want to make a point to change things up and enjoy the time more. I am excited for warmer weather, when the early morning running and school-walking will feel like less of a chore. This winter has been rough! I have never felt so unmotivated and I am eager to get back to my happy morning place. I want to make an effort to work more like a freelancer in the future. I tend to glue myself to my office chair all day and need to soak up more sun and backyard this summer. After all, it is a perk to being self-employed!

Let me know if you are a morning person too!

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coffee talk

I’ve been in a bit of a coffee rut. My much loved Cuisinart died last year and its replacement is not adding up. At this point, I am strongly considering leaving the auto-drip world and here’s why:

  • Every day I make a 6-cup pot and drink about half of that.
  • Even though my commute to work is only 20 feet from the kitchen, I still get lazy and miss refilling my cup before it is too late. So much for Always fresh!
  • My coffee grinder is +10 years old and it is a blade grinder (gasp!)
  • I buy good coffee but it tastes bad.
  • Mike does not drink coffee so the 12-cup machine is a tad excessive, especially when counter real estate is crucial.
  • Like when cameras switched from film to digital, I was hesitant to get on board… this is how I relate to the single-serve coffee makers. Keurig… I’m looking at you!

So with all of this in mind… Do I continue with the drip or do I go with a French Press? Do I invest in a fancy espresso machine or do I jump on Chemex-train?

What to do, what to do? I started by googling my thoughts and concerns and happily landed on a great website: \ They have all the answers in Youtube format and I am officially addicted and can’t stop watching.

Here’s what I’ve figured out:


A. Ditch the stove-top and invest in a temperature controlled kettle with an easy-pour spout. Water temperature is important and I have no clue what my current machine pours out. Bonjour Bonavita, ~$94

B. Upgrade from a blade grinder to a burr grinder. A good grinder is a deal-maker and you should invest in a good coffee grinder before you invest in a pricy machine. The Capresso goes for ~$130 and the Baratza is ~$150

C. Both the Aeropress (~$35) and the Chemex (~$42 for a 6-cup) are affordable and have great reviews. If I am investing in a kettle and grinder this may be a good option but I am leaning towards the Chemex because I can bring it upstairs and refill my mug rather than making one cup at a time with the Aeropress. But, the Aeropress is great for travelling and especially camping… good to know.

D. If I didn’t live within a kilometre of three coffee shops, I’d look at one of these however, Mike doesn’t drink coffee + I hate cleaning kitchen appliances + they’re pricey = not today. The Breville (~$450) got comparable reviews to the Silvia (~$660)

E. The Bodums (here {~$35 for a 8-cup} and here {~$25}) are glass, which I like, but the Espro Press (~$100 for a 6 cup) got the good reviews

F. The Technivorms rate well for drip coffee brewers and, the glass (~$440) did better than the therrmos jug (~$330) on the hour-later taste-test.

So what does this all mean? I am not sure yet, maybe more Youtube videos? I am going to move forward with the kettle and grinder upgrade. Both my current kettle and the grinder are very old so I do not feel guilty about donating them.

As much as I love the look of the Technivorms, I am not interested in spending that much money on another drip machine. And as much as I love the thought of making espressos at home, I am not ready to invest in one of these, nor do I want to cheap out.

I own a single cup Bodum, and like it, but I find the coffee strong and hated cleaning it. I like the fact that the Espro Press claims to be “grit free press coffee” plus it is Gail’s favourite!

I guess it comes down to the Chemex vs. the Espro Press … and with all of this coffee talk, it makes me want a cup, so off I go. Maybe my coffee buddy Nancy, can help me make the final decision… after all, she’s a certified pro! xomeg