Follow, misguide, stand still…

So last Thursday, I got to work a little earlier. In fact, I got to work 15 minutes earlier than I normally get htere (and I normally get here 30 minutes early every day). Of course, I didn’t think about the ramifications of being there so early and not being READY to be there early. From the start, it already felt like an off day. Here’s a couple of details:

1. I forgot to bring a fork with me for my breakfast, so I ate my egg quiche with chopsticks

2. I typed the wrong password into virtually every login

3. I spilled a ton of Crystal Light on myself in the break room

4. I ran out of napkins, so I went to the bathroom and got toilet paper for my desk

5. I listened to the news on my iPhone that morning…in Japanese

6. I totally forgot to shave, so my face was all itchy

7. Someone moved to the empty desk where my co-worker (who quit recently) used to sit, and I thought they had rehired her, and she lost a ton of weight

8. My stomach felt like a cannonball

etc., etc. lol

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Friday, I met up with a lot of people! First, I took my lunch break a little early so I could meet with my friend Paridhi, who was leaving to head for Atlanta for three months to work with GE. So I met up with her, and we headed to Potbelly on 23rd and G, I believe. We just caught up a little bit before she headed out, had some lunch, and just talked about her job, my job, and all of that. It was great, and even more special that I got to be the last person who got to see Paridhi before she left for Georgia. So it was deifnitely fun, I hope all goes well with her job, and I can’t wait for when she comes back!

Then later that night, I headed out to the House of India to meet with my friends Betty and Stephanie, who are both recent graduates from UMBC. We talked about a whole bunch of deep stuff, too. We were talking about jobs, insurance, marriage, children….all of those things that just got my mind going for the rest of the night. It was definitely a fun night out, but it was also an eye-opener for me. I was already thinking of a lot of things, but there were just some things that I wasn’t thinking about, so now it’s got me wondering… lol

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I was reading up on food again. I really like to research food, so I decided to look up foods that are good for those who can’t get to sleep at night. I’ll also include foods that keep you awake at night as well.

1. Bananas- Bananas contain melatonin, serotonin, and magnesium (which serves as a muscle relaxant). Combined, bananas are pretty much Ambien if it were a fruit. So if you’re having trouble sleeping, go find a banana!

2. Chamomile tea – Chamomile has a sedating effect, which is why it’s used in many bedtime blends of tea. Combined with the warmth of the tea (heat has a tendency to slow down your heart rate, which can lead to feeling tired), it’s a great thing to have.

3. Warm milk- It’s no secret that warm milk can knock a baby right out, but why does it happen? Well, it’s warm, which slows your heart rate as stated in the previous food, but milk also contains tryptophan, the chemical from turkey that allegedly makes people pass out after Thanksgiving. Also, the calcium found in milk helps the body use the tryptophan, for an added punch.

4. Honey – Although it’s very sugary, a little bit of sugar can be disarming: small doses of glucose can tell your brain to stop orexin, which is a neurotransmitter that’s linked to alertness.

5. Potatoes – Potatoes can help clear away acids that interfere with tryptophan, and it’s good to your digestive system in smaller doses. Mashed potatoes made with warm milk will definitely knock you out!

6. Oatmeal – Oats have tons of melatonin, and with warm milk, becomes a big nap snack. I do see a lot of people eating oatmeal at work, and then nearly falling asleep afterward. So be careful when you eat it!

7. Almonds – Almonds have magnesium and tryptophan in them as well, just like bananas!

8. Flaxseeds – Now, I don’t know a whole lot about these things, and there really isn’t too much about these things that makes you sleepy, but they’re rich in Omega-3 Fatty Acids, which actually get you in a better mood. So if you’re staying up at night worrying about something, try putting some flaxseeds on oatmeal. =]

9. Whole-wheat bread- The sugars and carbs from bread can help release insulin, which aids tryptophan to get to your brain.

10. Turkey – well, you should have seen this one coming! Turkey is the king of tryptophan, and will knock you out quickly.

So knowing this, here’s some sleepy combinations for you:

Banana Nut Oatmeal (using almonds and warm milk)
Turkey with Mashed Potatoes (mashed with warm milk)
Chamomile tea with milk and honey
Fresh turkey breast on whole-wheat bread (it’s that simple, really!)

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There was a power outage at my house the other day. I only knew because my GARAGE DIDN’T OPEN WHEN I GOT HOME! >=[

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A couple of days ago, I met up with Cara in Baltimore, and it was great getting to see her again! It was a pretty long ride up the 95 to get there, but it’s always worth it. We spent the time eating at La Tasca in the Inner Harbor, which is always a good place, and I highly recommend it. Hopefully I’ll be able to get away later this year to spend some more time with Cara and everyone else!

That’s about all for now. Things have been busy, so I decided to gob the posts up. Hopefully things will settle down pretty soon. =]

– Danny

P.S. Nadal rules!

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