My morning routine is as follows...
5 - 6 Walk the dog
6 - 6:40 Shower and start getting ready for work
6:40 - 6:45 Choke down breakfast
6:45 - 7:15 Finish getting ready for work
7:15 - 7:20 Fill up water bottle, make coffee, and head out
While I am truly not a vain person it takes me SEVENTY MINUTES to get ready in the morning - maybe 10 of that is showering, maybe 5 of that is brushing my teeth and putting on make up, and maybe 3 of that is actually getting dressed (including shoes and jewelry). So that makes what, about 20 minutes (for good measure). The remaining 50 minutes is spent doing my hair. It kills me to say it, but I spend 50 minutes on my hair. FIFTY MINUTES ON MY HAIR!?!?! The hair on my head is very fine but there is a TON of it. It literally takes me 25-30 minutes to just get is dry using the hair dryer. Now that wouldn't be so bad, but said hair is bone straight in some places and slightly wavy in others so simply drying it doesn't do (think lion's mane). After breakfast I spend another 20 minutes styling it - straight if the weather is dry, wavy if the weather is humid. It's the bane of my existence most of the time - a slave to my hair and its whims!
So back to today. This morning it was necessary to get into work a little earlier. Work has been CRAZY with non-teaching stuff and some extra time in the classroom was necessary. Since I already wake up at 5 in the morning (and when I say morning I really mean the middle of the night), starting any earlier isn't an option for my sanity. So something had to give today. I wasn't quite sure what that would be as there were no intentions to bypass the hair. After breakfast though, I put part of it up in this half pony-half bun thing that I do so I'm not styling all the hair at once, looked in the mirror for a few moments, said "F@$& it!", and left it the way it was. After throwing on some make up and getting dressed I was ready to go about 17 minutes earlier than usual.
This uninspired, unstyled mess on the top of my head was unsolicitedly complimented multiple times today. Which leaves me to ponder the time and effort put into this morning routine. I'd love 17 extra minutes of sleep!!