National Cheesesteak Day – March 24

Who doesn’t love a good cheesesteak sandwich? It’s cheesy, it’s meaty, and it can also be a bit smoky if you want!

Did you also know that today is National Chocolate Covered Raisin Day? Mmmm I love chocolate covered raisins!

But wait – today is ALSO National Cocktail Day!

This sounds like a fantastic dinner! Cheesesteak to start with a nice cocktail, and chocolate covered raisins for dessert.



Yesterday was definitely a needed day off from home life. I got out into the fresh sea air and was able to think about what I want for my future. I was able to clear all the negativity that has been swirling around in my head – I needed to talk it out (with people looking at me but whatever – if it helps to talk to yourself then do it!). The spider webs are clear, and my future is once again in sight.

I’ve been playing with the idea of challenging myself during my next travels. I want to only take overnight buses (saving myself accommodation costs), limiting my time in each place I go so that I can see more places (a whirlwind tour of European countries I’ve yet to see and are on my bucket list), and staying only in hostels (this is the biggest challenge as I snore a LOT and am not too much of a sound sleeper either – this will be a big hurdle for me). I have a general itinerary started and am trying to figure out timing with buses and trains – Europe definitely has more options than North America does to travel this way and much cheaper too!

Have you ever thought of challenging yourself when traveling? I did this when I went to Chile – I stayed in hostels in all places except for Santiago – after traveling for over 30 hours, I was glad I got myself an AirBnB for the week I was there. I needed that to recover from jetlag!

This begins my challenges list leading up to the big 60 in two years!

Early bird or night owl?

Are you an early bird or a night owl?

I used to be an early bird for most of my life, having tons of energy early on in the day and into the afternoon, and then relaxing and going to bed at a decent time each night. That is until I started looking after my grandson full time.

I seem to have been drained of all energy – I think he’s sucked it out of my system I swear. I get up at around 8am each day, run all day with him (except for the hour and a half of rest time in the afternoon), make dinner and finally have him in bed by 8pm. And by 9pm, my energy is all back and I seem to stay awake until 12 or 1am every night. Add in the hot flashes in the middle of the night – I don’t get a lot of sleep. Most is my own doing, and I’m trying hard to get back into a routine. But it’s difficult.

Do you have more energy in the day or in the evening? I’d love to hear any suggestions anyone may have to help me get out of this slump I’m in with sleep!