I teach a 10 a.m. class, four days a week, and our island ferry only makes the 10-minute crossing to "the big island" once an hour. I've been taking the 8 ferry, so that I'm on campus by 8:30, but I could take the 9 for a less harried morning at home, and still have enough time to organize for meeting my class.
So that's what I decided to do last Thursday, take advantage of an extra hour at home to do my hour's run in daylight, rather than in the dark early morning as I have been doing. I left the house on my first (4.5 Km) loop at 6:30, stopped home for a water-and-pee break, then out the door again at 7:05. About halfway into the second loop, with another 2.5 kilometres to go, I suddenly remembered a meeting scheduled for 8:30. A meeting of an institutional committee that I was a brand-new member of. AAaargh! The last thing I wanted to do was send an email explaining why I'd missed the very first meeting of my new term.
But at this point I was a kilometre from home, and it had to be at least 7:20, and I had to leave the house no later than 7:50 to catch the 8 ferry. I almost dismissed the idea of racing for the ferry as impossible, but decided to give it a try. Sprinted home -- 7:28.
Showered, and dressed in a simple outfit I'd planned during that sprint: this soft grey boxy merino sweater (J Crew) and black waxed-cotton J Brand skinnies. Those Vince pull-on loafers you've seen here so often lately. Watch, Wrist party collection of bracelets. Wendy B fleur-de-lis necklace. Gold ball earrings.
And out the door by 7:50. I even managed to scarf down a bowl of muesli and milk!
Do you have some simple, no-brainer, go-to outfits for hectic mornings like this? Items you can pull together from your closet at a moment's notice and still feel confident and comfortable? It's worth cultivating, I tell you!
I'm also curious about how quickly you think you could get yourself ready, from sweaty in running gear all the way to hair washed, styled, face made up, and self out the door . . . . Chime in, would you?