I’ve always been weirdly voyeuristic about peoples’ morning routines. I have no idea why but I remember as a kid, thoroughly enjoying a random segment on Sesame Street that involved two friends getting ready for their day ahead. I think I mostly just loved the corn rows the mom plaited into their hair, but ever since then it’s stuck with me.
– As a teenager I remember being slightly horrified when I stayed over at a friend’s house and she had toast for breakfast, on her birthday. Clearly I thought french toast or pancakes were part of everyone’s birthday morning routine.
– I once had a boyfriend who insisted you had to be showered and dressed before breakfast. Similarly, I have relatives who believe shoes are mandatory at the breakfast table.
– I had a housemate who would burn his toast every morning. Or overcook it. Either way the smell would hit me in the face every time I got out of the shower.
– Working in media, it’s common to ask someone what they had for breakfast so you can do a levels check (ensure the microphone is loud enough). The answers fascinate me. Sometimes more than anything said in the actual interview.
It’s as though everyone has this secret routine of complex rituals they perform every morning that we never talk about. All of a sudden people magically appear at school or work, ready to go. But what happens before then?! Call me strange, but I’m curious; what did you have for breakfast? Do you have the same thing every day? Do you drink coffee or tea? Do you shower or have breakfast first? How do you get to work?
During the week I shower first at about 7am except on Wednesdays and Fridays when I do a 6am spin class. Getting dressed can take anywhere from 5-15 minutes depending on what’s clean/what I inexplicably hate the thought of wearing that day.
I apply makeup and then drive to work. I really should walk… I have microwave porridge and tea while I check my emails at my desk. I have the same breakfast for months until I suddenly tire of it. The yoghurt/frozen berry/strawberry combo pictured above was my breakfast for almost 6 months last year. And then strawberries got too expensive.
So tell me, what’s your morning routine? Apparently Vogue editor Anna Wintour starts her day at 5:45am with an hour of tennis.