Monday Update #89 – November 17, 2014

[alert-note] Note: Every Monday I will be posting about what I have been reading, listening, writing, and doing in my life. Hopefully it gives a little insight into my life. Enjoy! [/alert-note]

What I LearnedThis Past Week

A New Normal of Sleep – I’ve always heard that a newborn affects your sleep, but now I know. The good news is that my body is adjusting to less sleep, and it is having a positive impact on my productivity! Before Norah, I always needed 8–9 hours of sleep; I just couldn’t function without it. But now, if I add up my pockets of sleep each day/night, I’m lucky if it totals 6 hours a day. And while some may see me and think I’m a zombie, I don’t feel bad.

I’m also learning that there is an early morning and that I can be productive during it. Recently I have been taking the 5am (ish) feeding shift; afterwards I typically can’t get to sleep so I redeem the time by getting a jump on the day. So thanks Norah!

What I’m Reading (Books)

I am currently reading:

I finished Rebuilt: Awakening the Faithful, Reaching the Lost, and Making Church Matter by Michael White & Tom Corcoran. This book describes church revitalization, and the journey the authors took in moving a suburban Catholic from sickness to health. I found this book very helpful, as the authors faced similar situations that I have faced or am currently facing.

What I’m Reading (Articles)


  • Antarctica’s Dry Valleys Look Like Another Planet

    There is a series of dry valleys in Antarctica, about 4,000 kilometers square, that have no ice on them at all. The world’s harshest desert, the moisture is sucked from the dry valleys by a rain shadow effect – winds rushing over them at speeds up to 200/mph – that leave this bizarre and fascinating landscape, much closer to that of Mars than the rest of our planet, open to exploration.



Brandon Schmidt

I am Brandon Schmidt: writer, husband, father, brother, reader, and laugher.

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