I'm a freakin' morning ninja.
1) The Basics
Wash face, brush teeth, put in contacts, etc. Take 7 minutes. (Eight if my contacts are being rebellious.)
Getting dressed takes way less time than it used to for a couple of reasons. One, I care way less about what I'm wearing these days. And two, my clothes are clean, folded, and easy to find in my drawer, compared to when I was teaching and my clothes were clean and heaped in a gigantic pile beside my bed. Fishing through to find matching socks or the specific shirt I needed took up a lot of time. Not at all kidding.
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Now, pulling out and putting on a t-shirt and one of the like, two pairs of jeans I own takes 2 minutes.
I would wear a ponytail every day, but my head is freakishly round. Like, cartoonishly round. Ponytails accentuate this to the point where I would be scared to hang out with soccer fans. So usually I just pull back my would-be bangs. (I haven't had real bangs since middle school, as a service to society.) Takes 2 minutes.
It strikes me as odd that the older I get and the more I need makeup, the less of it I wear. I would like to say this is because of my growing self-confidence and natural beauty, but it's really just because I care less and less. Also, most of it would rub off on Cricket, which would look weird, so I'm down to eyeliner and mascara. That's it. Takes 3 minutes. (Two minutes to apply, and one minute to get off the mascara that inexplicably always ends up on my face somewhere.)
And that's it! After that, I'm ready for: