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“My nicer dreams have involved large, rambling houses that make no architectural sense in the middle of forests.”

Emry Kirsch

Artist, Production Team Member, Barista, Magpie • Seattle, WA

Nothing starts, officially, until there's been a shower.

§ What time do you get to sleep? What time do you wake up?
I try to get to sleep around 10 or 11, but depending on whether or not I'm working on a project, I may be up until after midnight. Not the best habit of mine, considering on weekdays I need to be up at 6:30, but I make up for it sleeping in on weekends.
§ What do you dream about?
Sometime I dream about things that stress me out (Being forced to move in with my parents! Suddenly remembering that I've enrolled in school and haven't attended in months!), but lately my nicer dreams have involved large, rambling houses that make no architectural sense in the middle of forests. (Possibly haunted, definitely full of secrets.)
§ What’s the first thing you do once you’re awake?
The first thing I do when I wake up is skim my news feed, drink some water, and take my vitamins.
§ What morning ritual do you have that’s sacred to starting your day off right?
I absolutely CANNOT start my day without a shower. If I miss it because of sleeping through my alarm or something, the entire day feels a little off, however good the day might be otherwise.
§ What one possession/object is essential to your morning?
§ With whom do you spend your mornings?
§ What do you eat for breakfast?
If I'm in a rush I have cereal or toast with jam for breakfast, and if I have a little more time I like to make a tofu scramble with mushrooms, tomatoes, and hot sauce.
§ What kind of coffee do you drink in the morning, and how do you prepare it?
Usually I don't get around to my first coffee of the day until I arrive at work. At Bean Box that means any one of a multitude of roasts made with a Chemex, and my favorites tend to be Sumatran or African single origins. At my weekend cafe job I'll have whatever espresso bar drink strikes my fancy that day.
§ What’s the one upgrade you wish you could add to your morning?
Maybe an extra half hour of time to just sit and draw and take notes, to get out any creative thoughts I may have had since yesterday.
§ What do you consider the end of your morning?
A little after I've started work and feel fully awake and focused, that's when my morning ends and my day starts.
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