Wow – I really have to apologize for this post. We’ll be hitting the mundane minutia of my daily existence.
Back in the GoA days, I used to get up at 7 and arrive at work at 8:15. The early GoA days. As I began to work later my start time also moved later until I sometimes found myself getting into work around 9. So I moved my wakeup time to 6:30 and aimed to always be into work by 8:30.
Moving my wakeup time 30 minutes earlier was rough. I am not a morning person. If I were to rank my 5 favorite things rolling over and going back to sleep in the morning would rank high.
My new job has three new qualities: a longer commute (including a short walk), an earlier start time and my earnest commitment not to get in late. I analyzed the requirements and reluctantly moved by wake-up time to 5:30 am with an aim to leave the house at 7 am. Correspondingly I’ve moved my bedtime to 10 pm. Gah! There are nine year olds staying up later than I.
At 5:30 am my tv turns on. I started using my tv as an alarm many years ago. I discovered that it was too easy to hit a snooze bar, but the news would wake me up. Unfortunately at 5:30 there is no news. There are infomercials. I know everything there is to know about Dr. Ho’s Ho Physio belt and pads, Time’s Life’s golden age of country and the Jawhorse. I find the Jawhorse mesmerizing. I sometimes forget to get up as I listen to the claims in the commercial.
Even when it isn’t the Jawhorse I rarely leap from bed. Normally i takes 10 to 15 minutes for me to convince myself to rise. In the worst case I make sure to be mobile before the news actually does start at 6. Then its off to bathroom #1 to brush my teeth. Then the kitchen for two glasses of water. Then bathroom #2 for the 5S’s (or at least most of them). When done it is normally around 6:15. If it is later it means i have to put the foot down and get going.
I find that a warm shower helps though and I’m generally moving quicker once that is finished. Back to Bathroom #1 to shave and take care of my hair. Then it is off to get dressed. Optimally I finish in time to sit and watch to 6:30 news update, but more normally I watch as I dress.
At 6:50 I put on my shoes. In theory this means I should have around 20 minutes to read some comics, catch the business news and figure out what my goals for the day are. Often it is 10 to already when I get out to my shoes. Once shod, I gather my keys and sundry items, slap on a coat and head out the door.
Hmm – what does this tell us? Well, I was unable to make this subject in any way interesting. I thought there might be a joke or two on my way through. Hmm…not so much. Second, I love to have a routine. Third, I have trouble sticking to it. Grr.
Having got that tedious subject off my chest, I’m hoping I can post something interesting before the end of the week.