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…but it’s the middle of the night – End of the Day for January 28, 2014

January 28th, 2014

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For a night owl like myself, getting up at 6am truly feels like the middle of the night. I can do it when required and yes, the dawn is a ver pretty time of day, but given my druthers, I would rather not see, thank you very much! As it happens, though, my wife’s changeable teaching schedule usually results in at least 1 semester when I have yo get Joe to school in time for his Zero Period class. He doesn’t always have these classes, but usually does.

So, there I was this morning, bleary-eyed, but enjoying the beauty of the dawn as we drive to Burbank. Of course, I had tried to go to bed earlier last night. Even I know when I am going to need the extra sleep. Unfortunately, my body and mind usually have other plans. I tossed and turned for about an hour and a half, finally fell asleep , woke at 330am, fell asleep again and awoke about 2 minutes before my 6am alarm clock rang. Along with all this, it felt as if I was dreaming steadily all nigh so when I did wake up I didn’t feel very rested.

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I ended up getting a lot of work done once I returned from school drop off, but about 11am I was feeling very, very tired. I had signed on for an 11am #treechat, but I noticed that i had dozed off in front of the computer as it was getting started. Thankfully, it was engaging enough to keep me going for another hour or so, and then I took myself off for a 2 mile walk. Finally around 3pm, my body decide it had had enough (or not enough) and sent me to the couch for a quick nap.

It seems odd to feel this way, as for the first 15 years of my work career I had to get up early and commute to work. There was even a period when I had to work EST hours (6am-3pm) when I was an IT person at a mutual fund company. Then again, but the time I ended my corporate IT career and started working freelance, I also realized that such schedules also tended to make me physically ill after a while, so it is a good thing I was able to change.

I think 6am will always feel like the middle of night for me. I do it when I really want or have to, but on those others days, can we postpone our meetings until 8am. I can guarantee I will be much more human. (LAUGH)

 

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