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.
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)
Previously on End of the Day:
- Working for a living – End of the Day for January 27, 2014
- New experiences – End of the Day for January 26, 2014
- Just get rid of it – End of the Day for January 25, 2014
- How weird is your father? – End of the Day for January 24, 2014
- Sometimes you just have to make cookies – End of the Day for January 23, 2014
- Energy Level – End of the Day for January 22, 2014
- Transition without a destination – End of the Day for January 21, 2014
- Haunting the sales racks — End of the Day for January 20, 2014
- Sometimes you have to just keep swimming – End of the Day for January 19, 2014
- Anxiety – End of the Day for January 18, 2014
- Changes in the office – End of the Day for January 17, 2014
- Old and new in my world – End of the Day for January 16, 2014
- It’s an education thing – End of the Day for January 15, 2014
- The subcultures of Los Angeles — End of the Day for January 14, 2014
- What is this outdoors of which you speak? — End of the Day for January 13, 2014
- Ups and downs – End of the Day for January 12, 2014
- Lack of motivation and new food in the New Year – End of the Day for January 11, 2014
- Changes you must simply accept – End of the Day for January 10, 2014
- Speaking, Cooking and Teaching — End of the Day for January 9, 2014
- The Kids are Alright – End of the day for January 8, 2014
- Technology, high-tech, high-touch and balance – End of the Day for January 7, 2014
- An afternoon in Middle Earth and diving back into the school and work year — End of the Day for January 6, 2014
- In the neighborhood — End of the Day for January 5, 2014
- Having friends over for dinner – End of the Day for January 4, 2014`
- The theater is about more than just theater — End of the Day for January 3, 2014
- Trying everything and anything – End of the Day for January 2, 2014
- End of the Day for January 1, 2014