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Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Sleepyhead

OK. This alarm clock thing? It's just not working out for me. I think it might be the fact that I haven't regularly used an alarm clock since 2003 combined with the fact that I've trained myself to completely sleep through Chris' very loud, very early alarm. And also that I can't figure out how to set my alarm clock correctly. Well, actually, I should say that I can't figure out how to unset it. It has a dual alarm--one which I set to go off at 6:45am with the radio, and one which Eric set to go off at 7am with the "nature sounds" setting. I can't figure out how to turn that setting off, now that it's set.

Yesterday, I somehow set my alarm wrong and it didn't go off. The setting that Eric achieved by merely mashing his wee little hands all over the clock, however, did go off. But, like I said, it's tuned to some kind of nature sounds. Who's going to wake up to the sounds of birds chirping? If I were able to wake up to birds chirping, I wouldn't have bought an alarm clock in the first damn place!

So, let's review: yesterday, my alarm was set for 6:45, but didn't go off. Birds chirping started at 7, but didn't wake me up. I woke up at 8:22 in a panic. Eric was actually still asleep, which is unusual these days. Today, my alarm actually did go off--I very vaguely remember that. Then, at 7, it switched from blaring music to the dulcet tones of birds chirping and the waking up process ceased. Eric woke up at 7:15, which caused me to roll over and snooze the birds. I dragged my ass out of bed at 7:20.

Also, I'm trying so hard to go to bed at 11pm, and it's just not working! I mean, I'm exhausted by 11pm, but for some reason, I can't get myself into bed until at least midnight. I'm tired.

Oh, and another thing? The expressway entrance that I've been using in order to bypass the majority of the tollway construction is closing next Monday so that they can reconstruct it. So, not only do I have to start driving at rush hour (currently I drive at slightly off-peak travel times), but I can't even avoid extra delays by using my shortcut. Before the construction project started, it took me 20 minutes to get to work, getting on the expressway at the entrance closest to my house. After construction, if I got on at the entrance closest to my house, it took 20 minutes just to get to the toll booth (5 minutes under normal conditions) plus another 15 minutes after that, for a grand total of 35 minutes. Then I started using an alternate entrance and was able to avoid the construction bottleneck and get to work in about 25 minutes. I didn't anticipate my alternate entrance being closed. I have no idea how it's going to take to get to work now. No idea at all. Good thing I'm doing a couple of test runs. God, I can't wait until the construction is over!

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Getting up in the morning and going to bed at night are trickier than they seem. The funniest thing about your post is that it was posted at 6:29 AM though. Does that mean your problem has been solved?

Anonymous said...

I meant 6:29 AM Pacific time. I think the ability to post at 6:29 AM in any time zone shows the ability to be an early riser from somebody's perspective.

Kristi said...

Dear Anonymous Crackhead,

Perhaps you should lay off the wacky tobaccy. You must have been blinded by schmoopiness, or perhaps poor vision, upon your initial commenting. Try harder next time, or you will be voted off the peanut gallery. You don't want to become a pariah, do you? Shape up.

Sternly,
Kristi

Anonymous said...

You just lost yourself yet another peanut gallery viewer. It's no wonder the rest of the anonymous p.g. posse has abandoned you and has been telling me to drop your stinking blog. Anyway, I think I adequately explained my point regarding certain events having occurred at 6:29 AM in Pacific time. And shmoopiness is the furthest thing from my vision. The absolute furthiest. Cloudiness, yes--but not shmoopiness.

Outraged,
Anonymous

Kristi said...

Oh, Anonymous,
What am I going to do with you? While it may be true that I have lost a large percentage of my peanut galleryship, that is due entirely to my lack of ability to hold their interest, and possibly the sweatshop-like working conditions and crappy benefits package that I offer. It is NOT, as you suggest, due to any sort of alienation on my part. But, my dear anonyomous commenter, if you want to play dirty, I'm happy to oblige.

I happen to know that you are not in compliace with the Illinois Pull Tabs and Jar Games Act (Public Act 85-1012). I have credit card receipts to prove that I was charged upwards of $10 to enter some of your raffles. I also have the Illinois Department of Revenue on my speed dial. I'm sure they would be interested in this type of information.

Get in line, Anonymous, or face personal humiliation and financial ruin.

All the best,
Kristi

Anonymous said...

I have to say that lately Anonymous Commenter you have been acting a bit different. For example, you have not attended any of the last three (3) "The Mario Lopez Fan Club" meetings for which you are the proud president. Moreover, it appears that your T-Bell intake has decreased by 17.3% And Kristus, don't beat yourself up about the benefits package for peanut gallery members-->I know I shall always treasure your Kristi Karaoke Sing Along CD Volume 1.5 forever.

Why can't we just all get along,

Anonymous