Monday, May 7, 2012

It's the Ticking of that Hideous Clock!

When I was in high school, college, and graduate school, I had a shall we say...aspersion to morning classes. I once took an 8am class in high school and...slept through it. Then, I foolishly thought my morning routine would change with higher education and took an 8am class in college...and slept through it. In high school my teacher got so fed up with my yawning, she actually gave me permission to put my head on the desk and rest! (Did I mention I still did ALL of the work? I was sleepy, not a slacker.)
By graduate school, I finally smartened up. I took afternoon and night classes and I worked at night. It was WONDERFUL! I am a night owl. Except, one small, tiny detail broke this heavenly situation...Auntie N.
Auntie N is *cough* years older than me. As such, she's been working a 9-5pm job for years before I was suckered into the grind. Unfortunately, she always wanted to report the day's exciting news BEFORE she got into work. Hence, the 8:30am phone call which went something like this...

Auntie N: "Hi Tee. Whatcha doin'?"
Tina: "It's 8:30 in the morning! What'dya think I'm doing???"
Auntie N: "Oh. Did I wake you?"
Tina: (sarcasm alert) "No. Not at all."

This went on for quite sometime EVERYDAY. Until, finally, I said, "Auntie N, new rule. No phone calls before 9am." To which she very nicely kept her word, and called at 9:01am. GAH!
Fast forward to present day. I now work during the day, although my hours fluctuate from time to time. I'm still not a morning person, but I force myself up like a responsible adult and I go to sleep early-ish. I figure at 28 years old (yup, I just turned 28 last week), if I can't work at night, then I'll have to fake it til I make it (my karate instructor's favorite line).
Revenge, however, is as sweet as they say. Being in the habit of waking up early during the week has turned into a nasty bug during the weekend hours. The same is not true for Auntie N. She can sleep late on the weekends. So, although I've been nice to keep it until after 9am, I've woken up Auntie N on a Saturday or Sunday morning with the obligatory, "Whatcha doin'?" Ah yes, I do enjoy coming full circle.

How about you? Are you a night owl or an early bird? Have your habits changed over the years?


  1. Revenge is sweet! Love the story.

  2. LOL Great story! I'm definitely a night owl. Like you, I make myself get up early for work, but I'd really rather sleep in and stay up late!

  3. I so long to be a night owl, but my entire life I've been an early bird. 5:02 a.m. EVERY morning M-F and no later than 6:30 on the body just freaking wakes up!! ARGH!

  4. Ha! This story cracked me up! I'm an early morning person, which definitely helps when having little ones around. The bad thing is that I can't write at night, which would normally be my free time (after the kiddo is asleep). It's so sad~ I can't even stay up for Saturday Night Live anymore...