Tuesday, February 9, 2016

I Hate Alarm Clocks

I'm not a morning person.  I've never been a morning person and most likely I never will be.  If you ask my mom, she'll tell you that the two biggest problems she had with me when I was growing up were:

  • I wouldn't get my nose out of a book.
  • It was nearly impossible to get me out of bed in the morning.
I still read a lot and I still hate getting up in the morning.  I mean -  seriously HATE.  It stresses me out if I know I have to get up early - and I'm not even talking "early" - I just mean earlier than usual, even if it's just 15 minutes.  

It's even worse if I have to set my alarm.  Waking up to the buzzing of an alarm, or even music, immediately puts me in a bad mood.  

Fortunately I'm a full-time homemaker so I rarely have to get up to an alarm, or even early.  Thank you, husband, for allowing me to stay home!  But occasionally I do - like Sunday mornings for church.  Most Sunday mornings I wake up without an alarm.  The grandkids are usually here and I hear them running around and making noise and that wakes me up.  But recently I didn't wake up on time.  We still made it to church on time but the preparation was fast and furious and stressful.

So I decided I had to set an alarm on Sundays.  Only I really, really, really hate alarms.  I did some thinking and came up with a better idea.  Instead of an annoying alarm, I set three reminders on my phone - 5 minutes apart.  The first reminder sounded - just a gentle ding.  Five minutes later, the second.  By then I was ready to get up so I cancelled the third and got out of bed.  Success!!!

I'lll probably go ahead and set an alarm for the last possible minute I can get up, just in case I don't hear the gentle reminders, but I'm hoping the gentle reminders will do their job and I'll never have to hear an alarm again.

Who's with me?!

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