Thursday, November 29, 2007

Sigh... some days it doesn't pay to get out of bed.. or go to bed??

My 1973 VW Karmann Ghia has been sick... sputtering, dying at traffic lights, and backfiring. So, either my car needed some sort of mechanical adjustment or I needed to contact the National Enquirer to report the first recorded case of a car getting bronchitis.

So, the plan was to get up super early, 5:00am and drive to work in the 'less traffic-y' time of *o'dark 30.. or 5:45am I usually get up at 5:50 and depart for work at 6:50am. The less cars in traffic = the less 'danger' to me and my car, if my car did decide to die or sputter on the way to work.

So, despite not getting enough sleep for the past 3 nights, I set my battery operated timer for 5:00am, instead of changing the electrical alarm clock for the earlier wake-up time. I went to bed about 11:30pm.

Well, as you can imagine, when the alarm jarred me awake, it was just way too early for my body. I managed to crawl out of bed, wash my face, and before hitting the shower, I went into the living room to check my email messages. To stay on schedule, I set my kitchen timer for 8 minutes of computer time. I couldn't believe how sleepy I was and as I wandered towards the kitchen, I decided to get some cold water to drink.

I went back into the bedroom to get my morning meds to take with my water and I noticed that my actual alarm clock was doing the 'repeating flashing numbers' announcement to let me know that the time had gone off during the night. I was really glad that I had decided to use my battery timer instead of relying on my alarm clock.

With the timer set, I went back into the living room and looked out my apartment window onto the building closest to my apartment building and saw that only 3 people were up early like I was.

After using the computer for a few minutes and just as the timer rang, I decided to go into the control panel on my computer to change the time back to "SEOUL, KOREA" time instead of the central standard time zone that was currently on my computer- that I'd changed it to when I did the 'knitting bag' contest last week on my blog.

Imagine my surprise when the computer clock told me that it was 1:08 AM!

YES, I had set my alarm clock wrong. So, I re-set it for 4 hours later on my kitchen timer so that it would now ring at 5:08am. And, I groggily and gratefully crawled back into bed.

As you can imagine, the buzzer sounded in what seemed like minutes.. I pressed the STOP BUTTON to stop the 'buzzing' of the timer
and once again, I crawled out of bed.
Went to the bathroom to wash my face, and gathered up my clothes. I was so tired and I was really regretting staying up until almost 1am for the past 3 nights.

I decided that since, I don't drink coffee-- but, since I was so exhausted and groggy, I clearly needed some caffeine- I decided that I needed to do something to help me stay awake and went into the kitchen to pour myself a Dr. Pepper on ice. It was either that or set the alarm for another 50 minutes and forget the plan of getting up at 5am to get the car on base before the traffic got heavy.

Since, I was still so tired and one tends to move a little slower when you get up much earlier than usual, I decided to set my timer so that I'd depart my apartment on time and I noticed that the timer STILL HAD 2 hours and 8 minutes left on the timer!!! . and that the BUZZER had NOT buzzed yet. I still had 2 more hours to sleep! Yes, I had 'DREAMED' that the buzzer had rang alerting me to get up and it was actually only 3am. Sigh..

I did the only thing that I could do.. I went back to bed.. for a nap until it was finally time to really, really wake up in less than 2 hours.


Christine said...

So, what I want to know is why are you posting this rather than SLEEPING??!!! LOL

That was one rough night!!! :D

iwouldratherbeknitting said...

Well, the truth is.. I actually woke up TWO TIMES after DREAMING that the alarm had buzzed.. but, I didn't think anyone would believe that-- so, I didn't mention it in the blog. So, 3x that night.. I awoke to an alarm clock..

One time for real, and two times.. dreamed alarm buzzing..

Let's just say.. If I'd been a coffee drinker.. I would have needed coffee all day! :D