Somehow over the years I’ve become less and less of a morning person. Nope, I don’t bounce out of bed joyfully greeting the day…I’m a happy person but notsomuch in the morning generally – I’m a little groggy and not the best conversationalist. And it’s not unusual for me to sleep in until 10:30 or 11:00am on weekend mornings. I used to feel a little guilty about that but then I realized no, my body needs this…I’ll savor it. And a wonderful bed with new 1200 thread count sheets makes it blissful (but not hard on the wallet…thank you overstock.com).
Back in the early to mid 1990s I lived and worked in Seattle proper. It was an easy walk from my apartment to catch the bus to downtown – man, I really miss those days sometimes…I miss working downtown. I’d get up at 5:00am and would be at my desk at work by 6:30am. I had a staff of about 15 back then and the more high maintenance portion of the bunch worked the early shift so it was good for me to be onsite when they were there and have that presence.
I now look back and think DAMN, who was that girl? Over the years my jobs have been with companies where things started a little later than normal corporate hours. Meaning, nothing started before 9:00 or even 9:30am. I got used to this and I guess my body just adjusted. Throw in hockey a few years later and you’ve got a lifestyle of late nights and weird hours. Hockey games typically wouldn’t start until 9:00pm, 10:00pm or even 11:00pm – on a Sunday night. At a rink that might be a 40 minute drive from my house. Thankfully there’s no traffic that late at night on Sundays. Mondays at work were brutal but most of my co-workers were understanding.
At my current job our consulting team has to be onsite in the office between 9:00am and 3:30pm. So we can choose to work say 6:30 – 3:30 or 8 – 5:00, or 9 – 6:00. 8:30 – 5:00 is what works for me, and I take a half hour lunch break in there too. My commute is a mere third the length of the time my prior one was, so getting to work at 8:30 is not a huge problem.
I cherish my sleep and I’m very thankful that I don’t have problems sleeping well. It’s a little hard for me to wind down and immediately go to sleep when I get in bed but once I’m out, I’m out.
Now, I had to laugh at myself when I called my favorite spa asking for a pedicure appointment. The only time they had on Saturday was…10:00am. A time when I’m usually somewhat comatose in bed. But vanity won out and I reluctantly took the appointment. Luckily there was a Starbucks nearby…hello, double tall latte!
But as I was driving to the spa yesterday morning, I looked around at took in the scenery. People out jogging with their dogs. Having coffee outside and having conversations like it’s mid afternoon. Shopkeepers getting ready to open their stores…sweeping the sidewalks and power washing. WOW…so much activity going on when I’m normally dead to the world. Maybe I’m missing out on something here!
And this morning I rolled out of bed much earlier than usual…to my cousin J’s baby shower! J is from here but she and her husband live in LA now. And they’re expecting twins in September! Boys! We are so excited…and elated! Twins don’t run in my side of the family and neither in J’s hubby’s. So this is truly a miracle! I admit I did a double take when I saw the shower invitation – 10:30am. Wow…brunch! Everything was amazing and it was so good to see J. I even made it without coffee!
Wonder how late I will stay up tonight?