Girls Write Out
Tuesday, August 07, 2007

I'm not a huge fan of mornings. Never have been and yet, throughout my life, I have been surrounded by those sunny people who call 5:30 a.m. and actual time to live through. I'm not a late sleeper, but I'm not really foraging for food until about ten. I have a son just like me, and he looks at food and cringes before school. My mom tried everything. Making me pancakes in the form of smiley faces, Grandpa frying me an egg and sticking it in my face at 6 a.m., but to no avail, I am not a morning person.

In the college dorm form, they asked me, "Are you a late night person?" Well yes, thank you for noticing I am. And with my roommate Arleen, there was marital bliss. We were content to order pizza at midnight and rush to an 8 a.m. class. That was fine living as far as we were concerned! So why didn't I think about this simple question when I got married?

DH is up at 5:30. Worse yet, he's ready to make the bed at 5:30, which involves a slight logistical problem, as I'm still in it! Saturdays have always been an issue. By nine, I'm dressed and ready to go out for coffee. Half of my hubby's day is over and he doesn't drink coffee. When I'm getting my second wind at ten p.m. and ready to clean the bathroom, he's zonked for the night.

He tried to change me. Early on, he really had an Ozzie & Harriet view of life and suggested I come to bed at ten. I'd feel better, he swore. So I would go to bed, stare at the ceiling, wait for him to fall asleep and then go watch Letterman.

People don't change. My DH still goes to bed with your average toddler, and I still read books late into the night (now with a handy book light). There were times of course, this came in handy, with small children for example, but now that we all want to sleep until 7 a.m. on summer mornings, I find I'm getting more annoyed with age.

So take my advice. Marry a man who goes to bed at the same time and find one who drinks coffee! : ) This is Elle and me when we were dragged out early to the beach. Even after Los Gatos Coffee that morning, I was ready for my nap! Which I promptly took on the beach after this picture was taken.
posted at 11:05 AM  
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At 11:51 AM, Blogger Diann Hunt said...

Oh my gosh, that's hysterical, K! Same is true in our family, only I'm the early to bed one. I do read for a while, though, so maybe that should count for something.

I LOVE the picture!!

At 12:31 PM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

Oh so funny! Dave and I have switched places. I used to be the early to bed person and he liked to go to bed at 11 or 12. Now he's ready to head upstairs at 9:30 and I want to read half the night. LOL

I recently read going to bed between 9 and 10 in a totally dark room will make your cortisol levels fall and help you lose weight. Now THAT can change my habits if it works. LOL

At 12:39 PM, Blogger Kayla said...

Can I applaud and amen? I don't have a husband but I have parents who love their mornings. Sometimes I'm just going asleep when they wake up. Yes, it's that bad.

5:30 AM. *cringe* I got up at 10:30 and felt like I was really doing well. It's 12:38 and I've eaten breakfast, watched 2 whole episodes of Bones and worked on writing something for church. I'm almost done! Then I can swim. *yawn* And maybe nap.

At 12:43 PM, Blogger Jaime said...

My husband and I are both "late nighters" only his late night is midnight to 2 AM, mine is anywhere between 10:30 and midnight. So, for the most part it works great.

He doesn't drink coffee, though. It is a serious point of contention. He believes it damages my mental capacity to have complete control over my body and mind. I believe it enhances what little mental capacity I have, therefore, he should raise his hands and praise Juan Valdez for picking the beans. We are seeking therapy.

At 1:30 PM, Blogger Lynette Sowell said...

yahoo, that's what I did. Married a night owl. CJ and I both like to stay up late and are coffee drinkers. Makes it hard to get up in the morning. I get most of my writing done very late. :)

At 1:39 PM, Blogger Julie Carobini said...

I'm exactly like this, Kristin. While so many of my writing buddies are up working on the Great American Novel at 4 am, I'm blissfully staring at the back of my eyelids having just switched off the computer at 12:30ish.

Look at this way, you probably wouldn't have so much to write about if you and hubby were the same, lol.

At 1:48 PM, Blogger One More Writer said...

Woohoo! I'm not the only tortured wife out there! I'm married to a early to bed, early to rise man who insists that my latenightness is a state of mind not a biological preset. I think he's FINALLY getting it, though. It's only taken 20 years!

At 1:56 PM, Blogger Kristin said...

You know how my husband finally got that it wasn't a choice? Seeing our kids. Two are late nighters, two are asleep at the first sign of opportunity. I didn't start drinking coffee until after my second child (he is one of the late nighters). It's really annoying in a child. I see why my mother tried to train it out of me.

But my dad would watch movies late into the night, and my room was right behind his couch, so I'd just sit in the hallway where he couldn't see me, and watch with him. LOL

My husband also acts like coffee is a weakness. Whatever, obviously I'm in good company. LOL

At 2:00 PM, Blogger Kristin said...

LOL I just noticed in the picture, Jonah's head (my other late nighter) is plastered on the blanket behind us. LOL

At 3:53 PM, Blogger Travis Erwin said...

I'm willing to head off to bed anytime my wife suggests, but I ain't drinkin' coffee for no one.

At 8:33 PM, Blogger Shauna said...

ROFLOL! Kristin, it's like you took an inside peek into my marriage! This is exactly what it's like. Well, except that my hubby likes his morning coffee. LOL!!

At 12:43 AM, Blogger Pam S. said...

DH doesn't drink coffee, I do.

Did you read in the news yesterday about the coffee study done in France recently? Results: Women over 65 who drank more than 3 cups of coffee a day had less memory loss than women who drank less. However, men were unaffected by their coffee consumption. you know MY rationale for drinking coffee: "It's for my brain." (They didn't have to do a study. I already knew THAT.) My DH says, "And that's MY rationale for NOT drinking coffee--doesn't help!"

At 7:39 PM, Blogger WordVixen said...

My mother proofread medical texts for over 19 years, and is now in nursing school (at the age of 61). She told me that whether you're a morning or night person has to do with what time of day you were conceived, and that the mother's genetics are stronger in that area as well.

Makes sense since hubby and I both have night owl mothers and morning bird fathers- but we're both night owls as are our brothers.

Though, I get upset when hubby wants to go to bed "early"... 2am.

At 8:59 PM, Blogger Heather said...

I went to a college with a curfew. . . and dated my dh starting my freshman year. The dorm mothers would lock the doors right after I came in as I was almost always in exactly at curfew -- didn't ever work on course work until after then.

I'm still a light-night owl. DH knows that in order to have a happy lady here, I *need* to sleep until at least 10 on Saturdays.

At 9:03 PM, Blogger Kay said...

I'm not the night owl I used to be. I've had to acclimate to get the kids to school, get to Bible Study, etc. The world was designed for morning people. Ain't fair, I say.
But, I'm still not ready for breakfast until 10:00. If I go ahead and eat it, my husband (morning person) comes in at 11:00 wanting to take me to lunch.

At 10:24 PM, Blogger Kristin said...

WOw Kay, we totally have that issue with meal times. I'm glad to see I'm not the only one with these issues, there's a few of us out there! Let's toast to each other (at ten a.m. -- with Coffee in hand!)

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