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Monday, September 08, 2008

Some of you are old enough to remember the old Dunkin Donuts commercial where the man is stumbling through the dark saying, "time to go make the donuts".

Well, folks that was me. My first job was at a donut shop. How's that for little known facts? When I was 16 I woke up at 4:15 on weekends during the school year and all summer long, 6 days a week. I figured if I ate enough donuts, smelled enough donuts, I would eventually hate them.

But I am not a morning person--understatement of the year. I'm pretty sure I scowled at every customer who darkened the door of that shop before 9:00 am. I remember turning off the alarm clock each morning, promising myself I was going to find another job. One that let me date and sleep in the next morning, but no, I was a glutton for punishment.

I remember trying very hard to stay awake on the 30 minute drive to work, rolling down the windows, cranking up the radio, and sometimes I still found myself nodding off. It's a wonder I lived through those drives.

Even now, when I have to wake up early, even for a vacation flight, I turn off the alarm wishing I could just go back to sleep. I'm not sure how I dragged myself out of bed every morning, sometimes after having gotten to bed at midnight or later, and all for minimum wage. Ah, youth. Well, the job wasn't much, but it was mine. Sadly, I never did get sick of donuts.
Denise Hunter  
posted at 6:22 AM  
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At 7:34 AM, Blogger Lisa Jordan said...

My husband and I still say "time to make the doughnuts" when our alarm goes off and one or both of us has to get up early. Every morning I hit snooze for ten minutes. Morning comes too fast.

At 9:16 AM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

I love donuts but wow, are they bad for you. I can't remember the last time I had one but just seeing one is enough to make me salivate. LOL

At 9:17 AM, Blogger hotcoffeenow said...

LOL, we say 'time to make the doughnuts' when we wake up, but it's code for 'go make coffee!'.


At 9:27 AM, Blogger jamida said...

Wake up? What's that? Even doughnuts couldn't coerce me out of bed! :) lol It drives me busy busy husband nuts on Saturdays. He wants to be out climbing by 8 AM and I'm thinking waking up aroudn 10??? :) Try to sleep in sometime, Denise! :) Great post!

At 11:03 AM, Blogger Tiff (Amber Miller) Stockton said...

Oh, I'm right there with ya, Denise. I can be a morning person when I have to be, but I do it kicking and screaming the whole way. Even on vacation days.

Like you, I held an early morning job during my teen years, but it was even *during* the school year. Delivering papers at 5am was my job. Ugh! And as if that wasn't enough, I've even subbed for some folks in my adult years. With motor routes, that means getting up at 2:30am to pick up papers at 3 and get them delivered by 6am. *yawn* I get tired just thinking about it.

So, here's to all us late risers and snooze-button pushers. :)

At 11:33 AM, Blogger Beverly said...

I envy people who wake up and are instantly awake! Even when I do wake up early, I am not sure what to DO, so I don't get up and usually fall back to sleep (and of course tell myself I felt better an hour ago!)

I have a family member who faithfully gets up to go exercise at 4:30 A.M. She claims she is not a morning person...just disciplined. My thought: A TRUE morning-challenged person can't even say the word "disciplined" at 4:30 in the morning (unless we're paid to, like Denise was)!

On the other hand, God did faithfully get me to a Bible Study Leaders meeting at 5:30 a.m. for 7 years. Anyone who knows me, knows it was Him! For the most part, I agree with Mark Lowry--getting up that early is infringing on Chinese people's time with God! LOL

At 1:05 PM, Blogger Denise Hunter said...

LOL Beveryly, that's a great line. I love to sleep. I hope we get to sleep in heaven. And, yes, C, I know donuts are unhealthy but they're so good. Chocolate covered donuts filled with custard. YUM!

At 4:04 PM, Blogger Suzanne said...

A friend dropped by the other night with a dozen hot fresh Krispy Kreme's. I debated long and hard over whether to eat one or not. I even had one in my hand but then put it back.

Must fit in my jeans.

At 4:16 PM, Blogger Courtney Walsh said...

I had that same theory when I worked at an ice cream shop. Never did make me hate ice cream.

I have the thighs to prove it. :)

oh... and I love donuts too! My favorites are chocolate filled long johns. YUM. I remember a day (just one) when I could eat those and not gain weight.

'ah, youth' is right!

At 6:20 PM, Blogger Chelf said...

It took me over two years to go back into a Subway after I stopped working there.

I still can't eat an Apricot. Three trees and about 8 years of picking them up, processing them into jams, jellies, dried and cobblers... UGH, makes me ill just thinking about it.

At 6:28 PM, Blogger Krista Phillips said...

Ohhh, I remember that commercial. and I LOVE dunkin donuts too!!! Yum!!! My first job... oh, I don't even want to talk about my first job. It was for my parents, and it was quite humiliating.

And that's all I got to say about that:-)

At 9:04 PM, Blogger Sarah said...

The first two years of our marriage hubby worked the pre-load shift at UPS. During most of the year he had to be at work between 3:30-4:30am every day, depending on the anticipated workload.

However, at Christmas there were times when he had to be at work at 12:30am! Since it was the holidays, I was sometimes up until midnight. He often kissed me good morning as I kissed him goodnight.

Talk about ships passing in the night!

At 9:48 PM, Blogger Ane Mulligan said...

I didn't think there was another donut addict out there, but here you are! I can ignore chocolate, yes I truly can. But every donut in America knows my name.

I also HATE the mornings. I loev it now that I can get up when I wake up. I still need a couple cups of high test to get me going.

At 9:50 PM, Blogger Ane Mulligan said...

I forgot to mention that I live in the land of Krispy Kreme Donuts. You haven't lived until you've had one fresh and still warm. They melt in your mouth. The only problem is, I can eat a half dozen in about five minutes flat.

Colleen, did you have one when you were here on the RV tour?

At 10:12 PM, Blogger Gracie said...

Oh, you were blessed Denise! Even if you did have to wake up at the first light of dawn, you were able to work with donuts! Oh my gosh, I'd love to have that job.

Not that being a writer isn't just as good. But I don't get paid for it yet. ; )

At church this Sunday I felt so guilty because I ate TWO donuts. I'd resolved not to, promised myself rewards if I didn't -- and then I lunged for the box and began munching. LOL. They were good though...

Just talking about this stuff makes me hungry. I think I'll go scrounge in our cupboards.

At 10:53 AM, Blogger Kay Day said...

ooohh, I used to work at a bakery, too. Ugh!!
Now I have to get up at six to get my daughter off to school on time. Yuck. It makes me feel icky all day long.
The world just isn't designed to work for those of us who prefer late nights and late mornings!


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