Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Spring back, fall forward

Not a Geiko comercial.

Yes, its clock changing time again. I know what the original purpose for the time change was but I think it is "time" to leave it in one place and forget it. There was so much hype this year about making sure that your clocks were changed properly that "even a cave man could do it." Did I mention that my MIL forgot to set hers. :)

This morning I woke up at 4:00 on the button. I thought man, my alarm will go off in 15 minutes so I'm going to just lay here and relax. Then I thought: "hmmmm I have everything ready for work so why not set my clock back 15 minutes and maybe I can get another half hour of sleep". Setting my clock is easy, so easy a cave man could do it. Sorry I did it again. Anyway I reached over in the dark to hit the set button but hit the wrong one and my alarm began going off.

My alarm clock is really smart. It has a mind of it's own. This morning "it" decided it was time for me to get up. Once the alarm starts, there is no way to shut it off. You either have to wait 10 minutes for it to time out or unplug it. Since my wife was laying there "trying" to sleep, I decided to pull the plug. After a few seconds I plugged it back in but it refused to shut up. That's what I get for replacing that battery. I finally gave up and decided to get my day started. I left my clock unplugged. Don't worry, my wife has her own clock which will be going off in one hour.

At first I was grumpy, thinking that I lost out on 30 minutes sleep but then I realized that my body was awake and I really didn't need more sleep. All of a sudden it dawned on me (no pun intended). Here I was about to give away 15 minutes of my life and instead God gave me an extra 15 minutes. Wow a free gift at 4 am. Not many people can say that. So now I have an extra 30 minutes today to do with how ever I choose. Here is what I did with it.

First off a little present for me; I took a short 10 minute soak this morning before going to work. It was nice just sitting in my big tub with a hot towel across my eyes. Since it is allergy season this was especially nice.

Next I devoted 10 minutes to God. I spent an extra 10 minutes reading 1 Kings this morning. I am still enjoying my morning reading. I doubt if I will be able to keep all these Kings straight. There were as many bad ones as good ones. Politics never changes does it.

I took 5 minutes to stop into McYummies this morning for a tasty sausage biscuit. As I stopped at the drive through ordering screen, Miss "I hate mornings" spoke up saying "Welcome to McYummies, can I take your order." I wanted to say: "that's may I" but instead I quickly replied in a perky voice: "Good morning I would like a sausage biscuit please." In her best Eyore voice she said: "First window." I could tell someone didn't take their happy pill this morning. Usually I turn the radio off when I go through the drive through but I could tell she needed some encouragement so I turned the volume up and made her listen to a minute of "Give me Jesus" while she counted my change.

Next I drove to the pickup window with my misic still playing loudly. To my surprise though the window opened and I was greated with a bright cheerful smile and very happy person. Did I just go through a time warp or something? This girl was right out of the McYummy comercials. I thought about the statement: "Put your best foot forward" and wondered if the manager had every heard that saying.

The final thing I did was devote 5 minutes to my blogging friends. I wasn't going to post this morning but I decided why not. Since I was given some extra time, I should pass some of my good fortune (and happy attitude)along. I hope everyone has a day as great as mine will be.

Happy Tuesday,


Kathy said...

Thanks for taking time to give us a little cheerful , "Good Morning"! A soak in the tub would have sent me back to sleep! I haven't done that for years! Habits really change, don't they?

Amrita said...

Glad you began the day cheerily, clock and all.

USAincognito said...

Gee, must be nice to wake up and be in happy mood!! I am MISS GRUMPY in the mornings! haha!! ;)

Janice Thomson said...

I never understood the concept of DST - time is time, period. To me it's another example of man's arrogance in thinking he can better nature. (we have it here too.) Glad to hear there are other cheerful early birds up and about at 4 in the morning :)
A good day to you too sir.

Angie said...

Greg, you make me smile. I think you're pretty great. We all have choices don't we? You made some good ones!

Kristen said...

I love how you always view things with a positive attitude. It's very inspiring!

Jessica said...

I can almost see the bounce in your step!
My morning didn't start off so well, but it's getting better!!

Lori said...

It sounds like your extra time this morning was well-spent! You must be a real early-bird. It's always hard to drag myself out of bed!

Wanda said...

What a great use of your extra 30 minutes. It's amazing the attitudes from those drive thru windows.

I glad you had an extra 5 min. to blog ~~ always enjoy seeing a slice of your life.


Kim S in SC said...

Thank you, thank you for your encouragement today! Your email was better than timely! Thank you. |
I love how you saw waking up earlier as a blessing! Loved this post! Love the new look of your blog too. Very calming!

Annie said...

Hi Greg, Those extra five minutes were filled to the brim with your good spirits. And you've infected me with your happiness now in the evening of the day. I'll take it to bed with me.

Kati said...

Sorry.... the only thing that comes to mind is "how on EARTH can anybody manage to open their eyes at 4 am, much less get started with their day?!?!" I'm a night-owl by nature, so it completely stumps me how folks like you & my dad & my FIL can start your days so early.

Glad to hear that you took a positive view of the earlier-than-usual start & were hopefully able to bring some early-morning-sunshine into somebody else's day. Comes right back to making the decision to have a good day, or a bad day, the choice can be made new every moment of every day, and it's almost completely up to us!

Greg II said...

Starting the day at 4 AM is not that hard. Of course, I'm running on E no matter what time I wake up until I've had my morning Starbucks. ;)
Greg II

Shannon @ Gabi's World said...

Well, I am a little late, but I have to admit, I am more like Eeyore in the mornings. I am getting better though.

Shannon @ Gabi's World said...

Oh yeah, one more thing. I wish they would stop changing the time, too! Me and the nurse I was working with both were so happy that we were only working 11 hours instead of 12, and guess who forgot to set their clocks? The next shift. Not really, they set it... just the wrong direction!!!

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