Wednesday, November 10, 2010

November 10, 2010: Groggy Time

If you're a regular reader you know I've been getting up earlier in the morning than has been my norm for the past couple of decades. 'Before the sun' earlier.

Besides a different sky, I've noticed a couple other things about dawn. One is that people out in public look funny in the morning. Puffy faces, glazed eyes, slow, small movements. Lots of yawns! Another thing I notice is that this doesn't wear off until around 10:30 or 11:00 A.M. I thought that if I was out and about early I'd see energetic early risers zipping around stores, getting a jump on the day, full of Arnold's Action.

Nope. Well, if there are folks like that they are either not in the places I frequent, or they are out of the public eye.

It's okay. This lack of vim and vigor in others makes me feel superior (wink) because I actually feel pretty chipper by the time I leave the house. And I'm older than a lot of the people I greet.

One more thing I've noticed is that the bleary-eyed moms at the bus stop do not like my perkiness. They never answer my greetings, in fact, they've taken to pulling out their phones or reprimanding innocent children when I pull my car up next to the bus stop which is in front of my home. I just chuckle. Been there.

All in all, this early morning experiment is going quite well. My family is eating better, we all get to bed earlier, more is accomplished, and the free time during the day is enjoyed, for it is earned.

Hope your day is full of goodness and enlightenment - and Arnold's Action - whatever time your feet hit the floor!


deanna said...

Have you ever been to Trader Joe's at 8 a.m. on a Sunday? Quiet, quiet, quiet. The cashiers are just waking up. :o)

cecily said...

I'm still enjoying getting up early Cherie, but I haven't coupled it with going to bed earlier yet, so my morning walk is getting slower and shorter every day. :-) Still helps invigorate me though!

Cherie said...

Deanna, no, I've never been to Trader Joe's on a Sunday morning. I shall have to attempt it one day. Just for the fun of it!

Cecily, I know what you mean. Getting to bed early when my husband is a swing-shift man is a hard choice. To get to bed for my own rest or to be up when he comes home so he has someone to greet him at the end of a workday feels like an impossible decision, no right answer. I've taken to grabbing a 20 minute catnap when I can, which is not every day but helps when I can get it!