Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Mornings with Wife

My Wife hates mornings. I am told that many people hate mornings, but my Wife has a special little place in her heart burnt black and crisp with the hate of mornings. Just to clarify, Mornings are anytime after 2am but before when she wants to get up. I actually realized this some several years before we were married. I went to her house to pick her up for some school function and was witness to "the morning silence" for the first time. She does not speak, she glares at everything through sleepy eyes and grinds her teeth if a bird even thinks of singing. A nod means yes, no and shut the hell up. I love mornings, always have, A brand new day full of surprises! Have I mentioned that my wife also hates surprises? I have never been a big fan of sleep so the first person I see when I wake up is usually subjected to a dialogue on the dreams I had the night before just to warm up for the jokes of the day. My wife is not fond of this habit of mine.
In fact I remember a time, not so very long ago, when I found that my wife had already woken up and was sitting at the kitchen table eating a bowl of frosted flakes. This had never happened before, my wife up before me! I was so happy to see her that I immediately started telling her all abut the dreams of the night and plans for the day. She subjected me to the full power of the pissed off wife stare. (Those of you who have a wife have no doubt experienced this so I wont go into detail.) The stare was such a shock to my system that I stopped my spiel and asked my wife if she was OK? In the middle of the stare she said, through clenched teeth "Its just that I am not chit-chatty in the mornings" and went back to her sugar coated bliss. I went in search of dog, who is always glad to see me in the mornings.


I mention all of this now because recently I got a new alarm clock.



I usually wake up on my own "internal" alarm clock (bladder) around 4 and go to the gym. But if for some reason I sleep past that I have an alarm to wake me up for work at 5. I hate lighted alarm clocks, so when we found one that only lights up if you want it too I bought two. One for me, and one for the wife. As an added bonus for my wife it has a huge "snooze" button. She likes to "snooze" I think that the "snooze" button marks the beginning of the end of advanced civilisation as we know it, but I digress. The problem with this alarm clock is that the buttons to turn the alarm off are small. I have sausage fingers, I wear a size 14 ring, and I cant feel the tips of my fingers. So, to turn the alarm off if I am the least bit drowsy is quite the ordeal. This morning for example was not smooth. The alarm went off, so I picked it up and dropped it on my own head, then I couldn't find it in the comforter and when I did I had gotten turned around and pressed the wrong button, or no button at all, so the alarm kept going off, so I had to turn on the light so I could see but I flubbed the light switch (sausage fingers) and dropped the alarm clock back into the bed. At this point I felt my wife reach through the covers and with a precision born of fury snag the alarm clock. With one fluid motion she picked it up turned off the alarm and hit me on the head with it. It was awesome. I laughed (quietly) all the way to work.

4 comments:

Matt Baker said...

how lucky am i to have found your blog tom. to be able to have a small glimpse into what goes on in that head of yours.......

priceless.

Fraser's and Co. said...

LMAO... ok, I'm definitely a blog follower now (and a definite morning person as well!!) Thank heavens Hayden and I are both morning people. Thanks for sharing :)

Audrey said...

You can write circles around most of the writers I know. This is highly entertaining. You should really be getting paid. Keep posting.

Tom said...

Thanks guys. Its a fun story to tell