Let There Be Light


I just bought the weirdest looking alarm clock ever. In fact, every time I look at it, I “see” something different–none of it appropriate. It looks like when the Stark Trek TV show got canceled and cleared out the set, this is what was left.

So I have fought the battle of the curtains in my bedroom for a few years. After a lot was cleared and a house went up, suddenly a street light was not just newly visible, but turned its high beams right into my window. I mean it was like sleeping at the end of an airport runway. So my blinds needed some help. Over the next few years, I go through the process of trying out about 50 sets of curtains to block the light. Finally I find something that works. But maybe a little too well. Now when my alarm goes off at 5:00 (and 5:30…and 6:00…and 6:30….), I wake up to a room that's black as the bottom of a coal mine.

And it's almost impossible to get up. If it weren't for the fact that I like the occasional paycheck, I probably wouldn't even bother. But I had decided, after reading some confirming research, that my brain gets confused without any light in the morning and does everything it can to stay in “sleep” mode. Thus. . .the Sunrise Clock.

The Sunrise Clock doesn't just wake up you with optional beeping. It wakes you up with gradual light, supposedly simulating the rising sun. (I held my face over it for 30 minutes, but I cannot report a tan. Of course I could hold my face over a blow torch and still not report a tan.) To me this little (or kinda big actually) gadget makes perfect sense. At least until I can afford remote control blackout blinds set on a timer as seen in Cameron Diaz's house in the movie The Holiday.

So this morning is the Sunrise Clock's debut. At 5:30 the light slowly comes on. And it gets a little brighter over the course of next 30 minutes. At least I think it did. I wouldn't know. Because you know how you sleep through your fancy new Sunrise Clock? You pull the covers over your head. No more light!  So yeah, back to the drawing board.

What is your wake-up routine?  Mine is to hit snooze on my radio alarm for a solid hour. And I never get up during a song. That's just rude and disrespectful to the artist. I wait until I hear the news. Then the weather. Then three more songs. Then some DJ banter. And I don't roll out of bed until:
1. A commercial for Wild Harry's Used Cars
2. My cat barfs on something
3. a song comes on that uses the words “I didn't see that semi coming.”
It's my system. And it works. Sorta.

Would love to hear your morning routine. Surely someone's has to be worse than mine.


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Bethany Ellis - February 24, 2010

Interesting clock.. I don’t have an alarm clock. It broke. So I use my phone if I need it.. but my morning routine:
Wake up either by
-Dog fussing
-Someone flushing (my room is next to the bathroom. yeah.)
-Someone slamming the door
-Someone going up and down the stairs.
Then I look at my phone (new blackberry-yes!) and check twitter and email and facebook.
Then I do my devos.
Then I get out of my bed. 🙂
And proceed with school work, then work, and all that jazz 🙂

Colene - February 25, 2010

that is a pretty genius alarm clock if covers werent around…

my routine changes from day to day b/c of my husbands work schedule and mine but on a normal work day i wake up when my husbands in the shower, tell myself when he gets out its time to get up. (my phone is my alarm too and to make it snooze you just have to flip it over so i do that about 20x) and when it doesnt go off anymore, my husband has been long gone to work, my kitty comes in to sleep with me since he thinks im staying home all day,and im atleast 20 min behind
“schedule” i jump in the shower.
hope you can think of something. maybe train your kitty to open the curtains for you when the alarm goes off!

A J Hawke - February 25, 2010

Hi Jenny,
What a cute alarm clock and I’ve never said that before!

Ideas for how to get up in the morning:
First,have a friend who will come over every morning and pour ice water on you. Not having a friend that I trust that much, won’t work for me.

Second, buy the loudest, ugliest sounding alarm clock you can find. Put it in the far corner of the room so that if you do not get out of bed it will blare for at least an hour.

Third, never have a snooze control button closer that fifteen feet of your bed.

If none of this works, try going to bed an hour early every night. The problem with that is there is too much fun stuff to do late at night: read, watch TV, talk on phone, eat snacks.

The other solution is to have a boss that understands that getting up in the morning is a bad way to start the day.

Happy awakings,

A J Hawke

ashley - February 25, 2010

ahahahahahahahaha! Do not even try to disrespect Beyonce, she will whip you with her weave.

I seriously get up when the alarm goes off because I don’t set it with enough time to hit snooze and still have a job a few hours later.

Nicole O'Dell - February 25, 2010

I usually jump out of bed when I hear the first baby stirring on the monitor. Since there are three of them in their separate cribs, they have a little morning pow-wow before they start demanding my attention. That gives me just enough time to take care of my *stuff* and get ready to face the day…and the babies.


Tammy - February 25, 2010

my morning routine is hitting the off button on my phones alarm( i have it set on the highest noise setting otherwise i wouldnt hear it lol) and then i check my facebook on my ipod….yeah i have an addiction problem….then i have to motivate myself to get up by giving myself little pep talks lol and thats basically it!

Jenny B. Jones - February 26, 2010

Tammy, you are a Facebook junkie! I relate.

Nicole, i can’t even imagine what your morning is like. Wow.

Ashley, your discipline is impressive. But I’ll keep talking to you anyway.

AJ, i have totally tried setting an alarm clock across the room. I still get up late. And mad.

Colene, if you could train one of your kitty recruits to open curtains, I would take one.

Bethany, you’re also a very industrious morning person! Good job!

jessica - February 13, 2011

My morning routine consists of sleeping through my alarm colck for an hour before i finally hear it and hit snooze a thousand times before i convince myself to get out of bed. Then it’s just a matter of getting ready.


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