Anatomy of a Morning
This is the city: Kansas City, Missouri. I work here. I write. My morning starts long before I arrive at my desk.
4:59AM I’m inexplicably wide awake but refuse to rise before my alarm clock sounds.
5:03AM The alarm chirps at me, softly at first then progressively louder. I stick my foot out from under the covers—it’s cold out there. One snooze leaves me with plenty of time to get ready, so I’ll just chill here.
5:12AM 2nd alarm is triggered. I fumble to hit the snooze button in my semiconscious state.
5:21AM Re-read the last statement but substitute (3rd) for (2nd).
5:30AM I’m awake again, so I turn off the alarm altogether. I’ll get up in just a minute.
5:51AM Guess I wasn’t awake after all. And I need to shower. Annnnd I’m supposed to be out of the house in less than an hour. Gonna have to make it snappy this morning.
5:56AM How did I just kill another five minutes here? Okay, now I really need to rush through the shower.
6:14AM Well that took longer than expected. Now only 30 minutes to get out the door.
6:20AM Headed downstairs to watch the news while applying my makeup. Vampire Kitty decides that cuddle time is in order and takes up residence on my dominant arm.
6:28AM Vampire Kitty is unhappy that I’m clumsily using my free hand to put on makeup. She bites me. I make a mental note to look into kitty-sized muzzles.
6:40AM Makeup is finally done. Time to go blowdry my hair, insert contact lenses and search for clean(-ish) clothes.
6:50AM I need to do laundry more often. This is ridiculous. There have to be some clothes around here that I don’t hate.
7:00AM Sweet! I unearthed my pair of Vans that have been missing since our move last fall.
7:05AM My car keys aren’t in my purse. And now nothing else is either.
7:07AM Found the keys on the counter. Hope I haven’t missed the entertainment news segment on the radio. (I hadn’t.)
7:08AM That plan of being at work by 7:30 today looks pretty unlikely given my 50-minute drive.
How do people ever do this with kids to wrangle too?
Happy Monday, everyone!