Sunday, August 20, 2017

The Nicest Alarm Ever

We all know the struggle.  That annoying beeping in the morning wrenches you from the cradle of a delicious sleep.  You roll over, slam your hand on the snooze button, and drift back into dreamland for "five more minutes."

Twenty minutes later, you drag yourself out of bed, promising that you'll shower tonight, or tomorrow morning when you'll be able to get up on time.

In an effort to alleviate this problem, we buy music alarm clocks, or alarms that don't shut off until you shoot the target across the room, or weight-activated alarm mats... have you guys seen these awesome variations online?  They're awesome.

Mostly, I've given up on getting up at any specific time.  I'm a SAHM.  I can do that.  My kids wake me up for the important stuff- like, "Stop it!  Stop touching me!  Mom, my two-year-old brother who loves me to pieces is breathing my air!"

But, there are those occasional mornings when I do need an alarm.  And so, knowing that I'll ignore it most of the time, I dutifully set the alarm on my phone.  I set it to ring with a quiet, gentle tone that will, hopefully, ease me out of the bliss of sleep.

The song starts quietly, building slowly to full volume- which is set to be at about half of the volume at which I normally listen to music.  (Have I mentioned I'm not a morning person?)

Then, the music stops, interrupted by a calming, soothing voice.  "It's 8 am," she says.

Thank you for the information.  I appreciate it.

The music continues.  I mostly ignore it, except I know what's coming.  My inner grammar nazi claws its way through the haze of sleep, eager to avoid the travesty that's about to occur.

A minute later, the music stops again.  Again, that soothing voice, "It's 8-1 am," she informs me politely.  Not 8:01.  Not even eight-zero-one.  "It's 8-1 am."

Gaaaahhhhh!

Stop the madness!

The rest of me jolts awake.  I scramble for the button that will turn off my phone.  It's not that it's annoying... it's just so very very wrong!  And so, I am pulled out of sleep by a deep-seated need to right my world for the day.

It works every time.

I haven't made it past 8-2 am.

Monday, January 9, 2017

Happy Post

Hello, Friends!

This is just a happy little post to say:

Thank you for being my friends!

I just read through my last few posts, and realized they were all super angsty.  Apparently, I write more often when I'm upset.  Never fear!  Life is good!  I'm starting to come out of the "new mommy" phase... Baby girl is sleeping through the night, so I'm naturally feeling better.

Also, we have some fun things happening in our lives right now.

First off, I've discovered the Thomas Jefferson methodology of homeschooling, and I'm IN LOVE!  It's amazing.  It's beautiful.  It's so in line with how I think school should be.  I'll probably mix in elements of Montessori, Waldorf, and Charlotte Mason, but seriously, they're all about child-led education.  Our little family is more at peace than we've been for a long time.  That's important, I think.

Second, we're moving!  Aaaahhhh!  Right now, we're working on getting boxes packed up and hidden away so we can stage the house for pictures... so we can list it for sale this month.  Woohoo!  We don't know where we're going yet, but we know we need a place that has more space for our family and for my business.  Also, we're planning to build an indoor arena.  Hallelujah!

Anyway, I hope you're having a wonderful January!