Chris Walsh (chris_walsh) wrote,
Chris Walsh

Wake up, wake up, you sleepyhead, get up, get up, get out of bed

Ah. Morning, the time when I make undignified noises.

I can pretend to be a morning person, but I've never truly been one. I've rarely been a spring-out-of-bed type; know the opening credits of American Dad? I'm not like that at all (I'm also not an anvil-jawed singing CIA employee, but you probably guessed that). Having light in the morning helps, because I don't want to feel like I'm waking up at night, but I almost always like to take my time. Also, I've almost never had coffee first thing, even the occasional times I've lived with someone (meaning, in my case, the parents) who had a coffeemaker. Food's needed before I pour coffee-flavored or tea-flavored caffeine into myself, as I've learned from occasionally queasy experience. I need/try to be careful about caffeine just in general, anyway. So I rarely have that wake-up juice.

When I started working at the Hermiston Herald, I'd need two hours in the morning between waking up and getting out the apartment door to drive to work. I was very proud that by my last year in the town, I'd gotten that down to one hour; more sleep! Generally at the current job, the bindery where I usually start work at 7:00 (though obviously not today), I'm out of bed between 4:45 and 5:15 and off to the bus at 6:10, so that's between an hour and an hour-and-a-half of getting awake and presentable, plus checking online with what the heck's been happening since I'd gone to sleep. When, occasionally, I drive, I can bump up the leaving-time to about 6:25. Sometimes that's tempting, but I try not to do that.

But am I truly a night person? Thirty-eight years into this life business, I'm still not sure. My college experience suggests the answer is "maybe"; I'd be reasonably productive late at night, mainly thanks to fewer distractions and having to be more quiet, but eventually diminishing returns kicked in; which is why I rarely ever pulled true all-nighters in college, but almost-all-nighters that would wrap up around 3:00 or 4:00. Now I wonder if people can be neither a morning person nor a night person.

Or maybe I just need more sleep. (Maybe I could get paid to sleep!)

OK, for all y'all who've read this far, a) thanks and b) here's Batman fighting a dinosaur.

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