wake up. WAKE UP. GET UP. GET UP!!
That's how my husband was sultrily awakened by his sultry wife this morning.
Magnum and I get up at the same time each day, so we share the same alarm on the same clock. I'm in charge of the alarm. There was a short window of time during our 22+ years together when he was in charge of the alarm, but that resulted in too many mornings like this morning, so I got the job.
Waking up with an alarm is usually not a problem. I think my internal clock usurped the alarm clock and pulled a coup today by getting me to continually hit the snooze button without even realizing that I was continually hitting the snooze button.
It's safe to say that sleep quality was not the best last week. We'd go to bed later than usual and breathe smoke all night because it was too hot to imagine leaving the windows closed at night while it was so hot during the day. And when things went all Armageddon, we tried to look like we were sleeping for a few hours, but I don't think we really were.
We're lucky, though. I have a few friends who are parents of little kids, and they didn't even bother to go to bed much. At least we have older kids - one of whom is an adult on paper and is also a night owl. He was up listening to the scanners while we pretended to sleep.
Now that things have calmed down considerably, real sleep is returning. And returning and returning and returning until it's been a good hour and more cycle of alarm-snooze-alarm-snooze-alarm-snooze...
I remember a strange dream I was having probably somewhere during that time. I was graduating from high school except I was the same age I am now. My fellow graduates and I were at some bar in my hometown waiting for our commencement ceremony to begin.
Things were as they would be now - us not having seen each other for many years and just sitting around the bar catching up with one another, all while wearing caps and gowns and waiting to receive our diplomas.
Do dreams have meanings? Or are they just the brain flushing itself? What was I graduating from? Where were our diplomas?
Maybe I'll graduate tonight, on time.