Late for Work

I was late for work this morning with a new and unusual excuse. First, let me setup the scenario.

It’s a little stressful around the house right now. Last Tuesday we received nearly 10 inches of rain in about 5 hours. I woke up that morning to find an inch of water in the study. Fortunately, the floor isn’t completely level and the computer gear was on a tiny island. Unfortunately, the closet absorbed a lot of water and all the boxes on the floor. And we’re sure the walls have absorbed water and will have to be replaced.

There was eighteen inches of water in the garage. Shop vac, camping stove, other minor stuff was ruined, but the water was high enough to cover the floorboards of both cars.

So I’ve been talking to the insurance company a lot this week. Homeowner’s insurance, flood insurance, townhome group insurance, and two separate auto insurance claims come into play. Last night, a remedial company drilled holes in the water and sprayed anit-mold chemicals and set up two noisy air dryers. The house is noisy and smells funny.

I dropped my car off last week to be repaired; my wife’s car is still pending because the rental car company only seems to make a car available for an hour before saying “oops, sorry, it’s rented already.” And I’m driving a smelly, beatup rental car that reinforces my believe that Enterprise Rent a Car supplies only trashy vehicles.

On top of that, I’m working 65 hours a week, trying to hit an important, expensive deadline.

So this morning, I’m up a little early. I’m going to de-stress and pick up a latte on the way to work and count it as my protein for the morning. And I chill, relaxing in the car, listening to AM 700 talk radio.

After a while, I glance at the clock. It’s 7:00 on the nose.

After a while longer, I glance at the clock. It’s still 7:00 on the nose.

And I realize it’s not 7:00am. It’s 700AM. What I thought was a digital clock was actually the radio station readout. It’s likely to be 700AM all morning.

And that’s my excuse, and I’m sticking to it.

Alarming News

I did it again. It’s a recurring problem.

Some people have a problem with sleep-walking. I have a problem with sleep-adjusting-the-alarm-clock.

It mainfests itself between 3:00am and 5:00am usually. I’ll start randomly pushing buttons on the alarm clock. I might change the time, the volume, the radio station, whatever. And the reason I know I do this is sometimes I hit the “snooze” button which doubles as the “sleep” button and the radio goes off. That wakes me up, horrified, that I’m playing with the alarm clock in my sleep again.

The only way I could possibly make it worse is the way I did it yesterday. Before going to sleep, I told my wife I’d wake her up in the morning. Then, 40 minutes before it was time to get up, I woke myself up pushing the buttons on the alarm clock. Then I told my wife it was time to get up. As soon as I said “good morning,” I realized my error, but it was too late. I’d woken her 40 minutes too early.

Moving it across the room won’t help. Then I’d sleep-walk *and* sleep-fiddle.

Help me.


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