Wait, what? That was last night, not today! But hear me out: a while ago, I read a Conversion Diary post which mentioned the concept of the next day starting at sundown.
Having a productive day starts with waking up feeling well rested…which starts with making good choices about what time to go to bed. This week I found it really helpful to embrace the ancient Judeo-Christian understanding that sundown prayer ushers in the next day.LOVE IT! How many of us can say that we've made the same mistake, time and time again, of staying up way too darn late and then woefully regretting it the next day? I did it all the time in college (taking it to extremes, as college students are wont to do), but I don't do it much anymore. Blame my identity as a non-coffee drinker, blame my daughter's indefatigable efforts for attention throughout the day, blame my intense and continually unfulfilled need as an introvert for alone time to recharge my batteries -- whatever the reason, I need sleep, and I've come to realize that going to bed early is the only way I'm going to get it.
But back to the story! Usually, my lights are out around 10 or a little before, but I wanted to finish the end of the chapter, so I fudged things a little bit. Oh well, I thought, hopefully Elise will sleep in a tad. She was awfully tired.
3:13 AM: WAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!
Comforted baby. She quieted down quickly, thankfully, and as I climbed back into bed a minute later, I almost considered nudging Colin to note that it was "pi time," but I decided against it. Fell back asleep.
4:38 AM: Chirp!
I jerked awake. That was NOT the smoke detector, right? That was some kind of...bird...in December...right?
We live in a rental, which means we have six smoke detectors in our small ranch house. Every few months, each one demands a battery replacement, and will not stop chirping until a fresh battery is put in. They are not all on the same schedule, so the chirping just comes up here and there, and we never remember or anticipate which one will be next or when. But they always start up in the middle of the night, and no battery change is complete without an expletive or two.
I tried, and tried, and tried to go back to sleep after Colin and I resolved the smoke detector issue, but it just wouldn't happen.
5:55 AM: WAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!
Up for the day. Yippy-skippy!
As I sat on the chair, cuddled up under the Snuggie as Elise nursed, I gradually realized that the house was cold. The nursing session went on and on and on (given her current teething issues, that's been her modus operandi recently), and the furnace never turned on. I figured I would delegate that issue to Colin when he arose (he usually gets up when Elise and I do, but I guess the smoke detector episode wore him out). And I didn't have to wait long, because
6:[something, couldn't see a clock] AM: Chirp!
Yep! ANOTHER smoke detector started up! So I guess that one (in the living room) and the 4 AM one (in the kitchen) must be on the same schedule after all. Anyway, that woke our hero right up, and he rode in on his steed to replace yet another smoke detector battery. As he worked, I informed him of the furnace situation, and he confirmed that the thermometer read 63 degrees (we set it at 68).
The morning went on; Elise finished nursing, Colin fixed the furnace and got ready for the day. After he got dressed, I noticed he was holding a cold compress to his neck. "I've got good news and bad news," he said. I braced myself.
"The bad news is, I burned myself on an exhaust tube. The good news is, since it's on my neck, people will probably think it's a hickey!"
Yep, that's my husband. Always looking on the bright side!
The rest of the morning wasn't much of a tale, in comparison. Elise and I went to a local indoor playground (woohoo!) with our neighbor and her 2-year-old, which went great, until Elise saw a few dads and freaked out. She has no patience for boys and their cooties! Then we went to Target, where I bought the last of her Christmas gifts and some baby ibuprofen for her teething. I wonder which she'll like better?
In conclusion: lights out before 10 tonight.