alarm clocks are stupid

We don’t set alarms around here. I can usually make myself wake up whenever I need to be up. My son wakes up at 6:30, so we usually don’t NEED to get up any earlier than that anyway. But this morning my husband set his alarm for 5:30. He is playing golf (which he never does) and had to be there at 6:15. Yikes. Regardless, I figured I’d get a few minutes of lovely early morning sleep alone in my bed. (What? You know that’s good sleep!)

Anyway, I was awake at 5:24. (See, I knew he had to get up at 5:30 and woke up on my own.) I was hoping he’d just get up and not let that infernal alarm go off. But he didn’t. And I think that alarm clocks have got to be the WORST invention in the world. Ugh. Nothing puts me in a worse mood than being awoken by that horrific sound.

Well, of course, he didn’t get up right away. He pressed snooze. Meaning I was going to have to listen to that alarm again. I begged him to turn it off but I could never quite tell if he did it or not. Apparently he did AND wouldn’t you know he actually fell asleep again and got up late? While I’m laying in the bed with my eyes open.

Finally, after he gets dressed, packs a bag, knocks down some chairs, throws a big blue ox through the living room and who knows what other loud things, he leaves. I was thinking, “Well, at least I’ll get 15 minutes to myself before Asa wakes up.” There is nothing like laying in your bed alone knowing you don’t have to get up yet. And I was planning to revel in it.

So, I hear my husband’s truck drive away, I nestle down in the blankets, close my eyes and hope for sleep. But as soon as my body relaxes, what do I hear?


photo by DanielJames


  1. Awwww. Good morning, Amanda! Here’s to a fabulous day–I know you’ll have fun with those sisterchicks!

  2. UGH! no fun… Josh uses his iPod for an alarm, and it’s fabulous, because there’s no ugly buzzing alarm sound anymore! And you know what? I have that same internal alarm clock that you do! I thought I was the only one! All I have to do is just KNOW I need to be up at a certain time, and I wake up 5-10 minutes before. It freaks Josh out… 😉

  3. Apparently, Asa has an internal alarm clock as well. He know JUST when you snuggle back down to rest.


  4. Totally understand the internal alarm – I RARELY set my alarm anymore. I just tell God what time I want to be up in the morning, and miraculously, I’m awake in time – then it’s up to me to actually get my butt out of bed. LOL.

  5. Oh my gosh. We are TWINS. Or our husbands are twins. Except he sets his every day, and the snooze and I battle it out about 3 or 4 times until I am burning with a white hot rage. It’s like the WORST thing about being married. ARRGH! good thing he has many redeeming qualities.
    I have never hit the snooze button ONCE in my whole life!

  6. that is always my wish on morning’s like that for me…i lay there praying Lord please don’t let Nora wake up yet!

  7. that is always my wish on morning’s like that for me…i lay there praying Lord please don’t let Nora wake up yet!

  8. don’t you just love how guys are so ‘quiet’ in the morning (or anytime really)?? sorry you didn’t get your luscious sleep (that’s what I would call it). 🙁

  9. LOL! I read a post once about mommy super powers, and I’ve always said mine is that I can almost always tell you what time it is when I wake up in the middle of the night without looking at the clock. But yours is way cooler!

  10. Isn’t that how it always goes?? Good times.

  11. Oh, how I know your pain! You just described Danny and me almost exactly. I cannot stand to set the alarm (and also don’t have to unless it’s really early, as I have your same knack for just waking myself up at the right time) but every morning at 5:30 his alarm goes off and he hits snooze a few times before eventually getting up. I’m able to sleep through a lot of it after years of practice – but it still bugs me that he won’t just get himself up! And then when he goes downstairs and makes noise before he leaves at 6, I’m lying there cringing because I know he’s going to wake up Adrian, who will eventually wake up Wyatt (the late riser)….

  12. 5 out of 7 days in the week my alarm clock is set before 5 a.m. and unfortunately (due to my love to overbook myself) I don’t see it changing too much in the future, but the other day I did wake up before my alarm clock and didn’t even look at the clock so that I could trick myself into thinking that I had hours of sleep left and right when I rolled over the alarm went off. Annoying.

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    Never fails. Ever.

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