Yesterday, I mentioned that, at 11 PM, I was still a couple of hours away from my normal bedtime and a few people actually asked about that. Well, folks, I can take an idea and run with it. Sounds like it’s time for a NAQ* post!
[Please note that I’m posting this because my schedule is a slightly unusual and because I realize it’s a little strange for a grown-ass woman to stay up so late and be such a lazy slob in the morning. But it works for me. I am not posting this to show you how busy I am and complain about how hard my life is. I’m not that busy and my life isn’t particularly hard right now.]
Q: What time do you go to bed?
A: Usually between midnight and 2 AM. And I generally wake up between 7 and 9 AM.
Q: Why do you stay up so late? What’s wrong with you?
A: I prefer nights to mornings, and my current job rarely requires anything of me before 10 AM. Sometimes, I don’t have to be at work until 2 or 3 PM. It’s pretty awesome.
Q: What the hell kind of job is that?
A: I work at a running store. I do the actual shoe fitting/selling thing and also do our store’s website and marketing, as well as helping out with events and training programs. Since we don’t open until 10 AM, I don’t need to wake up terribly early, even when I have to open. (But I do work a lot of evenings and most weekends.)
I love my job and am sad to be leaving it in a couple of months when we move to Atlanta.
Q: When do you run?
A: On days that I work the “morning” shift, I typically run in the afternoon/evening. On days that I work the “afternoon” shift, I usually run in the late morning, after a nice cup of coffee and breakfast, or at lunchtime. On days off, I run whenever, just as most people do on a lazy Saturday or Sunday.
I rarely run first thing in the morning unless I’m doing a long run or a morning “shakeout” run on a double day.
Of course, in the summer when it’s hot as balls, I have to shift my bedtime so I can wake up and run early in the morning. I hate the summer.
Q: WTF do you do when you’re burning the midnight oil?
A: It’s not that much extra time, really. I usually eat dinner around 9 PM, sometimes later. If I’m working in the evening, I get home around 8:30. And at my husband’s old job, he worked long hours and was rarely home before 9 or 10 PM, so I’ve been in the habit of eating on the later side for a while.
By the time I finish dinner, clean up, and random chores, it’s usually 10 or 11. I watch TV, blog, and/or work on other writing projects for a couple of hours, then mosey to bed and read or dink around on my phone for a little while, until my eyelids get heavy and I shut the light off.
See? Not that much different than someone who eats dinner at 7 and goes to bed at 10:30.
Q: Is your husband on the same schedule?
A: He was, before his new job. He went to work at a normal time in the morning, but since his commute was a 5-minute walk, he didn’t have to wake up terribly early. We’ll see what happens once we get settled together in the same city. I have a feeling he’ll be on a more traditional schedule, and I still don’t know what my schedule will be, because I haven’t figured out what I’m going to be doing yet. (I should probably get on that.)
If I need to adjust to 6 AM wake-ups, I can do that. But it’s not my preference. I’m more relaxed, alert, creative and happy in the evening. I’m grouchy and unproductive in the morning.
Q: Just wait until you have kids.
A: I know. It’s one of the many reasons I fear I’d be an unfit parent. You should see how surly I get with my cats when they stomp around on the bed in the morning. And I can just kick them out of the room and go back to sleep.
Q: Are we done talking about this yet? I can’t believe I just wasted four minutes reading about your daily schedule.
A: All done. And this post was so quick to write – it’s only 11! I’ve got a whole evening in front of me…