NAQ: bedtimes and schedules

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…

*Never Asked Questions. Credit to: Marie, AR, and Sarah-who-doesn’t-have-a-blog-anymore. <3

18 responses to “NAQ: bedtimes and schedules

  1. You have, basically, my ideal sleep/wake up schedule. I’m jealous. (I also got to spend a couple of recent adult years living it as a grad student, so I can’t be that jealous.)

  2. I’m a total night owl. I hate to admit how late I go to bed and wake up. However, like you I don’t have a traditional 8-5 job (well, jobs) and some days I go to work at home and stay in my pajamas until I feel like going out to run. Yeah, I know that schedule will change, but for now I’m cool with the flexibility and can support myself just fine.

  3. I loved it when I worked in restaurants. I would go to bed between 2 and 3am, get up around 11am. People always accused me of being lazy because I slept so late and I was constantly reminding them that when they were relaxing and watching TV, I was working. Swings and round-a-bouts

  4. I have honestly wondered how your schedule fit in with your husband’s schedule, so this was actually an interesting post for me.

    I think my ideal would be a non-schedule, a floating, completely self-guided work day; like I had in India I suppose. My current schedule is all screwed up with an angry screaming baby who wakes up at all hours. Somehow that isn’t all that upsetting, mostly just tiring.

  5. You must watch a lot of Skinemax.

    • I, too, keep Shelby’s schedule. Thanks to the miracle of tivo it’s possible to watch Skinemax at all hours of the day. I should know. It’s 10am and I just turned it off, wink wink.

  6. Your morning run time is my favorite time to go on the weekend. Early, but not forced. I hope you find a similar schedule for yourself after the move.

  7. The better question is: who the fuck thinks midnight is late?

  8. I like it, if you can make your schedule fit your preferences & creative late-night work times, then bravo. :-) Good luck w/ the plans for Atlanta!

  9. I am also not a morning person. In fact, if anyone dares speak to me before I’ve had coffee the suffer the wrath of a hungry carnivorous monster beast.
    Unfortunately my job entails early morning events from time to time, and on those days, I usually am asleep by 9pm that night. So really, I’m just like an 85 year old woman. So… please keep the noise down and it’s almost time for dinner.

  10. Thank goodness you addressed this very pressing topic. I will sleep easy tonight. You know, at 9:50 pm. Like normal. I’m such an old lady.

  11. It’s pretty much the same way for me: My job is 2-10:30 and I used to go to bed around 1am-ish. But then I’d get up around 8 or 9am and go running. I love working the afternoon shift. :-)

  12. I love these things. Something about the Q&A format makes any subject matter titillating.

    My bedtime’s all jacked up too these days, 3 in the afternoon feels like 10 a.m. to me. I stay up late and then the kid and I nap in the morning. It works.

  13. I stay up late, too. It’s not at all uncommon for me to stay up until 1am or later, even on weekdays when I have to get up at 6:30. Weekends when I don’t have to work my 2nd job in the morning? I’ll stay up til 3, 4am, whenever really…then just sleep until I wake up. If I have no obligations, it’s whatever.

    Night owls ftw. Admittedly, I do also love early mornings, but not enough to make them happen regularly (early work mornings do not count).

  14. Honestly? Sounds like you’re living the life. Except for the part about hubby hundreds of miles away, but eh, you can’t have it all…

    Working at a running store sounds like fun. I will have to look into that when the time comes (I’m currently on maternity leave until October, but I don’t yet have a job lined up for afterwards.) My ideal schedule would involve going to bed around midnight and getting up at 9 a.m. but my boring paper-pushing jobs have never allowed that!

  15. Carrie Reiser

    I can relate! I love waking up around 7 or 8 and taking my damn time getting ready in to morning before a 2pm work day… my schedule changes from day to day during the week but I live for the days that I don’t have to be anywhere in the am and I can easily do my runs at noon. I HATE running after work.

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