Friday, December 5, 2008

Rude Awakening

Yesterday morning, the phone rang before 5 a.m. That’s a full 30 minutes before I’d planned to get up. Even so, I flew out of bed. Calls at that hour aren’t usually good ones.

The mother got it on the second ring. She was downstairs, apparently wrangling with Christmas gifts, so I didn’t hear the conversation. As I flew down the basement stairs, I heard the phone settle back into its cradle. The mother heard me coming. (People in Cincinnati probably heard me coming; I was moving kinda fast and trying to not trip over the dog, the cat, their respective paraphernalia, or the mother’s wrapping remnants as I ran.)

“It was that silly old woman again,” says the mother as I hit the last step. Then she proceeded to relay their brief conversation to me. “I told her that I was already awake, but that she woke my daughter up.”

This morning, another silly old woman woke me up at 4:30. Only this silly old woman lives at This D*mn House and is more commonly known as the mother.

I kept hearing this strange noise, but trying to go back to sleep anyway. Screeeeeech. Thunk. Thunk.

Finally, I couldn’t take it. I got up and asked the mother: “WHAT is that NOISE?!”

“I guess it’s me trying to tape up this box,” came the answer. OK. Fine. But WHY at 4 freakin’ 30 A.M.?

“I couldn’t sleep,” came the next answer.

Oh yeah? Well that makes two of us.


Jayne said...

Oh my gosh, I just hate being awakened early. The new kitten has figured out that he can wake me up by poking me in the eye with one of his paws. What he forgets is his short flight after I toss him to the end of the bed!

Why S? said...

Ugh. I don't think I've ever seen 4:30 AM from the front end (only the back end when I've stayed up.) Maybe you should leave the phone unplugged at night.

Laura-Jane said...

5:30am is still far too early where I come from!!! LOL :)

NV said...

Jayne -- That doesn't sound fun at all! Silly little kitty.

Why -- No. If I did that, it owuld be the one time something would happen and we couldn't be reached.

Laura-Jane -- I'm with you, being the night owl that I am. But, at least it's much later than the 3:30 I used to get up at when I first started this job and for nearly two years thereafter!

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