Tuesday, July 05, 2005

A Difference Of Opinion

Scene: In el Minivan, leaving the driveway, heading in to work this morning, 5:55 AM. Lattes at the ready.

Diana: (sigh)

Charles: "What was that for?"

Diana: "Just a sigh, not a bad one. Just one because I have not had to get up at 5AM for the last week and a half."

Charles: "And you call yourself a morning person. You may want to re-think that."

Diana: (taking umbrage) "Excuse me?" (both eyebrows shooting up, turning 90 degrees in the passenger seat to face the chipper Canadian) "I am very much a Morning Person. I am happily up at 6:30 AM, except for one morning a week when I like to sleep in until 7:00."

Charles: "But a TRUE morning person is up at least by 6AM, every day of the week."

Diana: "What? I so must ask the internet. Will you abide by their judgment as to whether I am a Morning Person or not?"

Charles: "No. Because they are a bunch of heathens*. I admit that I am somewhat extreme in my definition of A Morning Person, though."

Diana: "Humph. I am still asking. I know I am right. I AM a Morning Person."

* Yes, he is being sarcastic as to the "heathen" comment. How else would he live with me? His only other option would be to become deaf and he loves his surround sound too much for that. He is not being sarcastic when he feels that I am not a Morning Person, however.

So, there you have it. I will abide by your decision as to whether I am a MP or not.

Because I am sure you will agree with me.

Not the deranged and arbitrary Canadian.

Even though he does make a damn fine latte.

His saving grace.

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Blogger Teri said...

Your husband is wrong. You are a morning person. People who aren't morning people can't even manage to leave the house before 7 or 7:30 in the morning at the earliest. You were out of the house before 6am.

11:25 AM  
Anonymous moonbatty said...

If you willingly wake up before noon, and are able to mentally function, you're a morning person. :p

*yawn* Sorry if that didn't make any sense. It's only 11:31 AM. ;)

11:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You are a morning person. My test is like this:

Do you willingly wake up before noon EVEN WHEN YOU DON'T HAVE TO?

Can you function when first awake?

Do you actually enjoy the morning time?

If you answer yes to 2/3 questions, then you're a morning person. Period.


12:54 PM  
Anonymous stacy moe said...

by my stacy-sloth standards, you are indeed a morning person. I say, anything before 6 am is night time!

2:07 PM  
Blogger Diana said...

Everybody- Big smooches. I knew you wouldn't let me down. Oh, how I love to be right! Just keep telling me what I want to hear. (Slight sarcasm aimed squarely at myself.) This blogging thing is hard. I live for nuance and that is all lost.

Teri- Thank you, thank you, thank you! (clinks coffee mugs with you)

Moonbatty- I have been having myself a good time reading your blog (well 1/2 of it so far, give me time), which has occasioned assorted noddings, snorts and some giggles. I like your definition. Much better than his.

Linda- A woman after my own heart. A questionaire! Yes! 3/3 makes me a Morning Person. Take that, Charles.

Stacy- I am remembering many, many mornings of you sacked out on the couch of that crappy cave of a student apartment of ours, moaning and flailing when Charles would attempt to get you up. I also remember a rule that "Stacy gets to sleep without being picked on until noon." Charles sometimes was brave enough to break that rule. Never me. You were scary! I usually gave you until at least 1pm, just to be safe.

2:51 PM  
Blogger brooksba said...


You are a morning person! Take it from a night owl, you are. Anything before noon is morning and if your idea of sleeping in is 7:00, I am in awe. I've seen 7, that's my bedtime on the weekends.

5:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You may not be a morning person. You may be a night person that has adopted to your environment (kids).

5:30 PM  
Blogger Mojavi said...

Hmmm I am def. NOT a morning person even though I had to get up every morning at 4 am to go to PT in the Army. I still try to wake up and work out in the morning, but as soon as I can I sleep in till 11am.... so if you even have the need to defend being a morning person you are def. a morning person!

5:38 PM  
Blogger Diana said...

Beth- Wow. I haven't had to do that since I stopped the whole on-call thing. Actually, if still up at 7, I still usually had to spend at least several more hours in the hospital "putting out fires" if not spend the day trying to be human and not kill people in clinic. In case you are wondering, no, not concucive to good or rapid thinking but very good at making one extremely crabby. Have you considered a career in astronomy?

Anonymous- That's a thought, but as even as a student, I had to plan in order to not pull all nighters. I did one in college. Once. Even with Charles bringing me a pint of coffee flavored Haagen Dazs, it was still one of the worst nights of my college career. Sadly, the kids seem to have inherited a double dose of the MP gene.

Mojavi- Strangely (and I am very strange, if you haven't picked up on that yet) during the summers in high school, I got up to run almost every morning at about 6 and then returned to bed to sleep in until 9 or 10. Not quite PT and the army, though. I was never THAT crazy.

8:04 PM  
Blogger The Lioness said...

You are DEFINITELY a morning person. Charles, on the other hand... What was that abt him going to bed at 9 pm sometimes? NINE PM, I ask you. Going to bed at the same time a whole European finishes eating. Yes. FREAK.

8:04 PM  
Blogger Diana said...

Johnny- Dahling!! You are back! Kiss (right) kiss (left). (See, I learned from Dana and Beth, unless I got that backward? Left then right?) It is 9:17 PM, CDT, and he is snoring, as is his son. Charles (Jeff to you) has been asleep in the Big Chair since about 8:30, sad, sad man that he is. This means he will awaken about 2AM and watch something especially vile on TV, which he will tell me about tomorrow morning, so I will know how lucky I was to have missed it. Wee Sara woke up a bit 30 minutes ago, because she was too warm, but she is snoozing now, too. As is the dog. I am going to read a book. And then another book. And then it will soon be 7/16 and I will be holding the next Harry. My online-ness will diminish while I devour #6, but then I will be back as I read it again, but slowly. God knows when she will see fit to come out with #7. A person could die without reading it!

10:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ahhh! Please let me add fuel to the fire! A farmer would call both of you layabouts since the farmer is up with the sun and outside doing physical labor. So there.

Not being a morning person, it isn't something I would brag about. Something along the lines of "look at me, I have poor fashion taste"??? But everyone gets to choose their own high points in this life. I'll happily sleep until 10am every day I'm allowed to, but don't even think of trying to make me go to bed before midnight! That's my good book / silly internet time! Life isn't worth living without a strong dose of each every day!

Hmmm, up by 7am voluntarily, even on weekends, yup, you are most definitely a morning person. Charles is just teasing you in a ham fisted male sort of way and probably isn't even aware that he struck a nerve. Relax, enjoy the mornings.


2:29 AM  
Blogger The Lioness said...

Actually, I loved it when my insomnia abated and I was waking up at 7.00, 7.30 on my onw. LOVE to start the day like that, hearing the birds chirp outside and smelling the (relatively) clean air. Also kept me from being too sleep-deprived, classes start at 8 am. EIGHT AM!!! Freaks.

If you start kissing people here left-right you'll end up kissing them on the mouth, which is a bit frowned upon among strangers. Wait, wuould that be left-right on the other person? I.e., your right cheek goes left first to their right cheek, and then right to their left cheek? That would be right then. Told you I'm spatially dyslexic, have thoroughly confused myself by now. I'll send off a tape w visual instructions bfr you come. Hear that, Charleff? You shall fly.

(Also, that should have been a whole European COUNTRY. A whole European would be just daft.)

11:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


You come by your MP-ness naturally. I spent most of my life "up and at 'em" before sun-up. In the USAF, 6am classes were the norm. Then on the job, 7am staff meetings to see what would bite at the 8am staff meeting. School started at 7:30 so to get the cuppa going....

Now in retirement, I manage to sleep in until 6:45. Eeekk!!!! Last week I even got up earlier than you, but never Charles.

The Ole RF-er

12:55 PM  
Blogger Rozanne said...

Just to make it even more unanimous--I say that anyone who gets up before 8:00 AM (when I usually get up) is a Morning Person par Excellence.

6:11 PM  
Blogger Diana said...

MG- Oh, dear. Once again the difficulties of conveying sarcasm via the written word becomes apparent. Most of what I write, while firmly trenched in real events, is warped to reflect my style. I am actually quite secure in my comvictions that most, probably even farmers, would call me a morning person, just not as much of one as they are. I can't sleep past about 7 and forget about my staying up past 11 pm. No nerve was touched as no nerve was availiable. Just a silly conversation to fill space. Give Mom a hug.

J- It IS a lovely way to start the day, isn't it? Freaks, indeed. Almost as bad as those reviled instructors who feel it is their right to hold classes at 7 and make them manditory for one's major. Assholes. So, just for clarity, one moves first to one's right, (other person's left cheek) and THEN to one's left? Right? (or left???)

Dad- Yeah, yeah, if I hadn't gotten into the horrible habit of rounding at 6am, I probably wouldn't be the person I am today. I should sue someone, I just can't find someone else to blame.

Rozanne- Thanks for making it unanimous!

7:26 AM  
Blogger The Lioness said...

No, see, you'd still end up kissing them on the mouth. Your right cheek goes left first. Oh, oh!!! I have it! Follow the heart! Your face goes left, which means you offer them the right cheek. See? Don't forget to make the kiss sound, it's very bizarre when you kiss someone and all they do is cheek-touching.

It IS complicated, who knew! As I said, visual instructions will follow, when needed.

8:50 AM  
Anonymous Gerah said...

YOU are a morning person.

HE is nocturnal.

3:22 PM  
Blogger The Lioness said...

Gerah, do you mean diurnal?

3:35 PM  
Blogger Diana said...

Gerah- Giggle. Chuckle. Snort. (I took this to mean he gets up so early he is actually a creature of the night.)

J- Right cheeks (kiss), left cheeks (kiss). Do I have it? I will practice.

4:01 PM  
Blogger CarpeDM said...

Charles is insane. You are somewhat insane. But not as insane as him.

Mornings bad. I may have to get up at 6:30 but I don't like it.

Once you've actually done the kisses on both cheeks, you'll never forget it. It makes me sad that I have no one to do it on here. People already think I'm weird enough, I can't imagine what they'd do if I start kissing them. Although the last Sunday I was at karaoke, I did lick Sarah. No idea why.

3:52 PM  
Blogger Savtadotty said...

It's really very simple. You are a morning person. Charles is a Canadian person. What's to argue?

6:43 PM  
Blogger Diana said...

Dana- Hah! A lick is as good as a kiss! Yes, he is crazy, one of his attractions. That and the making of the mean latte for me each morning.

Savtadotty- Hola and all that! I recognize you from your great comments on Johnny's site. Yes, so very Canadian. Such an all purpose excuse. I hold out hope that when his dual citizenship comes through, he may be able to sleep until, say, 6am? A fool can dream, can't she? At least he wears little plaid or flannel.

10:44 PM  
Blogger liz said...

If you get up on a non-working, non-event weekend morning on your own before nine or ten and ARE CHEERFUL about it then you are a morning person.

8:49 PM  

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