A Morning in the Life of an Owl in a Lark’s World

I loved Osemhen’s post, The 3 Types of Morning, and when I said so, she asked me to write a similar one. I’m an owl and I had to train myself to wake up early: the battle is ongoing. Here are my 3 types of mornings:

 

The Perfect Morning

  1. Wake at 5:00 a.m.
  2. Tiptoe out of bedroom leaving in bed husband and sometimes toddler who toddled in an hour ago.
  3. Praise and worship. God’fessions. Prayer. Read Bible using LA Family devotional.
  4. At 5:45 a.m. Sit at dining table, turn on laptop and start proofreading Connect Nigeria articles in Drafts. Schedule for publishing.
  5. At 6:45 a.m., change into tank top and yoga pants
  6. Go for one-hour power-walk listening to a sermon or music.
  7. 7:50, shower, pamper skin, dress, all the while playing loud music
  8. 8:10 a.m., cuddle freshly bathed toddler (God bless my assistant!), fix breakfast for everyone, eat, kiss hubby bye.
  9. 8:45 a.m., dodge toddler, lock guest room door* and start writing articles or editing client’s book.

 

The Imperfect Morning.

  1. Snooze alarm till 6:00 a.m.
  2. Tiptoe out of bedroom leaving in bed husband and sometimes toddler who toddled in two hours ago.
  3. Sing just one song, skip Bible reading and do only God’fessions and quick prayers.
  4. 6: 30 a.m., sit at dining table, turn on laptop and start proofreading Connect Nigeria articles in Drafts and publishing immediately.
  5. 7:30 a.m., change into tank top and yoga pants
  6. Go for one-hour power-walk listening to a sermon or music.
  7. 8:35 a.m., back home, find hubby has fixed breakfast for himself. Feel bad (he does his own everything, it’s one of the few things I do for him 😦 ). Head to shower, pamper skin, dress.
  8. 8:55 a.m., quick cuddle for toddler. “Where is daddy?” “He has gone”. Pick phone to harass hubby along the lines of “you’re owing me my hug and my kiss!”
  9. 9:00 a.m., dodge toddler, lock guest room door and start writing articles or editing client’s book.

 

The OMG-what-have-I-done Morning.

  1. Wake at 8:00 a.m.! Why oh why did I stay up late reading that novel? When did I turn off the alarm? Can’t remember.
  2. Fly out of bed without noticing who is where.
  3. Skip praise and worship, God’fessions, prayer and devotional completely. Mutter arrow prayers while putting on laptop. “Thank you Jesus.” “Bless my day, Father.”
  4. Find that Connect Nigeria did not wait for me and some urgent articles have been published with errors. Feel horrible and unprofessional. Start revise editing.
  5. Skip power-walk. Sit at dining table proofreading.
  6. 9:00 a.m., find hubby has eaten breakfast he fixed for himself. Want to die. Guiltily collect kiss still sitting at dining.
  7. 10 a.m, still at dining table in night gown, writing articles or editing client’s book until “professional conscience” is assuaged an hour and half later.
  8. 11:30 a.m., shower, rush skincare, dress and resume editing at dining table, lamenting forfeited prayer time, Bible reading and power-walk, generally feeling crappy and unable to redeem the day.

 

*I work from home. The guest room is my “office”.

 

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