Overslept spectacularly this morning.
Why is it that when I sleep in and wake with a jump, it is always to the sound of a man beating my door down? (See this post for evidence) Men almost never beat my door down when I am fully awake, dressed, out of bed, and can string a coherent sentence together. There was no need for the word ‘almost’ in the previous sentence.
Anyway, this morning I awoke with a startled feeling, clutching my phone in my hand. This gave me my first clue. Phone in hand = someone who has already heard the alarm and accidentally switched it off instead of pressing snooze. My second clue was the previously mentioned banging of the front door. It sounded like the house was falling down. An uneasy feeling crept over me as I remembered, faintly, agreeing to take Dirk and Jay to the gym this morning – a detour for which, incidentally, I need to leave earlier than usual, at around 8.30am. “Oh, crap,” I thought with my last ounce of calm. I looked at my phone.
8.40 it said. I leapt out of bed with a yelp. “U awake?” came a text from Dirk. I phoned next door as I searched frantically for something – anything – to wear. “Uggggh” answered Jay. Jay does not do mornings. “Agggggh” I replied, hopping around in an attempt to put my socks on. “I overslept… really sorry… very late… feel bad…” my voice trailed away as I fell over the cat and landed with a thud on the bed. “Uhhh..” replied Jay in a similar zombie-like manner, “Don’t feel bad. S’okay.”
The cat bit me for standing on its tail. I banged my head on the cupboard door as I attempted to find something remotely resembling lunch to take with me. As I sprinted to the car, I saw one solitary bike sitting at the open front door of the neighbours’ house, Jay clearly having gone back to bed and poor, dedicated, abandoned, forgotten-about Dirk making the lonely trip to the gym in the wind and the rain.
Guilt accompanied me as I travelled to work in my warm car, nursing my various bumps and cat bites, trying to adjust to suddenly being “awake”.
I think it might be time to start drinking coffee again.