For those of you who don't know this about me, I've been a lifelong 'lark.' A morning lark is the opposite of a night owl. Even when I was a teenager, I used to regularly get up an hour or so before my parents and make coffee, go for walks, and generally enjoy the solitude of the early hours. To be perfectly honest, in high school, I often used the extra hour or hours to do All the Make-Up and my hair. (Hard to even imagine now, isn't it?)
These days I wake up a little earlier than I'd like. Mason's school starts at 7:10 am (first bell) and so our house is up starting anywhere between 5 and 5:30 am. That's a bit early for me, and a lot of days I push it by pulling myself up long enough to brush teeth and get dressed and then I collapse back into bed until 6:00 am, which is much closer to my natural wake-up time.
I also typically really prefer to get 8 hours of sleep. So, staying up past 10 pm gets rough.
My Loft class **STARTS** at 7:30 am and goes until 9:30 pm. Yesterday was my first class and it went well--aided by a bit of caffeine from the coffee shop at Open Book. I have an even dozen students, who all seem very smart and engaged. I think we're well-primed to have a good class in terms of discussion, etc. For those of you who have taken classes from me (or, frankly, have seen me on panels at local conventions,) know that I put a LOT of energy into my teaching. I'm also an extrovert, which means I leave class with INCREASED ENERGY. Coming home and bouncing around until 10:30 pm = NOT GOOD COME 5 AM.
SUPER. NOT. GOOD.
I was Madame Cranky-Pants in my typical low point (--my biorhythm is such that even on good days I'm lackluster from about 2 pm - 4 pm.) I may or may not have shouted at my family, "I'm not passive-aggressive, I'm just aggressive! No, I'M JUST ANGRY." But, luckily, at this point Mason and I were lugging this ridiculously heavy kitty litter box out to the car and alternately yelling and laughing. Even so, I had been seriously bitchy previously.
I'm NOT made for late nights.
And, yes, yes, you night owls are all laughing your heads off about how "early" this all is. Just try to imagine having to teach a class at 6 am and you might understand.