Thursday, May 29, 2014

So, are you a lark or an owl?







The early bird gets the worm. That’s what they say, meaning start the day early and you will be ahead of the game. The question is: do I want a worm? Apparently not, as I’m not one to leap out of bed singing. 

No singing. 

No leaping.


Like some other members of the family, I like my bed.   





It’s more like a slow slither and it’s not anyone’s idea of early.  I have to ease into the day with a pot of coffee and two newspapers. I definitely don’t want to chat.  


My husband on the other hand hurtles out of bed around six am if not before. He wakes up before the pets.  I don’t want to tell tales, but when we settle down to watch our favorite bit of crime drama every night, he’s asleep before the first plot point. But this lark and owl have managed to work it out all these years.  

I have many friends who seem to be busy on Facebook or email at 5:30 am.  They seem happy enough. Me? I was shocked to learn there was another 5:30.  Still, where are they at midnight when I am puttering around or enjoying a good mystery or watching the stars or the full moon?
Even if research suggests that morning people get further in life and school than us, um, later types, I still think that worms are for the birds.  They can have ‘em and they can have early mornings too.  I'm more like my dogs, 

  

Even though I admire the larks among you,  I get my books written (sooner or later!) and enjoy time with family, friends and hobbies, so it can't be all bad. 

I’d like to know if you are an owl or a lark?  Or perhaps more like  a dog or a cat?  Are you happy with what you are?


31 comments:

Aurian said...

I don't want to get up too early when I don't have to, but while on vacation I want to get the most out of the day, so get up, get showered and dressed, go have breakfast and go out to see whatever there is to see or do.

katherine is love said...

I am an early bird for sure. I wake up early for work and I wake up early by habit on the weekends too. I can often be found reading a good book well into the night though...and paying for it by needing to hit the coffee pot the next morning!

Carol B said...

Definitely a lark here. I love mornings!

mary kennedy said...

I'm a nightowl! I think it comes from working during the day and then settling down with a pot of tea in the late evening to start writing. Love photos of your sweet dogs, MJ!

Anonymous said...

I like to stay up at night but all those years of 'parent conditioning' I always wake up no later than 7 am. So, that being said, that would make me? probably closer to a lark. with some owl tendencies.

Diane LaBrie Leverson said...

I'm an owl. I don't go to bed until after the 11 pm news so by the time I get there it's midnight. I get up around 8 or 8:30 if I don't have to be anyplace early in the morning. Since I have gotten into my 70's I seem to take little unexpected naps while watching tv at night. I don't like that because I miss parts of some shows. I seem to do some of my best dreaming in the morning too..

Maggie Sefton said...

Over the years I've noticed I get sleepy a little earlier at night, after a lifetime of being a night owl. Probably because during all those years of raising kids my writing time was either during baby naptime (early years) or late at night after everyone went to bed. I learned to live on less sleep because with a family you're still getting up at 6:30am to get kids off to school. Now, I'm getting to sleep 10:30 or 11pm which I think is early. The nice trade off is I waake up with the sun. Earlier in summer because birds are singing. Still---I have to have that mug of hot tea and check news and CNBC. I read the newspapers afterwards when I go work out. Can read on the treads. :) Weird Maggie.

Savannah Rose said...

I believe I'm mixed. My 40-hour-week job demands I rise and shine at 5:00 a.m.; however, I love to sit up all hours of the night. Am I exhausted? Yes. But I can't go to be before 10:00 p.m...I just can't. As for sleeping in late on weekends? It's possible. But then I feel guilty that I've wasted one of my off days sleeping. Confused? Me, too. But it seems to work for me.

Mary Jane Maffini said...

I totally get that, Aurian! Don't want to miss a minute.

Hugs!

Mary Jane Maffini said...

We really need our java in the am, Katherine! I love to read in bed.

Hugs!

Mary Jane Maffini said...

And books and dogs?


Hugs!

Mary Jane Maffini said...

Thanks, Mary! I wondered which you were. The doggies love you too, but not your cats.

XO

Mary Jane Maffini said...

A lowl? An ork? A parent I guess is what it is.

Hugs!

Mary Jane Maffini said...

You and my husband should form the TV nappers club, Diane! I love being on my own schedule too.

Hugs!

Mary Jane Maffini said...

Great idea to read on the treads, Maggie!

XO

Mary Jane Maffini said...

Yikes! 5:00? As long as it works that's the main thing, Savannah.

Hugs.

Terrie Farley Moran said...

Owl here and like Diane L, I head for bed around midnight and get up around 8--8:30. I am productive in the mornings and the evenings--well into the night. Afternoons find me dragging a bit, usually around 2 pm.

Anonymous said...

I think for a long time I tried to be both a lark and an owl. Now I just like setting my own timetable; although on a morning like today, with bright sunshine and birds singing, it's great to be up and enjoying life! (Until hockey playoffs end, the other partner in this household is an owl, which makes him a bear in the morning. Or is this TMI?)

Leann Sweeney said...

I don't know what the heck I am MJ! What do you call someone who wakes up in the middle of the night, goes back to sleep, wakes up, go back ... you get it. I actually had a sleep study done a few years ago. I have some kind of neurological sleep disorder that is basically untreatable. I'm just used to it. If I sleep past 8 after a particularly restless night, I am TOAST. So I get up around 7--thanks to my alarm clocks, aka THE PETS.

Cheryl said...

I'm a mixture of Lark and Owl. On good writing days, I get up at 7am and am usually in bed by 10pm for reading. On not so good writing days when I'm working out a tricky scene, I'll wake up at 3am, write until about 5am and then sleep soundly until 9am. It's goofy, but it works for me.

mary kennedy said...

A couple of my cats were raised with dogs, I think (they are all rescues so I'm not quite sure of their backgrounds) but the others scurry like squirrels when they spot a dog in the backyard. They are all indoor cats, but they spend a lot of time on a glassed-in sun porch, watching whatever "critters" happen to come by.

Amanda said...

I am definitely an owl. I work 4 nights a week that usually runs working 9 to 10 hour nights. So I don't get home from work until 6 o'clock in the morning. The nights I don't work, I stay up until 6 so I can keep in check with my working time and sleeping time. I usually lay down around 8 o'clock in the morning and get up around 2:30 in the evening.

Mary Jane Maffini said...

I love that schedule, Terrie! Esp the nap at 2 pm. I also often work at night.

Hugs!

Mary Jane Maffini said...

Oh the playoffs! They do change everything, don't they? What's with all the OT?

Hugs!

Mary Jane Maffini said...

We don't want you toasted, Leann! Thank heavens for those pets. Sorry about your sleep troubles.

XO

Mary Jane Maffini said...

I bet you get to use different parts of your brain. Great that you can adapt to that!

Hugs.

Mary Jane Maffini said...

Oh boy! I don't know if I could do that. I am filled with admiration, Amanda.

Hugs!


Rachelle21 said...

Right now, I am a lark. Though I am an Owl as a graduate of Temple University and I collect owls. I would rather be one, but my cats like to be fed early in the morning and as I am the one who is here and available, I am the one to feed them

Mary Jane Maffini said...

I love owls! But I get the need to be up and take care of furries. Thanks for coming by, Rachelle.

Hugs!

Sue said...

I'm definitely an owl--I stay up even later than our cats. But the hubby and the dogs are up before the birds, I think.

Cuttysark said...

Hi, im an early riser i feel much better whenever i wake up early. Anyway, you have an adorable dog. Have a nice day!

Cathy XoXo
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