My wife and I have a pretty fixed routine in the morning. We wake up at 6:30 and catch about 10-15 minutes of the news (Tivo'd from the 6am start time so we don't have to sit and wait for commercials), until the kids start waking up. Then it's up to brush the teeth, shower, make the beds, and basically the day has begun.
Well, spring is here. Among other things that means sleeping with the windows open on a nice night, and "waking up with the birds" who are now loudly and clearly chirping outside the window.
This is a good thing, though, right? We've often extolled the virtues of early rising here on the blog. Get up, get some stuff done, get a fresh start to the day.
Sure, if by early you mean 6am instead of 6:30, or maybe even 5:30.
Frickin birds woke me up at *4am* this morning. NOW what? Do I get up and try to occupy myself for two and a half hours until the rest of the house wakes up (without being the one to wake them up)? Do I sit in bed and listen to the birds? Do I go outside, climb a tree, and strangle the birds? Do I attempt to go back to sleep? I hate making the judgement call on whether to go back to sleep, because we don't use an alarm clock and screwing with the cycle can easily mean that I wake up at 7am instead of 6:30 and then the morning is a madhouse.
I manage to get back to sleep. I wake up at 6:25, and turn on the news. My wife opens one eye and says, "That clock says 6:25. I have 5 minutes. Whaddya doing??"
What would you have done?