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What objects or routines prepare you for the day?
Preparing for the day? I wasn’t aware that people do this. You mean, people actually get up early enough to accomplish something before work?
I’m not a morning person. That’s clear.
I don’t eat breakfast, mostly because I don’t have time. I don’t wake up before I absolutely have to. I only complete the necessary tasks to be presentable for the day ahead. I’m almost always late for work (or school in the past).
But, since you asked. I’ll explain my morning routine which “prepares” me for the day ahead.
7:15 AM — The alarm on my iPhone goes off on the quietest possible setting. I’m a light sleeper. Loud alarms scare the living shit out of me.
7:20 AM — I finally get myself out of bed after my dog, Mocha, is finished greeting my face with her tongue.
7:25 AM — I flush the toilet after doing the morning deed while going through my notifications: Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, Instagram, LinkedIn, YouTube, Quora, SnapChat, text messages, and emails.
7:40 AM — I’m stepping out of the shower to towel dry my hair. We won’t get into the personal details of how I wash my hair or use step 1 of my Paula’s Choice skin care routine.
7:50 AM — The rest of my skin care routine is completed with steps 2, 3 and 4 in between brushing and parting my pin-straight thin blonde hair and my not-so-straight-or-white teeth — using different brushes.
7:55 AM — I shiver back inside after stepping outside in my pajamas to start the car and crank the heat. Mocha is prancing around the backyard, throwing snow in the air with her nose and probably barking at the neighbour. While I’m hoping she stays focused enough to remember to go pee and poo, I wake my husband with a kiss on the forehead.
8:00 AM — After I scold Mocha at least 10 times to stop barking and come inside, she finally complies. I scoop 1.5 cups of only the best dog food and a drop of vegetable oil and mix with a spoon. I fill her water dish with cold, fresh tap water and nag my husband to get out of bed.
8:05 AM — I’m dressed, deodorant and a spray of perfume is applied, and I’m trotting through the kitchen to throw a lunch together. Again, I nag at my husband to get out of bed. A moment later, he zombies out of the bedroom and into the bathroom. Finally, one less thing on my checklist.
8:10 AM — We were supposed to leave 10 minutes ago. Panicked, I head out to clean the snow and scrape the ice off the car as I wait for my husband.
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