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Old 02-20-12, 08:41 AM   #1
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Whats your morning like? (Before 8 A.M?)

OK, I wake up, do the brushing of the teeth and such, then I go to the basement and scoop two trays of kitty litter which to some may sound horrible but I used to scoop six trays! so two is not a problem at all! Then I clean puppy pads and what ever "misses" the wifes little dog made during the night, then I go into the yard and clean up what ever messes my big dog Vic made during the night, I go back inside sweep and mop the basement and head upstairs for a shower, after my shower I have breakfast and prepare for the rest of the day.
What about you? What do you do before 8 A.M?
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Old 02-20-12, 08:55 AM   #2
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What time do you wake up? That sounds like quite the routine.

I wake up at 6am, put a pot of water on the stove to boil. Grind coffee and put it in the french press. I wash the dishes (no dishwasher) by hand that were neglected the night before. Pour the boiling water into the french press, set the timer on the stove.

I then go into the bedroom and poke the wife until she gets up. Sometimes I sick the cat on her.

Once the timer goes off, I press the coffee and pour a cup for my wife and I each. The french press is just the right size for two larger cups. I prepare breakfast, sit on the couch while eating it and watch a little bit of news.

I then prepare my lunch, get dressed, brush my teeth, check the time, and head out the door to catch a bus or ride my bike. The whole routine takes an hour. I shower the night before.
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Weekends:

#1 - Make Coffee!!!
#2 - Drink coffee!!!
#3 - Bathroom stuff
#4 - Exercise the pups (about 1/2 hours)
#5 - Do bit of Interneting
#6 - Breakfast
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Wake up at 6:35, brush teeth, shave, shower. Run to kitchen to start coffee pot and breakfast (usually microwaving oatmeal or cocowheats), run back to bedroom and get dressed in what I mentally picked out the night before (underwear/socks/t-shirt were already sitting on the bathroom sink). Fill up thermos with coffee, put oatmeal in container, and pack them up for work. Out the door at 7:10. For the earlier train, same routine just 30 minutes sooner (which hasn't worked out at all the past few months).
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If the kids are here:

7:15AM - Wake up, tell kids to get dressed for school, go back to bed for 15 minutes.
7:30AM - Wake up, analyze kids fashion choices, suggest adjustments, go back to bed for 15 minutes.
7:45AM - Wake up, brush little girl's hair, take kids to school, go back to bed.

If the kids are not here:

7:15AM - Wake up, realize kids are not here, pee, unplug alarm clock, go back to bed.

EDIT: There used to be a 20 mile ride in between 6am and 8am... but that's no longer there.
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At 4 am I decided I was too tired to continue working so I went to bed and slept past 9am.
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Old 02-20-12, 10:30 AM   #7
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Morning:

Alarm @ 5:40am
Out of bed @ 5:45am
Shower/shave/hair/brush teeth till about 6:10am
Check email/velobase.com admin stuff/etc & let the dog out till about 6:30am
Drive to office from 6:30-7am
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Old 02-20-12, 10:44 AM   #8
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Hmmm, my morning starts at 2:45am:

2:45am: Youngest wakes up, hungry.
3:44am: Cat wakes me up, hungry and all around whiny.
4:41am: Oldest wakes up, thirsty.
5:00am: Youngest wakes up again, happy and ready to play for the day.
6:45am: Wake up my wife and tell her to take over the kiddo because I need to get ready for work. Sometimes I just put the kids in their room together so my wife can keep sleeping, but then all heck breaks loose anyway.
7:20am: Get to work 40 minutes early because I need to get out of the house as I have been up for 120 minutes taking care of babies.
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What time do you wake up? That sounds like quite the routine.
6:15 A.M. The wife and I take care of two year old twinns, 6:15 A.M. till 4 P.M. Mon. Wed. Fri. and every other weekend. 6:15 A.M. till 11:00 P.M. Tues. and Thurs.
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Old 02-20-12, 11:52 AM   #10
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On any given day, little Mr. A (just turned 2) wakes up between 6ish and 7:30. I have been trying to get up at 6:30 or whenever he gets up, whichever is earlier. Sometimes, I just wait for him and sleep in a little.
In any case, when we're all up, breakfast is pretty much immediate (except on weekends when pancakes/waffles/baked goods are involved).
Then there's getting us both ready for work, usually one at a time while the other plays with the toddler.
I am out the door anywhere between 7:30 and 8ish, Mrs. A heads over to the sitter's (one mobilehome park-block over) at 9 and then to her office by 9:30.
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Old 02-20-12, 01:16 PM   #12
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Weekdays.
Wake up is at 0530.
Let the dogs out.
Brush teeth.
Nature call.
Shower.
Strop razor.
Shave-apply good aftershave.
Get dressed and leave house.
Go to donut shop for my croissant and coffee, maybe get a hug from Julia who works at the donut shop.
Get to work.

Weekends.
Wake up at 0800.
Same as above except I step out to eat at my favorite diner or just lounge around the house.
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Old 02-20-12, 01:27 PM   #13
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Since I'm not working, I sleep before 8am, and then hopefully I wake up not too much after 8am.
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Old 02-20-12, 01:41 PM   #14
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During the week:

If weather permits:
Wake up at 5:50
bathroom #1
quick bite to eat for the trip
usually bathrrom #2
change out of what i was sleeping in into layered bike clothing (spring can't come soon enough - even with the mild winter)
put lunch into messenger bag & set off for work (10ish miles) around 6:15 am
get to work around 6:55ish am
park bike & unpack
shower
dress for work
eat full breakfast & start working at 7:30

If weather doesn't permit:
wake up at 6
let the dogs out (wife lets 'em out in scenario above)
usually bathroom sometime between all this
eat full breakfast
play on the internets
shower
dress for work
make lunch
leave for work around 7:45
get to work around 8

Yep, I actually get to work & start working earlier on the days I ride! :-O Probably because of my internet addiction.

Weekend:
Usually get up earlier than 8... just watch tv mainly & finish breakfast. If I'm feeling sprite and want to get shtuff done, I might get a shower in somewhere before 8. Maybe already have started going for a ride if the weather permits & I'm not feeling lazy. Sometimes I get up past 8 too :-)
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Old 02-20-12, 01:46 PM   #15
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According to my physiologic rhythms:

before 5:00 AM = early morning
5:00 to 7:00 AM = mid morning
7:00 to 9:00 = late morning
after 9:00 AM = pre-afternoon.

Monday - Friday: Up before 5 AM; brush teeth; surf on the Internet, read Bikeforums, surf some selected channels on cable TV, including the Weatherscan channel, and fill in my journal while having coffee. Then I dress appropriately for my 14 mile (or greater, year-round) commute, leave by ~ 6 AM and arrive at work by ~7:30 AM (I'm salaried so I can get right to work at my convenience.)

Saturday: Similar but longer Internet and cable TV surfing, later start and arrival at work for a few hours.

Sunday: Initially begins similar to Saturday, but because I'm such an early riser, with not much to do around the house without waking the family, I usually drive to work for a couple hours, leaving home ~ 6 AM to do some stuff, and buy groceries. I'm then home by 9:30 AM for some family activities.

(I now usually go to bed after 11:00 PM, so it's tough to get up much before 5:00 AM, like I used to a few years ago. Back then I even had a field on my cycling spreadsheet called "5 AM checkpoint" to note where I was en route at that time of the morning.)

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Get up at 0415, go to the gym, come home, eat, shower, ride to coffee shop, go to work, try to answer all emails and sign everything before the rest of the office starts.
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Scenario #1: up at 5:45, shower & dress for work, feed cats and clean up any stray cat poop or hairballs hacked on the floor, get to work by 7:00.

Scenario #2: up at 4:45, put on cycling clothes, feed cats and clean up any stray cat poop or hairballs hacked on the floor, go to gym and teach spin class at 5:30, shower and change at gym after class, get to work by 7:45.

I always eat breakfast at my desk.
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Old 02-20-12, 06:38 PM   #18
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Alarm @ 4:45am
off to work @ 6:05 am
open my toolbox @ 6:30 am
1st 10 min break @ 9:00 am
2nd 10 min break @ 12.00
@ 2:30 go home

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Old 02-20-12, 09:08 PM   #19
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6:15 wake up, start breakfast
6:30 wake up family
6:45 breakfast on table (devotional with boys on most mornings)
6:55 jump in shower while wife herds boys from breakfast to get dressed and ready for school
7:20 start rounding up boys to get in car
7:25 leave house
7:35 drop off boys at school and head to work
8:00 at office
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At 8AM, my most likely scenario is that I have not only smacked the Snooze button, I've actually towed the whole alarm clock under the covers so I can muffle the next three times it goes off, so it doesn't annoy the upstairs/downstairs apartment residents. I don't have to be at work until 10AM and I have no cats, dogs, or children. I had a houseplant once, but that didn't end well.

You morning people make me green with envy
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Up at 5:30, grab cup of coffee and hit bathroom till close to 6. Make oatmeal, eat, pack lunch. Out the door by about 6:25. Drive 45 miles to work -takes less than an hour. I drive fast. Plan for my classes, make copies, rehearse notes, what I'm going to present. Drink tea, snack a little on fruit, check e-mail till kids come in a little after 8.
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wake up at 7. make coffee. play with my dog in the hard, drink coffee, smoke a cigarette. Make breakfast which is usually an e.g. omelet. Then off on my bike I go(either to college or work)
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At 8:00 am I'm still sleeping. I get up around 8:30.
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Ugh...

3:33 Alarm goes off, hit snooze button
3:40 Alarm goes off, hit snooze button
3:50 Alarm goes off, almost hit snooze button, realize how late it is, and drag myself out of bed to shower
4:15 Leave the house and drive to train station
4:31 Board train
5:30 Get off train
5:45 Board bus
5:48 Get off bus and walk to work
5:55 Clock in and start working and/or sleeping and/or surfing the internet
6:25 Start walking to cafeteria for breakfast
6:30 Get to cafeteria and stand in line for a breakfast burrito and maybe pancakes
7:00 Back to my desk
8:00 Fighting to stay awake while doing my best to look like i'm working with my head resting against my microscope
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Weekdays

get up at 5:30am
take care of all bathroom functions
get dressed and bike to the Montague VTA Light Rail station to be there by 7am
I'll arrive in Middlefield-Sunnyvale Rail Station around 7:50 bike a mile and grab my Coffee & Breakfast Burrito a block away from work
I like to be early... and give myself some cushion in case I run late and miss the 7am rail...
I'll get to work around 8:15, eat my breakfast at my desk while I read my e-mail and the news...


Weekends I spend in Redwood City at my girlfriends... Saturday's we sleep in, we take turns on who makes breakfast on usually go for a hike..Sunday's we bike to the Menlo Park Farmers Market, get breakfast at one of the local cafe's ..
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