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May 18, 2005

Most alarming

For those who didn't know, Josie spent the last weekend away on a mini-weekend getaway, so I was solo with Meredith on Fri, Sat and Sun. All went well and M and I made great progress in activities like putting on socks and taking off socks and putting on socks and taking off socks and putting on socks and taking off socks and putting on socks and taking off socks. And we did lots of other stuff too, but the sock-related activities were pretty consuming.

On Saturday night, I was bushed and went to sleep at the (for me) early hour of about 11:30 for a long night of slumber. Imagine my surprise when a crashing, screeching noise woke me up in the middle of the night. It seems that our precious daughter has taken to fiddling around with our alarm clocks and in this case she had pushed the right buttons on Josie's clock so that the alarm was enabled. And since the alarm was set to go off at its default time of 12am, I got an unexpected wake-up call right at midnight. Nice.

Josie's clock is not exactly state-of-the-art. It looks like it's circa the Carter administration and it long ago ceased to tune into any actual radio stations. But when it is on, it doesn't sound like a nice quiet white-noise static. It sounds more like it's picking up about 15 stations at once PLUS some static. Highly annoying at any time of the day, but that much worse when you're asleep.

Plus Meredith managed to not only enable the alarm and turn it to the wake-by-radio option, she also managed to turn the volume up to the max. Needless to say, I was doing some serious flailing around in the dark, trying to figure out what the hell was happening and what I could do to stop it. I finally figured it out and got the alarm turned off. Whew.

End of story, you say? Not so fast. At roughly -- no, not roughly -- at exactly 4:30am I was treated to an encore presentation, courtesy of alarm #2. Just the morning before we had to get up at 4:30 to get Josie to the airport in time for her early flight. Now, this fancy-schmancy alarm clock has two, count 'em, two separate alarms and M had outdone herself by managing to enable both of the alarms, not just the one. That's my little overachiever. So I basically re-enacted the scene from just a few hours earlier, complete with the flailing, cursing, et al.

And then, of course, M set off her normal 'alarm' by waking up right at 6 as usual. Just another peaceful evening at Casa Phelps. Needless to say, we're trying to make it a habit to double-check the alarms before we crash at night. And I suggest you all write your lawmakers to encourage them to pass legislation requiring clockmakers to make 5pm the default time for alarm clocks, not 12am. I think that will make the world a better place.

Posted by Greg on May 18, 2005 10:08 PM


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