There I Was, Sound Asleep, When All The Sudden...

@DWDavis (10771)
Pikeville, North Carolina
March 19, 2016 4:34am CST
It was a Saturday morning not unlike many Saturday mornings before it. I was enjoying a sound sleep. Sunrise was still over an hour away. Then it happened. The noise. The noise brought me from a deep slumber to fully awake in seconds. It pierced Morpheus vale like a knife. The noise set the dogs to bound about, insisting I rise and take care of matters immediately. What was this awful noise? What was this horrible intrusion into my peace Saturday slumber? Why, it was my alarm clock radio blaring forth with the annoying sounds of the Saturday morning host spewing forth trivial information about the antics of someone old enough to know better. Argh! Who forgot to turn off the alarm clock? The blame falls squarely on the shoulders of my lovely missus. The turning on and off of the alarm clock is her purview. Last night she forgot. So used to her handling this task was I that I failed to check when I went to bed to see if she'd done it or not. So here I am at not yet 5:30am on a Saturday morning, typing away at the computer while waiting for the dogs to finish their morning constitutional. There was no just turning off the alarm and going back to sleep for once it had sounded, the dogs were convinced it was Pee O'clock and that was that. Do you ever forget to turn off your alarm clock on your day off? Do you ever forget to turn it back on the night before you return to work?
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@garymarsh6 (14134)
• United Kingdom
19 Mar 16
I feel your pain! I am sure we have all done that at some time or another. Count it as a blessing you will be able to get so much more done today!
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@DWDavis (10771)
• Pikeville, North Carolina
19 Mar 16
Now that the dogs have been out and been fed, the first thing I think I'll do is go back to bed until the sun comes up.
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@garymarsh6 (14134)
• United Kingdom
19 Mar 16
@DWDavis Noooooooooooo! Oh my goodness. You know as soon as I wake up I have to get up I can not go back to bed once I wake up! Just think of all the things you could have done that now won't get done till later!
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@DWDavis (10771)
• Pikeville, North Carolina
19 Mar 16
@garymarsh6 When I was younger I used to do that. And if I have a lot to do, I still stay up if I get up early. But today we have deliberately planned as a long lazy day to putter about getting the camper ready for next weekend. And the wife was still sound asleep in bed, so there was that attracting me back to the comfort of the pillow and blankets.
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@valmnz (12758)
• New Zealand
19 Mar 16
It is so nice to no longer gave to worry about the alarm going off, except on special occasions. I can just see those dogs insisting on going outside for their morning constitutional
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@DWDavis (10771)
• Pikeville, North Carolina
20 Mar 16
They won't take "Go back to sleep, it's too early for a Saturday," for an answer.
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@valmnz (12758)
• New Zealand
20 Mar 16
@DWDavis you haven't trained them right, have you. They need to know these things
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• United States
19 Mar 16
I never use an alarm clock, not even when i worked. I always wake up way before time to get up.
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@DWDavis (10771)
• Pikeville, North Carolina
19 Mar 16
For a long time after I got out of the Army I would wake up every morning around 5am. Then I took a job working a 12 hour night shift. That was followed by a job with irregular hours. After that came college with its odd mix of early and late classes. My internal alarm clock has never been quite accurate since then.
• United States
19 Mar 16
@DWDavis I guess that would get confusing!
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• United States
19 Mar 16
I use an alarm clock purely to ensure I am awake and able to do what I want / need to do before I have to trudge off to work. I HATED the early morning alarm clock though. At one job I was working at such early / odd hours. I'd have to set my alarm for 3 am after only being asleep for two hours. It was not my cuppa that's for sure. I guess you'll just have to take a mid-noon nap.
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@LadyDuck (157833)
• Switzerland
19 Mar 16
I am so sorry, I know that I cannot go back to sleep once I get out of my bed. I usually do not set an alarm clock, I wake up every morning at 6 am, the few times I have to get up earlier I set it.
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@DWDavis (10771)
• Pikeville, North Carolina
19 Mar 16
On mornings we don't set the alarm, the dogs rarely let us sleep past 6am. Even when we are camping the Pee O'clock imperative is impossible to ignore.
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@LadyDuck (157833)
• Switzerland
19 Mar 16
@DWDavis I know, I remember when I went to my grandmother house and she had dogs.
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@Susan2015 (20607)
• United States
21 Mar 16
I have three that I use. Two manual ones and an electric one. And I even set them on my days off.
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@DWDavis (10771)
• Pikeville, North Carolina
22 Mar 16
I used to set two alarms, on battery operated and one plug in. The plug in was near the bed, the battery across the room on the dresser. I had to get out of bed to turn it off, and it made an impossible to ignore buzz.
@teamfreak16 (41181)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
19 Mar 16
I forget to turn it off all the time. You'd think by now I'd be past that, but no, I still forget.
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@DWDavis (10771)
• Pikeville, North Carolina
19 Mar 16
You'd think by now there would be a cheap programable alarm clock.
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@DianneN (78466)
• United States
19 Mar 16
I'm so happy that never happened to me! We have only used an alarm clock once, since I retired, and that was to catch a flight. I assume it will be an early night for you?
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@DWDavis (10771)
• Pikeville, North Carolina
19 Mar 16
I imagine it will be. I'll probably fall as in my recliner watching TV.
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@allknowing (65285)
• India
19 Mar 16
Why are your Saturdays minus the alarm clock and why is it set for such a ghastly hour for other days - if I have understood you correctly.
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@DWDavis (10771)
• Pikeville, North Carolina
19 Mar 16
It is set early during the week because K has to be to work at 8am and has a 35 minute commute, plus she goes for a walk with Ginger every morning. I have to be to work at 7am as school opens at 7:20.
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@TRBRocks420 (77798)
• Banks, Oregon
19 Mar 16
What kind of dogs? And, this giant dog is my alarm. I pray he doesn't wake up too early lol.
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@DWDavis (10771)
• Pikeville, North Carolina
19 Mar 16
We have a Brittany and a miniature Schnauzer. The Brittany is my youngest son's dog but since he cannot have a pet in the dorms she stays home with us. The mini- Schnauzer is my dog. He's a rescue we adopted back in January 2015.
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@rina110383 (24134)
19 Mar 16
Yes. I use my phone as alarm clock and I never tried to turn it off during rest days. It helps because I still have same sleeping habits on rest days. I never had problems sleeping early on Sunday.
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• United States
19 Mar 16
OH dear how horrid poor DW. Wish you could have went back to sleep but I like you am fully awake then cant go back to sleep. I dont often set an alarm as my body tells me when to wake friend.
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@Blondie2222 (21818)
• United States
19 Mar 16
I don't use an alarm clock so no i never forget to do this. I'm sorry you got woken up in your deep sleep and up early on a saturday morning. I hope you can get a nap in later today and hopefully tonight you will remember to turn off the alarm.
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@jaboUK (54010)
• United Kingdom
19 Mar 16
Yes, I've done both. I love the Pee O'clock
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• Delhi, India
19 Mar 16
It happens often
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@else34 (13610)
• New Delhi, India
19 Mar 16
@DWDavis,I now don't need an alarm clock to get up in time.It has now become my habit to get up positively at 5 a.m. no matter I slept late night or early.
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@lilnana1111 (2341)
• United States
19 Mar 16
Yes on both counts.
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@Morleyhunt (19750)
• Canada
19 Mar 16
We rarely turn off the alarm clock. We tend to forget to turn it back on. My husband works 7 days a week, for 7 week stretches so we are so accustomed to the alarm....I wake up even when the alarm is not set.
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