Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Rise & Shout!

I am a BYU cougar. My parents both attended BYU. My sister, her husband, me and my husband all attend(ed) BYU. I was actually born while my parents were living in BYU married housing. My entire family is able to sing the BYU fight song start to finish at a ridiculously young age. We bleed blue.

It starts out "Rise & shout! The Cougars are out!" My parents used this as a mechanism to get us out of bed in the mornings. The end of the fight song is a series of "Rah rah rahs" followed by "GooooooooOOOO Cougars!" [For getting us out of bed, they'd replace Cougars, with Kristin, Lindsay, Jessica, etc.]

Here's where my dilemma comes in. I no longer have a zealous parent to get me out of bed in the mornings. I've been doing alright getting my fanny to work in the mornings by 9, but I received an e-mail today explaining that our office hours are now 8:30 to 5:30 or [in my case, to avoid cutting into my "wife time"] 8:00 to 5:00.

Also, this comic accurately describes my outlook on the entire "early-to-bed; early-to-rise" mentality. So all of you morning people can just keep your condescending comments to yourself.

So, the question is: how do you convince yourself to get out of bed in the morning?

Just to give you an idea of the severity of the first thought is generally: "No. Way. I won't get to sleep again for [x] hours." Yep. I'm in trouble.


  1. hehe! if it isnt my alarm of kids, not much gets me out...impressed with all you've posted...we had tons of fun with ya! sorry it was not more spiritual for us! just wait till you have kids...then i will be the one laughing. ;D

  2. Hmm... When I was in seminary and had to wake up at a ridiculously early hour I would bribe myself to get out of bed. I'd tell myself I could have a cookie or donut or something if I could just get out of bed. Usually by the time I was fully awake and in the shower I would've forgotten about the promise I had made myself. So maybe stocking up on something wonderful for breakfast that you can only have if you're awake and ready by a certain time will help. Cinnamon rolls freeze really well and can be reheated quickly for breakfast!

  3. Mmm. Well, I have a whimpering child...otherwise I'd be right there with ya. I suggest Lucky Charms cereal as a bribe. Ooh and chocolate milk. Well, it would work for me. Or some really yummy bath scrub. A hot shower makes me happy. :)

  4. I've got NOTHING for you! I always thought I was the worst morning person ever and then I married Ryan and he proved me wrong... our bad habits have already rubbed off onto Kaylee. Mornings make me physically ill and there isn't much in the world that I hate more! Being pregnant makes it worse :(

    GOOD LUCK!!!!!

  5.'ve never exactly been a morning person. But I do remember you being really excited to wake up in the morning with C and go for a run with him/ while he did.. Maybe it'll put a drop in the bucket to make him breakfast in the morning, or take the time really doll yourself up :) You really love what you do, I promised myself real breakfast if I woke up on time for 6am labs.. definitely worth it !

  6. I have to be at the office by eight, and it's a 35 minute drive on a good day with no accidents causing slow traffic. Today I woke up at 7:10. I've gotten really good at second-day hair. and third. and fourth. Stick some more product in it and no one's the wiser.

    But, when I actually go to bed on time I don't have a problem getting up on time (funny idea, I know). So, maybe make it a point to be in bed on time.

  7. lol. i'm so glad I'm not the only one who's falling in love with 2nd, 3rd, etc. day hair. lol.

  8. I'm NOT a morning person. Even with an early riser child I'm still not a morning person. Even Scotty knows this. His solution to get me out of bed at 7am? Run into my room yelling "Mama, wake OUT!" (because wake up means i don't have to get out of the bed yet) and turning on the lights.

    Some people just have it and others have to shake off the demons every morning.