Steve and I are alike in many ways, but yet there is this huge divide where we are different. For example. Steve likes to go to bed early…lights out at 10:00. I, on the other hand, like to take advantage of the time that Hallie is sleeping and I’m quite productive from 10:00 to 11:30. I used to give in, telling myself I’ll just get up earlier before Hallie wakes up. But it doesn’t work that way, no matter what time she normally wakes up, if I wake up early she senses it and thinks I’m lonely, so she gets up too. This defeats my plan. So the only success is for me to stay up later. But Steve doesn’t care for that option, he would rather I go to bed when he does. So this week I thought I’d give it a try. Not only do I lie awake for an hour, but then I have absolutely no desire to get up early in the morning, I’ll sleep until Hallie gets up. (which is somewhere between 7:00 and 7:30) However, Steve is diligent in trying to wake me up every morning. So this was the conversation we had this morning.

Steve: Kara, Kara, it’s time to get up
Kara: (No comment, pretend as though you don’t hear him and maybe he’ll leave the room!)
Steve: Kara, get up
Kara: (rolls over, doesn’t make eye contact, but Steve senses I’m awake)
Steve: (bright and cheerfully) So, how did you sleep?
Kara: (groggily, if that’s a word) I don’t know, I’ll let you know when I’m finished. (rolls back over)

Steve went to bed 1/2 hour ago and I’m staying up later. And there you have it.