Happy Day After Easter, all you UU colleagues who have busted your buttons to get everything done during Holy Week and Easter, trying hard to offer something for everyone in worship without sacrificing your integrity or good judgment. If you're like me, you are savoring a day without deadlines, without an endless to-do list, with the rainy skies keeping me from working to overhaul the weedy flower beds, with time to stop at the coffee shop and get a nice cuppa plus a cinnamon roll.
This is the first truly unbusy day I've had for several weeks. I'm caught up, I even have my sermon ready for preaching at Woodinville next Sunday (it's a rerun, though not for them), I figured out a ploy to keep from hating the cats at 5 a.m., I've mailed off the baby gifts to the latest additions to my extended family plus a return to Amazon (which has nothing to do with the so-called "glitch"), and I have a full day to take it easy in. I've got two rehearsals today, but they're fun, not a task to do.
Last night I decided to try something to change how irritated I feel at 5 a.m. when the soft scratching comes at my bedroom door. So this morning, when the little sound came, I got up, didn't turn on any lights, scraped a little wet cat food into their bowls, put Maxie outside as soon as he'd had enough, and went back to bed, leaving the bedroom door open.
I was pretty sure I wouldn't fall asleep again because I really was rested after seven good solid hours of sleep (because I am almost always in bed by 10), but it felt good to snuggle down into the covers. Lo and behold, Loosy was ecstatic that I had gone back to bed and immediately nosed her way under the covers so she could curl up next to me and purr. Lily was bemused and sat atop the bookcase watching us pretend to sleep but she didn't do anything irritating.
About 5:30, I decided I was ready to get up and I have to say, the change in my attitude is nice. I'm not irritated with them, I got to start my day when I felt like it, not when commanded, and I still made it to the gym in plenty of time to avoid the crowds.
It was a successful strategy and I will use it repeatedly after this, at least on mornings when it's too early to get up.