Friday, November 30, 2007

#&@%ing alarm clock!

Don't you hate it when you hit the snooze button a few times, then you finally get up, and as soon as you are in the shower and are completely covered in water, you hear your alarm clock go off again because you didn't turn the it off after the last time you hit "snooze", so you have to listen to your alarm beeping during your entire shower?

Me, too.

If you have an alarm clock of the feline variety, you may appreciate this cartoon short.


Kathleen said...

I have it set to radio, so that when I move from the bathroom back to the bedroom I don't lose out on any of the important "news" Detroit's all news am station broadcasts.

I feel bad when I go away for the weekend and don't turn off the alarm so my neighbors get to hear my alarm going off at 4:38 every morning.

magnetbabe said...

Haha, kathleen I was about to say the same thing. We accidentally leave our alarm on all the time when we go out of town. Only I feel bad for our cats who have to listen to it. When we're home the alarm means food. I wonder what they think when we are away. For this reason (alarm = food) we are not allowed to hit snooze.

Jeni said...

My son-in-law's alarm clock is one that blasts (and I do mean BLASTS) this god-aweful BEEP, BEEP, BEEP until he finally hits the snooze button on his own or someone yells at him to shut the blankety-blank-blank thing off. It generally starts going off shortly after 6 a.m. and he generally (if it is a regular work day) doesn't fall out of bed until about 7:10 a.m. And for that hour and some odd minutes or better, we are all treated to the lovely, loud, annoying sounds of the stupid, stinking alarm and its BEEP, BEEP, BEEP. It's so loud, we had a neighbor two doors over call him one day and tell him she could hear it going off while she was hanging clothes out on the line. It really is that loud that you probably could hear that noise, that well, too! Trust me! (I hate that alarm clock, can you tell?)

Dave said...

Kathleen, you really need to explain the :38 part.

I have a radio in the bathroom which is also an alarm, that I lost the instructions for, on the odd occasion that that I'm in the house at 9:04 a.m., I'm treated to ocean sounds.

younameit said...

I absolutely dread the sound of an alarm clock, so I try to avoid it as much as possible. Aside from waking myself up before it goes off (which is fairly easy to do once my body clock adjusts itself, and if I've gotten enough sleep), the only way to avoid hearing it again is to turn it off completely and get out of bed at the speed of light (so to speak). I have done this since I was a kid. No matter how much it hurts to get up that fast (and it usually DOES hurt), I still do it anyway because it is definitely preferable to hearing the alarm again. So, believe it or not, with maybe one possible exception, I have never hit the snooze button in my life. To me, repeatedly hitting the snooze button is like repeatedly resetting the electroshock machine so that it will zap me again and again. ;-)

Sometimes I set my alarm to radio, but there is a serious drawback to that method too: Whatever song is playing when it first turns on is the song that is stuck in my head for the rest of the day; and it gets stuck far worse than it would at any other time of day because my thought patterns are still so unguarded when I am just waking up. If the DJ is talking when the radio wakes me up, then the previous day's song often re-lodges itself in my brain (I have no idea why). I have also set it to National Public Radio once in a while in an attempt to avoid the music, but then the Morning Edition theme song gets etched into my brain.

I'm not a mess, though! Really I'm not! ;-)

fermicat said...

kat - setting it to radio would just tempt me to stay in bed and listen to it. I turn on the radio after I get up.

magnetbabe - there is NO WAY my cats are ever going to be allowed to make that association. I like to sleep late on the weekends. The cats already make this difficult. If they thought they were owed some chow at a certain time, they'd be even worse.

jeni - my husband gets pretty darn irritated at my alarm on those days when he doesn't have to get up earlier than me.

dave - good point about kat's odd time setting. Ocean sounds at 9:04am? I'm not sure that would be an effective alarm for me - too soothing. It might make an excellent "something to listen to while you go to sleep" noise though.

younameit - I wish I didn't have to depend on the alarm clock. I usually wake up before it goes off, but I still stay in bed until I've hit snooze several times. Sometimes I bypass the snooze cycle by waking up prior to the alarm and setting my nap alarm for 20-30 minutes ahead. I never use the radio station as the alarm sound. It's too much of a crap shoot. You never know what you'll wake up to, and commercials or a loud DJ would be more irritating than the buzzer.

TheWriteGirl said...

LOL!!! Omigod, that cartoon is so funny -- and true! Sweetie used to do that patting thing all the time. On my leg if I was awake, on my face if I was asleep. Too cute.

I haven't used an alarm clock for so many years I can't remember. When I realized that I always woke up ten minutes before it went off, I stopped setting it. And I never oversleep. My good fortune - I don't have to listen to it any more.

fermicat said...

thewritegirl - I usually wake up 10-15 minutes before the alarm is due to go off, but I don't trust myself to get up without an alarm.

Our cats are pretty obnoxious in the mornings. They wake up tragically early and start doin' their thing, which is tussling, fighting, meowing, playing on or around the bed, and pouncing on us. If we kick them out of the bedroom, they raise a ruckus right outside the door. You can't win. It really sucks on the weekends.

Kathleen said...

:38 because we get traffic and weather together on the 8s. And my snooze goes off every 10 minutes, so I keep getting the traffic and weather instead of stupid commercials - which is all our all news radio station really is.

And younameit doesn't need an alarm clock because he doesn't get up in the morning to go to a job. ;-P

I'd kill Jeni's son-in-law. She's obviously much more patient than I am.