“Let’s get to bed in good time tonight.”

First, can I get a round of applause for Heather? Isn’t she awesome? I’ve loved having her as moral support through this sugar fast. I’m still hanging on for next week before I allow myself the indulgence of sweets, but don’t worry, I’ll get my fill. We have two birthdays in two days which means two cakes (which I get to bake!) and a party.

Second, let’s talk about going to bed. The quote which provides the title for this post is spoken relatively frequently at our house. Micah says this every week or so, and I am apt to agree with him. Nothing sounds better than to get to bed earlier than normal and wake up refreshed and alert.

However, there is a problem with the plan. Let me to outline it for you.

Micah’s bedtime routine:

  • pajamas
  • take out contacts
  • brush/floss
  • say prayers
  • fall asleep (sometimes while saying prayers)

Total time: 5 minutes

My bedtime routine:

  • pajamas
  • brush/floss
  • wash face
  • read scriptures
  • write in journal
  • finish dishes
  • pick up random stuff around the apartment
  • go through tomorrow’s schedule
  • say prayers
  • lie in bed for 20 minutes
  • fall asleep

Total time: 65 minutes

So when Micah says, “Let’s get to bed in good time tonight,” and I say, “Yes, please,” what generally ends up happening is that he falls asleep on the couch while I go through my bedtime regimen. I’ll be mid-way through it when I get distracted, or remember that there’s something I need to do to be ready for the morning, or decide that now would be a good time to catch up on my e-mail, and then it goes downhill from there. “In good time” becomes “normal time.” Sometimes later.

In fact, it’s happening right now. Best stop procrastinating and get to bed.

ps Anybody else have similar issues? How do you handle it?

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  1. I do this exact thing! I have no solution as of yet. I’ll be waiting to see what everyone else says…


  2. lizzie

    October 15th, 2010 at 10:20 pm

    You and me both Misty. Why can’t I just go to sleep when I’m tired? Why must I make a production out of it? 🙂


  3. Just replace Adrian for Micah and me for you and I could have written this post. Seriously.


    lizzie Reply:

    I’m glad we can commiserate. And also go to girls’ nights knowing that they’re not going to miss us one bit because they’ll sleep through it.


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