Friday, March 14, 2008

Don't Eat The Potato Berries

I remember the alarm going off this morning.

I was sure it went off.

I rolled over and told Hoop it was time to start waking up. Usually he gives me some sort of reply, a mumble at least. But this time I got nothing. I turned to the dog as I scooted toward the end of the bed, cuddling my face into his neck. He didn't even stir. "Why am I so tired?" I thought as I was sitting on the pot. No matter. I turned on the shower and disrobed. Then it dawned on me. Something was really off. I could barely open my eyes. Shuffling back to the bedroom, I looked at the clock.

11:58

As in "the afternoon"? Shit, we're late! I looked outside. It was still dark. Obviously the clock was wrong. I picked up my cellphone. 11:59. What the fuck? What was the last thing I remembered doing? Hadn't I been watching a show? Yes, Lost. That ended at ten and then we turned on... South Park! That couldn't have been on any later than eleven. When that ended we went to bed. That means I've only been asleep for- an hour? No way. Confused and full of doubt, I stood there for a minute longer before finally crawling back into bed.

You know that feeling you get when you wake up earlier than you have to and then get to go back to bed? You almost feel like you've cheated the system, like you've stolen those extra fifteen/thirty/sixty (whatever) minutes of sleep. Now imagine realizing you have SIX HOURS more than you thought you did. Six whole hours! It was like having my birthday and Christmas all in one. Only better, because those people get screwed.

Daily Hoop Conversation:
(After watching "
Into The Wild".)
Hoop: *Clutching stomach* Ohhhh.
Tink: Are you OK?
Hoop: No. I ate some bad berries.
Tink: Oh. I see.
Hoop: At lunch.
Tink: Uh-huh.
Hoop: They were fatal potato berries.
Tink: POTATO berries?
Hoop: It's not funny.
Tink: So... Do you forage for lunch often?

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A good
friend of mine, and fellow blogger, had a tragedy happen to her and her family this week. Do me a favor, go over to Nettie's blog and spread some love. She could do with a little extra attention today.

Have a splendiferous weekend Homebloys!

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25 Comments:

At 14 March, 2008, Blogger The Mama Bear said...

Definitely had those mornings, but it has been the past 2 and we were running late not waking too early.

Potato berries, where does he get his lunch.

 
At 14 March, 2008, Blogger LL said...

*headtilt* Potato berries? I'm dying to see what those look like. But I guess as long as they weren't dingle berries...

I'll head over to Nettie's now, just because you asked...

 
At 14 March, 2008, Blogger Chris said...

I wish I could un-see the last 15 minutes of Into the Wild.

Um, but weren't you exhausted this morning?!

 
At 14 March, 2008, Blogger Knight said...

I hate waking up in a "I'm late!" panic but I love the part when I realize it's only 3am. It really is like Christmas.
Hoop should know better than to eat anything called fatal. I guess we have to learn those lessons the hard way.

 
At 14 March, 2008, Blogger Jay said...

If I wake up like that in the middle of the night I end up lying there staring at the ceiling for a couple hours because I can't go back to sleep. That's annoying.

Never heard of potato berries. Must Google them.

 
At 14 March, 2008, Blogger fiwa said...

I wonder what you heard that made you think the alarm clock had gone off? Maybe a dryer buzzer or something? I have done that before though - and you're right - you feel just like you're cheating the gods by getting that extra bit of sleep.

PS....potato berries aren't ripe yet, not till June at least. He just got ahold of some green ones.

 
At 14 March, 2008, Blogger R.E.H. said...

What? What are potato berries? They don't grow ON trees... ;)

I hate it when that happens... the waking up thing. I once, cross-eyed dragged myself into the shower, showered, shaved and brushed my teeth... then as I was getting dressed ready to go to work I noticed the clock was only 2AM... I was to be at work at 9:45.

Great! I was fully awake by then too...

 
At 14 March, 2008, Blogger Farmer*swife said...

Totally love the part where I have more hours to sleep, but, generally I can't go back to sleep either and I lay there trying so hard.

I realize if I get out of bed and go to another location or watch TV in the computer room or something I'd probably nod back off.

But, as I am generally too lazy to "get out" of the bed and once I ruined myself because I found something interesting to watch and stayed up almost all night -- awakened by happy, energetic children about 30 minutes after dozing off...

I've decided it's safer to just lay there and count the seconds. Once I've counted off five minutes (I often go for six) then I peak at my backlit watch to see how correctly I have counted the time.

 
At 14 March, 2008, Blogger Newt said...

I did that every night in Calif. it confused the hell out of me. I was wide awake just an hour or so after I went to bed. And I was totally convinced it was time to get up. And, like you, I had to look at the clock, the phone, and peek outside because there was no way it had been barely an hour or so. Oh girl, I feel for ya. Thanks for the note about Nettie. I know she will appreciate it.

 
At 14 March, 2008, Blogger Reb said...

I did that while working shifts. I woke at 8.00, I had to work at 08.00. In the winter in the Frozen North it is dark at 08.00 & 20.00, so I jumped out of bed and dashed to the bathroom only to realize after I showered that it was in fact 20.00 not 08.00!

To make matters worse, I was just coming off nights and had three days off before I had to be in at 08.00! Now I always look at my watch after I look at the alarm clock - it is a 24 hour digital. Too bad I can't find an alarm clock that is.

 
At 14 March, 2008, Blogger gr said...

wow, think of all the fun you have had if you hadn't gone back to bed...
with the time change this week has been totally messed up, totally...

 
At 14 March, 2008, Blogger Maggie said...

Yeah so what the heck are potato berries and can you eat them with a spork?

 
At 14 March, 2008, Blogger Edge said...

I saw Hoop carrying his pink basket at lunch wearing his Viking helmet and picking potato berries. His skirt was a lovely shade of pink.

Dude, you really must have been asleep not to notice the REAL time of day. I wouldn't have been able to go back to sleep.

~Jef

 
At 14 March, 2008, Anonymous moo said...

Oh, WOW ... I hate that OMG, I'M LATE! feeling, but hooray for the extra sleep!

Have a great weekend!

 
At 15 March, 2008, Blogger Sparkling Red said...

Does Hoop also eat elastic bands and curling ribbon if you leave them lying around?

My cats always used to eat weird stuff that gave them tummyaches.

 
At 15 March, 2008, Blogger furiousBall said...

I misread your blog post and thought it said Don't Eat the Porno Berries. Which happen to be my favorite breakfast cereal.

 
At 15 March, 2008, Blogger Jen said...

Boo for time change that is not in our favor of sleeping patterns. But "yeah" for making the days longer.

 
At 16 March, 2008, Blogger Nettie said...

Potato Berries? Yeah, I want to see a picture of those as well. I love waking up realizing that I have multiple hours of sleep left. Thanks for the love sent from your site. I am overwhelmed.

 
At 16 March, 2008, Blogger Peggy said...

I have seen my potato plants bloom, but I think we always dig them up before the berries are get to any size. Things must be different in Florida. Maybe they were deadly nightshade berries because those look very similar (being in the same family and all). That'll give you a tummy ache too! :-)

 
At 16 March, 2008, Blogger Farmer*swife said...

Well, I was gonna' show how smart I was an all (having Googled the term "Potato Berries" But peggy beat me to it, LOL!

Anyhow, I plan to share this new knowledge with anyone who will listen.

Maybe I could blog about it...oh wait, that's been done ;) Happy Sunday!

 
At 16 March, 2008, Blogger Farmer*swife said...

[Darn, I keep missing that second parenthesis! Okay, last visit to this post, I promise!]

 
At 16 March, 2008, Blogger mamatulip said...

Six extra hours?

Go play the lottery!

 
At 16 March, 2008, Anonymous a. beaverhausen said...

On my way to see Nettie.

 
At 17 March, 2008, Blogger Christy said...

Hey. Stopped at Nettie's. Tissue in hand. Thanks for the potato berry warning.

 
At 17 March, 2008, Blogger CRUSTYBEEF said...

heading over to spread some cheer to dear Nettie..and in the meantime...potatoberries with an extra dose of 6hours of zzzz's...sounds like a pretty awesome way to start the week!

Always,
Crustayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy

 

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