Tuesdays are long days at the Bear household. My wife and I don’t normally wrap up the day together until after 9PM. Tuesdays are to say the least both exhilarating and challenging. Last night was no different.
At some time yesterday it seems the power went out at out house. The only way we know this – flashing numbers (or missing numbers) on digital clocks all over the house. In the kitchen alone we have 3 digital clocks. The hot tub runs it’s filtering cycle on an internal digital timer, every 12 hours it fires off all the jets for a while then runs the water through the filters. The bedroom clock was unaffected. It has a battery back-up, I worked too many years getting up at 3:30 AM to oversleep because a power outage had wiped out the alarm times.
Since it was late last night by the time we both got home, I decided to leave resetting the clocks until this morning. When we got up today and started our morning routine, I decided to reset all the clocks. First the hot tub, since it runs on a 12 hour cycle we’ve learned to set the filter cycle for times we aren’t likely to be in there. When all the jets fire off a sudden blast of cold water, shooting over your formerly warm skin, it can be shocking and goose bump inducing. Up next the kitchen, which means the stove, then the microwave, and finally the automatic coffee pot.
A word about coffee. I don’t drink the stuff. The last nasty tasting stuff I learned to like was whiskey…and look at the trouble that has caused in my life. My wife however is a coffee fiend. My perfect wife is the most warm, wonderful, loving, forgiving person in the world….once she’s had her morning java. Before she has her first cup – well, you know the stereotype. She was given a Keurig coffee maker a while ago, since she’s the only drinker left in the house, it’s her coffee extravagance. She has a drawer unit under the coffee machine that holds all her little K cups of coffee. There are about 7 different kinds for all manner of flavor and occasion. I only know which one I need to use to make her morning shine when I want to spoil her with coffee in bed.
The coffee machine has a clock in it so the water is all hot and ready to go when we get up in the morning. I guess I shouldn’t have been surprised when I was re-setting clocks this morning and the only clock in the whole house that had been reset last night, was the coffee machine.
The second I saw that it had been reset, I started to laugh. Long and Loud and Clear (thank you Mary Poppins). My wife was getting dressed in the bedroom and heard me laughing and knew immediately why and started laughing too.
Priorities . . . . . . .