Today I'd like to talk about something that, the more I think about it, is actually quite a personal choice; but is also something I imagine most people don't consciously think about as a personal choice at all. And that is *drumrolls* how people choose to wake up in the morning!
There are so many alarm options available in this technology-ridden world; so many choices (even subconscious ones) on how to wake up in the morning - alarm clock, mobile phone, small child, rooster, special electric-dawn thingummy or bladder? To snooze or not to snooze?
This is going to be twee, people, so prepare yourselves. I wake up every morning to "Mr Blue Sky" by Electric Light Orchestra. Seriously. There are some songs that I would tire of listening to daily, but not this one. It puts a stupid grin across my face EVERY SINGLE MORNING and I figure there's nothing wrong with starting the day off with a little dose of positivity, right?!
It makes me feel like I'm waking up going through the tunnel in Roger Rabbit land (from 2m 15s in video below).
Side note- Who Framed Roger Rabbit was one of my favourite films throughout my childhood, and probably the reason I consider Emma Stone to be one of the most beautiful girls on the planet; she's basically Jessica Rabbit made flesh!
When I was at secondary school I had to get up at 6am, and this was before I had a mobile phone, so I used a digital alarm clock from Argos. The alarm made the same sound that buses make when they are reversing, and I swear to God I woke up every morning panicking I was about to be run over.
I am a non-Snooze-button-hitter; I find I feel more tired from having an extra five minutes of half-sleep then if I just get up and on with it.
My excellent MIL recently told me she used to wake up Tom and his brother every morning by singing Morning Has Broken. This may well be the best thing I have ever heard (and the perfect ammunition to use if I really need to get my way about something. Pink-painted stairs, perhaps?)
So, how do you wake up in the morning? Please do share your stories and preferences in the comments section- don't be shy; I'd love to hear your alarm of choice!