I couldn't force myself to go back to sleep so I decided I would get up and take a shower instead. I live in the 21st century, after all, so I might as well use the benefits of modern living (also known as the water heater) to warm my spirits as well as my body. I basked in a steamy shower for a good twenty minutes, then got out of the tub and attended to my usual morning routine of grooming and oral hygeine. I'd forgotten just how hot I had been running the shower, though ... when I got out both mirrors were completely fogged up. I tried to wipe them down once or twice but met with minimal success, so I had to do some zen shaving to get my beard properly shaped for the week ahead. Tonight I'll have to trim it, things are getting a little unruly.
Naturally since I got up about 45 minutes earlier than usual I am left with some time to burn. I checked my e-mail and then caught up on LiveJournal. Right now I'm taking a look at (a href="http://www.wunderground.com/">Weather Underground</a>, and after I punched in my zip code I was unsurprised to find that we're currently at 41 °F (5 °C for those of you who believe in a logical temperatire scale). I knew it was getting colder every morning, on my drive in to class on Friday the radio hosts kept repeating that it was 45 degrees at O'hare as well as at Midway airport... but I didn't expect that it had gotten that cold already.
What I want to know right now is who stole the sun? Even as late as a month ago there would have been great amounts of daylight streaming through my window and into my bedroom by this time in the morning... I usually would wake up to the sound of birds chirping and geese honking well before my alarm would go off. Now, though... it's 6:17 and as I look out the window into the parking lot I see only darkness with the occasional car's countour highlighted by one of the parking lot's lights. Undoubtedly this is why I have such a hard time waking up during the winter, I find the darkness in the early hours of the morning oppressive. When winter is in full swing I get up before the sun rises, drive to work and spend my entire day in the office. When I get out of the office at 4:00 PM it's already dusk, and by 4:15 or 4:30 it's dark again. This pattern repeats itself all week, from Monday to Friday, and when I get home Friday evening I'm left feeling in some way cheated... as if I was never given my opportunity to see the sun during the week.
The clock now reads 6:26, so I had best gather my coat and keys. I'm not looking forward to the Monday morning commute, but at least I have the good fortune of knowing that the Eastbound side of I-290 is now completely open. The construction continues, but the impact on my drive in to the office is at least impacted a little less these days.
Of course the herd looks perfect