Today, Monday, March 12, 2018, is the most dreadful of days.
Most of us in America are forced to endure a lousy invention called Daylight Savings Time. It kicks off in the spring, where you have to turn clocks forward an hour, and lasts until fall, where you set the clocks back to their normal time. It’s just as horrible as it sounds because it completely screws up everyone’s sleep schedule. Millions of dollars of productivity are lost on the Monday after DST begins.
So what better day to talk about being a morning person than today? Answer: all of them. I’ve gone ahead and pre-ordered my Venti Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Brew from Starbucks.
This isn’t a tips list for becoming a morning person, though one in particular is probably most obvious and important: get enough sleep at night. Adults need eight hours each night. If you can’t manage that, you probably need to restructure your life so you can.
Pfft, as if I practice what I preach.
I live in the real world, and lets be honest, getting that kind of sleep each night is not always feasible. It’s the unfortunate reality of having jobs to work, families to support, books to write, classes to take, hobbies to take part in, and cat videos on YouTube to watch.
And yet, for all of these challenges ridding us of our precious REM cycles, there are still morning people. I’ve been accused of being one. How do we do it? My guess is that there’s a heavy mental component. Nobody actually wants to do anything before noon, if even then.
You see, I think the real secret is that nobody’s a morning person, and that everyone’s faking it. Faking it, therefore, is the only option. It’s a messy solution, but it’s the only one we have. Being a morning person counter-intuitively takes energy when you naturally want to stagnate for a while.
So let’s power through the worst Monday of the year together!
I want to tell you about some of the plans for Normal Happenings over the next two weeks. On Wednesday, I’ll be doing an in-depth thematic deconstruction of one of my favorite albums ever made: The Long Fall Back to Earth by Jars of Clay. I’m pretty excited to re-explore this gem.
Friday’s post will be pretty huge as well. I’m going back to the well of A Geeky Gal’s challenge questions for number two. Her original question was:
What game can you ignore the story and just “live” in the world?
Which, because this is me we’re talking about, I have completely reinterpreted as:
Do a multi-part deconstruction of your favorite game world, and relate it to your feelings of wonder, exploration, and sense of belonging.
So, on Friday, we’re headed to Hyrule from The Legend of Zelda franchise! We’ll be comparing versions of the land across multiple games in the series.
Next, I’m pleased to announce another theme week! Next week will be Trek Movie Week! Here’s how it’ll work: one week for the next four months Nikki and I will be sitting down and we’ll be going through all the Star Trek movies. Here’s how the schedule is planned:
Trek Movie Week 1 – March
March 19 – Star Trek: The Motion Picture
March 21 – Star Trek II: The Wrath of Kahn
March 23 – Star Trek III: The Search for Spock
Trek Movie Week 2 – April
April 16 – Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home
April 18 – Star Trek V: The Final Frontier
April 20 – Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country
Trek Movie Week 3 – May
May 21 – Star Trek 7: Generations
May 23 – Star Trek 8: First Contact
May 25 – Star Trek 9: Insurrection
Trek Movie Week 4 – June
June 18 – Star Trek 
June 20 – Star Trek Into Darkness
June 22 – Star Trek Beyond
Wait, I hear you say. Didn’t you forget a Star Trek film between Insurrection and the 2009 reboot? Well, you’re kind of right. But technically Galaxy Quest isn’t a Trek Film so I couldn’t include it. #nemesis #notmytrek
As with Rom-Com Week, I don’t intend to review each film as much as discuss the themes and how they relate to my life. Plus, I’m excited to get Nikki’s interpretation of each, as she hasn’t seen them all.
Finally, there are murmurs that Nikki could be finalizing a post for Normal Happenings really soon. If so, I may need to shuffle some things around. She’s an amazing writer, so I can’t wait to feature her pieces.
Hope you have a great Monday under the circumstances. Whatever you do, don’t fall asleep at your desk. Let me know in the comments what you do to combat a sleepy day. Are you a coffee-holic, or are you the master of catnaps? Also, are you a morning person, or do they just annoy you? See you Wednesday!