On being early, late and on time all at once

April 17th, somehow delayed publication..

Yesterday, my colleague announced that due to unforseen private circumstances he was extending his Easter holiday and having today off as well. No problem. He asked me to water the plants. No problem. He told me which bits of glass to give various customers. Again, no problem. And then this:

“..The company XYZ is coming to do some work on ABC. They’re due to be here around 8 so you should be in the workshop from 7:30 in case they’re early…”*


I’m barely awake at 7:30 on a normal day.

I have a problem with mornings. I don’t often function properly before most people are starting their first coffee break at work.

I luckily have flexible working hours. I roll in well after my colleague and stay later in the evening. That means not only can I sleep that much longer in the mornings, the workshop is also open for more hours per day and keeps our owl-customers happy.


This morning I awoke to the sound of a band being run over by a reversing lorry**

I stumbled in and out of the shower in a blurry haze and decided to take breakfast with me. My fish got less attention than usual and I didn’t pay any attention at all to things like plants or airing and squeegeeing the bathroom.. When my landlord caught me on the way out, wanting to talk to me about dustbins I excused myself as soon as it was polite to (or possibly earlier). I even cycled slightly faster than usual.

Despite my best efforts, I didn’t get to work until almost 7:40.

That turned out to be ok through, because despite visions of eager workers having to wait for me to open the door and let them get on with whatever needed doing, they didn’t actually arrive until gone 8..

Ho hum.

Still, at least I know I can get to work early(ish) if I need to…

*As ridiculous as that sounds, this is Germany. They could legitimately come early.

** My alarm clock: A CD plays for a few minutes until it’s interru…BEEP! BEEP! BEEP! BEEP! Just like that. Hideous noise. I keep it at the other side of my room, which guarantees that I at least get out of bed to turn it off. I’m still working on not going back to bed once it’s quiet again.

6 thoughts on “On being early, late and on time all at once

  1. Like you i’m NOT an early morning person, Unlike you i don’t need to work so i can lie in as long as i want! ?

    So when my gas fire needed servicing it was booked for 12 noon – a nice sensible time to start work plus it gave me time to have breakfast and get the dishes put away before he came!

    Very unusually for me i was out of bed before 9:00 am that day!! and was having a little potter around my garden when i heard a van pull down my driveway.

    It was the gas guy? NO sign of embarrassment at my puzzled look and just said his previous job had ‘finished early’ so he thought he’d come straight away! I could have had other appointments that day (didn’t) or i could have been shopping early before he came (more likely i would have been enjoying a long lie-in bed) – he had no idea if i was going to be in at 9:30 in the morning but just rocks up anyway?

    After he came in and he stopped to answer his mobile phone i waited until he had finished and commented, “Oh – so you DO have a phone?”

    Clearly however the concept of ringing your customer to see if you are home or to tell them you are arriving 2 and 1/2 hours before your agreed time was an alien one to him.

    He won’t be getting a return appointment in future.

    (I HATE alarm clocks!!!) 😉

    1. 7:40 is ridiculously good.. I haven’t been in so early since… :/

      Was? Did you get better or stop having morning meetings?

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