24 October 2011

You don't know what you're missing...



Just because you all seem to think I'm mad for getting up early. But the other day I went into work, then headed out again on a job, and this was the sight that greeted me. Like London was under a big pink fluffy blanket.

Better than looking at the inside of your eyelids, right??

51 comments:

John H. D. Watson said...

Better than looking at the inside of your eyelids, right??

Only if it's rescheduled for later in the day. It is beautiful though.

Kholly said...

I'm with John. I've been at work before dawn every day for the last 5 days in a row. The sun rise is a nice consolation, but I'd much rather be curled up in bed. And if I had my own Doctor Danger to be curled up around I'd probably never get up.

John H. D. Watson said...

Watching it through the window while still in bed would also be acceptable.

REReader said...

Mmmm, yes, that would be ideal. But as I said over on your blog, all I can see from my apartment windows are the buildings across the street. (And right now, all kinds of construction materials, as the are repairing the buildings courtyards.)

Greg 'Orio' M F Lestrade said...

Well, I don't have to be in early tomorrow.

And as you've been so generous in your bid to not always wear pyjamas - whenever it's practical - I can make an effort not to get up early when I don't have to. The two are rather complimentary...

Lyra said...

Well In my country all school starts at 6.30. So we usually already woke up at 4am (especially mothers-preparing breakfast, boxed lunch, etc.).

But the sunrise is around 4-5am as well...so there's that I guess?

mazarin221b said...

I'm up at 5:30 AM almost every day, and this time of year the sunrise hits just about the time I step into my 11th-floor office. I'm on the south side of the bulding, but I can see it start to make its way across the sky. It's a nice bonus, since I HAVE to be up.

I was always a night owl until I started this job, and even less so since I have my own 5 year old alarm clock (Which we have now trained not to get out of bed on Saturdays until the first number of his clock says 7, then he can go down and flip on the TV. Bliss.)

John H. D. Watson said...

all school starts at 6.30

Good god. When does it let out? Early I hope, to make up for that.

Greg 'Orio' M F Lestrade said...

Mazarin - one day I think we'll be able to train Sherlock not to wake us. Right now I shudder to think what we'd wake up to though...

John H. D. Watson said...

It would be exciting, no doubt about that. Last Christmas he woke me up at four.

mazarin221b said...

True. Mine usually just raids the pantry for cereal bars and watches TV. The worst thing I think we've ever woken up to was the dining room chair in front of the freezer door - before, I'm sure, he learned to put the chair back so he wouldn't get caught sneaking ice cream at 7 in the morning.

John H. D. Watson said...

Ha! Yes, I'm sure he knows better now and leaves no evidence!

Greg 'Orio' M F Lestrade said...

You up at 4? I hate to imagine what you were like by lunchtime..

Still, you almost ended up having to visit little jailbird Sherlock in a YOI, so it wasn't all bad... imagine what would have happened that day if I'd been a florist, not a DI.

John H. D. Watson said...

We'd never have met if you were a florist, which makes me very grateful you're not. Anyway, this year he can wake you up at four instead. :)

Don't Nicky's kids get you up early Christmas morning anyway? ...Or, no, when you said you worked over Christmas, you meant you actually worked Christmas Day, didn't you.

REReader said...

Ha! I'm quite sure Sherlock will get you ALL up at 4:00 am on Christmas.

Greg 'Orio' M F Lestrade said...

Last year I worked Christmas day, yeah. Never seemed fair to make people with families do it. But I went to Nicky's on Boxing Day.

There was a time, some years ago, in Nicky's old house, when the kids got up at about 3 and tried to get to the presents, but I was asleep on the sofa, so stopped them. Was then under siege, me between them and the presents, the rest of the night. I needed my full riot gear.

Lyra said...

Depends on the grade though,
Primary schools usually let out around lunchtime.
Jr. Highs usually let out at 2 p.m.
Sr. Highs usually let out at 3-4 p.m.

College/Uni usually starts later though, around 7/8 a.m.

My Family almost never wake up early on Christmas, we usually stay up late at Christmas eve and wake up late on Christmas day~ =]

Anonymous said...

Lyra > Can I ask in which country you live ?

John H. D. Watson said...

I needed my full riot gear.

Heh. At least you can probably distract Sherlock with pancakes or something. I would've invited you last year if I hadn't assumed you'd be with your family.

Greg 'Orio' M F Lestrade said...

To be honest, I worked late, then had a date with a 12yr old malt, some shit tv and my guitar. Sometimes it's a bit hard to switch between murders all day and then trying to be all full of cheer at night. Anyway, it was early days, huh?

Desert Wanderer said...

That's a gorgeous picture. England has the nicest sunrises and sunsets, especially on the fens.

I am with the Doc in not being a morning person. I'll happily work nights forever rather than have to get up at 0530 to work out.

Desert Wanderer said...

(Also, why do random posts of mine keep disappearing? I just posted on on John's that's gone. *sniffle*)

Just got a Lestrade-esque captcha: "dexes" or "sexed" backwards. Insert your jokes here.

Greg 'Orio' M F Lestrade said...

Hey, there's nothing about me that's backwards in that department! Well...apart from 'reverse cowboy' hah.

John H. D. Watson said...

it was early days, huh?

Yeah, I suppose so.

DW - blogger's spam filters seem to be getting ever more aggressive. Your comment's there now.

Greg 'Orio' M F Lestrade said...

We should do something - the four of us, and Mrs Hudson, and the dogs...actually - all of us, to mark a year from the moors.

John H. D. Watson said...

That'd be lovely. Mrs Holmes too, if she's free.

REReader said...

And maybe tell the rest of us a bit more about what happened? Or are you saving that for a book, John?

Greg 'Orio' M F Lestrade said...

And a day later I might need to have you all to myself...

REReader said...

Tell me, if I hide under my desk curled up in a little ball, will all the work I couldn't do on the holidays softly and silently vanish away?

(I may do the hiding and curling up anyway. I just want to know if it will help at all.)

Greg 'Orio' M F Lestrade said...

Sadly, in my experience, hiding away just makes the problem grow bigger and breed and waits for you to be forced to emerge then ambushes.

Anyone who can help you with it? Or is it just a case of too few hours in the day to get it all done?

REReader said...

I'm a freelancer, so there is only me.

And it isn't so much the total amount to be done (sadly) as the fact that I now have rush orders for changes from three separate clients, all of whom have kept me waiting for weeks for the new materials and all of whom want everything done immediately if not sooner.

I'm telling you, it's a plot. They all got together and decided this would be a good way of finding out whom I love best. Little do they know.

Greg 'Orio' M F Lestrade said...

Criminals do the same. They all take a holiday at the same time, leaving you kicking about trying to keep bored coppers busy - and then they all come out to play at once, meaning you work 28 hours a day and still get nowhere.

Good luck.

REReader said...

See? It's a conspiracy. (And thanks!)

I may have to skip my t'ai chi class tonight, and I REALLY do not want to. We'll see.

Greg 'Orio' M F Lestrade said...

It always seems to be sleep I lose out on, above all else. But then again, it's not as if I do a t'ai chi class!

REReader said...

Sleep I'll lose out on either way! On the one hand, t'ai chi is great for health (and the way my dojo teaches it, for self-defense) and stress reduction. On the other, it's a two-hour class, plus travel time.

And hey, maybe you should!

Anon Without A Name said...

ISTR that Lestrade was going to try some yoga, but got distracted by downward dog positions and the thought of John waving his bum in the air wearing tight little shorts...

REReader said...

Hee!

Yoga is related to t'ai chi, but you don't get to break cement blocks with yoga. :)

Greg 'Orio' M F Lestrade said...

I honestly have no time. Unless we could all do it together. I feel like I barely see the boys as it is.

John did talk us all through some once, when Sherlock was so hyper desperate measures were called for. It was okay, but generally I'd always be waiting for my mobile to ring, that sort of thing.

REReader said...

I have to say that, much as I love it, I really don't see t'ai chi being able to hold the interest of either Sherlock or Mycroft. It's done practically in slow motion.

Karate, now...I could see that. And it's not a bad thought--when taught correctly, karate's excellent for teaching control, and six is not too young. Finding a really good teacher is the key.

John H. D. Watson said...

And a day later I might need to have you all to myself...

I think I can arrange that.

Greg 'Orio' M F Lestrade said...

Excellent.

Love you.

REReader said...

*warm fuzzies*

(Which I need, seeing as I am being responsible and staying home to plow through these piles of paper and other work stuff.)

Lyra said...

Anon: I am a Chinese descent who live in Indonesia...so naturally English is not even my 2nd language~

In my view tai'chi is always an 'old people sport' ... Maybe just because it's popular among my elderly relatives~

REReader said...

T'ai chi is only an "old people sport" in that it's so advanced that it takes a long time to master it. :D

hsavinien said...

Sunrise is very pretty, yes, but seeing it regularly is not my idea of a pleasant time. I get up between 8 and 8:20 to get to work by 9, as it's a five minute walk from my house.

Lyra said...

RER: True... I also think that the younger people usually didn't have enough patience to master it (points self). ;D

Anonymous said...

Tai Chi is an old people sport as dressage (an equestrian discipline) is an old people sport- because of the time it takes to master- great point, REReader!

I am unlurking after a very long time to say how much I enjoy the blogs. Also wanted to chime in on the ereader discussion from awhile ago; I am definitely a book person and will always love the printed word. I never imagined getting an ereader, until I developed rheumatoid arthritis so bad that it hurts to hold and read my beloved books. I I still don't have an ereader but I do find myself thinking about it. So you can mourn for the printed word but the truth is you just never know. Who would've thought of Kindles as adaptive equipment for a disability? But they can be.

-tresta

Anonymous said...

An addendum: when I was in college, studying dressage, my classmates and I noted how many riders at the top of that sport were over 50.

-tresta

REReader said...

Interesting, tresta--I'd guess the same could be said about most arts in which nuance and deep understanding are paramount. (In the normal way of things--one must always allow for prodigies!)

Also an interesting thought about eReaders--Apple has always been very good about remembering those with disabilities in their products, but I hadn't thought about the others in that context. (But a book is still a book--and you can still read it when the power goes out! :))

Anonymous said...

REReader:

Well, I was a librarian by profession and as I said a great lover of books, So I "feel" you on that subject. Books are very special. Being a librarian, I often had people come up to me and say "but don't you think books are on the way out" and I would always say no, never. I said the same to people who felt that librarians were unnecessary because "the Internet will do it all for us, right?"

I will always support book designers like yourself, authors, publishers etc. I home that the book in printed form NEVER goes away. Only pain drives me to consider an electronic reader; I am books all the way really!
-tresta

Thanks so much for reading my comment, especially since I was rather late to the game on that post!

REReader said...

*beaming*

Whatever it takes to keep reading, of course--I'm sorry you're hurting.

And my pleasure! (I don't always remember to desubscribe from threads. ;))

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