Promises, Promises: Waking Up Early

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Interview of First Lady Laura Bush by Jay Leno

MRS. BUSH: This was back in 1977 when we married, he was thinking about running for Congress, which he did, in our home district in the Panhandle of Texas. So I said, you'll have to promise me I'll never have to give a political speech. And he said, oh, no, of course, you'll never have to. So much for political promises. (Laughter.)

But also, I have to admit, I promised I'd jog with him, too. And I never did.

JAY LENO: You never did?

: No. (Laughter.)

JAY LENO: Well, okay, so that works. One cancels out the other.


I promised my husband that I will ALWAYS eat breakfast with him. I was able to consistently do this the first few weeks of our marriage. I was even the one preparing breakfast! However, as time went by, I began slipping to the point that my husband would sometimes say goodbye to me while I'm still in bed. So much for promises!

But it's not too late. I can still make good on my promise. I resolve now to wake up early and make sure I eat breakfast with my husband EVERYDAY.

I was never a morning person so this won't be easy. Good thing there are so many self-help sites in the internet today. I am trying some tips from

1. Advice #1. To Wake Up Early, Go To Bed Early

What?! This is like DIET and EXERCISE. Obvious and correct but nobody wants to hear it.

No fast fix? Fine. I resolve to sleep no later than 11:00 12:00 12:30PM.

2. Advice #6. Take A Nap In The Afternoon

This one I likey! However, it is advised that afternoon naps be limited to 20-30 minutes. No more 2-hour afternoon naps for me.

3. Advice #27. Advertise Your Early Wake Up Habit

"Start spreading the news. I'm waking early today..."

I already announced my wake-up-early resolution to my Plurk buddies last week. So far, today is the only day that I was able to successfully wake up before 6:00 AM. I woke up at 5:47 AM and was connected to Plurk by 6:14 AM.

(I'd like to take this opportunity to thank my Plurk buddies for the encouragement and support you have given me this past week. I couldn't have done it without you. *bow*)

There are 45 cool tips in the website but I'm only trying 3 this week. I hope it works.

What time do you wake up?

Note: The White House transcript is dated Oct. 7, 2004. I watched that interview when I was already married which meant that it couldn't have been earlier than mid-2006. I've always known that the Leno shows here are reruns but 2 years?


Clara said...

OK, let me admit right now that I'm trying to get up early, too. #1 doesn't work for me. I have to do it the other way. If I get up early and make it thru the day, then I'm able to go to bed earlier. If I just try to go to bed earlier, I lay there awake and think of what I could be doing instead of laying there wide awake. Good luck with your attempts to get up early!

Ibyang said...

Congrats Mrs G for being able to wake up earlier than before (happy kaming mga Plurk buddies mo for you) :)

what time do i wake up? on days when i have work, i wake up between 5:30-5:40AM. on days when i have no work and the husband has work, i wake up at 6AM.

i also love afternoon naps!!! and like you, i take about 1-2 hours.

maria said...

i'm not a morning person too. i work on my blogs in the wee hours of the morning and sleep after my kids have gone to school, then I wake up at 11.

btw, i hope you don't mind that i tagged you, no pressure though, if you can't join, i understand. ;)

see yah

witsandnuts said...

I'm up at 5am. I rarely take naps. =)

Mai da Paypay said...

i love mornings! i'm glad you've worked up the energy to wake up to prepare for your hubby...hee hee :-)

Garando said...

During my two week vacation for the wedding, I woke up at 7-8am everyday because I wanted to make the most out of each day I was on vacation.

Vacation's over, I'm back to waking up at 9-10am. Some habits are hard to break.. bummer...

Good luck, Mrs. G.

Karen & Gerard Zemek said...

I usually wake around 4-4:30 a.m but get up at 5 every morning to take my pill and feed my cats.

Lotus Flower said...

I wake up at 6 A.M. everyday to prepare my partner and the family's breakfast without fail. First, because we have no help and my body clock is programmed that way. Regardless, if I sleep as late as 2 A.M. I have been doing this for the last 6 years.

It takes some getting used to because 7 years ago it was my Mom who was doing what I am doing now. My Mom now stays with my brother and his two adult children.

Mrs.Zeus said...

Ohhh thanks for posting this.
I made the same promise as well and also slip through the same crack. *laffs* thanks for reminding me to do better.

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