Why am I awake at this hour?

Not sure that I expect you, dear reader, to be able to answer that question. All I know is that I woke up at 332 this morning and that was the end of sleepy time. I tried my usual tricks, breathing, lavender oil under the nose, deliberately not thinking, talking to Mom, hugging the pets and at 417, I just got up and fired up the coffee machine.

The boys woke up too and now they are in their bed here in the office, snoring away after the initial excitement of getting up in the dark. I didn’t feed them yet, otherwise they will be expecting this every morning! I can hear the birds beginning to sing and so far, there is one other household awake in the street judging by the lights.

I have already made it through my pressing work stuff this morning. Now I just have to wait for people to wake up and react. When I first moved here, my colleagues made a point of letting me know that I should not expect answers to my emails that were sent in the strange hours until normal Dutch working hours. I told them that I didn’t expect answers that early, I just happen to be awake sometimes and working and if I really wanted an answer, I would just call them before 9 AM đŸ˜‰ They didn’t realize that I was joking about the calling before dawn!

I have a banjo lesson later this morning. Probably right about then I will be ready for a nap. It is supposed to be 63 and sunny today so I am looking forward to having as much of the day in the sunshine as I can. I think I might even find a terrace to work from this afternoon. Assuming I am still awake, of course!

Happy Tax Day to those of you in the US. One benefit of being over here, is that I get an extension automatically until June. It doesn’t mean I don’t have to pay though, just a longer time to file.

I am preparing for the first bike commute of the year on Friday. It will be a good way to end the week and the weather promises to be sunny and cool. I hope by the end of the summer, I will be able to make my commute in 30 minutes. That means I have about 20 minutes of improvement time needed. It will also mean that it takes me the same time on my bike as it would going with public transit.

My next pressing issue to solve is thinking about where I will vacation in August. Ideally, I will find a little spot on the sea somewhere that I can take the dogs and we can drive or take the train rather than fly. I would like to find somewhere peaceful but not boring. I can’t decided if I want to stay in the Netherlands or visit some of the countries next door. I supposed it will depend on what I find. You know that people take their vacation time seriously when most things for August are already booked!

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