Alarmed but not alert


I’ve confessed before how I’m always late and am definitely not a morning person. I have a terrible penchant for hitting “snooze”, with little respect for alarm clocks and the time they dictate the day must start. Although they may be set in the evening with the best intentions, for me, it doesn’t usually translate into action in the morning!

My husband is the exact opposite. Always wakes early and hates to be late. To the point where his phone alarm is set 8 minutes after his alarm clock as a “back up”. His phone alarm time also takes into consideration allocated snoozing time!

That’s not living, Daniel!!

It gets worse. You know how on digital alarm clocks there is an indicator light to show AM from PM? Well, The Man has to flick between the current time and the alarm to make sure he’s got it set correctly. He even says it out loud as he goes:

“AM” flick “PM”

“AM” flick “PM”

“AM” flick “PM”

Three times bare minimum. God help me if he gets interrupted and has to start over.

This little ritual has  happened every work night for as long as I remember. I’m not sure at what point there was an alarm malfunction to trigger this OCD ritual but it drives me beyond crazy.

Almost as crazy as the alarm actually going off at 4.30am… AND 4.38am!

Does your partner have any OCD tendencies that drive you a little crazy?

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  1. MsMandie says:

    Oh where do I start! Mr. Mandie likes things in lines. He also likes me to straighten his tops up after he has put them on (he likes the seams in line on his shoulders – the top sits best then, you see?)
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    • Née Say says:

      I think it’s funny, too! It used to drive my husband crazy that my car clock was 5 minutes out & I’d never let him change it. Perhaps that was part of the reason he was so keen to get me a new car? ;P

    • Née Say says:

      Thanks Rhi :) I’m just starting to realise the benefit of getting up before the kids although I’m not entirely convinced the payoff is worth sacrificing a few extra moments in bed!

    • Née Say says:

      I’m a bit like this with the door actually! Trying to get out of the door with 2 kids, 3 bags, making sure you have the keys but don’t let the dogs in – I find I get in the car & think “did I turn the lock?”. I often have to go back to check but I always have!

    • Née Say says:

      I can tend to be a bit anal with the dishwasher stacking. The Man just chucks things in & it drives me nuts! I guess we all have our little hang ups!!

  2. oh wow!! I hate being late and i hate the snooze button! My husband sets his alarm for 5am and will snooze til as late at 5.45!! it fricking gets on my nerves as i’d rather that extra 45 mins ASLEEP than constantly being woken out of a light sleep.. bugs the crap out of me!!!

    Though I am an early riser, as soon as the alarm goes off I have to get up.. hate lying in bed waiting for the day to start!! :)

    Not OCD with the alarm button…. interesting..

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    • Née Say says:

      Hahaha lucky your husband & I don’t live together or we may never get up! I’ve been know to hit snooze for over an hour. I sleep best in the early morning and hate having to get out of bed after being woken from a really deep sleep. I wish I was an early riser like you!

  3. Kate says:

    Oh absolutely! My hubby has to have the toilet roll the correct way every time.. Also needs to switch they’ve off at night on exactly volume 4, & on ch 7 ready for his news in the morning. I’m sure he has more OCD thing but I can’t remember them all at the moment! Lucky we love them anyway! :-)

    • Née Say says:

      I’m on his side with the toilet roll – definitely can’t be pulled down the wall! The volume thing is a bit weird but I also switch the kids channel on before I turn the telly off so I don’t have to fumble around with the remote in my sleepy state in the morning! Perhaps I’m actually more OCD than my husband!

  4. Oooh yeah baby and guess what? I don’t have to put up with it anymore! He’d set the alarm for 6am damn it and then about another 20 alarms after that until about 7:45am when he would actually awaken, jump in the shower and all hell would break loose because he couldn’t find clothes, keys, wallet, lunch, shoes, belt, blah, blah, blah. Thanks for reminding me of this Nee. I’ll remember it when I start to think I might actually miss him! LOL Hope things get better for you my love.

    Anne xx
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  5. Jayne says:

    My goodness … Why are all your comments saying their partners are OCD and want shirts folded straight and things to be lined up.
    My hubby is a neat person trapped in a messy person’s body and it kills me!! I love things to be in order, the cushions on a certain angle, photo frames in perfect place, dishwasher packed a certain way. Ever since I started my maternity leave the fact that my other half works from home kills me as I am constantly clearing his path of destruction!!

    Vent over !! hehe
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    • Née Say says:

      hahaha Maybe your hubby should of been the one to comment on this post? ;P Although as I’ve been responding to the other comments I’ve realised I have more in common with everyone’s OCD husbands than my man actually does! I do like the dishwasher packed a certain way and am constantly clearing the path of destruction, as you so accurately call it! Obviously we all have our own OCD tendencies!! x

  6. BossyMummy says:

    He he – you weren’t late with this post, first link! I totally get your husband though, I have 6 alarms set on my phone each morning and my back up is on my watch. My husband is the type that doesn’t get up til 5 minutes before he has to leave – I hate that!!!!


    • Née Say says:

      I definitely need to move more in this direction. Late for everything is not cool. At least when I’m going somewhere with The Man I’m on time 😉

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